An absolutely beautiful getaway that you can do within a weekend from Orange County into John Muir Wilderness. A scenic 5 hour drive to the town of Big Pine and the trailhead which is located just outside Big Pine. The hike itself is amazing with its breathtaking scenery including glacial lakes and healthy pine forest through John Muir Wilderness. This hike is easily done in a day via a 16 mile roundtrip hike or you can backpack it, since there are several lakes here, it's very easy to find a spot to set up camp and have your own slice or nature away from other people.
Big Pine Lakes
To get to the trailhead, head up Crocker Rd./Glacier Lodge Rd. until you get to the parking area at the end of the road. The hike in is almost all uphill so be prepared for that, the good thing is that on the way back to the car is much easier. The hike to First Lake is about 14 miles roundtrip and about 16 miles roundtrip to Second Lake. There are a total of seven of these numbered lakes and many more glacial fed lakes in this area. If you want to keep going, you can hike up to Palisade Glacier which is amazing but strenuous.
4024 Glacier Lodge Rd
Bihsop, CA 93514