At 10,000 feet, nestled in the Eastern Sierras, Big Pine Lakes has been on our list of places to Backcountry SUP for sometime now.
So at 2am on Friday, we packed into the car and made our way north, to start our 7am Hike. The 4,300 Elevation gain from trail head to the lakes was no walk in the park with our 50lb packs, but by 11am, we were passed out in our hammock overlooking First Lake.
When we finally launched into second lake, every ounce of sweat and pain was washed away by the icy chills of the glacial water. From the middle of the lake, curious Pike swam up to our paddle boards, and the mountains humbled us as we realized we had the entire lake to ourselves.
While we wanted to paddle a couple more lakes, Big Pine requires a permit for overnight trips, and we were unsuccessful in the lottery. Our day trip was coming to an end and it was time to descend, however, we hope to paddle all seven lakes next summer!
Location: Big Pine, Second Lake
12miles, 4,500 elevation gain
4 hours in, 2 hours out with 50lb packs.
SUP Board: Tahoe Alpine SUP Board
Pack: Gregory Baltoro 85 Backpack, Shadow Black, Medium