Evolution Basin via Lamarck Col

Bishop, California

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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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"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."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Bishop
Distance: 21
Elevation Gain: 4,510 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3–5 days
Season: Late July to late October
Local Contacts: Kings Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS’s Mt. Darwin

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Jun 2018