Glacier Lodge to Brainerd Lake

MODERATE 10 reviews
#28 of 48 trails in

Glacier Lodge to Brainerd Lake is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Pine, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,860 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Sheltered below the jagged crest of the Palisades, the Sierra's largest collection of glaciers provides a magnificent alpine backdrop to this rugged Eastern Sierra Canyon. Day hikers do not need a wilderness permit, but overnighters do. Campfire permit required if using a stove or campfire.

backpacking
2 days ago

This trail is intense! Basically uphill the entire time, and at a pretty decent pitch. There is a creek crossing about 1.5 miles in- bring your water shoes. The water is about thigh deep, but definitely crossable this time of year. Smaller dogs should be carried or guided across with a leash and harness as they could be swept away. My 60 lb dog made it across with no issues... Once you get passed the switchbacks you come to Willow Lake, a nice lunch spot but that's about it. Lake Brainerd is a medium sized lake with beautiful water and surroundings and nice camping spots. Well worth the hike!

12 days ago

I also tried this trail July 15. Gorgeous first part. No one on it. But then after 1.75 miles, you come to the raging South Fork of the creek. You can’t cross, so don’t even try.

1 month ago

About 1.32 miles up the trail there is a creek crossing that is nearly impossible. The water has washed away the tree trunk that used to serve as a bridge and now it’s impassable. We watched as one backpacking couple attempted to walk across, the current was so strong the man fell and cut his foot and leg in his struggle to get out. Wouldn’t recommend this hike unless you have some plan to navigate across safely.

recorded south fork big pine creek

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