Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail
Going to the popular First Lake through Seventh Lakes up the canyon north of Mount Sill, this trail also offers views of Temple Crag and the Palisade Glacier.
Day hikers may start on the trail past First Falls where the trail is in the shade of Jeffrey pine and aspen. The trail from the backpackers overnight parking lot follows a sunny slope to enter the North Fork canyon above First Falls. Crossing sage and Manzanita covered slopes the trail enters the wilderness boundary near Second Falls. As the trail climbs past the chain of Big Pine Lakes there are many opportunities to observe the affects of glacial activity, such as cirques, glaciated granite and glacial erratic. A side trail loops to Black Lake, offering views of glaciers and the Sierra Crest before rejoining the main trail near Fourth Lake.
Common Destinations: First through Seventh Lakes, Sam Mack Meadow, Pallisade Glacier
At a Glance
|Reservations:||Reserve up to 6 months in advance at www.Recreation.gov|
|Rentals & Guides:||Glacier Pack Train, located on Glacier Lodge Road offers dunnage, horse and mule pack trips (760) 938-2538
|Water:||Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.|
|Restroom:||Vault toilet at trailhead. Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
From Big Pine go west on Crocker Ave. which becomes Glacier Lodge Rd. and follow to the end of the road. Alternate trail start point at the pack station and large paved backpackers parking lot. Day use parking is near Glacier Lodge, at end of the road.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Lake and Pond Fishing
Fishermen try for Brook, Rainbow and Brown Trout in the lakes along the North Fork Trail.