Broke camp at 9:10AM. Campsite 3: Colby Meadow. When to go: Late July-Early October. Continue straight at this 3-way in Hutchinson Meadow. from Evolution Lakes to the Pass, above tree line. for errors or for changes that may have occurred since publication. At 11,955 feet, Muir Pass is the high point of the JMT thus far for SOBO hikers, affording excellent views of the Goddard Piute Pass – 11,423′ elev; Lake Sabrina – 9132′ South Lake – 9755′ Bishop Pass Trail Map Tom Harrison. Hike cross-country to a pocket of dreamy lakeside camps on the John Muir Trail. On this burly, 200-plus-mile traverse, which crosses 33 passes and barely touches established trails, you can find Alaska-size scenery, complete solitude, and just enough risk to keep things interesting. Hermit and Evolution John Muir Trail- Florence Lake - San Jaquin River -Evolution Valley - Saphire Lake - Muir Pass - Le Conte Valley - Dusy Basin - Bishop Pass 5 Niight … Evolution Valley - Goddard Canyon Backpack, August 2004 Second Day Phil Farrell . We started at the North Lake Trailhead, hiked in via Piute Pass and out via Lamarck Col. South Lake to North Lake through Evolution Valley. The Taboose Pass trail starts in Onion Valley in the desert, full of black lava rocks and sage brush at 5430 feet . Bullion City was home to more than 1,000 Miners. Solomons christened these mountains the Evolution Group because “I could think of none more fitting than the great evolutionists, so at-one in their devotion to the sublime in Nature.”. Complete route description, mileages. Bishop Pass, North Lake-South Lake, Evolution Valley trail map Map – August 1, 2009 by Tom Harrison Maps (Author), Tom Harrison (Editor, Illustrator) 3.9 out of 5 stars 6 ratings Does anyone have any experience with Evolution Valley/Piute Pass Looking for anyone knowledgeable about this area, as I am trying to research for a trip for next July. From your camp spot at or near the meadow, continue down the Piute Canyon Trail to its junction with the John Muir Trail (JMT) . On day one we hiked over Piute Pass into Humphrey's Basin. Feel free to navigate the map to find local businesses. Day three Descend 7.3 miles on the JMT into Evolution Valley, then add an easy 1.2 miles to camp by Evolution Lake. 2. Bishop Pass Trail to John Muir Trail to Piute Trail is a 50.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bishop, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. KENNEDY MEADOWS to TUOLUMNE MEADOWS: The highlight reel of this 209-mile section includes three national parks, several high passes with heavenly views, two stunning wilderness areas, and not a single road. The Piute Pass Trail is a gentle 2,000 ascent up a gorgeous canyon over five miles. Permits issued from the White Mountain Ranger Station. They came across a congregation of stunning peaks lining the South Fork of the San Joaquin River, and they altered course to the glaciated valley beneath them, finding clear lakes, dwarf meadows, and jagged sky-stabbing peaks. During my summer as a volunteer wildlife technician in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, I spent my days trekking with a pack full of tracking equipment to survey animal populations. Descend winding LeConte Canyon to the ranger station near Dusy Creek. Permits issued from the White Mountain Ranger Station. Photos Tom Harrison Trail Map: Bishop Pass Maps, Backpacking Bishop CA; North Lake & South Lake Loop, Evolution Valley. Day 5 of our 6 day hike took us approximately 12.5 miles from our camp at Puite Creek over Piute Pass and down to Piute Lake. From the pass, continue on down the Piute Canyon Trail along Piute Creek, camping at or near Hutchinson Meadow, about 11 miles from North Lake. After my work was done, I’d jump in the nearest river, cook, then bear-proof my camp. Evolution Valley. Feel free to navigate the map to find local businesses. © 2020 Pocket Outdoor Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. During the summer of 2008, Kyle Sox and I completed a new traverse in the Evolution region of the Sierra Nevada: the Evolution Crest Traverse (VI 5.9). The third is the ascent up Bishop Pass. An easy trail leads to the foot of the climb into Evolution Valley. There are no campsites after the ford. In the Eastern Sierras, the hike from North Lake to Piute Pass (historical spelling), is a classic at any time of year. River - River - Valley evolution: The ultimate form assumed by any valley reflects events that occurred during its developmental history and the characteristics of the underlying geology. For those who would rather ride into their camp, contact the High Sierra Pack Station or the Lost Valley … From the junction with Piute Canyon/Piute Pass Trail, the JMT crosses into Kings Canyon National Park and begins the long ascent up to Muir Pass, paralleling the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. The second day's route is shown on the map below. may have been made. The map displayed above is for illustrative purposes only. Leaving the river behind, the trail climbs toward the cradled confines of Evolution Valley. Access to John Muir Trail, Evolution Valley, Humphrey's Basin. Climb Year: 2008. 