Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Big Pine with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Went this past week...very beautiful!! A lot of snow and very deep but totally awesome!

It wasn't a hike as much as it was a walk on a dirt road in the sun. No scenery and plenty of dust.

Very nice up the North Fork Trail. We hiked until the snow was too deep just before First Lake.

hiking
4 months ago

We did this hike because the hikes we came here for were snowed in. This loop was very easy, steady elevation climb the entire way - so the elevation you're gaining doesn't feel much of anything. This trail follows a truck trail the entire way, and features a tiny stream crossing. There were no people other than us, very nice. At the back of the loop, the views of the mountain range is magnificent!

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months 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.

backpacking
9 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

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.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

If you make it back here you know what's up! Except for those dang cheating pack train people.

great hike 2 hrs before sunset. park at the end of the road. follow the trail / Road till you come to a small Bridge which crosses big pine Creek. continue til you see the trail sign marked nf big pine Creek / sf big pine Creek. the North Fork. follow the switchbacks up the ridge until you come to the road. follow the road to the left and down the ridge until you get 2 a trail to the left. take this Trail back to the bridge. the lighting in the afternoon is magnificent!!!

scenic driving
Friday, June 17, 2016

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is home to the oldest trees in the world, several over 4,000 years old. The drive from Big Pine is paved, twisty and dippy, and solitary. Take 168 out of Big Pine and then take a left on White Mountain road. Total mileage one way is about 23 miles. The visitor center at Schulman Grove at over 10,000 feet elevation is open in summer, with interperative programs, gifts, and information about the trees. Several self guided trails allow you to explore the forest. There is a nice short vista hike along White Mountain Road that gives you a pretty good 360 view of the surrounding high desert areas and down into Big Pine and Bishop. The trees are the stars as their twisty, gnarled trunks show the thousands of years of wear and tear they've survived. Takes about 2 hours RT if you get out and hike one of the Schulman Grove trails. There is a 4x4 road to Schulman out of Bishop, but not maintained and "iffy." Winter/spring of 2016 has been harsh on the road with lots of runoff. Although the dirt road is shorter, the paved road will be quicker and much less wear and tear. Check out this drive from Big Pine.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Very beautiful and an easy day hike.

hiking
Monday, September 22, 2014

Great hike and scenery. You hike past 3 awesome turquoise-colored lake before starting the strenuous ascension towards the glacier. The last part is definitely a little more challenging as the trail disintegrates as you approach the impressive morraines that surround the glacier - so you better save some energy for the terminal bouldering phase. We did, but ran short on time so had to retrieve just a few hundred feet from our destination in order to make it back down to the car before nighttime. Bottom line, if you want to make it all the way up to the glacier and back in one day, you better get started early!!

The best spot in the Eastern Sierras! Hike back to the lakes is beautiful. Lon Cheney cabin bas back off the trail too. Cool story if you Google it. Hang out at Glacier Lodge (cabins, camping, RV). The family who owns the place is wonderful. Be careful driving up and down the mountain...road is devilish.

off road driving
Thursday, September 06, 2012

I did this from top to bottom on a larger size adventure bike, not necessarily a dirt bike. I found it to be moderately difficult for an adventure bike to handle. Lots of climate zones you'll pass through on the way down. Lots of water crossings but all were shallow and not a problem.

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