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We just hiked to Second Lake (mid January ‘18) and are amazed at how gradual the trail is - probably because it’s graded for stock. It was a fast hike of only 10 miles round trip, but the views are staggering, especially in winter. If you hit this trail before the next major snow you only need micro spikes after the Ranger Station.

Worth the hard climb. Hiked this trail during the summer, bring a lot of water!!!!!!! So beautiful but I was sore for two days

12 days ago

I’m giving it three stars because the views of Split Mountain are gorgeous. But otherwise it’s a fairly oppressive hike to get to and to complete. For starters, the trailhead almost necessitates 4wd/awd + high clearance + off-roading tires (probably the most important being good tires, because even if you can clear the rocks and get through the loose sand, you’re still going to be driving over a lot of sharp rock). If you can drive to the trailhead, then you’ll need to add about 8 miles on around-trip. In general, the trail is not well maintained, very overgrown in sections and extremely loose in others. Because of this, people have tried to create their own paths, making it almost impossible to follow the mail trail the whole way. There are equally difficult, but more enjoyable hikes, in the eastern Sierras, so I don’t think this is a particularly “good” hike. Basically, I recommend doing other hikes unless you’re after CA’s 14ers.

This hike is amazing. The hike down is even more amazing. Worth the drive and I would love to do it again. I brought my 7 year old daughter and she didn’t give up, but she is used to hikes like this and we took breaks.

The Big Pine Lakes trail is absolutely stunning and beautiful. Nice trails and great fishing. We Stayed in Big Pine at an Airbnb. "Big Pine Cottage Hideaway. The perfect place in Big Pine to access the lakes trails. This place is wonderful you have to see it. And it is dog friendly.

2 months ago

Spectacular views. Perfect winter weather. Awesome group of hikers who were helpful when I exhibited signs of altitude sickness.

Two of us did this trail on 10/20/17. 2 nights 3 days.

When we started at the trailhead about 10:30 in the morning. There was a strong wind blowing at near 70 miles an hour. We knew the winds were supposed to die down in the afternoon.

It took us about 6+ hours to make it to Sawmill lake were we camped. Only had about an hour of daylight left to set up. Very nice camp. Next time I’ll bring my tarp and hammock instead.

Next morning we packed just the essentials and went out on a day hike trying to summit Colosseum. Late start and a bunch of time loss navigating kept us from summiting the mountain.

Third day we packed out thinking it would be an easy trek mostly downhill. It wasn’t easy.

2 months ago

Such a wonderful and great hike this time of year. The colors of the trees were amazing and you get lost in nature’s splendor. We didn’t do the whole loop, but went up to the cabin and rested by the well flowing stream. Plan to come back next year and do the whole thing!

2 months ago

This trail offers spectacular views of beauty but be prepared. It’s roughly a three hour intense hike (about 4.5 miles) to the first lake but well worth it. We did it yesterday and couldn’t be happier.

Anyone looking at doing the trail this weekend and have any thoughts about the potential snow rolling in on Saturday/Sunday?

Beautiful lakes

2 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. We started at the trailhead off of Glacier Lodge Road and hiked to 3rd lake. There was so much fall foliage to look at and when you get that first glimpse of turquoise water at first lake, you just want to stay there and admire. But don’t! Keep going because it’s beautiful. We did over 13 mikes and the terrain is nice and soft. I had no aches or pains after this hike. Loved it!

The road to the trailhead requires a high clearance vehicle. Driving a Honda Civic, the closest that I could get to trailhead was a good 4.3 miles away! (End of asphalt in Fuller road). I could never figure out the start of the trail and hence just climbed the hill till I saw something that resembled a trail. I again lost the trail after the small pond. Nonetheless it made the hike that much more interesting. Did it on Oct 14th as a day hike.
There are too many use trails after Red lake to get to Split mountain. On the way back you will see the good ones :-)
Just remember to come back to the correct ridge. There are use trails from the top which take you further down to the lake on the left (looking down) and possibly to the ridge on the left fork (looking down). We want to be on the right fork.

3 months ago

awesome even for day hiking...much more for overnite camping

3 months ago

Gorgeous hike! Only made it to first lake, but it was quite an experience. It was a long uphill, but not too strenuous. It was cold tho. Snow flurries for both evenings we were there.

one of the most beautiful hikes/views in California. Will be doing annually. Aug is best

Totally Awesome, I am so out of shap

4 months ago

amazing hike and scenery!

Day hiked to the glacier. It didn't even feel like a long hike beacuse everything was so beautiful I couldn't stop going. Any mile stretch of this trail would be worth hiking 10 miles to by itself, it's crazy that it's all on one trail. I don't think it's actually 17.2 miles I think it's more like 15.5. The boulder field at the end can be a little challenging to navigate on the way back.

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