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We spent a week in Big Pine Creek canyon. The campground is at 7600 feet about 10 miles west of Big Pine, CA in the eastern Sierra Nevada. It is one of several gateways into the John Muir Wilderness. The hiking and vistas are superb and the fishing ain't bad either.
We spent several days hiking into the John Muir wilderness. It is a backpacker's paradise but we like our creature comforts.
The campgound sits in a flat spot where the North and South forks of Big Pine Creek join. There are 3 campgrounds and Glacier Lodge which has been there for about 100 years.
Part 2 is about our trip to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest where the oldest living things (trees) are. They are over 5000 years old.

We are at the Clyde/Palisade group site of Upper Sage Flat cg.
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And in the shadow of Mt. Kid.
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The current version of Glacier Lodge
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This is what is left of 3 previous Glacier Lodge's. The last one burned in 1998.
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The view up the south fork of Big Pine Creek. With Palisade glacier and North Palisade peak.
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The trailhead starts at the lodge and soon splits into the North and South forks.
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The north fork trail rises steeply along side the north fork.
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With fireweed and paintbrush growing alongside the creek.
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After about 6 miles the trail enters a high alpine basin at 10,000 plus feet with several lakes. This is 2nd lake with Temple Crag in the background.
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Time for a rest and lunch.
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After a long day it is chow time.
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The next day we head up the south fork. The trail climbs gently up toward the Palisade glacier.
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As you gain altitude the views get spectacular.

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Along the way are bunches of Monk's Hood growing near the creek.

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And fields of Cow Parsnip.
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And paintbrush.
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The trail gets narrow and Rosie isn't to sure she likes this.
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The view back down the valley.
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And the trail ends just under the glacier.
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Posted: 08/15/09 06:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice pictures and report, thanks for posting

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Enjoyed the pics very much!! Thanks, Gary


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Looks like great hiking (and camping). I appreciate you sharing your great pics and good times.


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Nice pics and that looks like some great hiking.


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Thanks for sharing,
Nice pictures. Looks like you got your exercise hiking those hills.


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You go Al and company! I didn't know there was a group camp up there.
Been up that trail many a time in my younger days. I used up one of my lives dodging a several ton boulder rolling at speed toward me. I dropped and flattened out and the thing bounced over me like a passing semi. The rest of the party who saw the whole thing were white, I mean really white, for the rest of the day. heh, heh, I was pretty shook up too.
The eastern Sierra Nevada is still my fave for getting right up to the hilt, fast for camping.
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How long did it take to climb to the top end? Did you start at the far end of the valley in the picture? Great pics.
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Oh, nice pictures of the Sierra Nevada. I've backpacked the John Muir Trail out of North Lake above Bishop and loved every beautiful mile of it. Thanks for bringing it all back with your pictures. I hope to live close to them again some day. Glad you had a great trip and surely you folks are in great shape!





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Nice pictures ! Beautiful landscapes . Thanks for sharing


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