North Fork Big Pine Creek Loop Backpacking

Big Pine , California 93513

North Fork Big Pine Creek Loop Backpacking

North Fork Big Pine Creek Loop (Backpacking) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"At the head of Big Pine Creek soars the longest spine of 13–14,000-foot peaks in the lower 48 states, the legendary Palisades. At every turn the North Fork Trail reveals new perspectives on these splintery crests, all while touring past nine inviting lakes. The largest glaciers in the Sierra gather in benches below the peaks, completing the setting for an alpine tableau unmatched in California."

North Fork Big Pine Creek Loop (Backpacking) Reviews

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Just got back from this trip it was amazing. The lakes are beautiful and the views are awesome. The first 6 miles is a bear but after that it is smooth sailing. The Glacier hike is a must. The fishing is not as good as advertised we fished in lake 3 and black lake and it was mostly 9inch or smaller brown trout. It was still fun. Make sure to hike around lake 4 they have a killer view just past the big campsite. Great trail i would recommend it to anyone..
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Breath taking views abound on this 12 mile hike through the heart of the Hoover Wilderness. Although the ascent from the Virginia Lakes Basin to the summit of Burro Pass is a slog, it is not much more difficult than other "gateways" to the magnificences of the Sierra. The view from the top of Burrow summit in both directions are stunning. This hike has a lot of ups and downs on various media ranging from slate, granite, lava and organic soil. The stream crossings are well designed and for the most part stable enough for easy wading across (Early August). Summit Lake is beautiful with high peaks of many colors surrounding its cold waters. West of Summit Lake is the boundary for Yosemite National Park. Since this is a gateway to Yosemite it hosts many hikers on their way to Yosemite, but I would urge folks to stop and enjoy this area. Winding your way down towards Green Creek takeout you pass numerous lakes of various size and shapes. One thing in common is the mosquitos that accompany you through the boggier areas. East lake is magnificent with its snow melt waterfalls and tall peaks that embrace much like the pearl inside the shell.... As you hike out you cross Green Creek several times and are never out of ear shot of its tumble down the mountains. All in all this is a great hike. Since we are in our 50's and 60's we took our time and made a leisurely 4 day trip, we enjoyed this immensely. Sure the ascent was tough, the mosquitos ever present, but what the heck, thats what it is all about...if it was easy, there'd be a ton of Winnebegos surrounding these beautiful lakes. enjoy.......

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Trail Information

Big Pine
Nearby City
3,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 days
Inyo National Forest - permit required
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min. Coyote Flat, Split Mountain, and North Palisade
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018