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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Kathy and her crew at Glacier Lodge made it possible for my wife, Vickie, and me to enjoy the mid-elevation of the Sierra Nevada early in the season, as they were open before the Forest Service campgrounds in Big Pine Canyon. Their effort and dedication required to stay one step ahead of Nature to make this happen was evident. We camped in our camper van surrounded by Ponderosa pines for which the town of Big Pine was named. The area beauty and history were enjoyed. Added to this, Copper Top BBQ is just down the hill.

Date of stay: April 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank Chuck246
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Kathy H, Owner at Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2016

Thank you for your review. We look forward to having you guys again next year.

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Reviewed 14 October 2015

Glacier Lodge is the gateway to the high country of Big Pine Creek and the seven lake basin. It was a favorite backpacking area for my wife and I for week long trips up to the higher lakes and the Palisade Glacier. My wife can't handle the back packs any more but we still love the mountains and came here to do some day hikes. The small cabins are a luxury after years of using small camp stoves and sleeping on the ground - to say nothing of hot showers every night. Each cabin has a refrigerator, gas stove, gas heater, and small bathroom. The bedrooms are small but the beds are comfortable. The lodge operators are super nice and their pulled pork bbq meal is not to be missed! Bring your hiking shoes, fishing rod and enjoy a Sierra gem.

Room tip: For those who need it, WiFi is available at the lodge.
Date of stay: September 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank frqentravlr
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Darrin and Ther... P, Owner at Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello!

We are the new owners of Glacier Lodge and we wanted to let you know that we are doing all kinds of upgrades! One of our upgrades includes rebuilding the Historic Glacier Lodge in the next few years. We also do Campfire Karaoke BBQs on Saturday nights between May and October. Please check out our website at glacierlodge395.com for weekly specials-our current one being BUY TWO NIGHTS, GET ONE FREE!

We would love to have you back!
Theresa and Darrin

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Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

Started coming up here in 2014. Been here 4 weekends in 2015 so far. Stayed in a cabin every time. Would drive on 395 up to Mammoth skiing every year from LA and wonder what was up in these eastern Sierra canyons. Did a little research but not much information is available. We were pleasantly surprised when we found Glacier Lodge. We could rent a cabin with a kitchen (we used the refrigerated for beverages and snacks), but not have to cook since breakfast lunch and dinner can be purchased at the small lodge store and grill. All we have to do is show up with hiking clothes, boots, and day packs and the glacier store had all the food, bug spray, maps, flashlights, books and hats for purchase for our long day hikes up into Big Pine canyon to see the stunning milky blue colored lakes.

Returning from the hikes, we could purchase dinner (if you're back before the lodge closes, or prearrange a dinner time) and also find the firewood we purchased in the morning dropped off at our cabin.

It's a pretty easy weekend to plan, with very little preparation required since we go day hiking and come back to our cabin every night. When arriving late on Fridays we let them know and pre arrange so we can get into our cabin. It's good to sleep at 8000 ft before making the day hikes up to 11000+ the following day.

The air is clear and the trees are beautiful. The fires that have been burning in the other side of the sierras this summer/2015 have created smoky afternoons as the smoke drifts to the eastern sierras and into big pine canyon around 3pm. This year has been pretty smokey with the Rough Fire burning. Makes for uniquely beautiful smokey orange glowing sunsets.

At glacier lodge and Big Pine Canyon, you'd never know there was a drought in California (except for the smoke in the afternoons from fires burning far away). There are rushing rivers along glacier lodge and the trails, huge waterfalls, and around 12 lakes (I think) that you can day hike to depending on fitness level. Hikes can be pretty demanding. Hiking up to first second and third lakes can be great day hikes but still mostly all on a grade. There is an enjoyable but strenuous 13 mile loop that takes you by a few non glacial lakes first, then you save the most beautiful lakes for the second half of the loop (fifth, third, second and first lakes), depending on which direction of the loop you take. The glaciers can be hiked to for a very very very long day hike or 2 day hike with one night self camping. The glaciers can be seen from some parts around glacier lodge and early parts of the trails. The trails do not connect to the JMT or PCT so the trails aren't crowded.

The cabins are very vintage. Sometimes they have small bugs flying around, sometimes the bathroom has a bunch of dead tiny flying bugs. Just know that the bed and sheets are clean, bathroom and kitchen works great, and likely you will start to appreciate the vintage cabin. The cabins are well used but everything works well, some bathrooms are a tight squeeze, especially the shower. No need to wear any fancy clothes, just clothes that you can hike in and don't mind getting dirty. The nights are usually much cooler, so bring an extra jacket

Kathy and her team are almost always available and somewhere close by to answer questions or just help you make your stay better. Her food is fantastic, all of it. Served on paper plates, but super tasty.

Everyone staying in the cabins has been respectful and courteous. No one seems to party late into the night. Toasting marshmallows over your campfire (each cabin has a campfire ring and picnic table near the cabin) and laying down outside looking up at the stars until late are the usual evening activities.

The town of big pine is 12 miles down the canyon road so if you really need to be at a restaurant or pick up food or other items, it's an easy drive.

I've never camped here but have driven through the glacier lodge campsites. Most of the sites look pretty private and surrounded by trees.

It's rare to find such beautiful surroundings, great day hiking, not many people, and reasonable priced cabins in the sierras.

blue colored lakes.

Date of stay: August 2015
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
9  Thank trishyjane
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Reviewed 3 September 2014

A large family crew slept in their dog friendly 9 person cabin for 3 nights over Labor Day Weekend 2014. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen had plenty of gear and there was a lot of hot water. The immediately nearby long day hikes were strenuous and led us to some awesome views. The waterfalls and lakes are beautiful. We also saw many happy faces at the nearby trout pond. This is a nice place to hangout nearby or explore the beautiful trails just down the road. Several Labor Day Weekend pictures are attached to this review.

Date of stay: September 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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3  Thank IllyCoffeeDrinkers
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Such a beautiful spot - right at the trailhead up into the Palisades above Big Pine, California. These are strenuous day hikes, but worth it. Elevation is nearly 8000 feet at the trailhead.
This is a review of the TENT AND RV CAMPSITES only, not the cabins, but the cabins looked tidy and well kept up, and are likely very nice. The grounds are nice, there is a well stocked small trout pond for those who want to fish.
The tent and RV sites are adequate, but be aware that the electricity is supplied by a hydroelectric generator they have installed on the stream, so there is not much amperage available. They have one duplex 15 amp household plug at most of the sites, Which will NOT run an electric skillet or a hairdryer, but would be fine for lights. They are MOST DEFINITELY NOT adequate to charge your electric car, so don't even think it.

Room tip: There is a very good Forest Service campground for tents or small RV's without hookups right next door.
Date of stay: May 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Walter R
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