Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road Conditions?

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Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road Conditions?

Post by cloudlesssky » Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:50 am

Do any members have firsthand knowledge of current Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road conditions? I'm considering a day snowshoeing outing Friday since it looks like we might get a break in the storms.








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Re: Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road Conditions?

Post by Silky Smooth » Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:51 am

Gets plowed weekdays 8-4, its been a month since i was outhere there last. Had some rockfall on the way, good size boulder fell. Yes, should be good snowshoeing conditions.

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Re: Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road Conditions?

Post by cloudlesssky » Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:07 pm

Thanks Silky.

I drove up and the road was plowed and dry till just downhill from the first trailhead parking (1-1.5 miles from Glacier Lodge).
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There is lots of snow, more than I expected actually. I donned my snowshoes and headed up the road. There are some large downed trees laying on the road that will need to be removed this spring.
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The bridge to the Glacier Lodge area has about 6ft of snow on it.
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I hiked past the cabins and to the bridge that crosses the north fork. It was covered with snow without tracks.
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I went a bit further but there were no tracks and I lost the trail pretty quickly (i didn't have a GPS). I decided to turn back and explore a bit on the way back to the car.

It was a spectacular day: mid 30's, no wind, and a bright sun. A great day to try out a pair of new snowshoes.
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Re: Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road Conditions?

Post by DAVELA » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:47 am

Wow,looks gorgeous...looks like powder almost.Thanks for the road conditions update
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Re: Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road Conditions?

Post by DAVELA » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:20 am

Was there 3/20 and road was closed/gated just before Sage campground.
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Re: Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road Conditions?

Post by lvray » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:09 pm

Bumping this to see if anyone knows of any changes to how far the rd is open. Heading up that way 4/20 to do some snowshoeing. If the gate is still closed at Sage Flat campground, is there a place to park? TY in advance.

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Re: Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road Conditions?

Post by DAVELA » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:30 pm

Did u make it?Please report.Thx.
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Re: Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road Conditions?

Post by jimmeans » Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:52 pm

I was there on April 9, and the road was clear all the way to the end at Glacier Lodge.
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Re: Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road Conditions?

Post by peterk » Sat May 13, 2017 9:51 pm

Thinking about skiing Kid Mountain (immediately south of the Lodge) May 16/17. Does anyone know what the snow level is around there, particularly on north-facing slopes? Thanks!

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Re: Big Pine Creek/Glacier Lodge Road Conditions?

Post by DAVELA » Mon May 15, 2017 7:24 am

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This is what the view from glacier lodge trailhead looked like on May 13.I didnt want to slip n slide in snowshoes up soft snow all day to get to Willow lake so i took it ez and went to llv instead.There was a 3-4 ft base at llv area at 9500 and it looks like february!
Dont know how deep the snow here but it looks like plenty...just gets a lot of sun.
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