Eastern Sierras Part Four: Hike to Treasure Lake

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Sunday again, so while some of us watch football, others of us can just take a hike. Literally.
South Lake Trailhead
My hike for the day was the Treasure Lakes Trail, starting at the end of South Lake Rd. via Rt. 168 heading west out of Bishop. I found the hike on Modern Hiker, which has a great detailed description of the trail, including topographical maps.  I started at about 10:00 in the morning and the weather was perfect for hiking – about 60 degrees I think, with strong sun all the way.

The trail is 5.3 miles roundtrip, and much of it is rocky underfoot, so it requires ones full attention. The scenery is beautiful every step of the way, so it’s very tempting to gaze around while walking, but not so safe. In my usual style, I take about 10 steps and stop to look around.

The trail crosses what I believe must be Bishop Creek a few times.

The elevation gets up to over 10,500 ft. so I began to slow down considerably. I wasn’t bothered by the altitude except that hiking got harder.