First and Second Lakes

Big Pine, California

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Like most hikes on the eastern side of the Sierra, the drive from the high desert valley floor gives little hint of the alpine paradise that waits at the trailhead. This classic Eastern Sierra trail, complete with glacier views, a rushing creek, waterfalls, a historic cabin, and two stunning turquoise lakes is best suited to fit dogs in their prime. Having said that, less-athletic dogs with their less-ambitious two-legged hiking companions can choose to tailor the hike to their stamina level with a shorter distance at four naturally rewarding spots along the trail described below.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

Like most hikes on the eastern side of the Sierra, the drive from the high desert valley floor gives little hint of the alpine paradise that waits at the trailhead. This classic Eastern Sierra trail, complete with glacier views, a rushing creek, waterfalls, a historic cabin, and two stunning turquoise lakes is best suited to fit dogs in their prime.

Having said that, less-athletic dogs with their less-ambitious two-legged hiking companions can choose to tailor the hike to their stamina level with a shorter distance at four naturally rewarding spots along the trail described below.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Big Pine
Distance: 10.0
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 7,784 feet
Top Elevation: 10,106 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District, 798 N. Main St., Bishop 93914; (760) 873-2500 (this number has an excellent menu of information options); fs.usda.gov/inyo; Inyo Wilderness Permit Office, (760) 873-2483
Local Maps: USGS Coyote Flat, Split Mountain; USFS Inyo National Forest; John Muir Wilderness; National Geographic Sequoia Kings/Canyon National Parks Trail Map
Driving Directions: Directions to First and Second Lakes

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