Lamarck Lakes Trail

Starting from North Lake Campground, the Lamarck Lakes trail immediately splits away from the Piute Pass trail. The first part of the climb is sheltered by a grove of aspen and pine. The steady climb soon leads to open views of Mount Emerson and the red cliffs of Piute Crags. Lakes are terraced up the canyon in a series of glacier carved granite benches. The trail ends at Upper Lamarck Lake. The side trail to Grass Lake and the trail beyond Lamarck Lake is not recommended for stock. Rugged cross country terrain beyond Upper Lamarck Lakes is predominately steep talus and the snow fields of small glaciers that rest at the foot of Mount Lamarck. 

Common Destinations: Lower and Upper Lamarck Lakes

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Weather
Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Rentals & Guides: Bishop Pack Outfitters is located at North Lake offering day rides, and mule pack trips (760) 873-4785
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permits are required year round for overnight trips.
  • Day use does not require a permit.
  • May 1 through November 1 a quota limits visitors to 10 people per day.
Closest Towns:  Bishop, CA (full service, hospital)
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
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General Information


From Bishop go west on Line Street (Hwy 168). Follow Hwy 168 from Bishop in the direction of Aspendell and Sabrina Lake. After Aspendell, turn onto the steep, narrow, mostly dirt North Lake Road. This road is not recommended for trailers. Parking lot for hiking and overnight parking is located near North Lake. Parking in the campground is limited to people registered for campsites. The trail starts from the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Fish for Brook and Rainbow Trout in Upper and Lower Lamarck Lakes and Brook Trout in Wonder Lakes.

Day Hiking


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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9,356 trailhead - 10,922 Upper Lamarck Lake