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Bishop, CA: Horton Lake

Bypass the weekend crowds on this 8.6-mile hike past old mining claims to a campsite near Horton Lake.

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From the locked access gate, hike northwest along the dirt road and quickly climb into an unnamed valley, flanked by Basin Mountain and Mount Tom. At Horton Creek, pass through a small meadow protected from the harsh wind that’s common in the valley—a great place to set up camp. The climb continues to 10,000 feet before a short descent to two old miner’s cabins at Hanging Valley Mine. Turn left onto a faint fisherman’s trail and parallel Horton Lake to a campsite near the waters edge (there are several sandy tent spots and a well-used fire pit). Grab your fishing pole and explore the surrounding area before retracing your steps back to the access gate and your car.

Mapped by Rick Schneck

To Trailhead

From Bishop, Drive on CA 168/W. Line St. In 7.3 mi., turn right onto Buttermilk Rd. Go 5.9 mi., and turn right onto an unnamed dirt road. Park 4.5 mi. in the dirt turnout. Optional: To start the hike at Waypoint 2, continue 0.4 mile to the locked access gate. A 4WD vehicle required.

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