North Lake is located along the north fork of Bishop Creek at 9,500 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. North Lake Campground has 11 first-come-first-served, primitive campsites; RVs and trailers are prohibited. 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.
North Lake, California 93514