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Sandwiched between Death Valley and Yosemite National Park, the small town of Bishop, California, is packed full of wilderness adventure. Home to what some argue is the purest and most-inspiring wilderness in America, residents and visitors to Bishop have countless outdoor adventures within miles of their front doors. Steeped in conservationist history, thanks to John Muir, the hiking around Bishop leads to stunning waterfalls, amazing forests, and breathtaking mountains.

With literally thousands of miles of trails surrounding the town of Bishop, finding the ideal destination can be as tough as scaling all the peaks of the area. Luckily, we have selected eight incredible treks, perfect for your adventures around this idyllic California town.

1. Evolution 100K

Difficulty: Advanced Hiker/Backpacker

Views are plentiful in the Sierra no matter what trail you are on.
Views are plentiful in the Sierra no matter what trail you are on.

John and Jean Strother

The Evolution 100K is 55 miles of pure beauty. It’s a point-to-point trail, which means it will involve a bit of planning, and get ready for almost 10,000 feet of elevation gain and loss along the way. The adventure starts in Piute Pass as you descend to the San Joaquin River. Take a break by the river before climbing up Muir Pass for the next 16 miles. It’s not easy, but Muir Pass has views of the some of the most scenic and remote areas in the entire Sierra. At the top of the pass, check out the stone Muir Hut. Continue on and soak in the mountain views, bright blue alpine lakes, and wide-open meadows all around you. This hike isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s one you will never forget.

The trail starts at the Piute Pass trailhead at North Lake and ends at the South Lake trailhead. You’ll need a wilderness permit to camp overnight along the way.

2. Lamarck Lakes

Difficulty: Moderate Day Hike

The water is almost as blue as the sky.
The water is almost as blue as the sky.

Marshal Hedin

Surrounded by high alpine cliffs and sharp, jagged mountains, the gorgeously-photogenic Lamarck Lakes are too pretty to pass up. With only 1300 feet of elevation gain in the 5.8 mile round trip trek, reaching these stunning watery gems will soothe your soul and entice further wilderness exploration. Lower Lamarck Lake, just 2.2 miles from the North Lake Campground (4.4 miles roundtrip), is extremely pretty, showcasing Mt. George Davis a few thousand feet above the glassy water. Upper Lamarck Lake is 2.9 miles from the campground (5.8 miles roundtrip) and offers a majestic view that will leave your jaw on the trail.

3. Sabrina Basin Trail to Midnight Lake

Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging Day Hike

Midnight Lake is one of many pristine alpine lakes in the Bishop area. https://www.flickr.com/photos/miguelvieira/3767364629/in/photolist-6JUJfz-6JYLSs
Midnight Lake is one of many pristine alpine lakes in the Bishop area.
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Considered to be one of the best hikes in the Bishop Region, showcasing incredible alpine lakes and mountain views. Those who make the 11.8-mile roundtrip trek along the Sabrina Basin trail gain access to pristine, untouched wilderness. This trail is steep, climbing more than 1,000 feet in the second and third miles. Take your time, enjoy the day and keep climbing up over the headwall, as you will be rewarded with shimmering lakes and grandiose views of 13,000-foot peaks reaching toward the heavens. If you hike to Midnight Lake, you’ll also pass the stunning Blue and Dingleberry Lakes, each surrounded by glacial-covered basins and 13,000-foot serrated mountain peaks.

4. Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes

Difficulty: Moderate Day Hike

A view of Little Lakes Valley.
A view of Little Lakes Valley.

Tom Hilton

Starting out at 10,000 feet, the trail to Gem Lakes through the Little Lakes Valley will leave you breathless for two reasons. Starting at the Mosquito Flat Trail, the trail to Gem Lakes works its way up Rock Creek, passing a handful of stunning lakes and breathtaking viewpoints. Gaining just 700 feet over the 6.9 mile out-and-back trail, this is a great trail to introduce you and your family to higher elevation hikes in the eastern Sierra. The views are incredible, especially from Gem Lakes, making this the ideal day trip or first backpacking destination.

5. Methuselah National Recreation Loop Trail

Difficulty: Easy Day Hike

The ancient bristlecone pines are a unique sight to see.
The ancient bristlecone pines are a unique sight to see.

Chao Yen

Did you know that the world’s oldest tree is in California and can be found with just a short hike? Just outside of Bishop in the Inyo National Forest, an ancient bristlecone pine is accessible on a gorgeous 4.5-mile loop trail. Starting at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center, grab a guide to the region and stroll along the ancient trees and enjoy the fantastic views. This family-friendly hike has virtually no shade and is around 10,000 feet in elevation, so make sure to bring some water and take your time to wander among the 4,000-year old trees.

