Birch Lake

Big Pine, California 93513

Birch Lake

Birch Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Dirt road access, a lowelevation trailhead, and an infrequently maintained trail combine to dissuade most hikers from even considering this trip to Birch Lake. Despite the perceived drawbacks, Birch Lake is quite scenic, nestled beneath the Sierra Crest in the broad canyon of aspen-lined Birch Creek and sandwiched between The Thumb and Birch Mountain. The sketchy trail dead-ends below the lake, making this a trip suitable for a dayhike or overnight backpack."

Birch Lake Reviews

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5/4/2018
This is a tough trail - it's very steep and it isn't maintained at all or well-marked. There's very little shade so we started early in the morning to catch the sunrise and beat the heat. Birch Lake is an alpine lake that makes the hike worthwhile but not sure I would do this one again. If you do attempt it, make sure you have good directions and a map and the road there is unpaved so you may want a 4WD or other vehicle that can handle it.
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Trail Information

Big Pine
Nearby City
11
Distance
4,615 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
2–3 days
Duration
Late June to mid-October
Season
Kings Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS’s Fish Springs and Split Mountain
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018