Brainard Lake Trail

Big Pine, California 93513

Brainard Lake Trail

Brainard Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Brainard Lake lies in a deep bowl of granite, surrounded by glacier-clad summits towering over 13,000 feet. Massive cliffs create a vertical shoreline for the icy blue waters. This scenic lake is located high up the South Fork Big Pine Creek valley. The trail to Brainard Lake is rough, steep, and hard to follow in some sections. Campsites are small and limited in number."

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Trail Information

Big Pine
Nearby City
2,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
Mid-July through September
7,750 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,650 feet
Top Elevation
John Muir Wilderness; White Mountain and Mount Whitney Ranger Stations
Local Contacts
USFS John Muir Wilderness (Central Section); USGS Coyote Mountain and Split Peak
Local Maps

Trail Log