Looking for a great trail near Bishop, California? AllTrails has 61 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 around Big Pine Reservation or Mill Pond Recreation Center, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 28 moderate trails in Bishop ranging from 3.5 to 42.6 miles and from 2,877 to 13,041 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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Incredible trail and scenery and our group stayed for two nights with a day hike up to Mills Lake.

Definitely want to come back during summer or a fall color trip would be super pretty!! Beautiful area. Easy for the kiddos!

Excellent day hike. Blue lake shore line on the east side is a great stop. Flat smooth rocks at the waters edge make for perfect R and R. Soak up some rays, eat some lunch, and if it's summer take a dip in the chilly water.

mellow trail, follow the water, few icy spots now in January but worth the hike

29 days ago

Loved this trail. Love the area. These mountains are spectacular. Starts steep for over a mile before the loop begins. I went left which is steeper. About 2.4 miles it climbs 2k ft. Great run down. Snow on upper third of the trail this time of year.

Nice trail, but very busy. Great scenery a few minutes into the hike, but I'd you are looking for a quiet hike this might not be the ideal trail for you, however If you want an easy trail for the whole family then this is definitely a trail for you.

The main and overflow parking area full up quickly.

1 month ago

This is a good beginner’s hike to introduce you to the elevation and the beauty of the John Muir Wilderness.
For this hike you will need to park in the North Lake Hiker Parking lot. Next follow the dirt road southwest to the North Lake Campground and once in the campground locate the trailhead next to the public restrooms.
This trail leads to Lamarck Lake also, but after about 0.75 mi. you’ll see the Grass Lake option on your left (south) and after .25 mi. you’ll arrive at the lake.
Along the way, enjoy the great experience of the wilderness as you pass rolling streams serenaded by swaying branches… a great introduction to the area!

Awesome views and an incredible variety of terrain. In August we did North lake to south lake direction which avoided the climb up to Bishop pass. Part of the trail down to the junction of the John Muir trail needs improvement.

off road driving
1 month ago

December 2018 - Beautiful loop. Lots of snow, 4x4 highly recommended. Some areas are tight and lots of branches. Jeeps are okay but Ford Raptors might get some scratches.

2 months ago

One of my favorite short trails! Gorgeous mountain and lake views with abundant water sources (passing through seven lakes in 3.5 miles)! Nice campsites along Heart Lake, Chickenfoot Lake and Gem Lake. Fishing is good in most lakes. Perfect for older dogs. Very crowded and hard to find parking during summer. Permits are hard to come by, but walk-ins are very doable.

Beautiful lake views as you go with stunning snow capped mountains in the distance. Truly an invigorating hiking experience!

2 months ago

So you thought the sequoias on the California redwoods were the oldest trees around... not so, the Ancient Bristlecone Pines take the honor! And the gorgeous White Mountains take the exoerience to another level!

Tried to drive up to the trailhead but recent snow will make it difficult to drive past the winter closure gate (45-60 min south of the peak trailhead). Follow the road from the winter closure gate and my tracks in the snow and you can do the Shulman Cove Discovery Loop for a 5.5 mile round trip instead if you wish!

Pretty lakes & mountains with snow caps

3 months ago

The most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen was right here on top of these dunes in December. I’ll never forget it.

Great out and back hike with beautiful views of both South Lake and Bull Lake. Bull Lake has a clear view of Chocolate Peak and was a great spot to stop for a snack before heading back. 7 year old was able to make it with some regular breaks on the way up.

This was perhaps one of my favorite hikes yet in the Sierras . With a rather brisk morning start and a brilliant fall sun to warm our dispositions, my wife and I trekked to 9 lakes, some were frozen over and cracking loudly, water falls, beautiful high country meadows and mountain pass and at Chocolate Peak ridge were treated to the sun glistening off of Ruwau Lake, Treasure Lakes and Long Lake all in the same view. The elevation gain is moderate on this hike however be prepared to climb through and up a talus field to get to the ridge just before Ruwau Lake. After that it’s all down hill returning to South Lake. Definitely will do this one again!

Easy and stunning hikes. Mid November all the lakes were frozen too, hard enough to walk on when we were there. Can’t wait to go back and do the whole thing

Rewarding hike for mind and body...beautiful views... great trail. Lots of switchbacks between 9000 and 10000 feet, definitely a challenge as an infrequent hiker from the East coast.

Great hike up. Was disappointed that there was not a good view into the next basin. The last steep part was the most lovingly cared for trail I have seen in years.

rock climbing
3 months ago

The drive is beautiful and there’s some great climbing rocks along the way I only did the first half after the climbing rocks in the road very nice and easy for a car to drive on.

3 months ago

Well maintained trail with excellent views on the lakes. I walked this in late October, out and back in 3.5 hours. Not accustomed to the altitude, so it was more tiring than I expected. Well worth the effort though.

The hike up to the lake was very tough, at least for me, maybe I’m out of shape lol. As soon as we got to the lake we caught fish. The Brook Trouts were kind of small, but I’m sure there are some larger fish. Between the four of us, we caught thirteen fish within an hour. This lake is absolutely beautiful I’m so glad we decided to do this.

Beautiful hike! Continued on to Chicken Foot for a total of 6 miles. A new favorite! 5 lakes, multiple streams, craggy Mountain Views. Fascinating geology all around and plenty of photo ops!

Outstanding hike and views! We missed the fall color up here but still well worth the trip!

I found the trail more difficult than I expected, but that may be because the trail is at nearly 11,000 ft. The trail is very well maintained and the views spectacular. Seeing the oldest living things on Earth , the Bristlecone pines, are awe inspiring. The trail is really about 4.3 miles but I forgot to start recording at the beginning of the trail.

A beautiful hike and over almost every ridge there is another lake. With the jagged peaks, green meadows with wildflowers, lakes and streams this hike has everything you could ask for.

Oh yeah. Trail starts you at 10000 feet and hikes you incredible views of the eastern escarpment of the Sierras. Not bad for a 7.4 mi day hike.

One of our favorites

3 months ago

4x4 is absolutely required for full round trip. General SUV was only fine till rock climbing area.

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