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. Paiute Pass and Humphreys Basin. The Lamarck Lake. Once again, the views took our breath away. He was fast! 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. Hiking up toward Piute Pass on day two. Hiking up near the top of Piute Pass with Piute Lake and the Bishop basin in the background. 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 Lots of flat, open terrain in 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. 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. The skies were clear, just dotted with a few small clouds. It is a high elevation glacial basin mostly over 11,000 feet in elevation. We sat, ate lunch and enjoyed the gorgeous views. By 12:30pm I was at Piute Pass. To the west, it’s the vastness of Humphreys Basin. Notes: The Humphreys Basin is accessed from the North Lake campground, 20 miles southwest of Bishop. Thread starter balzaccom; Start date Jul 20, 2015; Tags california sierra nevada balzaccom Member. From the pass, we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, crowned by the indomitable Mount Humphreys, and the Glacier Divide. 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 … July 24th. trail begins at the camp ground and heads south across 2 footbridges through a grove of aspen trees. From Piute Pass, the views are spectacular to both the East and the West. After about 45 minutes of climbing, the snow surveyor passed me. The basin also serves as the headwaters of Piute Creek. Eventually crossing the Sierra Crest at Piute Pass (11,423 feet), we enter Humphreys Basin. There is also a side trail here that heads southwest towards Muriel Lake. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. When we arrived at the top of Piute Pass, we had views of the half-frozen Summit Lake and all of Humphreys Basin. Piute Crags. Emerson and the reddish Piute Crags are seen. Day 1: Piute Pass Trailhead to French Canyon. To the east, it’s back down Piute Pass trail from where you came. Joined Sep 30, 2014 Messages 431. From the upper part of the trail, views of Mt. Much of the day, we’ll be ascending past a series of lakes in the valley containing the north fork of Bishop Creek. I'm looking for suggestions from anyone who has taken the Piute Pass side trip off the JMT into the Humphreys Basin area. More Crags Even more. 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. 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. 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