7/18 - Just before Lake at 10,900 ft, there is 65% snow coverage on the south side, heading up to Helen Lake. We visited Miners Park, we saw deer, waterfalls and lakes. After the wooded section ends, the trail meanders along the shores of two larger and numerous smaller lakes, all in a chain leading up to the pass. It starts out with a couple stream crossings in the woods, but soon you reach treeline and the views open up. Contact Information. Dirt Wheels magazine rated the Paiute ATV Trail as one of the 15 best trails in the country. The overcast weather, while pleasant for working conditions, caused some trepidation among the crew as to what the rest of the day would look like. Muir Pass. The weather was perfect, the trails were well marked and easy to ride. South-Central Utah's 275-mile long Paiute ATV Trail is a loop with no beginning and no end. Melting quickly. Contact Us Humphrey Basin Lakes _ Payne Lake is a 20.6 mile round trip trail located near Bishop, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Weather in Piute Pass (California), . Soon I was at Piute Pass Trail, the start of another section that I had done reconnaissance on earlier this summer, which included Snow Tongue Pass. We found it challenging to find any reliable trail condition reports, so we drove to our east side approach with a range of gear and a spirit of flexibility. Some trails come easily, some less so. Piute Pass. It ended up being my least favorite section of the entire route. As the trail leaves Piute Pass, it drops down into Humphreys Basin, which is a vast, expansive basin that allows for great views in almost all directions of the features that surround Piute Canyon. The trail up to Piute Pass is pretty gentle, ascending at a rate of about 500 ft per mile. 760-873-2400 . The entire day was going smoothly and seemed to be flying by. No report available at this time. It passes through several towns and has side trails leading to others. Once over Piute Pass, it is an easy hike to Desolation Lake. Hikers should use the trail as much as possible as the bootpack is becoming inconsistant and water is flowing underneath in spots. No report available at this time. Stay Connected. It was a beautiful ride all day long. Piute Pass. Some routes put up so much resistance that you would swear they defy tires purely … Snow Tongue Pass is one of the more notorious passes on the route. This trail starts at the end of the Piute Pass Trail and finishes at the John Muir Trail, just above the confluence of Piute Creek with the San Joaquin River. On the last day in July, Friends of the Inyo’s Stewardship Crew and Trail Ambassadors headed out to Piute Pass, where a recent landslide had covered sections of the trail with debris. Muir Pass. 6/29 - About 25 yards of snow on the east side. 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