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Chocolate Lakes — Backpacking Trip

The first trip of our 2024 backpacking tour with The North Face.

Chocolate Lakes — Backpacking Trip

The first trip of our 2024 backpacking tour with The North Face.

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Guided by

Dylan McCoy


04:00pm - 02:00pm


June 13, 2024

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About Dylan McCoy

Dylan McCoy is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and self-proclaimed Gear Junkie who was born and raised in the shadow of Mt. Baldy, Southern California. His upbringing inspired exploration of the San Gabriel Mountain Range and spent many years navigating its scenic trails, scaling its peaks, and uncovering its hidden gems. Driven by an adventurous spirit, he has journeyed through expansive ocean coastlines, sun-baked desert plains and towering alpine peaks, clocking numerous miles on trails across the western United States.


Experience the beauty of Bishop and the Inyo National Forest with a two-night backpacking trip to the breathtaking Chocolate Lake. This escape aims to create a deeper appreciation for nature's beauty and provide a soul-nourishing escape from your daily routine within the city. Pack your fishing gear to try your luck with brook trout or bring along a book for tranquility by the water's edge.




Arrive at Bishop Park Group Campground at 4 PM to set up camp and introduce ourselves. It's essential we spend the night here to help our bodies acclimatize to the elevation. As the night approaches, we'll prepare a dinner featuring Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup, toasted garlic bread, and chilled beer from Rancho West. After dinner, we'll transition to an outdoor movie experience. Once the movie concludes, we'll wind down and get some rest in preparation for the day ahead.



After an early breakfast, we pack up camp and make our way to the Bishop Pass trailhead. From there we head out on a 3.8 mile hike to Chocolate Lake traversing stream-side trails through pine forests. Upon reaching Chocolate Lakes, we establish our camp and take time to explore our surroundings and visit nearby lakes. The rest of the day is for relaxation, reading lakeside, fishing or napping under a shaded tree whatever you prefer this time is for you. As night falls, we gather under the stars for dinner, drinks and camp games.



Rising with the sun, we pack up and return to the Bishop Pass trailhead. There, we say our goodbyes and head home.

Trail Information

- Round Trip: Approximately 6.6 mi

- Elevation Gain: Approximately 1600 Ft

- Lake Elevation: Approximately 11,000 Ft

- Difficulty: Moderately challenging

- Elevations above 8,000 ft can be significantly more taxing than at sea level. It's essential to stay well-hydrated, replenish your electrolytes, and maintain energy levels by consuming food and snacks regularly.

What's included

  • Campsite and Camp Kitchen
  • Communal Backpacking Experience
  • Wilderness Permits
  • Pre-trip Organization & Itinerary
  • WFA Certified Trail Guide
  • Homemade Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup
  • Beverages provided by Rancho West Beer
  • Outdoor Cinema

What to bring

  • Backpacking Gear
  • Fishing Gear (optional)
  • Water Filter
  • Sun Protection
  • Proper Hiking Apparel
  • Backpacking Food & Snacks for two days and nights

Weather Conditions

You can expect average high temperatures in the 75-65°F range during the day, dropping to around 45-35°F at night. These are averages, and actual conditions can vary greatly. Be aware that weather conditions in remote locations can be unpredictable and may change rapidly. You should be prepared for a range of weather conditions including rain, wind and below-freezing temperatures. Altitude, weather fronts, and other factors can lead to unexpected weather, especially in the month of September. For the most accurate information, we will give an updated weather report shortly before our trip.


To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants, please review and ensure you meet the following requirements. By registering, you hereby certify that you meet all requirements provided below.

1. Capability to comfortably carry a 30-40 lb backpack for up to 5 miles per day

2. Prior experience hiking at high elevations above 8000 ft.

3. A good to excellent overall physical fitness level.

4. No medical conditions or physical limitations that may affect your ability.

5. Familiarity with Leave No Trace principles.

6. CA campfire permit

7. Ownership of a bear-resistant canister and experience storing food in remote locations.


Dylan McCoy is a WFA certified trail guide and he will make every effort to share his knowledge, provide assistance, and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. He will carry essentials such as a group first aid kit and satellite communicator which enables contact with first responders in case of an emergency. However, ultimate responsibility for your safety and well-being rests with you. Each participant must be prepared for the physical demands of the trip, carry their own gear and supplies, and be able to make informed decisions in a wilderness setting.