Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. This is a nice spot to stop and relax a bit, which ended up being exactly what we did once we saw what the remainder of the Glacier Trail was like. Besides, climbing out of that hole every morning to reach the glacier is a real P.I.T.A. I realize now I did not take many photos. Sam Mack Meadow, CA Latitude: 37.118544 Longitude: -118.5059395 County: Inyo Area: North Palisade Elevation: 3366 meters - 11043 feet. The trail climbs up a canyon and reaches an enchanting place, Sam Mack Meadow (3280m), completely surrounded by mountains and waterfalls (3.5 hours into the hike). North Fork of Big Pine Creek (Lakes 1-3, Sam Mack Meadow and Beyond)  || Distance: 15.5 mi || Duration: ~9 hours || Gain/Loss: ±4,300′ || Net Elevation Gain (at Max Elevation): +3,400′ || Max Elevation: 11,200′ || Difficulty: Moderate. On Sunday July 23, 2011, I climbed Mount Sill via the North Couloir (L-Shaped Snowfield). The hike to Lakes 1-3 went quickly. While Karen cooled her feet in the stream (right off the glacier), I hunted for the cache. As seen from the trail to the Palisade Glacier up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek, CA. Sierra Nevada mtns. Could you please tell me if the trail signs are up and if the trail is easy to spot. Sam Mack Meadow itself was largely snow-covered, but there was a large snow-free patch in the middle that was bare ground. Sam Mack Meadow is too small and too fragile to handle the load, in my opinion. Summit . See more. Sorry about the many questions – thought I’d get the right answers from someone who’s been there I read that you don’t need permit for a dayhike. As you … This is such a serene place; it’s been a trail that I’ve been wanting to hike for a long time. … There were mosquitos, mostly at dusk, and not as many as I thought there would be. We hiked until we had a nice view of Lakes 1-3, took some photos, then started our descent. Sam Mack Meadow is covered by the North Palisade, CA US Topo Map quadrant Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. I just want you to know how jealous I am! I was just too occupied with getting us up the trail to the meadow. The hike to Sam Mack Meadow — a great spot to shoot for and use as a turnaround point — can be done in six or seven hours and has an elevation gain of 3,438 feet from the trailhead at 7,120 feet. With a busy schedule, I’ve had to do some crazy things to see all that I have over the last few weeks. However, the park service said the body is believed to be that of Thomas Fennessy, who was last seen Wednesday at Sam Mack Meadow in Inyo National Forest. Did you have any trouble following the trail? © 2020 Hiking Photos, Trip Reports, Trail Info and Gear Reviews, Alpenglow Design LLC, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Darn Tough Merino Wool Mountaineering Extra Cushion Sock, HST, Day 1 – Crescent Meadow to Bearpaw Meadow Camp, HST, Day 2 – Bearpaw Meadow to Precipice Lake, HST, Day 3 – Precipice Lake to Kern Hot Springs, HST, Day 4 – Kern Hot Springs to Hidden Packer Camp, HST, Day 5 – Hidden Packer Camp to (just above) Guitar Lake, HST, Day 6 – Guitar Lake to Mt. Once we reached the glacier trail, we headed down it towards the Sam Mack meadow. From the meadow, the tips of the Palisade peaks are visible. Protection A few nuts and cams to build anchors at Thunderbolt and Starlight. It came to pass that he visited us every day we were there. The ‘new style’ of minimalist wallets made out of metal, carbon fiber and other materials... Several times per week, I need something to open a box or package. Sam Mack Meadow reminds me of "Shangri-La" in James …
. We got back into Bishop around 7 pm, and were starving. We set up camp and had an afternoon of unmitigated relaxation: we soaked our feet in the frigid waters of the creek, read, napped, and explored the perimeter of the meadow. The next morning, we got a slightly late start (7:15 am). I hadn’t noticed before that the stream running through the middle contained the same turquoise-colored water as the first three lakes. Thanks! Ice axe and/or crampons for the L-shaped Couloir. Pretty good, although pricier than we usually do. The area is in the shadow of the Palisades, a series of 14K ft peaks, and just below the Palisades Glacier, the largest glacier in the Sierras. Only the most adventurous and experienced may continue on to climb steeply over talus, boulders, and slabs to reach an overlook of the Palisade Glacier. Sam Mack Meadow (elevation 11,100 feet) is the usual camping area for the Palisades. #ThrowbackThursday – It has been too long since my last Mt. Pictures of the Big Pine Lakes, California: