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11 days ago

Amazing views all around! Backpacked this on 6/10-6/11 and still some snow on the ground. First, second, and third lake are completely thawed out and easily accessible. We didn't make it up to fourth lake due to snowy conditions, but heard people were still going up there. There were only two small creek crossings and one bigger creek crossing to get to the first three lakes. Overall an awesome hike and worth the climb!

By far my favorite hike.

13 days ago

15 days ago

We Can't wait to go back up there and actually get to see the lakes since they were completely frozen.

16 days ago

Just got back from backpacking here . June 5th-7th .
Camped at third lake . First and third lake is thawed out completely . Second lake is almost thawed out . We hiked to 4th lake . Snow covered most of he trail but we managed to find out way to fourth lake . Didn't even think about going to fifth lake because the place is literally covered in snow past third lake . Other than the snow it was a great hike . Pretty intense beginning . Once you get passed the John Muir sign it turns into a wonderful scenic hike to the lakes . It's hot up there, but it did get pretty cold at night . Hope this info helps anyone going up there in these next couple of weeks . Stay safe and happy hiking !

Amazing and definitely moderate-hard level trail. We arrived early in the morning on a weekday and parking was plentiful. Encountered deer grazing and strolling along the rushing streams. Cool and sunny in the beginning of the trail, which was nice since it is exposed. Eventually after a bit of scrambling we were rewarded with an amazing waterfall. We kept on through a wooded area. The shade was much needed as it actually got warm into the middle of the day. After a skip and a hop over a snake that shot out of nowhere and some small streams, we made it to the "Rangers Cabin" and took a breather while our pup explored some snow that had not melted yet. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the lakes as we had to turn around because of personal reasons. The way back down was a bit strenuous. We had to carry our brave little trail pup as the heat was getting to him and he was obviously exhausted from the sun/lack of shade. We were expecting low 60s/high 70's but apparently temperatures were in the high 80s/low 90s. Regardless, this is a beautiful trail and we can't wait to try it again and actually reach the lakes. We will be better prepared next time. Beautiful views and awesome elevation~! We'll be back Big Pine Lakes~!! ;)

1 month ago

Awesome hike! Sun exposed first half. Lots of snow right now near the top. The lakes are frozen and last 1.5miles to first lake are snow covered. We brought snow shoes but the snow was pretty hard packed. Would recommend snow shoes if you plan on going further than first lake.

Did the full loop in a snowstorm.
Snowshoed through fresh snow cutting our own path. I highly recommend this trail in the snow, but discourage anyone who doea not have proper gear. The elevation gain is pretty difficult, especially in snowshoes.

Went on 5/7/17
12 hrs
3500ft gain

1 month ago

Beautiful place!

If you make it back here you know what's up! Except for those dang cheating pack train people.

Best place to spend a few nights in the summer. Great fishing and access to a glacier!!! Amazing

Backpacked this on a hot summer day last year and our group of three guys in our early 30s and one cattle dog had our work cut out for us. Made it to the second lake and our one buddy decided that was as far as he was going so we set up camp at the most picturesque site I've ever had. Getting a permit was kind of a hassle but well worth the effort. Wouldn't mind doing this again as a day hike and camping in Big Pine.