Lamarck Lakes

Bishop, California 93512

Lamarck Lakes

Lamarck Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"You can drop your camera on the ground just about anywhere in the Eastern Sierra and snap a postcard shot. Lamarck Lakes is just one of many easily accessed trailheads that takes you on an I- can’t- believe- how- beautiful- this- is hike.

Just the fact that it is in the John Muir Wilderness guarantees heavenly meadows and streams or lakes cradled beneath granite peaks and crags. Lamarck delivers the idyllic streams and lakes with a granitic backdrop after a gradual ascent out of a lush aspen woodland."

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Sierra South: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada (Wilderness Press)
Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless, Analise Elliot, Chris Tirrell & Thomas Winnett
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"This short trail leads to two attractive lakes and an optional cross-country tour of the seldom visited but highly scenic Lamarck Lakes."
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"The Lamarck Lakes Trail offers hikers and backpackers a short, but steep route to a pair of picturesque lakes amid rugged mountain scenery. While the distance is minimal, the elevation gain requires a fair amount of effort. Maintained tread dead-ends at the upper lake, but offtrail options extend to the lightly visited Wonder Lakes."
Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Beautiful lakes and rugged mountain scenery lure hikers and backpackers up the Lamarck Lakes Trail. Although the distance is short, the elevation gain is fairly significant, requiring that visitors be in reasonable condition. Maintained trail dead-ends at Upper Lamarck Lake, which may help to explain the relatively light use the trail receives, but off-trail options to the delightful Wonder Lakes and view-packed Lamarck Col offer fine diversions for those with extra time and energy."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Summer to early fall
9,368 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,950 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger Station, 798 North Main St., Bishop 93914; (760)873-2500;
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Darwin and Mount Thompson; USFS Inyo National Forest; John Muir Wilderness
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