North Lake to the Lamarck Lakes

MODERATE 27 reviews
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North Lake to the Lamarck Lakes is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Bishop, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles
1,627 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers

25 days ago

Great hike for me and my three boys. Intended to get to Upper but outflow was higher than I wanted. Hiking in soaking shoes and socks would not have been fun. Caught lots of 6-7 brookies on elk hair caddis.

29 days ago

Rain and hail so be prepared

29 days ago

Challenging in the heat, but worth it for the views.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. I had been to Grass Lake, but never Lamarck. It is beautiful

2 months ago

GREAT hike.

9 months ago

this trail should be rated as hard it's pretty steep hike up to the lake but I would do it again great views

10 months ago

11 months ago

Trail in great shape today. Smoke could be seen looking back toward Owens Valley due to active fires burning north of Mammoth.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Trail to lower Lamarck in good shape except for a couple places trail crew was working which required careful steps. My wife and I turned back on way to Upper Lamarck where trail crossed the stream, which was too high and without easy crossing for us to chance for a simple day hike. No mosquito issues after leaving North Lake Campground trailhead. Lower Lamarck is gorgeous!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Great hike. Tough but well worth it. if anybody find a Nissan key with a pink 550 cord key chain they are mine please let me know.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Beautiful hike. Did have some issues with ice bridges but worth every step. Thanks to Americorp workers doing trail work. Great job folks!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great hike; took about 4 hours round trip.. Moderately difficult in some spots and the views are fabulous. We saw a deer about a mile in. Wear sun protective clothing and plenty of mosquito repellent (they are bad towards the bottom by the trailhead). Great spots along the way if you'd like to eat a snack or lunch but the top, the lake is spectacular. Bring lots of water too. This time of year the weather was perfect, no need for a jacket at the top of this hike. Do not stop when you first see the lake (another hiker mentioned too) - keep going and you'll see an awesome river coming off the lake with snow still melting. Highly recommend for a nice shorter hike.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Too beautiful for words. The climb definitely wasn't trivial but the scenery made it totally worth it. I'd do it again in a heart beat.

Friday, June 30, 2017

June 30th 2017

This trail is awesome. Lots of mosquitos at the base. I couldn't get up to the upper Lamarck lake because there were some ice bridges to cross. The lake shimmers in the sun. Nothing like I have seen before.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

This is a great hike. First half is all up, but you can do it. Just take an extra break or two. We stayed the night near upper Lamark lake in fall. No one was in the area but us. It was great. The lakes are so blue and clear.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

My wife and I did this hike as our warm up for another back country trip. It's a nice hike and does have some elevation gain to it. But it's not a long hike so it doesn't wear on you. Both lakes are very scenic and we saw a few guys fishing the lower lake. You do have to park at North Lakes parking area and then hoof it to the trailhead. No big deal. Nice easy jaunt if you're looking for something that won't have you dragging your feet by the time you get back to your car :)

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Great trail, parking can be a bit of a problem, you can't park at the campground, and there is only room for 4 cars at the closest day use spot. However, the larger day use parking spot has a bathroom and plenty of parking, but have to walk half-mile to trail head.

The hike starts climbing fairly quickly, lots of water in the streams. I have read that some people have trouble picking up the trail again from Lower Lamarck to Upper Lamarck and it can be tricky. The key is to cross over the stream soon right by where the stream flows out of lower Lamarck. The first 200 meters or so the trail is not great, but then the rest of the way up to Upper Lamarck is very well maintained. If you are indoubt you are on the right tail, then you aren't on it.

Great abundant colorful wildflowers on the way up to upper Lamarck. Better swimming and many entry points in Lower Lamarck and that is where you can scramble over to the Wonder Lakes if you want.

We found this trail definitely moderate, lots of elevation gain in 2 miles (1600ft)

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

This place has it all; wooded areas, frigid streams, rugged scree, and a beautiful lake view. Took a group up here and they had a blast!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I'm uncertain why AllTrails does not have Loch Leven and Piute Lake trails up Piute Pass of the North Lake area of the Eastern Sierras, near Bishop.
Anyway, I hiked the well-marked trail today to Loch Leven Lake at 3.1 mile, OW. I had read that the RT was only 5.6 miles but I had a GPS tracker and it registered 6.2 miles when I returned to the car. Loch Leven Lake is in the John Muir Wilderness and branches off the North Lake trail that leads to Lamarck Lakes. The only difference is you stay to the right when the trail splits.
LLL is set right alongside the trail in a rocky glacial bowl. A steep talus slope with a little remaining snow frames the long, narrow lake.
Trailhead at 9,250'; Loch Leven Lake at 10,750'.

Friday, October 19, 2012

This was a backpack trip. The trip starts above 9,000 foot North Lake & climbs rapidly & steadily to 11,000 foot Upper Lamarck Lake. The trail from the lower lake offers a good challenge to your route finding skills.

Please allow time to visit the euphoric Wonder Lakes. This is a cross country side trip found by wending around the buttes & ridgelines northeast of Upper Lamarck Lake. We marveled at the beauty & unspoiled lakes, falls & cataracts. We were visited by an eagle, who glided in at treetop level to see what we were about, then winged his way off down below again.

Another side trip possible out of Upper Lamarck Lakes is the Lamarck Col. This is a very rigorous hike, but affords unparalled views from the Sierra Crest into King's Canyon's Evolution Basin. Mount Mendel and Mount Darwin dominate the horizon.

We did not fish, but spied a very good sized trout in the middle of the day at Upper Lamarck.

10 months ago

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

recorded Lamarck Lake

Sunday, November 08, 2015