From the upper part of the trail, views of Mt. The Piute Pass trail descends Piute Creek to Hutchinson Meadow and eventually joins the John Muir Trail. From Piute Pass, the views are spectacular to both the East and the West. 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. Hiking up near the top of Piute Pass with Piute Lake and the Bishop basin in the background. Piute Crags. The Lamarck Lake. Notes: The Humphreys Basin is accessed from the North Lake campground, 20 miles southwest of Bishop. In preparation for my JMT thru hike starting in late August, I'm doing the North Lake to South Lake loop in mid July. Eventually crossing the Sierra Crest at Piute Pass (11,423 feet), we enter Humphreys Basin. 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. July 24th. More Crags Even more. Lots of flat, open terrain in Humphreys Basin. 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 … I'm looking for suggestions from anyone who has taken the Piute Pass side trip off the JMT into the Humphreys Basin area. 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. He was fast! To the west, it’s the vastness of Humphreys Basin. 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 backcountry behind Piute Pass from North Lake is known as the Humphreys Basin. From the pass, we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, crowned by the indomitable Mount Humphreys, and the Glacier Divide. 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. It is a high elevation glacial basin mostly over 11,000 feet in elevation. There is also a side trail here that heads southwest towards Muriel Lake. When we arrived at the top of Piute Pass, we had views of the half-frozen Summit Lake and all of Humphreys Basin. Hiking up toward Piute Pass on day two. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Paiute Pass and Humphreys Basin. The basin also serves as the headwaters of Piute Creek. 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. Day 1: Piute Pass Trailhead to French Canyon. After about 45 minutes of climbing, the snow surveyor passed me. Sun setting on Mt Humphreys as … trail begins at the camp ground and heads south across 2 footbridges through a grove of aspen trees. Emerson and the reddish Piute Crags are seen. Much of the day, we’ll be ascending past a series of lakes in the valley containing the north fork of Bishop Creek. 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. By 12:30pm I was at Piute Pass. Joined Sep 30, 2014 Messages 431. We sat, ate lunch and enjoyed the gorgeous views. 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