The Evolution 100K passes through some of the most spectacular Sierra scenery, from mountain passes to alpine valleys and serene lakes. It even features the stone-built Muir hut. Many many thanks to Peter Clark for the awesome photos!
Distance: 55 miles
Elevation Gain: 9800 Feet Up and 9400 Feet Down
Location: Piute Pass Trail Head – North Lake. (Ends at South Lake trailhead)
Time of Year: Mid June to Mid October (Snow is likely going over the passes until late July.
Directions from Bishop: Take Line Street West and follow signs to North Lake, approximately 18 miles.
Description: Follow the trail to Piute pass, approximately 5 miles and 2000 feet up. From Piute Pass, it is 9 miles and 3200 feet down to the San Joaquin River, where you junction with the John Muir and PCT trails. From here you’ll experience some of the most visually stunning scenery in the Sierra as you climb up to Muir Pass. The Pass is approximately 16 miles and 4000 feet up. Now it’s down through beautiful Le Conte Canyon to Little Pete Meadow, 6 miles and 3200 feet away. At Little Pete Meadow you’ll leave the John Muir/PCT trail and turn north, heading up 6 miles and 3200 feet later you’ll reach Bishop Pass. The final 5 miles brings you to South Lake, 2300 feet below Bishop Pass.
Note: This is not a loop trip. You will be exiting a different trailhead than the one you departed from, which necessitates some pre-planning or car shuttles.