North Lake to Humphreys Basin Loop Backpacking

Bishop, California

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The scenic features of the first part of this trip provide enough incentive for a visit: You will climb along a robust stream with a picturesque waterfall through flower-covered meadows and past a string of lakes to a view-filled pass. However, the supreme climax of this journey lies just beyond the pass, at one of the High Sierra’s most picturesque locales, Humphreys Basin, an alpine wonderland with a bounty of scenic lakes and tarns. Bordered by rugged peaks of the Glacier Divide and the Sierra Crest, the large basin is a cross-country enthusiast’s paradise, with easy off-trail travel available in virtually every direction. You could spend a week here without visiting every beautiful nook and cranny.

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

"The scenic features of the first part of this trip provide enough incentive for a visit: You will climb along a robust stream with a picturesque waterfall through flower-covered meadows and past a string of lakes to a view-filled pass. However, the supreme climax of this journey lies just beyond the pass, at one of the High Sierra’s most picturesque locales, Humphreys Basin, an alpine wonderland with a bounty of scenic lakes and tarns. Bordered by rugged peaks of the Glacier Divide and the Sierra Crest, the large basin is a cross-country enthusiast’s paradise, with easy off-trail travel available in virtually every direction. You could spend a week here without visiting every beautiful nook and cranny."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Bishop
Distance: 27
Elevation Gain: 5,150 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4-6 days
Season: Late summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Mt. Darwin and Mt. Tom
Driving Directions: Directions to North Lake to Humphreys Basin Loop (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

7/20/2008
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8/2/2005
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Beautiful area, and the trail is moderate, but at the time of this posting 8/02/05, there were so many mosquitos we opted to cut our stay a day early. This year has seen an intense population due to the major amounts of snow recieved this winter. I recommend face nets. Also, contrary to the published trail guides you cannot get your wilderness permit at saddlebag lake. You must get this at the Mono Basin Ranger Station just north of Lee Vining (there is no quota at this time).



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May 2018