Looking for a great trail near Big Pine, California? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, 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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 13 hard trails in Big Pine ranging from 7.2 to 23.8 miles and from 4,606 to 14,025 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Went on a short backpacking trip from 10/11-10/12/19. Camped at second lake which was beautiful. 1st half of the hike was non-stop uphill. Temperature during the day was great. Got pretty chilly at night even though we came prepared for cold weather. Even in the middle of October there were tons of day hikers and a few backpackers on the trail.

Gorgeous trail from start to end; however, there’s a lot of scrambling at the end on rockfall. Be careful not to lose the trail. This hike features a panoramic view of all of the lakes in Big pine, frozen waterfalls, several mountains, a stream cut meadow, and the Palisade Glacier. Absolutely stunning

hiking
15 days ago

Another beautiful eastern Sierra hike. It was a chilly day for sure, particularly on the shady side of the mountain, from lake 4 to Black Lake. It snowed that weekend, so that made the Fall colors even prettier.

hiking
snow
15 days ago

September 29th, Was windy and cold on some parts, got some ice winds. A jacket was a necessity. Very sunny in the afternoon. Took me from 8AM-4PM. Go Counter Clockwise (to Black Lake not Lake 1) to find more solace, as everybody goes to Lake 1 at the intersection, because its a steep way up to Black Lake. Definitely go to Fifth Lake, my favorite.

hiking
16 days ago

Stayed at the Glacier Lodge and got on the trail by 7:00 am the next morning.

09.22.2019 12.5 miles 5.5 hours (walking slow and taking photos) 2,598 elevation gain I hiked to the first 3 lakes. Lots of shade although I’d still recommend bringing sunblock. I didn’t encounter any mosquitos. The lakes weren’t turquoise-colored, which I think has to do with the time of year (since the snow is gone). Incline the whole way there, decline the whole way back. The trail is well maintained. There’s plenty of spots to fill up your water purifiers from the river. I suggest an early start if you’re gonna go on a day hike. The views are BREATHTAKING and well worth the hike. IG: @Long_Journey_Home

hiking
20 days ago

Started from the trailhead at 3:45 in the morning and made it to First Lake by dawn. The last mile was tough, but the trail is in great shape. Spent the day hiking clockwise. Each lake is a gem! The pond next to Fourth Lake has gorgeous reflections. The views on the return from Black Lake are outstanding. Made it back to the trailhead at 5:30. Epic hike!! Start early.

Great hike. The beginning is a bit dull and takes quite some time since it’s an exposed hillside, so make sure you wear the right clothes (we did it in October). Beautiful scenery along the way, no mosquitoes at all. Start early so you have time to take long breaks at those beautiful lakes!

Did this hike on Saturday September 21 & 22. 2019. We had the entire Lake Brainerd to ourselves which was surprising. Mary caught 4 Golden Trout in 60 minutes using Salmon Eggs. The trail got steep after the first 2 miles. Beautiful scenery. No mosquitoes.

Amazing hike!! Incline: Steady Incline from start to Black Lake (about 7 miles) and then decline begins. I hike every weekend and always do this type of elevation gain, so I thought it was fine, but this would be a challenge if you are not use to doing several miles of incline. Lakes: they are amazing and worth every step!!! The first lake took about 5 miles to get too and then it was a short distance between each lake. We did the side track to Lake 5 and it was worth it. We didn’t do the side track to Lake 6 or 7 and we felt OK with that decision. We are glad we did the loop to see Black Lake. It had birds in the area so it was nice. Bugs: it was cooler when I went this weekend, so we didn’t have any bugs in the trail. Horse: horses do use the trails, so there was horse poop on trail. We did this as a day hike and it totaled a it 14 miles for the entire look.

This was amazing . I actually wish I would’ve stopped at the Second Lake and gone back because it was a little long for an inexperienced biker like myself . But regardless, it was incredibly beautiful

