Big Pine Creek Campground and Glacier Lodge Loop Trail

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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0.5-1h
Distance
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2.3 km
Elevation
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104 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Short in distance, and with relatively little elevation gain, Big Pine Creek Campground and Glacier Lodge Loop Trail is a family-friendly route within Inyo National Forest. Leading you through stunning mountain terrain and over cascading creeks, the route is considered to be an excellent trail for wildlife viewing.

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Route Description for Big Pine Creek Campground and Glacier Lodge Loop Trail

Depending on the time of year you plan on doing the Big Pine Creek Campground and Glacier Lodge Loop Trail, the mosquitoes along the route can become prolific, and so it is suggested you bring lots of bug spray and wear long pants and sleeves during the spring season. Likewise, when in flood, Big Pine Creek can become dangerous, and so it is important that you watch your footing when traveling alongside it.

With your vehicle parked at the allotted spot, make your way west along Glacier Lodge Road. The road will soon turn into a pathway as it makes its way over Big Pine Creek via a footbridge. Here, stunning views of the cascading creek can be enjoyed, so take a break and admire the scenery. Having crossed the bridge, follow the route to a junction within the pathway.

At the junction, follow the southern route over the steadily inclining terrain. The route will bring you to a four-way junction, where you are to take the northernmost pathway over more steadily inclining terrain. Continue on along the pathway until you arrive at a third junction, where you will take the eastern route onto a series of switchbacks that decline in elevation, and deliver you back to Big Pine Creek. From here, backtrack your steps towards the trailhead, and your waiting vehicle.

Getting to the Big Pine Creek Campground and Glacier Lodge Loop Trail Trailhead

The trailhead of Big Pine Campground and Glacier Lodge Loop Trail is located at a parking lot off of Glacier Lodge Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Big Pine Creek Campground

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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