South Lake Area Trails

Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits, CA

Bishop Pass -South Lake JM21


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

Permit Availability

Entrance Description

Starting at beautiful South Lake, the Bishop Pass Trail climbs the valley between the Inconsolable Range and Hurd Peak. The trail ascends series of granite benches, each holding lakes and ponds. The highest lakes are tinted with glacial melt at the foot of Mt.Thompson and Mt.Goode. Over Bishop Pass is the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park, with the trail continuing to Dusy Basin and LeConte Canyon where it meets the John Muir Trail. A side trail--the Chocolate Lake Loop--provides a popular day hike around Chocolate Peak, rejoining the main trail at Long Lake.

Know Before You Go:


Bishop Pass Area:

  • No campfires above 10,000 ft.
  • Bear containers are required for storage of food and trash.
  • Check the area map for the correct trail name. Trips going toward Treasure Lakes are a different reservation.
  • The Chocolate Lake Loop is not recommended for stock.
  • John Muir Wilderness regulations apply.
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Parks.(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: Bishop Pass - South Lake.


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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