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Lake Diaz Campground

Lake Diaz Campground- Lone Pine

Saddlebag Lake

At almost 10,100 feet this is the highest elevation lake that can de driven to in California. Click the link for Saddlebag Lake for more information on the lake itself. There is a 20 site campground here, accessed by a 2 mile unpaved road not recommended for large trailers or RV's. The Hoover Wilderness Area and 20 Lakes Basin are nearby. Fishing is the attraction for rainbow, cutthroat, Brook, Kamloops & Golden trout. Saddlebag Lake Resort is nearby. A water taxi across the lake is available to hikers and backpackers.

Location: From Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park head east on Route 120 until you come to the marked access road heading north. From Lee Vining, head west on Route 120 for about 11 miles and turn north on the access road.

Attraction: Boating, fishing.

Campsite Description: 20 sites for tents or RV's to 30 feet. Group site. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late June-early September, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $17   Fishing Trout
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 10,087 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, Mono Basin Scenic Area Ranger Station, 760-647-3044.

Day Hikes in Area: Saddlebag Lake, Lake Helen, Greenstone Lake, Wasco Lake, Steelhead Lake, Shamrock Lake, Odell Lake and Hummingbird Lake. An 8.4 mile loop rated moderate. Portions can be short-circuited if desired. Saddlebag Lake has a shuttle boat.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Trailhead into Hoover Wilderness Area. Wilderness permit required.

Lower Lee Vining Camp

Along with Aspen, Big Bend, Boulder, Cattleguard and Moraine, a series of nearby primitive Forest Service campgrounds close to Tuolumne Meadows. They can be used if the popular Yosemite camp is full, or for their own virtues. Lee Vining Creek is nearby and stocked with trout.

Location: From Tuolumne Meadows drive east on Route 120 toward Lee Vining and turn right into the marked campground. From Lee Vining go west on Route 120 2.5 miles and turn left into the campground.

Attraction: Access to Yosemite and Mono Lake. Fishing in Lee Vining Creek. Close to Mammoth Lakes, June Lake and Bodie State Park.

Campsite Description: 54 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables, fire rings and food lockers.

Season: May-October, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $14   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,500 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Lee Vining

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Cattleguard Camp

Like Lee Vining above, a primitive camp close to Tuolumne Meadows.

Location: same as Lee Vining, above.

Attraction: Yosemite overflow. Close to Lee Vining Creek.

Campsite Description: 15 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables, fire rings and food lockers.

Season: May-October, weather permitting

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $14   Fishing Lee Vining Creek
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,500 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Moraine Camp

See Lee Vining and Cattleguard above.

Location: See Lee Vining above

Attraction: Access to Yosemite and Lee Vining Creek.

Campsite Description: 20 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire rings.

Season: May-October, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $14   Fishing Lee Vining Creek
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,500 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Lee Vining

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Big Bend

Another in the quintet of Tuolumne Meadows overflow sites with nearby access to Lee Vining Creek.

Location: From Tuolumne Meadows drive east in Route 120 to Poole Power Plant Road and the signed access road. From Lee Vining drive west on Route 120 3.5 miles to Poole Power Plant Road.

Attraction: Yosemite overflow.

Campsite Description: 17 sites for tents or RV's to 30 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills and food lockers.

Season: April-mid October, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $17   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,800 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Lee Vining

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Aspen

A somewhat larger version of the other 4 sites listed above.

Location: See Big Bend above.

Attraction: Yosemite overflow.

Campsite Description: 56 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire rings.

Season: Late April-mid October, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $17   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,500 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Lee Vining

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Junction

Two miles from Saddlebag Lake, this site is across the road from Ellery lake and 1 mile from Tioga Lake and offers an alternative to the campgrounds on those lakes, described below.

Location: From Tuolumne Meadows, drive east on Route 120 to Saddlebag Road. From Lee Lining drive west on Route 120 ten miles to Saddlebag Road. The campground is marked.

Attraction: Easy access to Ellery and Tioga Lakes. Both offer fishing for stocked rainbow trout. The site is close to Tuolumne Meadows and all that Yosemite has to offer. Also close to Saddlebag Lake.

