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

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Day use does not require a permit.
Rentals & Guides: Bishop Pack Outfitters is located at North Lake. For information, call (760) 873-4785 or visit
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the John Muir Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park. Permits to start on this trail are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers. Quota of 10 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1.
Open Season: Road closed in winter.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: - The trail to Grass Lake or beyond Lamarck Lake is not recommended for stock.
- No campfires from Grass Lake to Sierra Crest.
- All food, trash and scented items must be stored in bear-proof containers, or counter balanced at least 15 feet above the ground, and 10 feet horizontally from a tree trunk.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Check the area map for the correct trail name. Trips going toward Piute Pass or Sabrina Lakes Basin are a different permit.
- John Muir Wilderness regulations apply.
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Park (including no night box permit pickup, no pets, maximum group size 8 select Cross Country permit type for Lamarck Col, Darwin Canyon).
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 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.



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9,356 trailhead - 10,922 Upper Lamarck Lake