Hilton Lakes

Bishop, California

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Lovely Hilton Creek flows from rugged Sierra Crest peaks through a small basin, through the charming Hilton Lakes (or Hilton Creek Lakes), and finally out to Crowley Lake. Backpackers will find appealing campsites and good fishing at lakes 3 and 4 and fine dayhiking. The nearby pack station tends to send its clients to the closest lakes (Hilton Lakes 2 and 1; 1 is better known as Davis Lake), but it's still possible to find solitude up and down the basin.
Sierra South: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada

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Sierra South: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada

by Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless, Analise Elliot, Chris Tirrell & Thomas Winnett (Wilderness Press)

Lovely Hilton Creek flows from rugged Sierra Crest peaks through a small basin, through the charming Hilton Lakes (or Hilton Creek Lakes), and finally out to Crowley Lake. Backpackers will find appealing campsites and good fishing at lakes 3 and 4 and fine dayhiking. The nearby pack station tends to send its clients to the closest lakes (Hilton Lakes 2 and 1; 1 is better known as Davis Lake), but it's still possible to find solitude up and down the basin.

©  Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless, Analise Elliot, Chris Tirrell & Thomas Winnett/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Bishop
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 days
Season: Best early July to early October
Trailhead Elevation: 10,000 feet
Top Elevation: 10,500 feet
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Abbot, Mt. Morgan, Convict Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Hilton Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

7/16/2014
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A friend and I lost a dog up in the Hilton/Davis Lakes area on July 16th. If anyone notices any sign of a lost, 90lb, black/brindle (white chest) hound dog roaming around in the woods, please call David at 305-333-8681. Any sign of him, however uncertain, will be much appreciated. Thanks everyone!


5/12/2009
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We did this hike as an out-and-back starting from the Hilton Creek trailhead at Crowley Lake (the end of the hike in this guide). This entire hike is very do-able in a day, we went from crowley lake to Davis Lake in about 6 hours (approx 10 miles), with a long lunch break at Davis Lake. Very dry switchbacks going up Hilton Head from our trailhead. At the John Muir wilderness, go left to go over the saddle between Mt. Morgan and Red Mtn. You can see the remains of some mines on Mt Morgan. Fording Hilton Creek was cold, but not difficult with the snowmelt. Nice gradual hike up the canyon from there. Very cold up at the lakes, as they were still mostly frozen with some snow patches on the ground.



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