Looking for a great trail near Big Pine, California? AllTrails has 19 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. You'll also find some great local park options, like Millpond Recreation Area or Big Pine Creek. 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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rocky
snow
1 month ago

Winter snowshoe the day after Christmas! Road was closed due to snow about 1.5 miles before the trail head. Easy going on snowshoes until the trailhead. Snow got deep and it was a slog. We turned around 3 miles from the car since whiteout conditions killed any views and we couldn’t assess snow conditions on the steeper terrain above. Trail was still easy to follow in the snow and would be totally worth it on a clear day. Still took over 3 hours for the 6 mile round trip.

Hiked this trail on 11/4. Started at 730am and got back to the car at 430pm. We spent time exploring off trail and took breaks at each lake! We hiked to the fifth lake and decided to hike back down the same way, instead of hiking the loop. The first lake and the fifth lake were my favorite! It was such a beautiful hike! Weather was perfect. It was sunny and probably around 50 degrees? Not sure though. I definitely want to come back in the summer to swim and maybe stay overnight.

hiking
3 months ago

I wanted to get an update on the conditions there. Was planning to hike this on December 21st with some buddies of mine. Was planning to reach the second lake and head back but does anyone think this is feasible without snow shoes. We have trecking poles but I'm afraid the snow will be too deep to walk in. Also will the lake be safe to walk on? P.S did this hike earlier this year in August and it was amazing. took 7 Hrs. R/T including fishing at the 2nd lake for an hour. Caught some brook trout with my spinning rod and night crawlers for bait. Funnest fishing experience I had in awhile was catching them left and right.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

Hiked on 11/24/19! Started the trail at 10am and got to first lake at 1pm (with a lot of breaks). So much snow and watch out for the icy stairways! Lake 2 was a short distance away so why not go see the beauty! Both lakes were unfortunately frozen, but were absolutely breathtaking!

scenic driving
4 months ago

Drove out today. Road'll be closed for the season in a couple days

backpacking
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

Trail was easy to follow in 5 inches of fresh snow. Lakes were all frozen over

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked up to the 3rd lake on 11/17/19. We started the hike at 8:50am and got to the first lake at 12:10pm. We stopped several times because we just wanted to take pictures of everything lol, but also our lungs loved the constant breaks lol. The second lake is a few minutes away from lake 1 and the third lake is 15-20 minutes away. We took exactly 2 hours going back from lake 3 to the car. It's a lot easier on your lungs!! The incline and elevation honestly wasnt too bad. it was mostly the distance that made this hard for me. The first lake was absolutely beautiful and so far one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen. The second lake was pretty and the third lake was pretty dried up and looked very muddy. On our way back we saw 4 deer. Such an amazing hike. Highly recommend. I just wore pants, shirt and hiking shoes when hiking to the lake and back to the car. Once at the lakes I wore a hoodie.

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

The trail was in great shape and easy to follow. No bugs. Hardly any people. Did all five lakes. Glad I did Black Lake because the views of Lake 1 on the return were beautiful. I’m looking forward to doing this one again and again!

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Awesome trail. One river crossing was too icy and didn’t want my dog getting too cold so decided to turn around.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

What a beautiful hike! Got to the trailhead at 12pm and took the north fork trail up. It is all mostly uphill but I thought it was a nice, steady incline. We did stop quite a few times to drink water and rest. The views going up get better and better and was worth the uphill trek. The fall colors were amazing. Around 2pm we reached the first lake and had lunch up on the rocks looking below. Absolutely stunning. We originally didn’t think we’d make it much further than that but decided we had to see lakes 2 and 3. So happy we did because lake 2 is incredible! 3 didn’t excite me as much as 2 but it wasn’t terribly far away so thought why not. After lake 3 we headed back down around 3pm. Hiking down we saw some deer near the steam and when the sun started to set it did get quite chilly! We got confused at the end- we were not sure which way the parking lot was based on the signs but if you just follow the stream you’ll get there! Reached the car at 5:30pm. Loved this hike better than Yosemite because there was way less people. Would love to camp on the mountain and see the other lakes..

breath taking

hiking
5 months ago

My friends and I backpacked this trail 24Oct-26Oct and camped at lake 3 both nights. Of lakes 1-3, lake 1 was the most impressive. You climb uphill for 5.5 miles the entire way so be sure to train for incline and high elevation. Most of my group felt light headed and struggled to breathe if we hiked too quickly. During the hike to the lakes, there's a ton of creeks/streams to refill water from, however, after passing the trail head(Lakes 1-7, black lake) there's no running water unless you hike half a mile, uphill towards lake 4 so plan accordingly! My friends and I attempted to hike to the glacier but didn't make it since we started really late (12 pm hehh) but the hike itself is still really pretty. It was high 50s/low 60s during the day time and dropped down to high 20s at night. We went when there was no moon so the stars are BEAUTIFUL - great for astrophotography! It took us about 7 hours to hike to lake 3 with lots of breaks and 30 lbs of gear.

hiking
5 months ago

We went on a two night three day backpacking trip this past weekend. The trail was all up hill but SO amazing. Tons of water all around , beautiful lakes, a cool meadow(Sam Mack) great weather and very little people. So much to see, can’t wait to go back .

