North Lake to Humphreys Basin Backpacking

Bishop, California

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Your wonderfully scenic hike up North Fork Bishop Creek features flowery meadows, a fine waterfall on the creek, plenty of lovely lakes, and a wonderland of alpine ponds and streams just before you cross viewful Piute Pass to one of the Sierra’s finest alpine basins, huge, lightly timbered, lake-filled Humphreys Basin. I’ve been to Humphreys Basin many times and still haven’t explored every lake and pond—there are just too many! There’s great cross-country dayhiking in every direction throughout the basin. Nature seems to have outdone herself creating splendid waterways here, and you can spend the entire day happily following a stream up and down its length. Few trips yield as much alpine beauty and sheer enjoyment for as little effort as this one.

North Lake to Humphreys Basin (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"Your wonderfully scenic hike up North Fork Bishop Creek features flowery meadows, a fine waterfall on the creek, plenty of lovely lakes, and a wonderland of alpine ponds and streams just before you cross viewful Piute Pass to one of the Sierra’s finest alpine basins, huge, lightly timbered, lake-filled Humphreys Basin. I’ve been to Humphreys Basin many times and still haven’t explored every lake and pond—there are just too many! There’s great cross-country dayhiking in every direction throughout the basin. Nature seems to have outdone herself creating splendid waterways here, and you can spend the entire day happily following a stream up and down its length. Few trips yield as much alpine beauty and sheer enjoyment for as little effort as this one."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Bishop
Distance: 14.6
Elevation Gain: 2,544 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 days
Season: Best late summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Mt. Darwin, Mt. Tom
Driving Directions: Directions to North Lake to Humphreys Basin (Backpacking)

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May 2018