Day 1: Piute Pass Trailhead to French Canyon. Over Piute Pass (11,423) the trail drops into Humphreys Basin, loaded with many high alpine lakes. Loch Leven A tarn above Loch Leven Piute Lake Snow below Piute Pass. Emerson and the reddish Piute Crags are seen. July 24th. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. trail begins at the camp ground and heads south across 2 footbridges through a grove of aspen trees. To the east, it’s back down Piute Pass trail from where you came. Once again, the views took our breath away. It is a high elevation glacial basin mostly over 11,000 feet in elevation. We sat, ate lunch and enjoyed the gorgeous views. More Crags Even more. Eventually crossing the Sierra Crest at Piute Pass (11,423 feet), we enter Humphreys Basin. From the upper part of the trail, views of Mt. By 12:30pm I was at Piute Pass. Hiking up near the top of Piute Pass with Piute Lake and the Bishop basin in the background. 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. 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 backcountry behind Piute Pass from North Lake is known as the Humphreys Basin. 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. Lots of flat, open terrain in 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. When we arrived at the top of Piute Pass, we had views of the half-frozen Summit Lake and all of Humphreys Basin. 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'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! The skies were clear, just dotted with a few small clouds. 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. Our whole trip was filled with rivers of wildflowers. There is also a side trail here that heads southwest towards Muriel Lake. 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. The Lamarck Lake. 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 … To the west, it’s the vastness of Humphreys Basin. The Piute Pass trail descends Piute Creek to Hutchinson Meadow and eventually joins the John Muir Trail. After about 45 minutes of climbing, the snow surveyor passed me. From the pass, we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, crowned by the indomitable Mount Humphreys, and the Glacier Divide. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Paiute Pass and Humphreys Basin. Piute Crags. Notes: The Humphreys Basin is accessed from the North Lake campground, 20 miles southwest of Bishop. Piute Lake Piute Lake and Piute Pass Piute Lake and Loch Leven Humphreys Basin & Summit Lake Muriel Peak Mount Humphreys Muriel Lake Goethe Lake & Goethe Glaciers Marmot above Muriel Lake Mount Humphreys Peak 12,353ft Piute Lake Piute Lake in the morning Piute Lake Above Loch Leven Piute Pass Waterfalls Above Loch Leven From Piute Pass, the views are spectacular to both the East and the West. Sun setting on Mt Humphreys as … The basin also serves as the headwaters of Piute Creek. 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