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Recess Lake, Hopkins Lake, and Pioneer Basin Lake

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John Muir Wilderness

Recess Lake, Hopkins Lake, and Pioneer Basin Lake is a 23.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bishop, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 23.1 mi Elevation gain 6,528 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

Waypoints (15)
  • 1

    Mosquito Flat Trailhead

    This is where our journey begins.

    37.43370, -118.74809

  • 2

    Mono Pass Trailhead

    Here is the fork in the road where the left takes you up Morgan Pass and the right goes to Mono Pass. We go right.

    37.42897, -118.75109

  • 3

    Junction for Ruby Lake

    Stop by if you have time.

    37.41857, -118.76392

  • 4

    Mono Pass Switchbacks

    This is the beginning of where most of the climbing takes place on Mono Pass. You gain about 700 feet in a mile.

    37.41857, -118.76585

  • 5

    Final Push of Mono Pass

    The trail takes a right hand turn and you start your final push to the top of Mono Pass.

    37.41861, -118.77268

  • 6

    Mono Pass Summit

    The landscape is now moon like with some snow patches likely at this elevation.

    37.42535, -118.77264

  • 7

    Summit Lake

    Just pass the top of Mono Pass if Summit Lake. A high altitude lake against the barren land. This lake has crystal clear water in it.

    37.43094, -118.77006

  • 8

    Off Trail Scenic Overlook

    Hike a little off the trail just pass Summit Lake to an overlook that shows the vast Sierra Wilderness.

    37.43459, -118.77105

  • 9

    Upper Trail Lake

    Descend down the Pack Trail to another high altitude alpine lake.

    37.44066, -118.77551

  • 10

    Trail Junction for Fourth Recess Lake

    At this point in the trail, take a left towards Fourth Recess Lake.

    37.44870, -118.78753

  • 11

    Fourth Recess Lake - Camping

    After 7 miles of hiking, we reach our home base for the trip. You can camp around this lake.

    37.44263, -118.78611

  • 12

    Junction for Pioneer Basin Lakes

    Take a right here to head to the lakes.

    37.44870, -118.78881

  • 13

    Pioneer Basin Lakes

    37.46042, -118.80285

  • 14

    Junction for Lower Hopkins Lake

    At this trail junction, take a right up towards Lower Hopkins Lake

    37.44393, -118.81825

  • 15

    Lower Hopkins Lake

    Climb up to the stunning Lower Hopkins Lake.

    37.45418, -118.82705

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Recordings (2)
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First to Review

This is a Awesome place. I've visited there for a Conference of an event hosted by JSC Result (http://govresultbd.com/jsc-result-2017/)

Chuck Coffey
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