Long Lake

Bishop, California

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For those who have had a couple of days to acclimate to the altitude, lovely Long Lake in the John Muir Wilderness is a moderate hike with an extremely scenic gradual ascent above angler-dotted South Lake. Less-acclimated hikers should make it a cooler morning jaunt with more time for “catch your breath” stops on the shadier stretches. Your dog will love bounding across the occasional seasonal streams up to the lakeside meadow where you can enjoy his antics from the shoreline boulders. The scenery and not the altitude will take your breath away at Long Lake. The South Lake Basin is your portal to the John Muir Wilderness and the shores of postcard- perfect Long Lake. Along the way, you will cross two footbridges at seasonal streams. These refreshing stops for your pooch give you time to enjoy the summer display of deep pink shooting stars, white ranger buttons, and purple lupine.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

For those who have had a couple of days to acclimate to the altitude, lovely Long Lake in the John Muir Wilderness is a moderate hike with an extremely scenic gradual ascent above angler-dotted South Lake. Less-acclimated hikers should make it a cooler morning jaunt with more time for “catch your breath” stops on the shadier stretches.

Your dog will love bounding across the occasional seasonal streams up to the lakeside meadow where you can enjoy his antics from the shoreline boulders. The scenery and not the altitude will take your breath away at Long Lake. The South Lake Basin is your portal to the John Muir Wilderness and the shores of postcard- perfect Long Lake. Along the way, you will cross two footbridges at seasonal streams. These refreshing stops for your pooch give you time to enjoy the summer display of deep pink shooting stars, white ranger buttons, and purple lupine.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bishop
Distance: 4.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 9,828 feet
Top Elevation: 10,752 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; USFS Inyo National Forest; John Muir Wilderness; National Geographic Mammoth Lakes and Mono Divide Trail Map; Tom Harrison Bishop Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Long Lake

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