Great views lead you to a dazzling lake on this rewarding hike in the Sierras. 

Park in the dirt lot of of Glacier Pt. Road and hike a short distance to the trailhead (see map). Follow signage for the 12 mile out-and back filled with scenic views and the beautiful Lake Ostrander. No dogs allowed on this trail. 

Photos: J Maughn,

Pack List

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sun protection
  • Water
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Camera
  • Swimsuit
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RT Distance 12 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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