Pioneer Basin Trail

Bishop, California 93515

Pioneer Basin Trail

Pioneer Basin Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Pioneer Basin is one of those places that should be on every hiker’s “must do” list. This outstanding hike begins in the beautiful Little Lakes Valley and crosses scenic, 12,000-foot Mono Pass before reaching one of the most enchanting basins in the Sierra. Your wilderness permit entitles you to one free night at the walk-in campground at the 10,300-foot trailhead, to acclimate to the thin air. The only water available is from the creek; however, you may pick up water at one of the many campgrounds on your drive up. Hikers who do not overnight at the trailhead to acclimate should plan on hiking only a short distance the first day."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
4,581 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2–3 days
Mid-July through September
10,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,000 feet
Top Elevation
John Muir Wilderness; White Mountain Ranger Station and Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center
Local Contacts
USFS John Muir Wilderness (North Section); USGS Mt. Morgan and Mt. Abbot
Local Maps

Trail Log