Treasure Lakes

Bishop, California

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This hike, which feels like it is set in a rugged granite amphitheater, is an up-and-down-and-up-again trail with a moderate grade. Hardy pooches and their human companions are rewarded with stupendous scenery, multiple seasonal streams for cool-off splashes, and wildflowers on the way to two lovely Treasure Lakes guarded by granite sentries. Looking up from US 395 in Bishop across the high desert plain to the stark Sierra range that walls the Pacific Coast from the eastern deserts, it’s difficult to imagine that the long, winding journey up West Line Road will pass pleasant campgrounds and a couple of inviting cabin resorts on the aspen- lined South Fork Bishop Creek before dropping you at the foot of an alpine paradise. But it does. The South Lake Basin is your portal to the John Muir Wilderness and the shores of two lovely Treasure Lakes.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

This hike, which feels like it is set in a rugged granite amphitheater, is an up-and-down-and-up-again trail with a moderate grade. Hardy pooches and their human companions are rewarded with stupendous scenery, multiple seasonal streams for cool-off splashes, and wildflowers on the way to two lovely Treasure Lakes guarded by granite sentries.

Looking up from US 395 in Bishop across the high desert plain to the stark Sierra range that walls the Pacific Coast from the eastern deserts, it’s difficult to imagine that the long, winding journey up West Line Road will pass pleasant campgrounds and a couple of inviting cabin resorts on the aspen- lined South Fork Bishop Creek before dropping you at the foot of an alpine paradise. But it does. The South Lake Basin is your portal to the John Muir Wilderness and the shores of two lovely Treasure Lakes.

© 2016 Linda and David Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bishop
Distance: 6.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 9,828 feet
Top Elevation: 10,680 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger Station, 798 N. Main St., Bishop 93914; (760) 873-2500 (this number has an excellent menu of information options); fs.usda.gov/inyo
Local Maps: USGS Mount Thompson; Inyo National Forest; John Muir Wilderness; National Geographic Mammoth Lakes and Mono Divide Trail Map; Tom Harrison Bishop Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Treasure Lakes

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