Stream and melting snow in Sam Mack Meadow, along the trail to Palisade Glacier Sam Mack Meadow is also the last place where climbers can … A syncline is where tilted layers of rock meet in a V (the reverse of this is an anticline). Hiking on the glacier was fairly good; hard in the early morning; soft later with some postholing. We were about 20 minutes from our turnaround time when we arrived at the meadow, so we dropped our packs to see how much further we could make it. We hiked until we had a nice view of Lakes 1-3, took some photos, then started our descent. Sam Mack Meadow. Sam Mack Meadow, 8.13.07. On Friday July 22, 2011, I headed up the N. Fork Big Pine Creek starting in the overnight parking area and went as far as Sam Mack Meadow. Bravo for Karen. The temps were warmer than I expected. It’s all incredibly scenic, and I was surprised by the turquoise lakes fed by glacial melt water—very pretty. We were about 20 minutes from our turnaround time when we arrived at the meadow, so we dropped our packs to see how much further we could make it. She says she will never do another hike like that, but she really had a lot of perseverance to push through her tiredness and discomfort. This trip to the North Fork of Big Pine Creek was no exception. Reference Location: Sam Mack Meadow, CA. Would you also have any idea whether it’ll be too hot out there for a day hike of the loop in July? Outhouse and foundation near Lon Chaney cabin. Since this was my first long hike with this group, as well as the first time that many of them would hike above 9,000 feet, I didn’t know what to expect in terms of how much territory we would be able to cover. Sam Mack Meadow was covered with snow; we camped at a good protected spot in the small saddle about 500 feet above and SE of the meadow. It was about 2 pm when we started back—later than I had wanted it to be. By the time we got to First, Second, and Third Lake, she was tired. We had calm and clear weather overnight. Beautiful high country back there Today our hiking led us up the north fork of Big Pine Creek to Sam Mack Meadow. After the meadow, the trail climbs steeply in switchbacks, partially rocky, and then into Sam Mack Meadow above 11,000'. I think it’s one of the most beautiful areas I’ve ever hiked. We went right to Whiskey Creek for a meat and potatoes dinner. Earlier this year, I made a mental list of the alpine lakes, mountain passes and peaks that I wanted to visit before leaving California. Temperature on the glacier near sunrise probably in 20's., but warm in the afternoon. Even when I carry a pump filter, I plan to carry the Geigerrig filter as a backup. Going up the longer route from the meadow. This was where we pitched our tent. I’d guess low 50’s overnight. With this in mind, I mapped out several potential routes and planned to make a final decision while we were on the trail. It reminded me to … After you reach Sam Mack Meadow, follow the good trail for about 8 miles past 3rd, 2nd and 1st lakes down to Glacier Lodge where your car will be waiting. Very warm and comfortable shirt. Sam Mack Meadow is close to Sam Mack Lake. I checked it out on Google map and I could trace it well. Here the water has a turquoise tint that shows up in lakes downstream due to glacial grinding of the rocks. Even on our hikes along Rock Creek (over 10,000 ft elevation), she usually walks ahead of me. The meadow is surrounded by walls of mountain ridges. We discussed her waiting for me at the bottom of the climb, but that was more disagreeable than the effort of hiking on. An eclectic blend of family, technology, and outdoor activities. With the busy schedules of everyone in the group, this wasn’t possible: The hike was reminiscent of a cool New England morning in many ways – cold, crisp air, ice on the trail and aspens showing their fall colors. However, I don’t care for that spot. Taken along the hike to the Palisade Glacier. We are not sure if she was just having a bad day, or if the steeper climbing was a factor. On the edge of the meadow is a geocache with a particular difficulty and terrain rating that I need for a geocaching challenge I am working on. Sam Mack Meadow looking towards the Palisade Crest. