North Lake Loop via Lamarck Col and Alpine Col

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North Lake Loop via Lamarck Col and Alpine Col is a 17.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bishop, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
17.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,967 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

lake

river

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

off trail

no dogs

backpacking
4 months ago

Lost GPX file so had to draw it out. Much more strenuous than the 17 miles (GPX file read ~25 miles) and 5000 vertical feet described. First and last 6 miles (on trail up to Lamarck Col and down from Muriel Lake) are fine but everything in between is scrambling, talus, shale, route finding. All class 3, sometimes having to take off packs etc. Still worth it for the views of Darwin Canyon if you don't have time for the 55 mile North Lake to South Lake loop. Doable in 3 days but don't underestimate the route finding/talus/boulder fields.