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Best trails in Big Pine

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Looking for a great trail near Big Pine, California? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Kings Canyon National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Millpond Recreation Area or Big Pine Creek. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 18 hard trails in Big Pine ranging from 8.3 to 23.8 miles and from 3,963 to 14,146 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Big Pine
Top trails (23)
#1 - Big Pine Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
John Muir Wilderness
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Length: 16.2 mi • Est. 8 h 32 m
As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=21875 NOTE: If you are planning to stay overnight, you need to get an overnight wilderness permit, please find more information here: https://www.recreation.gov/ This hike starts off slightly uphill for quite a ways until you start rounding some corners and eventually you'll make it to a waterfall. You continue a ways until you make it to the breathtaking scenery of the mountains and mountain lakes. There is no shade for the first 3/4 of the trail. Bring a lot of water. The views at the end (and even on the way there) are INCREDIBLE. Show more
#2 - Big Pine Creek Campground and Glacier Lodge Loop
Inyo National Forest
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
#3 - Middle Palisade
Big Pine, California
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Length: 16.2 mi • Est. 11 h 10 m
#4 - Split Mountain via Red Lake Trail
Inyo National Forest
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Length: 19.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
Please note that this trail is currently closed due to fire damage. For up to date information, please see the park page here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/inyo/Show more
#5 - Saline Valley Road OHV Trail
Inyo Mountains Wilderness
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Length: 77.8 mi
#6 - Eureka Dunes
Death Valley National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
#7 - Palisade Basin
Kings Canyon National Park
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Length: 17 mi • Est. 10 h 8 m
#8 - Big Pine Lakes and Palisades Glacier Trail
Big Pine, California
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Length: 22.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
#9 - First Falls and Second Falls Trail to Third Lake [CLOSED]
John Muir Wilderness
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Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 6 h 2 m
As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Going to the popular First through Seventh Lakes up the canyon north of Mount Sill, this trail also offers views of Temple Crag and the Palisade Glacier. The trail that begins at First Falls in the shade of Jeffrey Pine and Aspen. An altrenate trail from the backpackers parking follows a sunny slope and joins the trail above First Falls. The trail goes across sage and Manzanita covered slopes to enter the wilderness boundary near Second Falls. As the trail climbs past the chain of Big Pine Lakes there are many opportunities to observe the affects of glacial activity, such as cirques, glaciated granite and glacial erratic. A side trail loops to Black Lake, offering views of glaciers and the Sierra Crest before rejoining the main trail near Fourth Lake.Show more
#10 - Palisade Glacier Trail [CLOSED]
John Muir Wilderness
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Length: 14.3 mi • Est. 8 h 52 m
As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.Show more
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