5. Day 2: Continue on Piute Pass to reach the JMT (and enter the national park). Piute Pass Area: No campfires from the trailhead to Piute Pass, or above 10,000 ft. north of Glacier Divide. Whitney, the tallest peak in the Lower 48. Between that … The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is BISHOP AP which is approximately 20 miles away and has an elevation of 4,102 feet (7,315 feet lower than Piute Pass). Bishop Pass Hiking Map North Lake Piute Pass – 11,423′ elev Lake Sabrina – 9132′ South Lake – 9755′ Bishop Pass Trail Map Tom Harrison Bishop, CA – located along US Hwy 395 is a hub for travelers and locals alike, in the high desert valley next to the Eastern Sierra range. Following that, we returned to North Lake via Lamarck Col, a high pass just short of 13,000'. Part 3 of our part JMT/PCT, part meandering off-trail hike from August 28-September 9, 2017 entering at Onion Valley and exiting through Piute Pass. At the top of the pass sits a stone building (not a safe retreat in a thunderstorm). Photos and descriptions follow the map. Reach a footbridge over Jeffrey pine-lined Piute Creek, and camp on designated pads nearby. Hutchinson Meadow to Evolution Meadow. Or bag flattopped Mt. Elevation gain was slightly over 3,300 feet. So, for a shorter, higher loop, consider going up Evolution Basin instead of down Evolution Valley. The John Muir Trail through Evolution Valley, over Muir Pass, and down the LeConte Canyon is one of the most dramatic sections of the entire 220-mile route. Ford the creek at an easier spot upstream from the trail crossing. Continue up the JMT for 3.8 miles, reaching a trail junction. 849 m. / 2785 … We woke at sunrise at the North Lake Campground, had breakfast and coffee, and broke camp. Piute Pass 6/29 - About 25 yards of snow on the east side. I crossed Muir Pass and reached close to Big Pete meadows. Soon … Day two Continue on Piute Pass to reach the JMT (and enter the national park) at mile 17.4. Hiking trail near Bishop, California. As I left campsite, trail immediately started climbing towards Evolution Lake. 6/22 - South side of Muir Pass:Trail is snow-free to lake below Helen Lake. The trail skirts the northern shore of Loch Leven. Get surefire solitude in McGee Canyon (south about .5 mile back). Every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, but we cannot be responsible Going up, you'll pass several lakes to arrive at Piute Pass about 4.2 miles from the trailhead. Between that lower lake and Helen Lake there are two steep snow patches 20 feet long. The trail on the left leads to Lower Honeymoon Lake. Whitney and Sonora Pass. Another option would be to go cross country from evolution lake up to Darwin Bench, across Alpine Col into Humphry's Basin and to Piute Pass. Julie and I recently spent a week in Inyo National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. A switchback climb below the Piute Crags, followed by traverse leads to Loch Leven. Ahead, tackle a class 2 scramble to Lamarck Col. Crest Lamarck Col, then drop down the backside. to Evolution Valley. Little Lakes Valley Trail, Bishop Picture: Gletscherschliff am Piute Pass - Check out Tripadvisor members' 1,133 candid photos and videos of Little Lakes Valley Trail First, it was a suggestion, and then it was an item on my Someday List. Bonner explored this area in 1895 while scouting a hiker’s route along the crest of the Sierra (it would eventually become the John Muir Trail). Our camps were very high, all above 11,300', and we took two and a half days layover, hiking and exploring without the packs. The Piute Pass Trail is a gentle 2,000 ascent up a gorgeous canyon over five miles. At night, I’d comb through maps by headlamp, creating my ultimate ticklist for the parks. Leave the JMT, and follow the drainage up to Darwin Canyon. You'll find other good campsites on this knoll. Food and refuse must be stored in a container designed to prevent access by bears, or counter-balanced at least 15 feet above the ground and 10 feet horizontally from a tree trunk (where containers are not required) No parking in campground, hikers park at North Lake. