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North Lake to South Lake

Eastern Sierra Nevada

August 12th - August 18th, 2013

58.4 miles
10410 vertical feet
47 hours, 19 minutes
Rating: 10/10

Directions: From Mammoth Lakes, take Highway 395 south to Bishop. Turn right onto Highway 168 up into the mountains. Follow it about 14 miles. Turn right onto North Lake Road, just past the dirt Sabrina Lake parking area. Follow this narrow one-lane road (with good surface) to North Lake. There's a day use parking area just before the lake. Go past it, all the way to the gate (which is only open in summer), turn right and head to the parking lot at the end of the road (at the west end of the lake). Note that you'll have to walk back a short distance along the road to the start of the trail at the gate. Also note that if you're coming from the north, you can save yourself some time by turning right onto Ed Powers Road from Highway 395, taking it for a few miles before turning right onto Highway 168. This will save you some distance and avoid the traffic of Bishop.   View Driving Map



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DayDescriptionMilesAscentDescent
1North Lake to Piute Lake 4.11810180
2Piute Lake to Hutchinson Meadow 8.45602020
3Hutchinson Meadow to Evolution Meadow 12.416001780
4Evolution Meadow to Evolution Lake 6.41700130
5Evolution Lake to Big Pete Meadow 12.213802960
6Big Pete Meadow to Dusy Basin 6.22030530
7Dusy Basin to South Lake 8.713302210


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