Lamarck Lakes

Distance: 4.4 - 5.8 miles (round trip)

John Muir Wilderness Area, Inyo National Forest, near Bishop in California's Southeastern Sierra

First views from the east shore of Lower Lamarck Lake

First views from the east shore of Lower Lamarck Lake


A short, steep hike to two scenic lakes cradled in granite bowls and surrounded by rugged cliffs and photogenic peaks. (full description)

  • Distance: 4.4 miles (round trip) to Lower Lamarck Lake
    5.8 miles (round trip) to Upper Lamarck Lake
  • Elevation: 9,356-ft. at Trailhead
    10,662-ft. at Lower Lamarck Lake
    10,918-ft. at Upper Lamarck Lake
  • Elevation Gain: 1,306-ft. to Lower Lamarck Lake
    1,562-ft. to Upper Lamarck Lake
  • Difficulty: strenuous
  • Basecamp: Bishop / Mammoth Lakes
  • Region: California's Southeastern Sierra

Why Hike Lamarck Lakes

This short strenuous hike climbs a series of glacier carved benches to two photogenic lakes. The lakes are nestled in rugged granite basins surrounded by sheer cliffs and framed by serrated ridges and jagged peaks. Beyond the upper lake a use trail/route leads to Lamarck Col, which provides backpacker’s access to the Darwin Bench and Evolution Valley.

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Elevation Profile

Lamarck Lakes Elevation Profile

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