Much of the day, we’ll be ascending past a series of lakes in the valley containing the north fork of Bishop Creek. Hiking trail near Bishop, California. This trail starts at the end of the Piute Pass Trail and finishes at the John Muir Trail, just above the confluence of Piute Creek with the San Joaquin River. The trail is popular with day hikers and backpackers on multi-day trips to Humphreys Basin, Evolution Valley and beyond. Between Bishop Pass to the south (12,000’) and Piute Pass to the north (11,400’) is a continuously high ridge, unbroken by any major gap and uncrossed by any established trail. April 1 is the best ski season for it, and July 20 is the best backpacking season for it. Piute Pass Topographic Map. As the trail leaves Piute Pass, it drops down into Humphreys Basin, which is a vast, expansive basin that allows for great views in almost all directions of the features that surround Piute Canyon. This includes the main crest from Bishop Pass to the Thumb, peaks south and east of Bishop Creek (south fork), the Inconsolable Range, and a few adjacent peaks. Eventually crossing the Sierra Crest at Piute Pass (11,423 feet), we enter Humphreys Basin. At a Glance The Piute Pass trail descends Piute Creek to Hutchinson Meadow and eventually joins the John Muir Trail. At Piute Pass, we headed off trail toward Muriel Lake, then Alpine Col, which takes the hiker to … Bishop Pass and Piute Pass Snow Levels by rajeshkh » Fri May 31, 2013 10:30 pm 14 Replies 6721 Views Last post by rajeshkh Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:06 pm Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions? After passing Piute Lake, the trail gets pretty rocky with some steps built in as it crosses small runoff creeks and heads for Piute Pass. Kings Canyon Region. I've done three similar loop trips, going clockwise over Bishop Pass or else Echo Col, going through upper Evolution, and then turning east up over Darwin Bench and up and over Lamarck Col. That takes you down to North Lake. This includes the main crest from Piute Pass to Bishop Pass, the Glacier Divide, the Goddard Divide, the Black Divide, and some neighboring peaks. –B.G.– On September 10, 2016 Sarah and I embarked on a classic High Sierra Cross Country loop Starting in North Lake, on the East side of the Sierra Nevada, near Bishop CA. by wrecky848 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:51 pm 11 Replies 3381 Views Last post by Tom Kenney Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:34 am Piute Pass trail and Bishop Pass trail are the end points for the popular North Lake to South Lake Loop. The Palisades Region. Download area map for trail location. Emerson and Peak 12691. Continue down (south) JMT until the Bis... - 52.3 mi, +9625 ft. Bike ride in Bishop, California Obviously some parties in the old Division of Highways took the Piute(sic) Pass concept seriously enough; the "stub end" segment of current CA 168 west of Bishop attests to that. Section of the John Muir Trail - enter via North Lake (from Bishop) and hike down Piute Canyon to the JMT. From the pass, we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, crowned by the indomitable Mount Humphreys, and the Glacier Divide. This great hike to scenic Piute Pass ascends beneath the multi-hued Piute Crags to a beautiful lakes basin tucked beneath Mt. To purchase more detailed maps or guidebooks of the area, visit sierraforever.org. Eventually, the trail reaches Piute Pass, which affords some amazing views of Humphreys Basin, a vast expanse that exhilarates one just to see it.