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North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail

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 4.8 (13)

Follows the North Fork of Big Pine Creek by lakes 1 through 3


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Map Key

7.7

Miles

12.5

KM

Point to Point

11,211' 3,417 m

High

7,819' 2,383 m

Low

3,434' 1,047 m

Up

94' 29 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall

Description

The trail from the Glacier Lodge slowly climbs into the alpine. You start higher up on the hillside, and then after several miles the trail converges with the creek at a waterfall. Here, the trail takes you through a birch forest and past an old stone cabin.

You'll eventually come out of the forested area into an area several hundred feet above the lakes to the east. You'll also see the impressive Temple Crag on the other side of the lakes. Pass lakes 1, 2, and 3 and enjoy the views as each lake has something new to offer.

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Daniel Birdwell

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  4.8 from 13 votes

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Photos

Temple Crag.
Apr 7, 2016 near Big Pine, CA
Norman Clyde Peak over autumn woods
Apr 19, 2016 near Big Pine, CA
Temple Crag sunrise.
Apr 14, 2016 near Big Pine, CA
Mount Alice and Temple Crag.
Apr 14, 2016 near Big Pine, CA
Kid Mountain (~11,860 ft) stands across the valley as the trail ascends to the Baker Creek Trail junction.
Jun 21, 2017 near Big Pine, CA
Kid Mountain (~11,860 ft) is beautiful when viewed from near the Baker Creek Trail junction.
Jun 21, 2017 near Big Pine, CA

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Jun 30, 2020
Marzia DC
Absolutely stunning with much variety - end of June early july the waterfalls are gushing and the flowers are blooming. Great lunch spot at 2nd lake — 8h 00m
Aug 30, 2019
Marc Daniel
Walking solo after spending the night at Glacier Lodge — 8h 27m
Aug 6, 2019
Johnson Wong
May 25, 2019
Geraldine Salazar-Harms
20mi
Nov 7, 2018
Daniel Wong
Backpacked to 3rd Lake Saturday, hiked to 4th Lake Sunday, and hiked back out. 14mi
Sep 26, 2018
Victoria Utvick
Sep 17, 2018
Jacob Freed
Hiked to 2nd lake and camped for 2 nights. The hike up was super hard but I made it! The lakes and forests were beautiful 4.8mi
Aug 27, 2018
Mich D