photo of Fourth Lake, Big Pine Lakes, CA

  Big Pine Lakes

  John Muir Wilderness

Fourth Lake

Big Pine Creek Trailhead

photo of South Fork  Big Pine Creek, CA

Trailhead Side Trip up the South Fork of Big Pine Creek

To reach Big Pine Creek, turn west onto the Big Pine Road in the small community of Big Pine on Highway 395, about 15 miles south of Bishop. Follow the paved road 10 miles, watching for the Hiker's Parking area at the trailhead on the right.

There is a vault toilet beside the trailhead parking area. The trail to Big Pine Lakes strikes out directly from the parking area along the side of the hill soon connecting with the North Fork of Big Pine Creek. If time allows, day hiking up the South Fork of Big Pine Creek makes an interesting side trip.

photo of sign for John Muir Wilderness, CA

Nearby Camping and Lodging

Big Pine Creek has several campgrounds near the trailhead, all of which accept reservations: Inyo National Forest Campgrounds

Also at the trailhead is Glacier Lodge. Although the lodge building burned down in 1998, they still have cabins for rent, a campground best suited for RVs, a free trout pond, store, and showers available to the public for $4 during the day.


The Hiker's Parking area just off the main road near the pack station is the best choice for overnight parking. Most other spots near the end of the road are for day parking only.