Big Pine Creek South Fork Trail
The South Fork trail climbs beneath the Palisades Glacier and jagged peaks of the Middle Palisades to reach Brainard and Finger Lakes. The bridge across the South Fork was destroyed by avalanch during the spring of 2011 making this creek difficult to cross. Expect to get your feet wet and use caution with high spring runoff. The trail above Willow Lake becomes indistinct with rock cairns marking the way to the upper lakes. This trail is not recommended for stock.
Common Destinations: Brainerd Lake, Finger Lake, Norman Clyde 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 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 near Glacier Lodge, at end of the road.
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Lake and Pond Fishing
Willow, Brainerd and Elinor Lakes all have Brook Trout waiting for anglers to try thier luck.