North Lake is located along the north fork of Bishop Creek at 9,350 ft just 20-miles from downtown Bishop. The drive along CA-168 W. (West Line St.) is on a scenic, paved mountain road for 18-miles to the junction of N. Lake Rd. Here the road climbs more steeply between a forest of aspens and pines, part-paved and part-dirt, with a short traverse along the cliffside offering spectacular views into the canyon below. This section of road is closed during winter and offers excellent cross-country skiing and snowshoeing when winter snowfall is deep.
This lovely lake is a favorite fall color destination in early autumn. It is frequented by campers, hikers, backpackers, and anglers during the warm season from May to November. Bishop Pack Outfitters is stationed here and offers mule and horse packing for easier access to the spectacular backcountry and world-renowned Pacific Crest and John Muir trails that pass by here.
Unnamed Road, Bishop, CA 93514