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Climb Year: 2008. Bishop, CA – located along US Hwy 395 is a hub for travelers and locals alike, in the high desert valley next to the Eastern Sierra range. Option: Detour up Mt. Piute Pass Area: No campfires from the trailhead to Piute Pass, or above 10,000 ft. north of Glacier Divide Food and refuse must be stored in a container designed to prevent access by bears, or counter-balanced at least 15 feet above the ground and 10 feet horizontally from a … The trail on the right leads north into French Canyon. August 5, 2004 Click on any small photo to see a larger one, or view them in order: Start Here. Piute Lake, at an elevation of nearly 11,000 feet, is scenic and a … And we find out it lives up to it's unfavorable reputation. Campsite 1: Upper Golden Trout Lake. JMT/Piute Canyon to Florence Lake ist ein 15 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Streckenabschnitt in der Nähe von Mono Hot Springs, Kalifornien. Darwin via the class 3 West Ridge. Bishop Pass: Begins at South Lake. Beyond Evolution Lake the trail climbs through the rugged landscape of Evolution Basin toward Muir Pass. Melting quickly. Bill Edwards, Scott Cook and Jeffrey Scott at Evolution Lake: Patty Kert Dailey. The best time ever, I mean. Or bag flattopped Mt. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is … Emerson and Peak 12691. This loop begins and ends at the North Lake trailhead. Always confirm information with the service provider and check for any recent changes that Piute Creek to Dusy Creek. On … Bridge over Piute Creek near JMT Piute Canyon Trail Junction Explore, October 15, 2016 . An easy trail leads to the foot of the climb into Evolution Valley. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California. All 3 of these passes are at about 12,000 feet in elevation. Follow it 2.1 miles back to the trailhead. Reach a footbridge over Jeffrey pine-lined Piute Creek, and camp on designated pads nearby. Er führt entlang eines Sees und entlang eines Flusses. Day three Descend 7.3 miles on the JMT into Evolution Valley, then add an easy 1.2 miles to camp by Evolution Lake. Piute Pass: Begins at North Lake. It was a big day. Author: Scott McCook . Difficulty: Strenuous. One spot looks like a campsite, but then I realize it is the main trail as the alternate route rejoins it. Hike cross-country through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to a pocket of dreamy lakeside camps on the John Muir Trail. Now I can say, “beeen there” in a sing-song tone suggesting my best time ever in the land of granite. Publication Year: 2014. DIFFICULT 34.3 mi. This great hike to scenic Piute Pass ascends beneath the multi-hued Piute Crags to a beautiful lakes basin tucked beneath Mt. Mt. From north to south / west to east, Evolution Valley starts at the South Fork of the San Joaquin River, into which flows Evolution Creek, at an altitude of 8486 feet / 2590 metres, and rises to Muir Pass at 11,991 feet … Theodore S. Solomons and E.C. The first is 2000 vertical feet up Piute Pass. Looking up the valley, you get a distant view of Piute Pass. Muir Pass 6/22 - South side of Muir Pass:Trail is snow-free to lake below Helen Lake. Obviously some parties in the old Division of Highways took the Piute(sic) Pass concept seriously enough; the "stub end" segment of current CA 168 west of Bishop attests to that. Piute Pass via North Lake Road. Continue up the JMT for 3.8 miles, reaching a trail junction. First … Then, hike 7.5 miles up Evolution Valley along the JMT to Evolution Lake or follow the McGee Creek variation described above. He was instrumental in the creation of the John Muir Trail. 6/29 - About 25 yards of snow on the east side. This 34-mile, four-day loop straddles Muir's namesake wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park. Map Mono Divide High Country ($10, tomharrisonmaps.com). Crest Piute Pass, then drop down toward Summit Lake. Evolution Basin Via Lamarck Col - August 20-26, 2006 7/9/2008. Publication Year: 2014. Hike from North Lake near Bishop through Evolution Valley exiting Bishop Pass and South Lake. Piute Creek to Dusy Creek The John Muir Trail through Evolution Valley, over Muir Pass, and down the LeConte Canyon is one of the most dramatic sections of the entire 220-mile route. The John Muir Trail through Evolution Valley, over Muir Pass, and down the LeConte Canyon is one of the most dramatic sections of the entire 220-mile route. Plan to spend a day or two enjoying magnificent McClure Meadow. Mt. 4. We explored Humphreys Basin, went up French Canyon to Pine Creek Pass, swung down Piute Creek