Big Pine Area Trails

Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits, CA

Big Pine Creek North Fork JM23


ICE and SNOW ALERT- Mountain elevations in this area traditionally have ice and snow until late June or early July.

Permit Availability

Entrance Description

Big Pine North Fork trail goes to the popular First through Seventh Lakes up the canyon north of Mount Sill. This trail also offers views of Temple Crag and the Palisade Glacier. The hike begins at First Falls in the shade of Jeffrey pine and aspen and quickly climbs across sage and manzanita covered slopes to enter the wilderness boundary near Second Falls. As the trail climbs past the chain of Big Pine Lakes there are many opportunities to observe the effects of glacial activity, such as cirques, glaciated granite and glacial erratic. A side trail to Black Lake offers views of glaciers and the Sierra Crest before rejoining the main trail near Fourth Lake.

Know Before You Go:


Big Pine North Fork Area:

  • No campfires.
  • Food and refuse must be stored so that animals cannot get into the food or trash.
  • The South Fork and Baker Lake have separate quotas.
  • John Muir Wilderness regulations apply.
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon wilderness regulations apply if entering the park.(includes Cross Country travel to Dusy Basin / Palisade Basin areas; no night box permit pickup)
  • Deadline: Reservation will be canceled unless the permit pick up instructions are completed before the deadline. Instructions are in the confirmation letter.
  • Only the group leader or alternate leader may pick up the permit; the person picking up the permit must be going on the wilderness trip.
  • BE SURE YOUR DATES AND TRAIL ARE CORRECT - The entire group must start on the trail on the entry date listed. Reservations cannot be changed or transferred.

USFS Webpage for: Big Pine Creek North Fork.


A: Available for online reservation (click to book entry date)
L: Accepting Lottery Application (click to apply for the lottery)
W: Available at the Facility
R: Reserved
C: Closed
X: Not available
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