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Reviewed 19 July 2018

We expected rustic, but it's too charitable to describe Cabin 18 as merely rustic. It's more like some poor sharecropper's shack, for which we spent over $500 for a two-night stay for 4 adults! Beds were lumpy and uncomfortable, there weren't enough towels for everyone, there was just one spoon in the kitchen and only 3 glasses. Cleanliness was poor. I realize that the short operating season at this elevation makes it difficult to operate a profitable business, but maintenance of the unit seemed non-existent. The only saving grace is that the location is spectacular.

Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kathy H, Owner at Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Joe,
We are sorry that your stay with us did not exceed expectations. It’s never fun to go on a vacation and be disappointed.
As the new owners, we are working hard to get our cabins( built in 1932) remodeled a couple at a time. I assure you things will only get better.
Please feel free to call us personally at 760-938-2837 if you have any additional concerns.
Darrin and Theresa

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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Location was great. Cabin was very funky! Layout in kitchen/eating table way too small for 6...was advertised as "accommodating" 8-9. Had to wash stuff before we used it.
Pond was stocked with trout, but main issue was space and cleanliness.
Maybe will bring RV or camp next time at Inyo camping areas immediately below glacier lodge.
Lodge is no longer there.. three of them in the same place have burned down over the years. There are only cabins and a small general store.
Not going back!

Date of stay: June 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Christopher A
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Kathy H, Owner at Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Christopher!

Thank you for your review.

I'd like to let you know at as the NEW OWNERS of Glacier Lodge we are working hard to upgrade the cabins. We won't be able to do much about the already existing space as the cabins were built in 1932, but we are looking to upgrade fixtures, seating and of course kitchenware.

In the next few years we will also be rebuilding the Historic Glacier Lodge.

Yes, definitely check the other Forest Service campgrounds. They would love to have you!

Kindly,
Theresa and Darrin

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Reviewed 15 July 2016

We just returned from a 4 night stay as Glacier Lodge in lodge 17.

The accommodation and surroundings were as expected (and as described by most of the reviews below).

The lodge itself was functional, not fancy. It has everything you need though, from a good working fridge and oven to a relatively good bed. The decoration is 'rustic' in style. The lodge was sloping quite a bit, which made the first steps of the day quite funny...
There was a good sized garden with the lodge, a fire pit, a BBQ and a bench and table for seating.

So, the lodge was very OK for a decent stay (lampshades would have been a nice touch though).

The setting is truly stunning. The lodges are really at the end of the road, where the hiking trail head into the Eastern Sierras starts. So, no need to drive, you can just start hiking from the lodges. The Big Pine trails start there, which link to the John Muir trail, and provides miles and miles of stunning, high altitude walking path. Nature is really amazing there, waterfalls, forest, lakes, glaciers etc.All right on the doorstep.

The owners, who run this operation from a small lodge/shop were friendly and informative.

The stays are not cheap (159$ / night before tax), but there is nothing else around that compares.

Just to state the obvious: It is incredibly quiet there - No cellphone coverage - no WiFi

Room tip: 17 was the last lodge, with a very private garden
Date of stay: July 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kathy H, Owner at Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2016

Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed your stay.

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Reviewed 24 May 2016

I starting going to the original Glacier Lodge when there was actually a Glacier Lodge 1967. It burned down about 20 something years ago. There were plans to re build it but it so far has not happened. See LA times article several years ago. I have stayed in the little cabins many times and have had many great memories from them. Do not make the mistake of wi fii or watching some game. The hikes are great. The water falls wonderful but not close for the non hikers. The expiernce can be awesome but you have to make it happen. I cannot imagine that this is a very profitable bussiness so be kind. Back when the Lodge was still there the owners had a really cool St Bernard. Lon Chaneys cabin original Wolfman is up the trail. Wish I could go CG CSL BCS Mexico

Room tip: Honestly, bring your own linens. No disrespect. They do their best I am sure. You will have a great time, make it happen.
Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank gib c
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Kathy H, Owner at Glacier Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2016

Thank you for your review i think, unfortunately re-building the lodge takes money but we do our best with what we have. we have started re-modeling cabins but i don't see any TV's/WI-FI coming in the near future being that we are located at 8000ft with towering mountains all around us. We also run off of a hydro generator that gets its power from Big Pine Creek so power is limited. Hopefully this gives you a little bit of a better understanding of how we operate this 5 star "Dump".

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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
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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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