hiking
24 days ago

This is a six-star trail to me, that or I have to lower some of my scores for other trails. Seriously, visually stunning and picturesque the whole way. Trail starts near Big Pine Creek campground, which on a side note is a great place to stay, and snakes up past some awesome waterfalls, then the trail splits between a high trail and a low trail, the high trail has less switchbacks, the lower trail is slightly more scenic, either way follow the map from this site and there are signs. You go through a neat valley and when you look up you can see a waterfall in the distance, you'll soon climb to that waterfall through some switchbacks. You'll then follow the creek along and you hit Lon Chaney's cabin, great place for a break, the stream has trout in it, we fished it for a bit - they didn't want what we were offering so we continued. After that you climb up and hit the lakes, First Lake, Second Lake, and Third Lake, we camped at Third Lake, better spots there. Next day we headed out, trail splits between Glacier Trail and 4th/5th Lake Trail. Taking the Glacier Trail takes you down through a scenic meadow and then up again before hitting Sam Mack meadow which is awesome, very green, lush, great photo spot, would be cool for camping too. Rest here because you then climb rapidly the rest of the way. From here it gets rocky too, soon you are in a full on rock scramble the rest of the way, try to loosely follow the All Trails map and then try to follow the cairns but honestly this is tough as well. Bottom line, look up, that ridge line way up there is where you are going, pick the least punishing/dangerous route and scramble up. We were hitting 12k' and despair as our legs were burning but two guys coming down told us we were on track and really close so that got us refocused. The 'summit' is actually just a ridge line that overlooks the glacier bowl, you can continue to hike around to the top of the glacier but we were smoked and needed to get back so we ate some food, took pics, and admired the awesome scenery. This trail is the real deal, very scenic and tough at the end. One of my favorites.

hiking
27 days ago

Super awesome hike! A bit of a huff in the beginning (first 2 miles or so) with no sun protection and consistent upward grade but not too intense. Once you reach the top of the waterfall it’s still trending upwards at a steady pace but a lot more shade and a bit mellower of a grade. Plenty of good rest points and water to be filtered. Upon reaching first lake everything becomes worth the trek! Grade mellows and distance between lakes is not far. Water is extremely cold for swimming!! Still refreshing though ;-) didn’t look at camp spots for second lake (in fact they were hard to locate). Camped at 3rd lake and it was great! Tough to find good bear hanging tree but eventually found a great location! Hike home from third lake was longer but easier than getting there. Totally recommend it and will be back to explore more of the lakes and the area!

backpacking
29 days ago

For Backpackers: There is an overnight lot for you to park in about 0.5 mile before you reach the day hikers lower trailhead. The overnight lot has it's own upper trailhead, that eventually meets the lower trail, however it's not shaded at all. Lower trail runs closer along the creek, has some shade, but might be slightly longer. Parking in either lot does not require a pass or fee. Trail is all incline, but gradual and not too steep. Rocky and lots of horse poop, and lots of mosquitos the last half of the trail (we did this mid-September). With 35 lb packs on our backs, it took us turtle hikers 6.5 hours to get to second lake and find a spot to set up camp for the night. Coming back down took us 3 hours. Bear canisters are required.

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bugs
rocky
29 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing. My phone died at the end of one day, so the route looks wonky. The sketchiest part is the boulder field just before the glacier. If you want to check it out, I highly recommend traversing the boulder field, not trying for much elevation gain or descent in either direction.

Beautiful. Worth doing the loop north, and if you have the time and energy, the scramble up to the glacier!

Beautiful, but please take teh time to do the other lakes!!!

It's great, but maybe you should go a little further! Anyhow, those 3 green lakes are wonderful!

Fun and beautiful hike with nice scramble at the end. Not convinced about that alltrails direction -> follow the cairns! Great view, great adventure, very fun.

Wonderful and fairly easy day hike

trail disappears after entering kings canyon

hiking
1 month ago

my favorite place on earth!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Completely lovely. Started around 7:30/8am on a Saturday. Hiked to lakes 1, 2, 3, and 4 -- had lunch and a rest by Lake 4, watched a few folks fly fishing. Looped back by Black Lake which I had all to myself. Great view of the mountains and lakes past Black Lake. I didn't go on to Lake 5 or Summit Lake, and I regret not doing so -- it wouldn't have added on too much more time. No bugs anywhere. Glad I had a hat and lots of sunscreen. Mind your step crossing the streams: the rocks can be wobbly and nobody needs wet feet on this hike.

Awesome, hard hike. Only made it to second lake because it was so hot and we were worried our dog would be too tired if we continued. It’s about 10 miles round trip from parking lot to second lake. This is the most beautiful hike I’ve ever done, the lakes are stunning!

Beautiful, fast trail with incredible views. Tough scramble over boulders the last half mile+ to Palisade Glacier, but well worth it if you’ve got a good sense of balance and don’t get spooked by scrambling. 30+ miles of enjoyment complete!

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

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