6. Long Lake

Difficulty: Easy Day Hike

The hike to Long Lake is a perfect intro. to hiking in the Bishop area.
The hike to Long Lake is a perfect intro. to hiking in the Bishop area.

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At just 5.5 miles round trip, the trail to Long Lake in Bishop Creek offers incredible scenery for very little effort. Gaining a grand total of just 1800 feet, the short and sweet trek offers more bang for the buck than is imaginable. Huge peaks loom in the distance, while picturesque creeks and a gorgeous lake reward you with wilderness perfection. Through lodgepole pines, the path enters the John Muir Wilderness in the first mile, getting prettier with every step. Jaw-dropping views continue around every bend, rewarding your limited effort on this classic Bishop Area hike. If you only have a few hours and want to be stunned by wilderness, this is the trail for you. Take the Bishop Pass Trail from the South Lake trailhead.

7. White Mountain Peak

Difficulty: Challenging Day Hike

Will White Mountain be your first 14er?
Will White Mountain be your first 14er?

Joe Decruyenaere

Climbing the tallest peaks in America may seem like a tough adventure, but White Mountain Peak changes that. Standing at 14,246 feet above sea level, White Mountain is the third highest peak in the California and the 30th tallest mountain in America. What makes this place so unique is that it shows off one of the deepest valleys in North America, the Owens Valley, 10,000 feet below the summit. This is an awesome mountain to climb, and while it should only be saved for advanced hikers, it is one of the easiest 14ers to hike in the nation. At around 14 miles roundtrip and gaining just 2,647 feet, it is hard to beat this oft-overlooked mountain adventure.

8. Bishop Pass Trail

Difficulty: Challenging Day Hike

Don’t forget to take photo breaks along the Bishop Pass Trail.
Don’t forget to take photo breaks along the Bishop Pass Trail.

Ray Di Ciaccio

Climbing a series of granite benches that show off numerous lakes and ponds, the 9.6-mile trail to Bishop Pass is yet another incredible hiking gem in the greater Bishop region. Starting at South Lake and gaining 2,100 feet over 5.5 miles as you climb Bishop Pass, the trails works its way past incredible views before entering a moonlike landscape at 4.2 miles. For the next 1.3 miles, enjoy spectacular views of mountains and glacial-scoured granite valleys. Under the watchful eye of Mount Goode and Mount Agassiz, the views are breathtaking, memorable and worth the effort. This is a very popular hike and requires a permit in advance if you plan to backpack overnight.

Originally written by RootsRated for Bishop Visitor Center.

Featured image provided by Jar

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3 days ago

Wishing you and your littles a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!! ❤️

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Wishing you and your littles a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!! ❤️

#visitbishop
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Always enjoyed fishing the canal.

We went a couple of years ago maybe 3 yrs ago what fun times we had there🤗

Love Bishop and the Sierras

So beautiful and amazing pictures thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

My favorite place 😍🤗

I think the big Brownies got a few of those

Put any campfire completely out!

Beautiful

That's so cute.

Love that canal

Beautiful

Thank you 😊

Sweet .

Be there soon

❤️😍

So many wonderful memories there!

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4 days ago

Last year... Please #RecreateResponsibly!!!Remember this from last year? The smoke was horrific, and most of the fires weren’t even right here. Please remind ANYONE that is going camping, be it here in Inyo County, or elsewhere, to PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE!!

Earlier this week Mammoth Lakes Fire Department responded to TWO different fires that started because campfires were not extinguished properly (one was a dispersed camping fire, and the other was in an area where fires are prohibited)!! It is going to be a tough year with the dry conditions, so we need to act accordingly!! Extreme fire conditions already exist. If you make a fire, please do it in a campground where there are fire pits, and make sure it is COMPLETELY out.

Please #RecreateResponsibly !!!
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Last year... Please #RecreateResponsibly!!!

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We need to stop the lightening and get rid of the power lines. No more electricity 🥰

Just everybody use common sense. And don't forget to pick up after yourselves. Leave no trace. <3

It gripes my ass when people just don't care. It doesn't take rocket science to put out a camp fire and to know how dry it is and we have international signs where people around the world know what they mean even when they can't read. They have no heart or respect for life animal's or human. I pray we don't have a repeat of last year.

It was awful, be careful out there. Be mindful of nature.

