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Glacier Lodge, Big Pine California and Palisades Glacier

The Eleven Mile Road To Glacier Lodge

SIDE NOTE:  As downsizing continues photos are a big project.  I’ve suddenly found inspiration in creating these blog pages to match up with photos that needed to be scanned.  
The eleven mile road takes one past several camprounds on the way to Glacier Lodge where cabins and RV camping are available except during the off season.

Below are areas the next few blogs will cover.  Tomorrow’s post will provide an overview map of the area and photos of the lodge before the 1998 fire destroyed it for the third time.  

Glacier Lodge

Glacier Lodge was built in 1917.  Fifty years later the lodge was destroyed  by fire and rebuilt.  Later that year, 1967, an avalanche struck which resulted in an explosion, once again destroying the lodge.  Twice in one year, how heartbreaking.

The photo captures Palisades Glacier as it was in 1988.
Palisades Glacier as viewed in 1988.

1969 saw the lodge rebuilt where it reclaimed its home once more in the beautiful Sierra’s known to John Muir.  The lodge boasted and boasts a fantastic  view of the Palisade Glacier and became a favorite for such celebrities as John Wayne, Rita Hayward and others in the industry.  Glacier Lodge was referred to as the Jewel of the Sierras and was known to many.

29 years after the 1969 fire the lodge was once again engulfed and destroyed on the night of May 5, 1998.  Owned bythe Huffman-Jordan families only since the previous October, an electrical fire in the kitchen began which lead to a complete loss of Glacier Lodge.

Although electrical was destroyed to the cabins the buildings were saved and remain standing and in use today.  One of those cabins has become the temporary new lodge headquarters.  Both the lodge and this  cabin can be seen on the upcoming blogs thanks to a winter visit Wayne and I had in the late 1980’s.

Big Pine Creek Campground

In 1988 we stayed during the summer at Big Pine Creek Campground located 0.3 miles from Glacier Lodge.  That winter we stayed in the cabin that is today the lodge headquarters.  We will be sharing more photographs in the blogs which follow.  


Links to points of interest nearby and information on the area will follow.  In addition to Big Pine Creek Campground there are additional accommodations:  Big Pine Canyon Group Camp Site, Upper Sage Flat Campground and Sage Flat Campground.  We’ll provide links to a few good YouTube videos we’ve discovered as well to let you really get a feel of the area.

TIP! If you have a lot of photos from lots of trips start a travel blog.  A good excuse to actually take the time to digitalize them and create a record of your past ventures as well as information for others.