Campsite Description: 13 sites for tents and RV's to 30 feet. Picnic tables, fire rings and food lockers.

Season: Early June-mid-October, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $12   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating Close by
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 9,600 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Day Hikes in Area: Bennettville Mine- 3.6 miles rated easy. Views of Mt. Dana. Site of an ill-fated silver mine constructed in the 1800's that never produced any silver. . Side trips to Shell Lake and Fantail Lake, with no fishing or swimming; just ambience.

Ellery Lake

Just outside the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park, Ellery and the adjacent Tioga Lake offer fishing for stocked rainbow plus brook, brown and golden trout, hiking and other pleasures.  Nearby Tioga Pass Resort offers supplies. Click on this Ellery Lake link for more information on the lake itself.

Location: Route 120 between Tuolumne Meadows and Lee Vining just outside the park gate.

Attraction: Fishing, hiking.

Campsite Description: 21 sites for tents and RV's to 30 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills and food lockers.

Season: Early June-mid October, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $17   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 9,500 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Tioga Lake

Pretty much a carbon copy of neighboring Ellery Lake, discussed above. Click on this Tioga Lake link for more information on the lake itself.

Location: Same as Ellery Lake.

Attraction: Fishing, hiking, easy access to Yosemite. Tioga Pass Resort nearby.

Campsite Description: 13 sites for tents or RV's to 30 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills and food lockers.

Season: Early June- mod October.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $17   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 9,700 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Silver Lake- June Lake Loop

There are several incarnations of Silver Lake in northern California. This version is part of the so-called June Lake loop. That loop also includes Gull Lake, June Lake, and Grant Lake. The loop road is Route 158, which for the southbound traveler starts just south of Lee Vining off Highway 395 and terminates at June Lake Junction, also on Highway 395. Thus, aha, a loop. Click this link for more information on the June Lake Loop lakes.

Location: From Route 158 southbound from near Lee Vining, the lake will be the second encountered, after Grant Lake, the largest.

Attraction: Camping, fishing, boating, swimming and more.

Campsite Description: 63 sites for tents or RV's to 32 feet. Picnic tables, fire rings and food lockers.

Season: Late April-early November.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $18   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 7,200 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Day Hikes in Area: Agnew Lake

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Trailhead into Ansel Adams Wilderness nearby.

Oh! Ridge- June Lake Loop

The largest campground on June Lake but about 1/4 mile distant. June Lake is generally regarded as the best of the loop lakes.

Location: On June Lake.

Attraction: Fishing, boating, swimming.

Campsite Description: 148 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late April-early November, weather permitting.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $15-18   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 7,600 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Ansel Adams Wilderness Area.

June Lake- June Lake Loop

The second of two National Forest Service campgrounds (with Oh!Ridge) on June Lake. As noted earlier, June Lake is generally regarded as the best lake on the loop.

Location: June lake Loop.

Attraction: Fishing, swimming, boating.

Campsite Description: 28 sites for tents or RV's to 32 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills and food lockers. Coin showers and boat ramp available.

Season: Late April-early November, weather permitting.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers Yes   Elev 7,600 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3046.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Ansel Adams Wilderness Area.

Gull Lake- June Lake Loop

The smallest of the loop lakes at 64 acres. The campground is small too- 11 sites. Unlike the others, no reservations are accepted so some drop-in success may be possible.

Location: June Lake Loop

Attraction: Fishing, boating, swimming.

Campsite Description: 11 sites for tents or RV's to 30 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills. Boat ramp nearby.

Season: Late April-early November.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $18   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 7,600 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Ansel Adams Wilderness Area.

Reversed Creek- June Lake Loop

Across the street from Gull Lake. Another camping option on a small creek with a trout population.

Location: June Lake Loop.

Attraction: Another option in a popular area.

Campsite Description: 17 sites for tents or RV's to 30 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Mid May-October, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $18   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,600 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Ansel Adams Wilderness Area.

Hartley Springs

At 8,611 feet, a primitive forest service campground just off Hwy. 395 2 miles from Obsidian Dome, a local attraction that we have never visited.

