Glacier Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike through one of the most extensively glaciated high-country regions in the Northern Sierra is packed with far- reaching vistas, beautiful peaks, and alpine lakes. The trail leads from a tremendous trailhead vista to tiny Glacier Lake, set beneath the rocky crags of the Black Buttes. The headwaters of the South and Middle Forks of the Yuba River consist of a large knot of heavily glaciated mountains. Dozens of lakes and countless tarns occupy broad plateaus, shallow valleys, and rolling terrain situated beneath tall peaks. The area is primarily composed of granite, but, as is common in the Northern Sierra, there are notable intrusions of gabbro and sedimentary rocks. Though it lacks any form of legal protection, the heart of this mountainous area is essentially a wilderness area. Indeed, the Yuba River headwaters are one of the largest wildlands in the Northern Sierra that lack formal protections."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"The high country of Nevada County is locally famous for its many lakes, of which Glacier is one of the prettiest and most remote. From our trailhead on Grouse Ridge, at an elevation of about 7, 500 feet, we enjoy unobstructed views of the high lakes basin at the headwaters of Canyon and Lake creeks, tributaries of the South Yuba River. Below us lie Island, Feely, and Hidden lakes, with the reddish cone of Fall Creek Mountain immediately behind them. On a clear day the 10, 457-foot dome of Mount Lassen is visible 90 miles to the northwest. The distinctive Sierra Buttes (8, 587 feet) punctuate the northern horizon at 14 miles."
--Barry Parr, Hiking The Sierra Nevada (Falcon Guides).
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