Baxter Pass Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Only a very small percentage of the backpacking population will find this trip enjoyable—loners in incredible shape with a penchant for masochism. The trail—if the unmaintained, overgrown, washed-out, disappearing track can still be called a trail—is a long, steep, difficult, nasty route that begins practically on the floor of Owens Valley. The climb to Baxter Pass gains 6,300 feet in a little more than 6 miles, a 1,000-feet-per-mile ascent. But the trip is not entirely bad news. The Baxter Lakes are quite scenic and justifiably deserted. However, most hikers will prefer to access the lakes from the John Muir Trail (JMT) instead of from the Oak Creek Trailhead."