Hiked this trail 10/19 and fall colors were in full bloom. Very well maintained and groomed trail. Started hiking at 7:15AM and it was 32 degrees. Made it to 1st lake in less than 3 hrs. Hiked to lakes 1-5 and returned the same way we came i.e. not finishing the loop to see black lake. This added a bit to mileage but it was worth seeing the lakes again on our return. All in all this hike took us 9.5 hours to complete 16 miles with multiple breaks to enjoy the scenery.

Spent my birthday hiking this amazing trail. Going to be hard to beat this birthday. On a recommendation of another user on here I stayed at the Glacier Lodge in Big Pine. Amazing. 100 yards from the trail head, clean cabins, deer all over the property, friendly owners. They said during peak season they will even catch a trout and cook it up for your dinner!! On the trail at 6:45. Temps started out in the 40's but warmed up to the low 60's for most of the day. The views start almost immediately as you start your uphill climb. That first view into the canyon is so rad. It's about 4 and a half miles uphill to the first lake. You will pass a beautiful waterfall and the creek will stay with you for most of the way. There are a few wet patches that you will need to navigate. One spot requires a bit of off roading just before the first lake. There is a sign that says "Lakes 1-7 this way (left) Black Lake this way (right). I went left. Lakes 1 and 2 (especially 2) are stunning. It was my first time here and I wanted to do the full loop so I didn't stay long. I wish I had. Lake 3 was awesome too but had some dry patches. The hike between lakes 3 and 4 I found to be the most difficult part of the hike. I thought i remembered people saying it flattens out when you get to the lakes.... Lake 4 was meh...but lake 5 was spectacular. Somewhere around there I passed I sign that said "Glacier Trail this way". I'm guessing this is the way to the Palisade's Glacier? Next time up I will inspect. There is also a sign that says "lake 5 this way, lake 4 this way, Black Lake this way". After I did 4 and 5 and started towards Black Lake I realized that 6 and 7 were still somewhere behind me. So I back tracked and realized that the path for lake 4 actually continues. I took it for a bit until I came to a sign that said "lakes 6 and 7 and summit lake this way." Kept going until there is a fork in the trail with a tree stump. There is no sign. The left trail looked steep and the trail on the right looked more manageable. (I was getting tired by this point and the altitude was starting to mess with me.) So I went right and came to a lake. Looking back I think this must have been Summit Lake. I was looking at the All Trails map because the trail just seemed to fizzle out in front of this hill with loose gravel on it. Was this the hill people had mentioned scrambling up? I decided to find out next time and headed back towards Black Lake to complete the loop. I passed the fork in the trail again and decided to inspect that next time as well. I'm guessing that is where lakes 6 and 7 are. Forest stroll to Black Lake. Although very large, this lake was far less stunning than the others. As i finished the last half of the loop I realized what an important decision it was to go left at the first fork towards lakes 1-7 rather than Black Lake. This half of the loop was all downhill and very steep the whole way and short on views. Which meant that this would be all uphill if you chose to go right in the beginning. The only plus about going this way besides Black lake (which was my second least favorite) is at one point you get a really sick view of lake 1 from way high up. Next time I will totally skip this half of the loop and just return back down the other side for double the amazing views. This trail had it all...9 lakes (7 plus Summit and Black Lakes), a waterfall and creek, towering sierras, and the fall colors in full effect. Spectacular day!!!

Great trail, lots to see while you’re hikin up. Plenty of water, so just bring a water filter. Lots of spots to set up camp. Too bad that not everyone respects the wilderness, i saw traces of a campfire around Second Lake.

hiking
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rocky
5 months ago

Camped overnight at the trailhead and started the hike next day early in the morning. The climb up to the first lakes took us about 2 1/2h and throughout the whole way you’ll get some breathtaking views. But as soon as you reach the first lakes the views will completely blow your mind! Especially the second lake and it’s view on the “Mordor” type looking cliffs are totally out of this world (Sorry, I’m a LoTR fanboy). I’d suggest doing the whole loop since lake number 2 and lake number 5 have the most impressive views. Overall, I have to say that it was definitely one of the most memorable hikes I’ve ever done. Can’t wait to go back and do the whole trail again during snow season. Have fun and stay safe!

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