Finding the trail known as Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail is easy from either the entrance at Inyo National Forest or from Glacier Lodge. However, staying on the trail is not. About one mile into the trail there is a crossroads (See Pic 1 below). At this junction turn right onto what was once part of Glacier Lodge Road. This road was used to access fishing spots along the river and is therefore wider and flatter than the previous winding sections. If you turn left, the road meanders back to Big Pine Creek South Fork Trail with stops at Willow, Brainard and Finger Lakes.
About 100 feet from these crossroads there will be a bridge crossing Big Pine Creek at the first set of falls, or First Falls (Pic 2). Directly after the bridge, the trail forks.
At this fork the signs have been switched and/or removed (Pic 3). Not to worry as either of these trail legs will lead you to Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail so you cannot go wrong. The left route will continue along Big Pine Creek, past Second Falls (worth a look) and then switchback up to meet the other trail at another crossroads. Here, turn left to continue on Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail or head straight to Baker Creek (and Green Lake). There is signage for the trail to Baker Creek. Or, turn right and you’ll loop back to the first fork and First Falls. There are maps of this trail area from the US Forest Service and Glacier Lodge, but neither were helpful finding the trail at these junctures. If the signage appears or you find something to add or change, please contact XplorMor so this page may be updated. Thanks!
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