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Glass Mountain Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tulelake, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 1,053 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

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NOTE: As of August 03, 2020, users have reported that the Rd 44N01 is CLOSED due to nearby fires. No access to Glass Mountain nor Medicine Lake.

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Reviews (19)
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Recordings (7)
Completed (40)
Elizabeth C W
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CampingGreat!Rocky

Note: the trail and campground are open now. The trail was short but difficult with loose footing. The pines and obsidian are unique and picturesque. The summit offers amazing panoramic views of the Sierra and White Mountains. The campground is isolated and beautiful, but lacks water.

Lucy Noche
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Closed

Rd 44N01 closed 7/31/20 due to nearby fires. No access to Glass Mountain nor Medicine Lake.

dezert sloth
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Hiking

I hiked this mid April. There was still a lot of snow, which deterred me from summiting. Footing was difficult. I parked where my recording starts. I bushwhacked up and met the trail/road, as you can see in the recording. I drive a typical sedan. I want come back in a couple months and summit when there is less snow.

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Clayton Augustine
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Hiking

We parked at a pullout on the gravel road at sign number 9 and then walked up the road. We took the first road to the left about 3/4 mile up. We walked that to the glass mountain trail head on the left. It is early April and the trail still had snow in many places, but we were able to walk it easily in our boots. The surroundings were beautiful with the black and red obsidian, the brilliant white snow and a clear blue sky. We didn’t go all the way to the end of the trail but did about a 5 1/2 mile trek. Fun day. Be careful if driving in a car. The road was well maintained but somewhat muddy and there are raised gravel water runoff bumps across the road.

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Travis Sizemore
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I haven't hiked this trail specifically, but have gone up the road from the north. Glass mountain is truly a unique wonder worth seeing, but if you have a dog you should bring booties, because the glass particles can cut their paws.

Diana Barrick
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HikingNo shadeRockySnow

We hiked this 6/11/19. Still a few patches of snow. Finding the start of the trail can be challenging. We had to park 2/3 mile from where it starts because of poor road conditions. If one has a high clearance vehicle you would be okay. It is a pumice road the leads up and through lava flow. Beautiful obsidian rocks and pieces. A hearty tree growing up through pumice occasionally. Very hot, but amazing views. No apparently trail to the summit of Glass Mt., but we got up pretty close to the bottom. Trail/ road gets rockier and harder to traverse towards the end. I recommend hiking poles for that section.

Corrine Compton
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loved glass mountain wth kiddos a great birthday surprise for my son turning ten! super heat coming off glass stunning views

Angel Gatlin
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Walking

Can anyone provide an exact location for me to put in my gps for this?

Kimberly Sguera
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Hiking

Beautiful.

Pamela Grundman
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Hiking

Fun hike, it was cool to see the rocks change beneath your feet, we actually spent about 3 hours following the 'trail', before turning back.

Amy Von Claussen
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Hiking

So cool to see but don't try to climb off trail that stuff is sharp! I made the mistake of trying to follow my boyfriend when he wanted to explore and cell and cut myself lol. Oops.

Deryn Harris
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Hiking
First to Review

A great hike for geology nuts and people who like sharp things. The trail isn't really well marked past a certain point, but that just means you choose your own adventure. Sweeping views off to the north and northeast at trail's end - even a glimpse of nearby Lava Beds National Monument on clear days. This was a tool source used by natives for hundreds of miles around, but nowadays more or less in the middle of nowhere, so it's good for a bit of peace and quiet.

Jayde Herriford
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Hiking
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Stephanie Walker
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Hiking
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Michael Santullo
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Hiking
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John Seidner
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Hiking
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Miss Micki
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Shelley M.
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Brian Edwards
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