Location: Southbound on Hwy. 395 from Lee Vining, drive past June Lake Junction for another 6 miles and turn west onto unpaved Glass Creek Road and then for another 2 miles to the campground.

Attraction: Obsidian Dome.

Campsite Description: 20 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late May-early November.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees None   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 8,611 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Off-Road Opportunities in Area: Mono Craters Trail- 9.1 miles rated moderate for difficulty. Start at Hwy. 395 11.1 miles north of the turn for Mammoth Lakes, turn on Bald Mountain Road and drive 9.1 miles to an intersection with Hwy. 120 7.8 miles east of Hwy. 395. Pass a volcanic region of Mono Craters, an old lumber mill, Mono Mills, that supplied lumber to Bodie. Many campsites. Trail #34. Sawmill Meadow Road- 29.4 miles rated easy for difficulty. Start at Hwy. 120 16 miles east of Hwy. 395 and finish at Sawmill Meadow. Views and camping at Sawmill Meadow. Trail #35. Kelty Meadows Trail- 15.6 miles rated moderate for difficulty. Start at Sawmill Meadow Road .9 miles north of Sawmill Meadow and finish at Benton Crossing Road, which will connect with Hwy. 395. Trail #36. Deer Mountain Trail- 11.3 miles rated moderate for difficulty. Start at Hwy. 395 1 mile north of Owens River Road. Finish at Hwy. 203, 2.1 miles northwest of Mammoth Lakes. Pass thru Jeffrey Pine and Inyo Craters. Trail #37. The definitive reference is "Backcountry Adventures: Northern California" by Massey & Wilson.

Agnew Meadows

River access to the Upper San Joaquin River makes this a logical spot for people who fish; the River Trail even makes that relatively easy. There is a Pacific Crest Trail trailhead nearby. This area is a little west of the Mammoth Lakes Basin facilities, discussed soon, and is close to Red's Meadow, with this one a popular place for equestrians. The Ansel Adams Wilderness is just to the northwest.

Location: Drive Hwy. 395 to the junction of Route 203 at Mammoth Junction. Drive west on Route 203 4 miles when it turns into Minaret Road and on to Minaret Station past the Mammoth Mountain Ski area. Continue on to the campground entrance.

Attraction: Fishing, hiking.

Campsite Description: 21 sites for tents or RV's to 45 feet. Group sites. Picnic tables and fire grills. Equestrian camp on site.

Season: Mid-June -mid-September, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 8,400 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Day Hikes in Area: River Trail

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Thousand Island Lake

Pumice Flat

Another forest service campground with access to the Upper San Joaquin River and the Pacific Crest Trail. Access as well into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Devil's Postpile National Monument is also close in.

Location: See directions above for Agnew Meadows.

Attraction: Fishing, hiking.

Campsite Description: 17 sites for tents and RV's to 45 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills. Equestrian facilities available.

Season: Mid-June-mid-September, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing Yes. River.
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,700 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Day Hikes in Area: Along the San Joaquin River.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Pacific Crest Trail.

Upper Soda Springs

Fishing the Upper San Joaquin River once again comes to the fore, but the river is stocked here near the campsite. Part of the nearby Pacific Crest Trail parallels the river for river access further on. Devil's Postpile National Monument is 3 miles away.

Location: See directions above for Agnew Meadows.

Attraction: Fishing, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Campsite Description: 29 sites for tents or RV's to 36 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Mid-June-mid-September.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing River
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,700 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Day Hikes in Area: Along the Pacific Crest Trail, parallel to the river.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Pacific Crest Trail

Minaret Falls

Here is where the namesake falls pours into the San Joaquin River, providing one more reason to like it here. The Upper San Joaquin River once again provides the fishing. From here you can hike a mile to Devil's Postpile National Monument or to Rainbow Falls or hike parts of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Location: See directions for Agnew Meadows.

Attraction: Fishing the Upper San Joaquin River. Hiking to Devil's Postpile National Monument. Viewing Minaret Falls.

Campsite Description: 28 sites for tents or RV's to 47 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills. Horseback riding nearby.

Season: Mid June- mid September.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $18   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,600 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Day Hikes in Area: Rainbow Falls

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Pacific Crest Trail

Devil's Postpile National Monument

If you drive posts for a living, this will be an object lesson in how mother nature handles the task.