Its sound like it will be a dry summer across the west.....be careful....barb

Beautiful

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5 days ago

If you are wondering what it's looking like up Big Pine Creek, here is a shot from a couple of days ago. It is the view up the South Fork of Big Pine Creek from the North Fork trail. Thank you to Alan Haight for this stunning shot!!

We welcome you to send your beautiful photos to us in Messenger, or on Facebook or Instagram make sure to tag us #VisitBishop! Thank you!

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If you are wondering what its looking like up Big Pine Creek, here is a shot from a couple of days ago. It is the view up the South Fork of Big Pine Creek from the North Fork trail. Thank you to Alan Haight for this stunning shot!! 

We welcome you to send your beautiful photos to us in Messenger, or on Facebook or Instagram make sure to tag us #VisitBishop! Thank you! 

#visitbishop #RecreateResponsibly #mindfultraveler #bigpinecreek

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Gosh this is beautiful!

Some of the most rugged terrain I've ever seen is up that canyon! Truly an amazing part of the Sierras.

Have hiked in this region. So beautiful

I highly recommend visiting Bishop. So much to see and do. 🤠

My old stomping grounds!💕

I LOVE BISHOP! ❤

Love the picture

Went as far as june lake

Gorgeous!

Love it there!

Beautiful

Beautiful

Beautiful!🏔

Beautiful!

Nice

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6 days ago

It’s spring. Wildflowers are blooming, roads are opening, and more folks are traveling and camping. It’s dry out there. Please please, please be careful with anything that could start a wildfire!!! 🔥 This reminder is for locals and visitors alike. It’s going to take ALL of us to prevent wildfires in the months to come.

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This is so beautiful!

I love that area!!

So pretty. Wish I were there. <3

Gorgeous!

Beautiful

Beautiful photo!!!

Beautiful

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1 week ago

In case you didn't get the memo: Mule Days is a GO this year!

In concert with health officials, they are planning for a safe event that fans and spectators will remember for years to come. In compliance with State guidelines, mandatory restrictions and capacity limits will apply to arena seating, so be sure to call now to get your reservations. Some of the popular indoor events have been canceled due to these limits such as the Concert and Opening Night Supper. Sadly, the parade is also on hold until 2022. Good news, though... Mule Days IS happening this year and is going back to the roots where Mule Days is all about the mule!

To read more, or buy tickets, visit: muledays.org/2021/04/16/2020-vision-through-the-eyes-of-a-mule-take-2/

#visitbishop #muledays
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In case you didnt get the memo: Mule Days is a GO this year! 

In concert with health officials, they are planning for a safe event that fans and spectators will remember for years to come. In compliance with State guidelines, mandatory restrictions and capacity limits will apply to arena seating, so be sure to call now to get your reservations. Some of the popular indoor events have been canceled due to these limits such as the Concert and Opening Night Supper. Sadly, the parade is also on hold until 2022. Good news, though... Mule Days IS happening this year and is going back to the roots where Mule Days is all about the mule!

To read more, or buy tickets, visit: https://muledays.org/2021/04/16/2020-vision-through-the-eyes-of-a-mule-take-2/

#visitbishop #muledays

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Sounds like so much fun!

I HAVE NOT BEEN TO BISHOP FOR 30 YEARS AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO A VISIT THERE THIS YEAR. I WAS BORN THERE AND I MAY HAVE A 60TH CLASS REUNION THIS SUMMER. WAITING TO HEAR IF IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN .

Yeah!!! The most fun you can have and still be legal? Or something like that. Stay well.

Thank you for being safe...

We will be there been going there for years Love it

They just approved The Reno Rodeo to full capacity as of two weeks ago and I do believe that the parade will happen as well

I know its a town thing & not affiliated with MD's but any word on the Craft Fair in the Park

No parade outside? Well that’s California for ya! At least there will be an event.

Yep Mule days is coming. this event is when the people are put on show and the Mules get to work out. Mules get to show how smart they are and the people get to show (well we will let you finish this sentence). Come as see for yourself what it is like to be here.

So glad to hear that!!! Miss Bishop soooo much!

The "Mule Days" bumper sticker has worn off the back bumper of the trailer.

Better something than nothing. Sorry to miss it.

Anything happening for 4th of July?

No parade?

what about the arts and crafts at the city park? is that still on?

Perhaps they should give the finger to the very person who ignores the orders for his own pleasures!

Nick Chudilowsky

Whoo Hoo 👏

Becka Lynn Kelley

Awesome!

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