Major peaks in the area: Temple Crag 12,999 FT.
Mt. Sill 14,162 FT.
Polemonium Peak 14,000 FT.
North Palisade 14,242 FT.
Thunderbolt Peak 14,000 FT.
Mt. Winchell 13,768 FT.
Mt. Agassiz 13,891 FT.
Split Mountain 14,058 FT.
North Fork, Big Pine Canyon
This is a hike of up to 19 miles which accesses the Big Pine lakes and the Palisades Glacier.
The North Fork trail follows the Big Pine creek, weaving among lodgepole pine, aspen and jeffrey pine with some switchbacks, passing a stone cabin built by movie actor Lon Chaney.
The trail takes hikers to Lakes 1 through 7. Third Lake is fed directly from the Palisade Glacier, causing it to be a milky turquoise color. Temple Crag looms over the trail and can be seen before one even reaches the first lake.
Mileages from the trailhead (one-way):
First Lake - 4.5 miles/9900'
Second Lake - 4.8 miles/10,000'
Third Lake - 5.5 miles/10,400'
Fourth Lake - 6.5miles/10,750'
Palisade Glacier - 9 miles/12,400'
South Fork, Big Pine Canyon
This trail takes hikers to
Willow Lake at 4 miles/9600'
Brainard Lake at 5 miles/10,650'
The trail is more exposed than the North Fork and gives access to the Middle Palisade Glacier.
Best hiking in the Eastern Sierra!!
Sites 1 - 6:
Accomodate RVs or tents and have water and electricity but no sewer.
Sites 7 - 10:
Are set aside for RVs and have full hook-ups. Site 8:
The only pull-through site.
Prices are based on per site, per night.
Lakes 1,2,and 3
These sites are level but located on a fairly steep hill. Sites #1 -#6 are located along the left side of a road. Site #1 is at the bottom of the hill, Site #6 is at the top of the hill. On the right side of the road, site #10 is located at the bottom of the hill, Site #7 is located at the top of the hill.
RV and tent camping areas have access to a restroom with a flush toilet.
Check in at the General Store. Check-in time is 3:00 pm, Check-out time is 12:00 noon.
Big Pine Creek runs right alongside the road, affording easy vehicle access for anglers. At road's end (just beyond where the turn-off to Glacier Lodge is posted ), the creek flows north and south into the backcountry.
The California Dept. of Fish and Game stocks Big Pine Creek from Sage Flat Campground to Glacier Lodge, and the Glacier Lodge pond, with rainbow trout every other week.
We also have a fish cleaning station located next to our general store.
Lon Chaney's cabin
Fishing the Lakes
The North Fork Big Pine Creek trail will take you to:
A string of (7) Big Pine Lakes - ele. 9975, contains brooks, browns and rainbows.
Lake 7 also has goldens.
Black lake - ele. 10,690 brooks, browns and rainbows.
Hidden Lake - ele. 10,700 goldens
Sam Mack Lake - ele. 12,000 rainbows
The South Fork Big Pine Creek trail will take you to:
Willow Lake - ele. 9600, brooks and rainbows
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are served all day out of the General Store.
From the huge breakfast burritos, thick juicy burgers, and our scrumptious tri tip sandwiches, all of our food is fresh and made to order, and there are plenty of delicious options for everyone's liking.
Don't forget to ask for our famous Root Beer Floats!!