First and Second Lakes

Big Pine, California 93513

First and Second Lakes

First and Second Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Trail Information

Big Pine
Nearby City
Trail Type
5.5 hours
7,784 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,106 feet
Top Elevation
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);; Inyo Wilderness Permit Office, (760) 873-2483
Local Contacts
USGS Coyote Flat, Split Mountain; USFS Inyo National Forest; John Muir Wilderness; National Geographic Sequoia Kings/Canyon National Parks Trail Map
Local Maps

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