Evolution Basin via Lamarck Col

Bishop, California 93512

Evolution Basin via Lamarck Col

Evolution Basin via Lamarck Col Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A classic glacier-scoured canyon rimmed by jagged peaks and graced by a string of crystalline lakes makes Evolution Basin one of the premier destinations in the High Sierra. The lengthy distance from a trailhead necessary to reach the basin is perhaps the only reason this incredibly scenic area is not completely overrun by adoring devotees. By maintained trail, the closest trailheads are at South Lake, 23 miles away, and North Lake, 30 miles away. However, armed with a spirit of adventure and the requisite navigational skills, backpackers fluent in off-trail travel can shorten the distance to a mere 10.5 miles by accepting the challenge of this route over 12,920-foot Lamarck Col."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
4,510 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3–5 days
Late July to late October
Kings Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS’s Mt. Darwin
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018