Explore the most popular horseback riding trails near Bishop with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Didn't know it was a difficult trail until now. I struggled but I can say I did it. Went all the way to Gem Lake. Gorgeous!

Great easy hike! So many lakes and great views. You have to make it to the end at Gem Lakes

Excellent views . Highly recommend it

One of our favorite hikes You pass Mack, Marsh, Heart, Box & Long lake before you reach a short side trip to Chicken Foot Lake at 10,789. A side trip around Gem Lakes is a great stopping point for a quick dip and lunch before getting back on the trail and heading up to Morgan Pass. We couldn't resist "the bear goes over the mountain" temptation to see what we could see. All we saw was more mountains to climb, so we headed back...

My first Sierra backpacking trip with a Boy Scout group. The hike is quite strenuous, and the elevation makes it more so. The views are amazing, and the fishing is quite good (I didn't fish, but most of the other hikers did).

There is plenty of water, but make sure you bring a way to purify it.

Also, bring a mosquito net, as they are EVERYWHERE. Worst of all, they did not seem to get the memo that you should not bite someone who wears bug repellent. If anything, it seemed to attract them even more!

What a great day hike, with tons of spectacular views the entire way. We thought this hike started moderate and towards the switchback end was definitely hard. We had our 9 year old and she lasted about 70% of the way, then went back to Lake Sabrina.

Definitely not for kids who are not used to altitude and moderate/hard hiking. Make sure you take lots of water and start early. That sun on the first half was intense!

The best!!!

Awesome scenery on this one!

Beautiful hike, easy one night backpacking. The temperature dropped to 32 degrees at night. Also mosquitoes were insane so be prepared. You need to have a strong repellent and mosquitoes nets would be very helpful

Absolutely beautiful! Blue lake is crystal clear and surrounded by amazing peaks. Puppy dog had fun chasing squirrels too!

Absolutely beautiful! There were a lot of day hikers but only saw a few that were staying overnight. Definitely one to add to the list.

Most amazing views. Definitely worth going!

June 3rd hike. Like most, had to turn back at Chicken Foot the snow was too much for us. I'll be back soon though. This hike is a must do!

Great hike. When you start there is a fork. Go LEFT for Morgan Pass for this hike. Just before you get to Long Lake, there is a river crossing. It has stepping stones, but on 3rd June, you had to put your feet under water to cross it. Luckily we were wearing waterproof boots thanks to a recommendation from a guy who hiked on Memorial Day Weekend. Then once at Long Lake, there were snow patches on the path that you had to trudge through. We didn't quite make it to Gem Lake, because the snow was up to our knees. Up to the fork for Chicken Foot Lake was ok.

a lovely hike with so many beautiful lakes, still snowy up towards Morgan pass, but glad we came. hiked on June 2, 2018.

Trail was in good condition with one or two sections still covered by a few feet of snow as you climb toward the plateau. Nothing impassible, although, it was a bit hard to follow at times. We camped on the southern end of the lake.

There were quite a few other hikers passing through over the course of the afternoon, including one couple who decided to setup their tent 20 yards from us. Thank you for that. For a more secluded experience push past Blue Lake to anyone of the other countless lakes tucked away in the John Muir Wilderness. The trails beyond will open up in the coming month or so.

This was a fun afternoon hike. It was closer to 6 miles from the Marina parking lot. Lots of water and some small snow crossing.

Wow, just amazing!! I just did this hike this morning, 5/27/2018. Memorial Day weekend. The temperature was 35F at the trailhead at 8:30am, but it honestly didn’t feel bad at all. I imagine in the summer the parking spots would all be taken by this time. But today there were plenty. The hike is not really very hard or strenuous. Just the altitude can be an issue for some. I would definitely wear some boots that are water proof or resistant. I did see quite a few people wearing tennis shoes and I’m sure their feet were soaked. There was a lot of runoff from the snow along the trail so it was a little sloppy. And there’s at least one decent river crossing where you’re feet are bound to get wet. There were lots of patches of snow along the way, and by the time I was at Long Lake the entire trail was basically snow covered. And it’s deep. It was cold enough that the snow was pretty packed, but I did have many post-hole instances. I trudged along in the snow until I reached Chickenfoot Lake and then turned around. The snow was just too much. But overall one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done! Coming back I ran into the crowds of people just coming up. Most of them seem to stop at Long Lake and fish and picnic. Do this hike! You won’t regret it.

camped at blue lake last night it got 1-2 feet of snow overnight so be prepared. with prior accumulation there were some waist deep sections and snow shoes would help

Gorgeous hike! Stunning vistas. When we started the gate wasn’t open, but it is now. Lucky hikers can park and start right at the trailhead!
We had hiking shoes and were fine, but micro spikes would have worked well today, -still large spots with snow, though melting quickly. Snowshoes as you get deeper would surely come in handy. We turned back 3 miles in (we started late) but I imagine our shoes would have taken us all the way. Just be careful as the snow is melting and it’s easier to fall through.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning views all around on this trail. However due to the late season snow we were forced to navigate that on most of my groups' three-day backpacking trip.

We camped at Chocolate lakes, just under Chocolate Peak which turned out to be an amazing lakeside site.

The next day we carried on to our next camp site near Bishop Lake. Getting to Bishop Pass was fairly annoying with the late season snowpack on the ground. While it was mostly solid and post holing wasn't much of an issue, it was pocked with holes from melt

Good early spring hike when other trails in the area are still under snow. POOR signage though. We parked in Paradist the well marked trailhead and hiked up the creek. TRAIL is well maintained and is a good sunny day hike if you are seeking some shade.

Nice hike

Hiked this trail 4 days ago - absolutely beautiful! Blue lake is frozen over, the area made a gorgeous campsite. There is a lot of snow up at that elevation, and several patches of ice on the trail leading up.

Truly a "gem" of a hike - the views are spectacular! Starting at 10K, but not a lot of elevation gain in the hike. Did this over the summer, but created my account in January, so we did NOT go in the winter!

Great hike! The road to the trailhead is closed due to snow 1.3 miles short of the trailhead. Luckily others had hiked before us so the snow was slightly packed out. When my gps said we were .8 away from gem lake the footprints stopped. The snow was now too deep, in my opinion, to posthole for another mile and it was getting late so we turned around. Still a beautiful hike!

hiking
7 months ago

We went up to Bishop for a night with our pup two weeks ago and decided to try our hand at this trail—glad we did. Every turn gave you a new breathtaking view of snow tipped mountains and several lakes. We even saw a few people playing ice hockey on a frozen lake! We aren’t experienced hikers, but the intensity of the trail was doable with a few breaks along the way. Due to a flare up of an old back injury, we turned around with a mile left before the turnaround, unfortunately. It took us about 4 hours for 5.5 miles and the views and experience were definitely worth putting in the miles!

This is a beautiful trail! It is very well maintained and our 5 year old and 9 year old hiked it fine.

Our only issue was initially finding the trail, as many websites hardly mention it.

“From Bishop go North on Highway 395 to Tom’s Place. Follow Rock Creek Road to Mosquito Flat to the end of the paved road where there is plenty of hiker parking.”


Those were the best direction I found. No distances listed.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous trail. Well maintained. Views are spectacular. Hike is quite challenging, primarily because of the altitude, especially toward the peak of the pass... about 1 mile with 1000 foot elevation change up to about 12,000 feet. We went at the end of October and there was a little snow at the pass but overall the weather was gorgeous and the trail was easily passable.

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