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Glass Creek Meadow, CA

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,231 feet
Elevation Gain 729 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.65
Interest Seasonal Waterfall, Perennial Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes
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14  2009-09-06 slegal
Author slegal
author avatar Guides 74
Routes 101
Photos 2,960
Trips 55 ( 344 miles )
Age 56 Male Gender
Location Thousand Oaks, CA
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Aug, Jul → Early
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:58am - 6:09pm
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Glass Creek Meadow is located directly south of and just below June Mountain. As the crow flies the meadow is just over a half mile from the summit of June Mountain. This is an interesting place. Located east of the San Joaquin Ridge, the place is fairly dry. Sure it snows here in the winter, but accumulations are a fraction of what they are on the other side of San Joaquin Ridge. Consequently, the place has a desert feel to it, without the high temperatures.


The trail starts at the base of a steep hill. The entire trail runs the length of Glass Creek and at the base of the steep hill Glass Creek rages down the hill. The hardest part of the trail is the very beginning. The trail is very loose pumice. Don't get discouraged on this steep uphill because the trail ahead is much more pleasant than this spot.

At the top of the hill the trail meanders through a sparse forest of trees as it continues to climb at a more gradual pace. With the hardest part of the hike behind you the remainder of the hike is pretty easy.

To the south of the trail is a mountain ridge that is almost completely covered with pumice. Although photos that I took of this ridge don't show it, it looked to me that someone had trudged their way up this steep loose slope and rode a snowboard down the loose pumice. Maybe they had fun doing it, but falling on the pumice would have been very painful. While walking past this ridge you're likely to see a few fishermen along the creek.

After passing the pumice ridge the trail begins a short climb that wraps around a low bluff. Once you make it around the bluff you are in Glass Creek Meadow. From here on the trail virtually ceases to exist, despite the fact that my topo map shows the trail going all the way to the west end of the meadow. Depending on the season and how much snow fell during the winter months, the meadow could be a very mucky bog or it could be bone dry. Early in the summer, a mucky bog means lots of wildflowers.

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2011-03-26 slegal
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

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    Take the Obsidian Dome Road from Highway 395. This is a dirt road. There are a number of smaller roads that connect to this road and most do not have a sign. Just stay on the main road as it bears off to the left around the Obsidian Dome. After you pass the trail that heads up the side of the dome, the road narrows considerably. I said in the description that cars are OK, but you are better off with four wheel drive from the dome trail to the Glass Creek Meadow trailhead. The pullout for the trailhead is on the right. It's a pretty large parking area.
    page created by slegal on Mar 26 2011 5:49 pm
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