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“Pricey but Pleasant”
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Glacier Lodge
San Diego, California
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121 reviews
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“Pricey but Pleasant”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Glacier Lodge is a misnomer. The lodge burned down several years ago and all that remains are several cabins and a small store. The owner is nice and pleasant. The accomodations are very rustic. It is surprising the sign says to clean the cabins before leaving because the cost is over $150.00. It is a bit irritating that the place charges an additiona $20.00 per guest in addition to the main fee.
On the plus side, the area is beautiful . There is a small trout pond that has trout that are very cagey. There is a mule train and pack trips available. The hiking is limited unless you are in great shape and want to journey far into the backcountry.
The place though is very peaceful and brings back memories of long backpacking trips in the Eastern Sierra in my younger days. A good place to take the kids to catch, or try to catch, their first trout.
Lots of deer and opportunity for outdoor and wildlife photograpy.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Bakersfield, California
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We went to Glacier Lodge to acclimatize for a backpack trip. The cabin we got was fairly clean and somewhat dilapidated. The bed was pretty good, the couch was newish, but you can hardly turn around in the bathroom. The kitchen, dishes, & floor needed a bit of cleaning. The sink was like something out of an old trailer. The property was pleasant & you could see a glimpse of the Palisades. So, it's a good spot but I felt ridiculous in the end for paying $150 to stay there. If I had it to do over, I'd camp nearby for $20. The owner is somewhat gruff and we saw her fishing in the kiddie trout pond as we drove out.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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USA
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Your comfort will be relative to what you are accustomed to. If you have been tent camping than these cabins would seem like luxury but if you prefer clean modern amenities than go to Bishop and stay in a hotel for the same price. There is only 1 electrical outlet, 'carpets' are stained, cannot lock cabin because of huge hole in screen on porch. Proprietor nice and helpful.
Area is secluded and quiet with beautiful scenery nearby. Agree with DL's assessment.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

I backpacked in this amazing area for many years. On the trips I noticed from the North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail little cabins in the woods. Now I am a little older, I still want to take those trails but like the idea of a bed instead of a tent. Glacier Lodge is a series of little cabins set close together in the woods with full kitchens and reasonable accommodations. I resist handing out 5 stars very often. And that is usually reserved for luxury. But what this place is attempting to provide (and succeeding at) is just enough rough-ness and just enough comfort. Don't bring appliances because it will short out the lights. It derives it's energy from the waterfalls nearby. Leave the lap top and the iphone at home and enjoy this amazing wilderness and the great hospitality the owner, Kathy, provides.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Palmdale, California
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2012

I decided to give this rating because I think overall, it's overpriced for what you get. I will start with the positive...location and service, I would give 4 stars. Nice and peaceful with the stream close by and lots of deer. A nice place to escape the heat and get that mountain experience. The owner was very friendly and we ordered food the first night and she brought it to our cabin. Everything tasted great!
We decided on a cabin because I didn't want to walk to the restroom in the middle of the night. The cabin was rustic and pretty basic but the.bedding, towels, toilet, shower were clean, everything else was good enough if you're not to picky.

Now on to the negative.....Price, $125 a night for 2 people and $20 for each additional person and $15 per dog. I missed the boat on thinking the charges for extra people/dogs was a one time charge. It's per night!. No plug-ins so don"t bring your electric shaver or hair dryer etc...Only the hot water faucet worked in bathroom. Outside the cabin, instead of smelling clean mountain air, we smelled septic system everytime a breeze came up about mid morning on. Had to keep the windows closed so the cabin wouldn"t stink. In the evening around the campfire, just breathed through our mouths when the order was bad. We just had to sit around the campfire and roast marshmellows, so we put up with it! No room service, so we had to clean and sweep out the cabin. You would think you wouldn't have to do that when paying that amount. Pick-up after yourself but sweep the whole place?

Overall, I feel that it was way overpriced for what you got. I will not be staying in a cabin again unless the prices come way down. I think if you can tolerate it, a tent with all the essentials for camping would be just as nice and wouldn't cost nearly as much. There are a few nice campgrounds in the area with toilets and showers. Of course, in the fall and winter it wouldn"t be as warm, so it may be worth it then to get a warm cabin. Another alternative....you can get a nice hotel room in Bishop and just make day trips for hiking and fishing. You wouldn"t have to sweep out your room that way.:o)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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california
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

The cabins are one of the best ways to get acclimatized if you plan on doing some high altitude hiking as you sleep at 7,800 feet. Each day, we felt stronger. The cabins are indeed "basic", but the shower is hot, there is lots of room, and the full kitchen allowed us to make our own big breakfasts and easily assemble dinner after long day hikes. The two main trails lead to some of the most stunning lakes and views in the Sierras. And when it rained during the early evening return from our hike, we were so glad we weren't camping!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

we loved the fact that the cabin has journals for the guests to write in and write about there experience, it was nice to read about the past guests that date back many years. the cabin is real cozy and loved the fact that there is a full kitchen to have home cooked meals that you can't get from staying in a hotel. the squirls are very friendly.....well take a look at the picture, very cute :-) It was a 5 hour drive from back home in Las Vegas but well worth it. the hiking is amazing and has a nice water fall. you can hear the stream running from your cabin with the windows open. Kathy was a wonderful host, very nice and its like you have known her for years even though you just meant.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Glacier Lodge
Address: 11 Miles West of Hwy 395, PO Box 307, Big Pine, CA 93513
Location: United States > California > Big Pine
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Big Pine
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer cabins in all shapes and sizes to fit the needs of any family. We also have a campground for the people who enjoy camping in their tent or RV. Inside the store we offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and your taste buds are sure to dance with delight any time of the day. Enjoy a day of relaxing down by our stocked trout pond, which is the perfect spot for the little anglers in the family to experience the thrill of reeling in their own fish. If cooking your catch isn't your cup of tea, bring it by our store to be cooked for a perfect trout dinner ... more   less 
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