Glacier Lodge: A Gem of the Sierras

Glacier Lodge, as described by its owner, is a gem of the Sierras.  Tucked away in Big Pine Canyon, next to Big Pine Creek, the little wood cabins of Glacier Lodge offer respite after a long day of hiking on the trails in neighboring Inyo National Forest.

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A Stay at Glacier Lodge by Julia at XplorMor

The rustic charm is clear as soon as you wind up the drive to check in at the main office cabin.  There’s piles of wood, for guests to have personal fires in the evening outside their cabins, and a small shop offering limited supplies, and dine out food.  They’ll even deliver orders right to your cabin which after a long day hiking was much appreciated!   The friendly staff offered excellent service, and truly made every effort to accommodate our needs (thank you!).

Alternately, each cabin is equipped with a kitchen and most cooking utensils, so you may prepare your own meals.  Make sure to stop in Big Pine for groceries as there’s minimal offered at the Lodge.

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A Stay at Glacier Lodge by Julia at XplorMor

Each cabin keeps a journal for its guests’ to write about their experience.  We enjoyed reading through the other entries, especially the ghost stories, and writing our own moments.  I would encourage that the tradition is kept up as it adds to the experience of this “time-forgotten” lodge. I mentioned it is rustic, and it is… there’s no Internet in the cabins, and power comes from a generator so no hair dryers!  The windows are only single-panned and there are cracks under the door, but turn the heater on, grab a blanket and curl up to read the journal and sip on a hot beverage.

It’s an escape from every day life and luxuries.  The air is fresh.  Take a step outside and breathe it in!

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A Stay at Glacier Lodge by Julia at XplorMor

4 Comments

  1. Bill Gage January 13, 2018 at 4:07 PM #

    Most Interesting for sure.
    In 1953 with my parents and Joy ” my Bride to be” we camped out by Lone Pine stream over a weekend.
    This was before the fire of course!
    My dad and I fished and the girls ? well I’m not really sure!
    However!!!! Our engagement was almost cancelled when Joy and I were across the stream from our campsite
    and I heard a “SNAP” !!! Yep she step on and broke my fishing rod!!
    I was that close to leaving her there but Love saved the day!
    We have been up that way most every year since for fishing and later with the kids but never did Lone Pine again!
    I have had the same girl for 64 years now!
    Before that I had packed out of Onion Valley with 3 of my buddies (2 are gone now) to Gardener Basin twice in 47 and 48!
    We use the Dean Family pack station for both trips!
    The first trip we use burros and on the on the last trip we rode horses and a pack horse for our packs up to Kearsarge pass!
    One of the Dean Daughters led us up and took the stock back down !
    All of this was B4 we found out about girls!
    Joy and I are too old for anymore cruises so we’re looking for a place to maybe spend a few days in the area come this spring or early summer !
    In a cabin no sleeping bags etc!
    Maybe a trip back in time; Any suggestions?

    Bill Gage

    • Julia April 26, 2018 at 10:04 AM #

      Hi Bill, Many apologies if you have note heard from us. I just found your comment in the junk mail while cleaning out files. I’m hoping another teammate already responded, but in case not, I’m responding too! By the sounds of your adventures, I believe you are the one who could offer us suggestions! Your experiences sound amazing. The cabins at Glacier Lodge are rustic as you saw from the photos on our site. But, they are comfortable and authentic and the owner was eager to assist with any needs. The location is beautiful. We were there in time for fall colors. I would highly recommend exploring this area in the Autumn to see the golden leaves. We found many such locations off CA Hwy 395, including Death Valley, Lone Pine with access to Mt. Whitney and the Alabama Hills, Big Pine with a drive through the Bristlecone Pine forest to Queensland Vineyard B&B in Dyer, Nevada, Mammoth and June Lakes, Mono Lake and Bodie Ghost Town. There’s photos from many of these locations through this link: https://xplormor.com/expeditions/xplor-california/. Let us know if you have any further questions with either a comment here or to our direct email: info@xplormor.com. Happy trails!

  2. Madeline Petersen March 22, 2016 at 8:32 PM #

    Glacier Lodge…….used to be a real lodge…….we went there years ago and remember the name as we still have the room key with the plastic fob on it that identifies the lodge…….The website I was able to find, shows it as a series of cabins? Does anyone know if there is a lodge there any longer…….we had the best trout prepared by the caretaker, who also cooked our meals for us.

    • Julia March 22, 2016 at 8:45 PM #

      Hi Madeline… thank you for your comments and inquiry! Unfortunately the lodge burnt down in a terrible fire, leaving only some of the cabins. A new owner is working to restore the glory. Her and her partner cooked us some great food. It filled the “hole” from hiking North Fork. However, I believe there’s only burgers on the menu now with various homemade sides like potato salad and baked beans. It’s definitely still worth a stop. Let us know if you would like further details. Happy, safe travels.

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