Bishop Pass Trail - South Lake


Hurd Lake.

Starting at beautiful South Lake, the trail climbs to the valley between the Inconsolable Range and Hurd Peak. A popular day hike loops around Chocolate Peak and rejoins the main trail at Long Lake. The Chocolate Lake loop is not recommended for stock. The trail to Bishop Pass climbs a series of granite benches, each holding lakes and ponds. The highest lakes are tinted with glacial melt at the foot of Mt.Thompson and Mt.Goode. Over Bishop Pass is the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park, with the trail continuing to Dusy Basin and LeConte Canyon where it meets the John Muir Trail. This is an active bear area so you must use bear resistant food storage containers to secure your food and refuse.

Common Destinations: Chocolate Lakes loop, Long Lake, Bishop Lake, Dusy Basin, John Muir Trail

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At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Day use does not require a permit.
Rentals & Guides: Rainbow Pack Station is located near Parchers Resort, on Bishop Creek Road providing wilderness pack trips and day rides.  For information call 760-873-8877 or visit

Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the John Muir Wilderness. Permits to start on this trail are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: - No campfires above 10,000 ft.
- Bear containers are required for storage of food and trash
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Quota of 36 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1.
- Check the area map for the correct trail name. Trips going toward Treasure Lakes are a different permit.
- The Chocolate Lake Loop is not recommended for stock.
- John Muir Wilderness regulations apply.
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Parks (includes Cross Country travel to Dusy Basin / Palisade Basin areas; no night box permit pickup).
Closest Towns:  Bishop, CA.
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead. Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wilderness permit information (760) 873-2483
Area information call White Mountain Visitor Center (760) 873-2500

General Information


From Bishop go west on Line Street (Hwy 168). Follow Hwy 168 in the direction of South Lake. At the end of the road past the boat ramp, a paved parking lot has day use and some overnight parking spots. Additional overnight parking is allowed roadside near Parcher's Resort.



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9,868 at trail head - 11,969 ft. at Bishop Pass


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