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. With the photo ops along the way, the descent took longer than I had expected and we started our drive home about 45 minutes later than planned. On trips where I’m not carrying a pump filter for the group, this will be my go-to filtering system. If planning this trip under ideal circumstances, I’d want a block of time that was at least 36 hours long. Third Lake (I think) with glacial melt water. Thank you for the beautiful photos and the description. When we started our hike, it was below freezing and I was comfortable wearing this shirt along with shorts, a tank top, lights gloves and a beanie. Sam Mack Meadow is in the Flats category for Inyo County in the state of California. Sam Mack Meadow is one of the prettiest little meadows I've seen in the Sierras, made even more beautiful by the glacial stream running through the middle I know I’ve had it suck the energy right out of me a few times in the past, sometimes more than others. Temple Crag. July 14-18, 2016 The Palisades: Sam Mack Meadow to Dusy Basin via Agassiz Col (NOT Apline!) Even though I told her the GPS said the cache was less than 0.5 miles away, I’m sure she felt the climb was never going to end. High Sierra: North Fork Big Pine Creek: Sam Mack Meadows: High Glacier Camp: Palisade Glacier: Palisades: Mount Sill: Swiss Arete Owner Log In. Our water source in Sam Mack Meadow, 8.13.07. Whitney trip. After we arrived at the junction for the glacier trail, we decided to hike towards Sam Mack Meadow. Wow, that lake is beautiful! We could not see it from the meadow. Note that the lighter color layers on top of the V are not tilted, … Camped at Sam Mack Meadow for the 1st and 2nd nights, and between 4th and 5th lake on the 3rd night. Mack the Marmot also introduced himself to us. On regular walks, Karen’s natural pace is faster than mine. I have been looking at key organizers... I’ve been using a front pocket/minimalist wallet since 2015 . Camped at Sam Mack Meadow for the 1st and 2nd nights, and between 4th and 5th lake on the 3rd night. Trip extensions include a side trip to Sam Mack Meadow and the Palisade Glacier via the Glacier Trail. A little over 22 miles with about 7000' elevation gain/loss counting all the ups and downs. Sam Mack Meadow: The meadow: The meadow: The meadow (inverted reality) The meadow (inverted reality) There are two ways to reach Mt Winchell from Sam Mack Meadow: the classical (longer) route to the east and the direct (shorter) route. With the pressurized bladder, pulling water through the filter was easy. The trail turns left 50 meters into the meadow, crosses the creek and ascends the ridge. Sam Mack Meadow … Buy Photos. The trail crosses the North Fork here in the middle of a meadow with a fantastic view of Temple Crag. After we arrived at the junction for the glacier trail, we decided to hike towards Sam Mack Meadow. Today, however, she was slower. I’m sure Karen was hurting, but we made it back to the trailhead by 6 pm. Sam Mack Meadow is displayed on the North Palisade USGS quad topo map. North Palisade Approach through Sam Mack Meadow and across the Palisade Glacier The Approach to North Palisade - starts with the North Fork of Big Pine Creek trailhead, and works up dry slopes and a long traverse above the north fork canyon, until it reaches a pine forest at … Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Current conditions at Bishop, Bishop Airport (KBIH) Lat: 37.37111°NLon: 118.35806°WElev: 4121ft. Overview: Map: Photo Map: Satellite: Directions: Overview: Map: Photo Map: Satellite: Directions: Overview: Map: Photo Map: Satellite: Directions: Notable Places in the Area. From Third Lake, the trail climbed steeply to the meadow. These will get a ton of use once snow starts to fly. It is a tad steep but not as much if you continue on to the glacier. But that altitude can be brutal. Long regarded as one of the premier alpine meadows in California, Sam Mack Meadow is a beautiful spot, with a wide stream, and ample expanses to admire the high peaks of the region from. It was incredibly windy once I reached the meadow, but the views were spectacular. For three miles of hiking!? We climbed moderate snow slopes to what appeared to the snow-clad terminal moraine of the Palisade Glacier. Ideally used in cold weather, but since my backpacking boots are sized for heavy socks, I used them on this hike. The latitude and longitude coordinates of Sam Mack Meadow are 37.118544, -118.5059395 and the approximate … I found it fairly quickly, although there have been folks who have been unsuccessful. It looks so beautiful!!! The SCREWPOP® – TETHER™ piqued my interest in their company. Area: 18.1 mile - 29.1 km radius. This picture is taken right when you crest the ridge into the meadow. Then on Sunday I backpacked out from Sam Mack Meadow. That’s another reason to return—to capture the beauty in photographs. Cooking dinner on the granite picnic table. We arrived at Sam Mack Meadow around 3:30PM and found several relatively protected campsites in the pines on the north side of Sam Mack Meadow, near where the trail crosses the stream.