to Evolution Creek, walked through the upper reaches of frozen Evolution Basin, tagged the stone hut at Muir Pass … We will undoubtedly wish our layover day at Evolution Lake were a layover week, so grand is the scenery, and so many the prospects for adventure and pleasure. At the top was Evolution Valley—as a wannabe biologist, I fell in love with the name. Here’s how I did it: Day one Take the Piute Pass Trail from North Lake Campground, 20 miles west of Bishop, and hike six miles gaining 2,000 feet to make camp near Upper Golden Trout Lake (no camping within 400 feet). Your next objective is Piute Lake another mile up the trail. An easy trail leads to the foot of the climb into Evolution Valley. Elevation gain was slightly over 3,300 feet. So, 3 of the 5-6 days are ascending, and the other half are descents. On September 27, 1997 I took a 4 day back pack from the trail head at North Lake (Sierra National Forest) into Evolution Valley by way of Lamark col and came out by way of Piute Pass. I wouldn't do Lamarack as there is no maintained trail and you would be skipping over Evolution Valley. Camp, or finish the last 2.7 miles to the trailhead. Then, hike 7.5 miles up Evolution Valley along Helen Lake to Muir Pass: 50% snow-covered. Beginning at North Lake in the Eastern Sierra near Bishop, the trail crosses Piute Pass and descends to meet the John Muir Trail before turning south into beautiful Evolution Valley. If I made the trip to difficult I would lose my only backpacking companion. Evolution Valley Trail from Florence Lake to Kings Canyon and Evolution Valley. From the pass, continue on down the Piute Canyon Trail along Piute Creek, camping at or near Hutchinson Meadow, about 11 miles from North Lake. Here there are great views into Humphreys Basin. Recreation.gov is your source for discovering and experiencing America's federal recreation activities and outdoor adventures. Darwin via the class 3 West Ridge. Effective elevation gain was about 3100 ft. with 12 miles hike. The Ionian Basin from Wanda Pass. High Sierra Trails website makes no warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of any of its maps. On day 1, take the Piute Pass Trail from North Lake Campground, and hike six miles gaining 2,000 feet to make camp near Upper Golden Trout Lake (no camping within 400 feet). Access to John Muir Trail, Evolution Valley, Humphrey's Basin. MODERATE 4.7 mi. Explore, October 15, 2016 Day 5 of our 6 day hike took us approximately 12.5 miles from our camp at Puite Creek over Piute Pass and down to Piute Lake. It climbs to 11,352 feet in 8 miles. First campsite - Lock Leven (3.5 miles). Day four Rest and explore. Ford the creek at an easier spot upstream from the trail crossing. We woke at sunrise at the North Lake Campground, had breakfast and coffee, and broke … Although there were threatening clouds there was no rain but late in the day we battled the wind. Along the way, we visited Humphreys Basin, French Canyon, Evolution Valley, McGee Lakes, Evolution … From North Lake, hike 5.0 miles up to Piute Pass (11,423 ft.). Day five Leave the JMT, taking the switchbacks above Evolution Lake to access Darwin Canyon and a class 2 scramble up and over Lamarck Col to Upper Lamarck Lake, 2,100-feet below. Bishop Pass to Piute Pass, Evolution Crest Traverse (previously unreported) California, Sierra Nevada During the summer of 2008, Kyle Sox and I completed a new traverse in the Evolution region of the Sierra Nevada: the Evolution Crest Traverse (VI 5.9). Day 4: Rest and explore. Campsite 2: Just past the footbridge over Piute Creek, set up camp on these designated pads. The ascent to Muir Pass is measured by a series of lakes. Dogs: No. Hike down from the pass following the Piute Canyon Trail for 12.4 miles until reaching the JMT. Plan to spend a day or two enjoying magnificent McClure Meadow. It was also one of the last areas explored by early park pioneers. Tag Mount Whitney, the Lower 48's highest peak, during this 42-mile trek into Sequoia National Park where there's more acreage of wilderness than you'll know what to do with. On to Evolution Valley. Hermit and Evolution valley were in sight for some time. This is a beautiful trail. Continue straight at the 3-way. If you go over Piute Pass (11.4kft) with a single night at North Lake (9.2kft), and camp at, say, Summit Lake at 11.2kft, if anyone in your group develops AMS or worse, you have to climb back up and over to get to lower altitude Reach a footbridge over Jeffrey pine-lined Piute Creek, and camp on designated pads nearby. John Muir Rock rises directly to the east. 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