Starting at South Lake, the trail is combined with the Bishop Pass trail until the first trail junction. Treasure Lakes trail goes to a beautiful, less visited, granite basin surrounded by talus slopes at the foot of Mount Thompson, Mount Goode and Hurd Peak. Treasure Lakes trail does not give access to Bishop Pass. This is an active bear area so you must use bear canisters to secure your food and refuse. See the Little Lakes Valley trail to visit the Treasure Lakes near Mount Dade.

Download area map for trail names and location.
To purchase more detailed maps or guidebooks of the area, visit

At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Rentals & Guides: Rainbow Pack Outfitters is located on South Lake 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.
  • Day use does not require a permit.
  • Permits to start on this trail are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
  • Treasure Lakes trail does not give access to Bishop Pass.
  • Quota of 10 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from may 1 to November 1.
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: - No campfires.
- Bear containers are required for storage of food and trash.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Check the area map for the correct trail name. Trips going toward Bishop Pass are a different permit. The Treasure Lakes near Mount Dade is the Little Lakes Valley Trail.
- John Muir Wilderness Regulations Apply.
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


Leave Hwy 395 in Bishop, and turn west on Line Street. Follow Hwy 168 in the direction of South Lake. A paved parking lot for day hiking with some overnight parking spots, is past the boat ramp, at roads end. Overflow parking is roadside at Parchers camp less than a mile from south Lake.



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