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Diff: Rating 4/10
Scenic: Rating 8/10
Tech: Rating 2/10
Treasure Lakes
         from South Lake above Bishop
Location: Sierra Nevadas, Inyo National Forest, California
Region: Sierras - Bishop
Wilderness: John Muir Wilderness
Total Distance: 7 Mi
Elevation Gain: 2,300 Ft
Season: April-Nov
Type: Out & Back
Start Elev: 9,800 Ft
Peak Elev: 11,020 Ft
Total Time: 4 hr

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on 07/29/2004
Driving Directions
From Southern California, head north on Hwy 395 to Bishop, CA. At Bishop, make a left on W Line St which becomes Hwy 168. Follow this to the South Lake road turnoff and make a left. Follow this road to its end at South Lake.
The trailhead is at the end of the road near the parking areas. Follow the trail. After about 3/4 mile it forks. The left fork goes to Bishop Pass and the right fork goes to Treasure Lakes. Take the right fork and hike a couple more miles to the middle of 2 of the lakes. More lakes are higher up along the stream at the east side of the ridge coming down between the two lakes. We continued up on the west side of the ridge, crossing a few snow patches, toward the steep slope south of the 10668' lake (USGS Mount Thompson 7.5' Quadrangle). We climbed a short ways up this slope along a tiny flowing stream, contoured to the west along a mafic dike and descended back to the trail and returned.
John and I wanted a warm up hike before we met with Mike for Mt Morrison the next day.
Trail Condition
Excellent. Some steps on the lower portion, I hate steps.
Forest Details
Saw some lodgepole pine. It's forested all the way. The steep rocky, class 3 slope that we started to ascent was not forested.
The steep slope was Sierra Nevada batholithic with many mafic dikes.
Notes about this hike report
Nice easy hike.
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