Looking for a great trail near Bishop, California? AllTrails has 71 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 around Big Pine Reservation or Mill Pond Recreation Center, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 32 hard trails in Bishop ranging from 5.1 to 60.3 miles and from 4,143 to 14,242 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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I'm not in as good a shape as I used to be so this Trail was pretty strenuous for me. It took a total of about 4 hours up and back with many stops along the way for photography and lunch at Blue Lake at the top. The trail is easily marked and able to follow and right now the colors look to be at Peak for leaf viewing. There are two stream Crossings which extremely icy and treacherous. We ran into about 10 people total on the trail. We started it almost noon and got off the trail at about 4 pm. In the sun it was quite comfortable in the shade I got a bit chilly and we did bring hats and gloves. I was pretty surprised that there was almost zero Wildlife that we saw it except for a bird here or there. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking!

hiking
3 days ago

What a fun hike to do in the fall! A lot of the aspens were changing colors and the lakes were cold & blue (great place to take a little break). Would love to have traveled further but we’ll be back soon! Definitely apply sunscreen and bring plenty of water as it can be pretty exposed near the pass.

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no shade
rocky
3 days ago

10/10 would recommend but be prepared to be dead from this hike! I'm in decent shape, but the altitude got to me - it took me 3 hrs to go up and 2.5 down. The hike is closer to 15 miles, like other users have said, due to the extra mileage from the locked gate to Barcroft Station (not on the recording). Beautiful, sweeping views and a small herd of bighorn sheep that don't mind people much make the long hike worth it!

well worth the effort. in October your feet stay dry and there are no bugs. however, I would rate the second half of the hike more in the difficult category. not only is it incredibly steep, but it starts to feel like a StairMaster. The lower portion is definitely moderate and a beautiful hike in its own right. I parked in the day use area and round trip to the upper lake and back was 6.3 MI. it will be closer if you park in the pack area as other people have noted. The trail leaves from inside the campground.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike....not much elevation gain in truth, but kicked my sea-level butt on the way up. Dogs enjoyed the run, and the swim. Be sure to park at the trailhead parking, not day use....added some unintented distance and time. Still, a great hike with gorgeous scenery...and no bugs!!!

Good hike with amazing views. It is a good time to take it: there are no other people on the trail. Today I saw only two couples after turn to the Ruby Lake.

Beautiful hike past a series of lakes with towering peaks lining the whole way. Best views seemed to be from Heart and Long Lakes (maybe other side of Box lake), while best spot to chill would be be gem lakes. Very cold - my water spout froze within a few minutes of not using it. Foot traffic started to pick up considerably after about 10am (on a Saturday)

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icy
muddy
5 days ago

We took our kids (10,12,13) and our dog up to Ruby lake. the switchbacks were a bit challenging for our kids, they are not hikers and only one is athletic. Granted they were each caring their own gear. The hike was very short, i'd say it took us 3.5hrs to get up with several stops and lunch. it took us an hour to get down. I would consider this trail heavy traffic we past at least 10 groups on our way down. Our dog did great, we ran into several dogs on the trail. several campsites available, you may have to hike up once you get to the lake, but they are there. Lots of fish, but no catch--we didn't fish for long. It was about 55F in the day and 25F at night, no wind. Ruby was beautiful emerald clear. No bug bites and mosquitos are attracted to two of my kids, so this was a surprise. That alone was worth hiking in the cold. There are parts of the trail that are still icy and muddy.

hiking
5 days ago

Excellent condition. Great views. Good interpretive materials

Stream crossings icy (dangerous). Blue Lake was very nice but I found what I was looking for at Dingleberry Lake - still waters, serenity, beautiful mountains, fragrant pine, cool sunshine...couldn’t ask for more!

Very pretty with all the Lakes to pass on the way in October. Some Fall color.

The colors are amazing right now (at the tail end). Good elevation gain, but a gradual incline.

Amazing!!!

Gorgeous trail in the autumn. Bright colors, Cristal springs and peaceful lakes.

Fall foliage is in full effect and stunning! At the beginning of the trail I passed a lot of people (families), but once you get to the 2 mile mark everyone clears out. The trail is quite rocky with short sections of mud from nearby falls and streams (all adds to the beauty). A lot of photogs out so bring your equipment! Once you get to Blue Lake, scramble along the edge to explore its inlets (there’s so many special spots to picnic). Plan on staying at Blue Lake for a while because it is exceptionally beautiful (I only saw 2 small groups people at the lake during my 2+ hours there on a busy Saturday 10/5/19). Made my way down at 3:45 and caught the golden hour along Sabrina lake.

Trail was icy early October, then muddy later in the day, midweek naturally had no trouble parking but Saturday on the way out, the trail is very heavy, and parking lots were full. Temperatures ranged from mid 20s at night in early October to 60s, beautiful and sunny. Plenty of catch and release Brook and Rainbow trout, Long and Chickenfoot lakes. Saw a deer, squirrels, chipmunks. Beautiful area!

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

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rocky
scramble
snow
11 days ago

Left trailhead Sat Oct 5th. Took the pipeline from South lake and arrive at our camp at Brown lake in roughly an hour. Its only two miles in. We camped there to help acclimate before climbing the following day. We had driven straight from sea level sat morning and were definitely not acclimated yet. The campsite near brown lake is really nice. Sunday Oct 6th: Left camp at 5:30am Saw the sunrise from the talus field below vagabond. Summited vagabond peak by 8:30am Summited Cloudripper around 10am. Left the summit of cloud ripper around 10:30 Back at the trailhead by 3pm. Took a few breaks along the way to soak our feet in the cold streams. Total Hiking time was about 11 hours including the breaks. Some have indicated that this is a class 3 climb on other websites, i solidly disagree... this is a very non-technical class 2. It is a lot of gain, and it is tough, but it isn't technical at all. Super fun climb. The summit of cloudripper has some of the best views I have ever seen from a mountain. Just spectacular.

hiking
11 days ago

One of my favorite trails I've been on. Stunning fall foilage today. Moderate till the last hard uphill mile.

Breathtaking fall colors around the lake two days ago. Two of us in our party clocked the mileage at closer to 7. Beautiful!

hiking
muddy
rocky
13 days ago

Don’t forget to look up. Bug crossings tho, so watch your feet!

Love this trail. Went to Midnight Lake instead of Donkey. Trail is beautiful all the way up. Lots of icy spots where water is running. Not crowded.

hiking
rocky
13 days ago

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