Thanks, great pix. It is a high elevation glacial basin mostly over 11,000 feet in elevation. Pass Hutchinson Meadow and descend Piute Creek. Plus you get a great view of Mt Humphreys. Humphreys Peak is the eroded remnant of an ancient volcano that was active more than 400,000 years ago. Humphreys Basin Trail is a 8.2 mile out and back trail located near Bishop, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. We headed north from the campsite, eventually finding the trail heading past Lower Desolation Lake and going on to Desolation Lake itself. Piute Creek. There are a variety of use trails, but as long as one knows the general direction one is heading, going too far astray is difficult. Humphreys at its eastern boundary along the Sierra Crest, the lake-filled basin boasts expansive views in all directions. Humphreys Basin offers excellent cross-country day hiking to dozens of lakes. This popular trail will take you to the highest point in Arizona and atop the San Francisco Peaks. Most trail maps are somewhat vague and multiple use trails cross the basin. The Trip. Below Summit Lake bear right at an intersection towards Desolation Lake. The Piute Pass Trail is a gentle 2,000 ascent up a gorgeous canyon over five miles. I headed out on a solo 5 day/4 night trip to the French Canyon and Humphreys Basin via Piute Pass on August 12. Head over Piute Pass, through Humphreys Basin and down to Hutchinson Meadow. Overview 3.7 miles on the Inner Basin Trail #29 to the Weatherford Trail #102. Approaching Loch Leven, the trail levels off. At a point where the main trail is above and north of a small lake with a green island, you meet the unmarked use trail north to the Desolation Lakes. Destination for this bonus trip was to be up and over Piute Pass and into the Humphreys Basin region of the Eastern Sierra, during the third week of June. About a mile below the pass, I departed from the trail and walked across gorgeous Humphreys Basin. The Inner Basin is Arizona’s own little version of the Alps, and the hike that takes you there is as good as it gets when autumn rolls around. The trail leading into the heart of the ancient volcano begins in beautiful Lockett Meadow. Enjoys to inspire and consult with others to exchange the poetry of logical ideas. This country is rugged and rocky with sheer cliffs of granite and rough boulder slopes. Emerson. Old Trail The trail you are on is an old forest service road. Additional Info: Humphreys Summit Trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Ends at Upper Golden Trout Lake. The trail then ascends moderately again. Passionately curious and stubbornly persistent. Here in midsummer you will probably pass through a “road cut” in a show bank, created by packers using sand and shovels. What makes it great is the scenery. Easy Facts: 14 miles round trip. Over Piute Pass (11,423) the trail drops into Humphreys Basin, loaded with many high alpine lakes. From here, Steelhead Lake, to the north, is a good spot to set up for the night. The Piute Pass trail leads into Humphreys Basin a good camp spot for climbs on the west side of Mount Humphreys. This page describes the simplest and most popular way to the summit via the Humphreys Trail (#151). After the trail fords and quickly refords the North Fork Bishop Creek, the ascent becomes moderate. Distance: 14 miles; Elevation Gain: 4,700 Feet; Difficulty: Challenging; The longest and most challenging hike on the list is arguably the most spectacular too. I headed out on a solo 5 day/4 night trip to the French Canyon and Humphreys Basin via Piute Pass on August 12. As long as you end up headed down Piute Creek, you are good. Climbing glacier carved granite benches, the trail passes Loch Leven, Piute Lake and many smaller lakes and ponds on the way to the pass. This trek samples some really fine alpine and sub-alpine scenery, and spices it up with some relatively easy off-trail hiking. To the south, the Glacier Divide, with its lingering snowfields, catches the last rays of light at day’s end in the warmth of alpine glow. Scorching sun, cold wind up top, stunning views. There is a popular multi day 48 mile loop hike from North Lake to South Lake or the reverse out of Bishop that takes in both these Weather permitting, you can plan to climb Mt. There are fine views north-east to Mt Humphreys and west to Pilot Knob. The trail connects with a larger network that includes the Weatherford Trail, Kachina Trail, and Inner Basin Trail. Humphreys Basin Still some flowers out here A tarn below Lower Desolation Lake Rees Peak and Abineau Peak are not real peaks, just named high points on Humphreys ridge. Since that time I've been on many backcountry trips, often leading kids on their first-ever journeys into the wilderness. Plus you get a great view of Mt Humphreys. The Piute Pass trail eases up through a forest of lodgepole and quaking aspens before following the North Fork of Bishop Creek; Paintbrush, Columbine and Penstemon flank the trail as one climbs higher near the rusty cliffs of the Piute Crags and Mt. Saturday morning it was raining lightly as we headed up the trail toward Piute Pass. Learn how your comment data is processed. From here you can overlook Arizona Snowbowl to the west and the lush inner basin and Lockett Meadow to the east. Distance: 14 miles; Elevation Gain: 4,700 Feet; Difficulty: Challenging; The longest and most challenging hike on the list is arguably the most spectacular too. There were no takers. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Follow the Weatherford for 2.45 miles to the Humphreys Summit Trail. Your email address will not be published. The trail offers quick access to scenery at Loch Leven and Piute Lake before reaching the pass. Emerson. Climbing glacier carved granite benches, the trail passes Loch Leven, Piute Lake and many smaller lakes and ponds on the way to the pass. The Humphreys Basin is accessed from the North Lake campground, 20 miles southwest of Bishop. We hit the trailhead at approximately 7:30 a.m. I foolishly (but somewhat entertainingly) went down a nearly vertical snow scarp at the top of a slope. Wildflowers and waterfalls galore. Through a cover of sparse lodgepole and white bark, winds among large, round boulders, arriving at the next bench up the canyon, which contains this Piute Lake (3340 m). It’s easy to find and follow, and pretty gentle hiking. About a mile or so west of Piute Pass, there’s a use trail that leads north into Humphreys Basin. I planned this trip with my good friend Braden. The weather was sunny and perfect. The trek to Humphreys Peak is about five miles each way and most of that time is spent in the forest. Strenuous when done with only one overnight stay. 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