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South Lake - Evolution Valley - North Lake Loop


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Day 1 - To Long Lake Map: Trailhead at South Lake
South Lake
South Lake
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Long Lake
Long Lake
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Today was a short hike to Long Lake. It was a fairly short and easy hike. The trail climbs almost immediately, but it is a fairly mellow ascent. You reach the first trail junction after about a mile. Turning right will take you to Treasure Lakes. We turn left.



From here the trail flattens a bit before climbing to the Bull and Chocolate Lakes junction. We turn right here and arrive at Long Lake shortly. There are some campsites at the north end of the lake and you could also make camp in the rocks along the edge of the lake, but the best camping is at the south end.



I would recommend that you stay a night at a local campground near the trailhead the night before you begin your hike. We did not do this. In the end we decided to hike a short distance our first day and acclimate on the trail. My brother got almost no sleep this first night because he kept on waking up gasping for breath. Learn from our mistake and do some acclimating before you hit the trail.

Day 2 - To LeConte Canyon Map: Le Conte Canyon
Bishop Pass Trail
Bishop Pass Trail
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Meadow and Mountains
Meadow and Mountains
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Today begins with a climb to Bishop Pass. The trail climbs pretty all the way to the pass though it flattens a bit as it passes by Spearhead, Timberline, Saddlerock and Bishop Lakes. After passing Bishop Lake the trail becomes much steeper and switchbacks up a boulder pile. It finally flattens a bit as it approaches the pass.



Once at the pass the descent is fairly mellow as the trail passes through the Dusy Basin. This would make a great first night campsite. There are plenty of lakes here where you can camp and fish.



At the end of Dusy Basin the trail begins a steep switchbacking descent to the John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail at LeConte Canyon. There is a footbridge near the trail junction beside a small pool that makes a nice bathing spot. A few campsites can be found here. This is where we stayed the night, though next time we would continue a short distance up the trail to Little Pete Meadow.

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