Glacier Lodge to Palisade Glacier
ElevationAscent: 4,704' 1,434 m
Descent: -4,703' -1,434 m
High: 12,419' 3,785 m
Low: 7,820' 2,384 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)
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“A beautiful route below towering peaks to one of the few surviving California glaciers.”— Daniel Birdwell
You'll eventually come out of the forested area into an area several hundred feet above the lakes to the east. The impressive Temple Crag is on the other side of the lakes. Pass lakes 1, 2, and 3 and then take an eastern fork of the trail towards the glacier.
Here is where the steep hiking starts. After topping out after the first section of steep terrain, you'll find the Sam Mack Meadows. These flat meadows provide a good place to camp for your first night.
From there, it again climbs steeply from this basin over several ridges lines and then finally, onto the glacier. After Sam Mack, expect a little more difficulty finding the trail, as there is a lot of rock, and very little soil. Once at the glacier, enjoy the view!
Once you've had your fill at the top, turn around and retrace your steps back to the lodge.
Wildflowers along streams and in meadows: tiger lily, red-orange paintbrush, white rein orchis, red columbine
Wildflowers at high elevations: alpine columbine, white heather, blue sky-pilot
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Land Manager: USFS - Inyo National Forest Office