Escape to the breathtaking views of the Eastern Sierras and wander through the John Muir Wilderness before reaching a series of stunning glacial lakes situated at an astounding 10,000 feet above sea level.
Organic Single Origin Colombian Coffee
Light, golden brown, and vibrant just like the stunning bruin it’s named after. The Grizzly Bear is our bright, single origin light roast from Colombia which offers a soothing aroma with a hint of citrus sweetness.
Tasting notes include tangerine, red currant, milk chocolate, green apple, and clover honey.
About this Coffee
- Heading to Big Pine from Los Angeles is incredibly straightforward considering the 4 hour drive it takes to get there from the city. You'll want to head up the I-5 North towards Sacramento before veering onto CA-14 North. Stay on the CA-14 North for 68 miles until the CA-14 North splits in the town of Mojave. Turn right staying on the CA-14 North/Midland Trail for another 48 miles before you merge with US-395 North. After the merge, there's still another 107 miles to Big Pine. When you arrive in Big Pine, take a right on West Crocker Avenue (will turn into Glacier Lodge Road) and continue for 9.9 miles passing Sage Flat Campground. As you pass Big Pine Canyon Group Site, follow the sign that directs you to the parking lot for the trailhead. For parking, there are no restrictions except following the signs that say "No Parking" in specific spots. There's also a small restroom at the parking lot, if needed.
- NOTE: The temperature for the hike may be much cooler than the temperature listed in the city of Big Pine, which is approximately 4,100 feet above sea level. You'll be hiking at a much higher elevation (just past 10,000 feet above sea level) so keep this in mind when packing clothing to wear during the adventure.
- NOTE: This hike is located in bear country so be sure to put any food you're planning to leave in the car in a zip-lock bags OR bring it along with you for the hike.
- NOTE: There are no permits required except if you're looking to backpack and camp at the lakes. If you're camping at the lakes, acquire a permit by visiting recreation.gov and enter the date(s) you plan to camp overnight.
- Start your hike at the west side of the parking lot near the restroom. You'll be making a 3.5 miles trek without shade before reaching the John Muir Wilderness sign so keep this in mind so you're not beginning your hike in the hot afternoon heat.
- As you start on the trail, you'll head west passing by a small ranch while gradually ascending the canyon brow. When you pass the Big Pine Creek Campground, the trail will head due north west running parallel to North Fork Big Pine Creek. The creek will be your constant companion for the remainder of the hike until you reach the First Lake.
- You'll hit an intersection with Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail with three directions to head in. Continue along the trail that is straight ahead instead of veering left (heading downhill) or right (heading uphill and in the reverse direction).
- After the intersection, you'll be 0.4 miles away from the John Muir Wilderness sign and the relief of shade from trees.
- Continue along Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail taking in the rushing water from the neighboring creek. In approximately 0.7 miles, you'll reach Lon Chaney's Cabin and this will mark the half way point to the First Lake. Feel free to take a rest here and enjoy a light snack before returning to the trail.
- The next intersection will occur directing you towards "Lake 1-7" and "Big Lake", Veer left heading in the direction of "Lake 1-7" and the First Lake will be a short distance ahead, followed by the Second Lake.
- Relax here and take in the sights before returning the same way you came.
- Elevation at Second Lake: 10,004 feet