The Lamarck Lake. Notes: The Humphreys Basin is accessed from the North Lake campground, 20 miles southwest of Bishop. Eventually crossing the Sierra Crest at Piute Pass (11,423 feet), we enter Humphreys Basin. The Piute Pass trail descends Piute Creek to Hutchinson Meadow and eventually joins the John Muir Trail. Hiking up near the top of Piute Pass with Piute Lake and the Bishop basin in the background. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Thread starter balzaccom; Start date Jul 20, 2015; Tags california sierra nevada balzaccom Member. The skies were clear, just dotted with a few small clouds. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. The trail up the pass was mellow and gave a nice preview of the sights to come as it passed by two pretty lakes and several tarns. I want to see how I do at higher elevations plus this loop gives me a chance to see the Humphreys Basin and Dusy Basin, areas that I won't see on the … Joined Sep 30, 2014 Messages 431. July 24th. In preparation for my JMT thru hike starting in late August, I'm doing the North Lake to South Lake loop in mid July. The basin also serves as the headwaters of Piute Creek. It is a high elevation glacial basin mostly over 11,000 feet in elevation. From the pass, we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, crowned by the indomitable Mount Humphreys, and the Glacier Divide. To the west, it’s the vastness of Humphreys Basin. The backcountry behind Piute Pass from North Lake is known as the Humphreys Basin. After about 45 minutes of climbing, the snow surveyor passed me. Hiking up toward Piute Pass on day two. Emerson and the reddish Piute Crags are seen. Loch Leven A tarn above Loch Leven Piute Lake Snow below Piute Pass. I'm looking for suggestions from anyone who has taken the Piute Pass side trip off the JMT into the Humphreys Basin area. He was fast! Piute Pass Trail is a 16.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bishop, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. trail begins at the camp ground and heads south across 2 footbridges through a grove of aspen trees. Our whole trip was filled with rivers of wildflowers. Paiute Pass and Humphreys Basin. Lots of flat, open terrain in Humphreys Basin. By 12:30pm I was at Piute Pass. At the top of the pass, I took a quick power nap, stuffed my mouth full of snacks, photographed the stunning views, and headed down the pass to Summit Lake. Jul 20, 2015 #1 After giving the weather a couple of days to settle down, we were back at North Lake to spend four days exploring Humphreys Basin. Beyond Piute Pass the trail gives access to Humphreys Basin, with an abundance of high alpine lakes and tarns on the north side of Glacier Divide. Much of the day, we’ll be ascending past a series of lakes in the valley containing the north fork of Bishop Creek. From the upper part of the trail, views of Mt. From Piute Pass, the views are spectacular to both the East and the West. More Crags Even more. When we arrived at the top of Piute Pass, we had views of the half-frozen Summit Lake and all of Humphreys Basin. Over Piute Pass (11,423) the trail drops into Humphreys Basin, loaded with many high alpine lakes. Once again, the views took our breath away. We sat, ate lunch and enjoyed the gorgeous views. Piute Crags. To the east, it’s back down Piute Pass trail from where you came. The other side of the pass opens up into the expansive Humphreys basin, where all the mountains are distant and yet still so obviously magnificent it lends to that “big sky” look you get in Montana. 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