Location: See directions for Agnew Meadows. This is just a few miles more distant.

Attraction: Posts from the natural world. Certainly unique. Easy access to the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Campsite Description: 21 sites for tents or RV's to 25 feet. Picnic tables, fire frills and food lockers.

Season: Mid June- mid October.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $18   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,600 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies No

Information: Devil's Postpile National Monument, 760-934-2289.

Day Hikes in Area: Rainbow Falls

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Pacific Crest Trail

Red's Meadow

Another forest service camp, this one noted for access to horse rentals with rides to Rainbow Falls and further into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. It is close to Devil's Postpile National Monument and straddles the San Joaquin River. It is also close to small Sotcher Lake.

Location: Follow Agnew Meadows directions but travel just a bit further on Red's Meadow Road.

Attraction: Horse rentals. Fishing the San Joaquin River. Backpacking.

Campsite Description: 56 sites for tents or RV's to 30 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills and food lockers.

Season: Mid-June-mid-September.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,600 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Yes

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Pacific Crest Trail; Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Lake George- Mammoth Lakes Basin

Part of the Mammoth Lakes Basin, an area consisting of many small natural lakes with elevations ranging from 8,500-9,300 feet. Recreational opportunities abound. The lakes offer fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout and boating for small boats. The nearby San Joaquin River offers trout fishing. Devil's Postpile National Monument is nearby. Backpackers can access the Ansel Adams Wilderness to the northwest or the John Muir Wilderness to the southeast; wilderness permits are required. Horse rentals are nearby. Numerous private resorts dot the area. In addition to Lake George, the other lakes include: Twin Lakes, McCloud Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Mamie Lake, Lake Mary, Crystal Lake and TJ Lake. The town of Mammoth Lakes provides all necessary services.

Location: Off Highway 395 south of June Lakes Loop and north of Bishop. From Highway 395 take Route 203 west and from there take Old Mammoth Road, Lake Mary Road or stay on Route 203 and reach Agnew Meadows and Red's Meadow.

Attraction: About the only thing you can't do here is trailer in your ocean liner. Some lakes do not allow swimming.

Campsite Description: 16 sites for tents or RV's to 25 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Mid-June-mid-September.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $19   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 9,000 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Day Hikes in Area: TJ Lake; Crystal Lake.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness.

Pine Glen- Mammoth Lakes Basin

See Lake George, above. An overflow site for Old and New Shady Rest campgrounds.

Location: the first site on Route 203 as you enter the Mammoth Lakes basin area.

Attraction: See Lake George above.

Campsite Description: 11 sites for tents and RV's to 55 feet. Group sites. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late May-September, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,800 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Ansel Adams Wilderness; John Muir Wilderness.

New Shady Rest- Mammoth Lakes Basin

Part of the Mammoth Lakes Basin.

Location: Just off Route 203, after Pine Glen at the intersection of Old Mammoth Road. Follow signs to Old and New Shady Rest campgrounds.

Attraction: See above.

Campsite Description: 95 sites for tents and RV's to 38 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills. Dump station.

Season: Late May-September.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,800 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness; Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Old Shady Rest- Mammoth Lakes Basin

Adjacent to New Shady Rest, this one if for campers over age 65. Just kidding.

Location: Same as New Shady Rest, above.

Attraction: Same as above.

Campsite Description: 51 sites for tents or RV's to 55 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills. Dump station.

Season: Mid June-early September.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.reservation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,800 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness; Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Twin Lakes- Mammoth Lakes Basin

Sister Lakes with sister campgrounds, one on each side of the road. Twin  Falls is nearby.

Location: Off Route 203 and Lake Mary Road.

Attraction: Mammoth Lakes basin.

Campsite Description: 94 sites for tents and RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills. Boat ramp.

Season: Mid may-late October

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.giv.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $19   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 8,600 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-444-5500

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness; Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Sherwin Creek- Mammoth Lakes Basin

A site on an unpaved road off of Old Mammoth Road that ultimately heads to Highway 395. Somewhat remote from the more congested camps around the lakes. There are tent-only sites, so tent campers may prefer to commune with their own kind.

