Sandwiched between Death Valley and Yosemite National Park, the small town of Bishop, California, is packed full of wilderness adventure. Home to what some argue is the purest and most-inspiring wilderness in America, residents and visitors to Bishop have countless outdoor adventures within miles of their front doors. Steeped in conservationist history, thanks to John Muir, the hiking around Bishop leads to stunning waterfalls, amazing forests, and breathtaking mountains.
With literally thousands of miles of trails surrounding the town of Bishop, finding the ideal destination can be as tough as scaling all the peaks of the area. Luckily, we have selected eight incredible treks, perfect for your adventures around this idyllic California town.
1. EVOLUTION 100K
Difficulty: Advanced Hiker/Backpacker
Views are plentiful in the Sierra no matter what trail you are on.
The Evolution 100K is 55 miles of pure beauty. It’s a point-to-point trail, which means it will involve a bit of planning, and get ready for almost 10,000 feet of elevation gain and loss along the way. The adventure starts in Piute Pass as you descend to the San Joaquin River. Take a break by the river before climbing up Muir Pass for the next 16 miles. It’s not easy, but Muir Pass has views of the some of the most scenic and remote areas in the entire Sierra. At the top of the pass, check out the stone Muir Hut. Continue on and soak in the mountain views, bright blue alpine lakes, and wide-open meadows all around you. This hike isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s one you will never forget.
The trail starts at the Piute Pass trailhead at North Lake and ends at the South Lake trailhead. You’ll need a wilderness permit to camp overnight along the way.