Notes: The Humphreys Basin is accessed from the North Lake campground, 20 miles southwest of Bishop. Much of the day, we’ll be ascending past a series of lakes in the valley containing the north fork of Bishop Creek. Eventually crossing the Sierra Crest at Piute Pass (11,423 feet), we enter Humphreys Basin. I want to see how I do at higher elevations plus this loop gives me a chance to see the Humphreys Basin and Dusy Basin, areas that I won't see on the … The Piute Pass trail descends Piute Creek to Hutchinson Meadow and eventually joins the John Muir Trail. To the west, it’s the vastness of Humphreys Basin. There is also a side trail here that heads southwest towards Muriel Lake. Day 1: Piute Pass Trailhead to French Canyon. The basin also serves as the headwaters of Piute Creek. Paiute Pass and Humphreys Basin. July 24th. Over Piute Pass (11,423) the trail drops into Humphreys Basin, loaded with many high alpine lakes. Joined Sep 30, 2014 Messages 431. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. From the pass, we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, crowned by the indomitable Mount Humphreys, and the Glacier Divide. Once again, the views took our breath away. Piute Crags. By 12:30pm I was at Piute Pass. The skies were clear, just dotted with a few small clouds. trail begins at the camp ground and heads south across 2 footbridges through a grove of aspen trees. From Piute Pass, the views are spectacular to both the East and the West. I'm looking for suggestions from anyone who has taken the Piute Pass side trip off the JMT into the Humphreys Basin area. More Crags Even more. From the upper part of the trail, views of Mt. It is a high elevation glacial basin mostly over 11,000 feet in elevation. The trail up the pass was mellow and gave a nice preview of the sights to come as it passed by two pretty lakes and several tarns. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. In preparation for my JMT thru hike starting in late August, I'm doing the North Lake to South Lake loop in mid July. Jul 20, 2015 #1 After giving the weather a couple of days to settle down, we were back at North Lake to spend four days exploring Humphreys Basin. Piute Pass Trail is a 16.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bishop, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The Lamarck Lake. Beyond Piute Pass the trail gives access to Humphreys Basin, with an abundance of high alpine lakes and tarns on the north side of Glacier Divide. After about 45 minutes of climbing, the snow surveyor passed me. The other side of the pass opens up into the expansive Humphreys basin, where all the mountains are distant and yet still so obviously magnificent it lends to that “big sky” look you get in Montana. Hiking up near the top of Piute Pass with Piute Lake and the Bishop basin in the background. Lots of flat, open terrain in Humphreys Basin. He was fast! Our whole trip was filled with rivers of wildflowers. Hiking up toward Piute Pass on day two. When we arrived at the top of Piute Pass, we had views of the half-frozen Summit Lake and all of Humphreys Basin. Piute Lake Piute Lake and Piute Pass Piute Lake and Loch Leven Humphreys Basin & Summit Lake Muriel Peak Mount Humphreys Muriel Lake Goethe Lake & Goethe Glaciers Marmot above Muriel Lake Mount Humphreys Peak 12,353ft Piute Lake Piute Lake in the morning Piute Lake Above Loch Leven Piute Pass Waterfalls Above Loch Leven Loch Leven A tarn above Loch Leven Piute Lake Snow below Piute Pass. Emerson and the reddish Piute Crags are seen. We sat, ate lunch and enjoyed the gorgeous views. The backcountry behind Piute Pass from North Lake is known as the Humphreys Basin. 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