I did a small part of this trail last year and realized the potential of it. There are huge trees. Ones of the biggest that I have seen and definitely the biggest in Northshore. It is best to do this trail in a dry weather as the trail is very steep. It crosses several steep rock slabs. Some were still wet and slippery even it had been dry for the last few days. There are many supporting ropes on most of the steep sections. Some of them are very necessary and some not. The conditions of the ropes are generally good. There are some older ones mixed with newer ones. The old ones are not in good conditions. The hardest section is between elevation 520 and 620m and the crux is at picture 22.
After the steep hike, there is a number of lakes. I missed the biggest one but where I was, it was just gorgeous. Bishop was still far away where I was. I could see its reflection in the lake but I estimated that I needed another 2-3 hours to get to the peak. Being at the lake at 4pm, it was beyond my reach.
The trail is very well marked with many ribbons. It is not well defined but the markers are abundant. I only saw one person on the trail who said he got to Bishop Peak early on the day.
I biked to the trailhead. I took first Seymour Valley Railway, crossed Spur 4 bridge via Hydrolyic connection which located at about 6Km mark. I think the cycling routes are the best Northshore.
Total time of biking and hiking is about 8 hours not including the biking time from home which adds another 1 1/2 hours. ...