Dusy Basin Trail

Aspendell, California 93513

Dusy Basin Trail

Dusy Basin Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Bring lots of film for this hike over Bishop Pass to renowned Dusy Basin. The scenery along the trail is outstanding and the basin is unbelievable. Do not expect solitude on the trail or in the basin. Day-of-hike permits are difficult to get; plan ahead and reserve your wilderness permit early."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Dusy Basin, where picturesque tarns encircled by lush meadows and sparkling granite slabs contrast vividly with a border of craggy peaks, is one of the prettiest alpine basins in the High Sierra. While the basin is a modest 8 miles from the trailhead, the moderately steep climb over a nearly 12,000-foot-high pass presents enough of a challenge that most backpackers use two days to reach it. With such stunning scenery, you should spend at least one additional day exploring the nooks and crannies of this exquisite parkland. Although there is no maintained trail through Dusy Basin, the terrain is uncomplicated, allowing for straightforward cross-country travel."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,780 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 days
Mid-July through September
9,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,980 feet
Top Elevation
John Muir Wilderness & Kings Canyon; White Mountain Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USFS John Muir Wilderness (Central Section); USGS Mt. Thompson and North Palisade
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