Brainerd Lake

Big Pine, California 93513

Brainerd Lake

Brainerd Lake Professional Guide

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"Alpinists from across the globe are drawn to the beauty and challenge of the bevy of 14,000-foot peaks known as the Palisades.

Less-adventurous recreationists can enjoy the splendid alpine scenery found in the Middle Palisades on this journey up the canyon of South Fork Big Pine Creek to Brainerd Lake and the off-trail backcountry beyond. Although the terrain is heavenly, parts of the ascent may seem to have less divine origins."

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Sierra South: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada (Wilderness Press)
Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless, Analise Elliot, Chris Tirrell & Thomas Winnett
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"Avery demanding climb on trail that’s sometimes hard to follow leads to a beautiful high lake with fine Class 2 to 3 cross-country rambling around the watershed of South Fork Big Pine Creek. You may have Brainerd Lake all to yourself!"

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Trail Information

Big Pine
Nearby City
3,750 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-6 hours
This is high-alpine country. Consequently, trails don’t shed their snow in these parts until mid-summer, which is usually around mid-July following winters of average snowfall.
White Mountain Ranger District
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