Location: Off a gravel road off Old Mammoth Road as one heads toward Highway 395.

Attraction: More seclusion. Some tent-only sites.

Campsite Description: 87 sites for tents or RV's to 34 feet and 15 walk-in sites for tents only. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Early may-mid September.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,600 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness; Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Lake Mary- Mammoth Lakes Basin

The largest and most developed of the Mammoth Lakes Basin Lakes. Resorts, boat rentals, boat ramp. The lake is stocked with fish. No swimming allowed. 10 mph speed limit.

Location: On Lake Mary Road, south of Route 203.

Attraction: Boating, fishing and the other attractions noted earlier.

Campsite Description: 48 sites for tents or RV's to 30 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills and food lockers.

Season: Early June-mid-September, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $19   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 8,900 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness; Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Pine City- Mammoth Lakes Basin

A small site on Lake Mary. No swimming.

Location: On Lake Mary.

Attraction: All of the above.

Campsite Description: 10 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Early June-mid-September.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $19   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 8,900 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness; Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Coldwater- Mammoth Lakes Basin

A short drive away from Lake Mary so its not right on a lake but is very close by. Access to several nice hikes.

Location: Off Lake Mary Loop Drive off Lake Mary Road.

Attraction: Proximity to Lake Mary and nearby hikes.

Campsite Description: 78 sites for tents and RV's to 50 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills. Horse facilities nearby.

Season: Mid June -mid September.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $19   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 8,900 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Day Hikes in Area: Emerald Lake, Arrowhead, Red and Skelton Lakes.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness

Glass Creek

A primitive site on , guess what, Glass Creek, stocked once a year in June. Close to Obsidian Dome.

Location: Take Highway 395 south from Lee Vining past June Lake Junction to Forest Service Road Glass Creek Road. Turn west and follow signs for less than a mile.

Attraction: Remote creek with trout plants. Access to Obsidian Dome.

Campsite Description: 50 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late April-early November.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees None   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,600 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Big Springs

Like Deadman to follow, a primitive forest service campground off Highway 395. Located on Deadman's Creek near some hot springs.

Location: Take Highway 395 from Lee Vining past June Lake Junction 7 miles to Owens River Road. Turn east and drive 2 miles to fork, bear left for .25 miles.

Attraction: Undeveloped hot springs. Approach with caution.

Campsite Description: 26 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late April- early November.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees None   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,300 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Deadman

A primitive site close to Obsidian Dome.

Location: From Highway 395 from Lee Vining drive past June Lake Junction 6.5 miles to Deadman's Creek forest service road. Drive another 2.5 miles. Follow the signs.

Attraction: Obsidian Dome.

Campsite Description: 30 sites for tents or RV's to 30 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills. Refuse must be packed out.

Season: Late May- early November.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees None   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,800 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Convict Lake

In the view of many the jewel of this area. A small alpine lake just 1 mile long by .5 miles wide with good fishing, a trail traversing the lake, backpacking into the John Muir Wilderness with access to several remote lakes and a resort with cabin and house rentals, store and restaurant.

Location: From Lee Vining drive south past Mammoth Junction to Convict Lake Road. Turn west and follow the signs maybe 4 miles in all.

Attraction: Fishing, boating, hiking and backpacking. . Boat rentals available.

Campsite Description: 88 sites for tents and RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills. Dump station, boat ramp, store, horse rentals nearby.

Season: Mid April-October, weather permitting.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $18   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 7,583 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-924-5500.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness

Off-Road Opportunities in Area: Convict Lake Overlook Trail- 4 miles rated 3 for difficulty. Start at Hwy. 395 5.6 miles south of the turn to Mammoth Lakes. Finish at the overlook. Not a loop trail. Views of Convict Lake below. Trail #39. Ref: "Backcountry Adventures: Northern California" by Massey & Wilson.

McGee Creek

Camp adjacent to a stocked trout stream  or hike into the John Muir Wilderness. Horseback riding nearby. Close to Crowley Lake and Rock Creek. Click the link to McGee Creek.

Location: From the Mammoth Lakes Basin entrance at Route 203 from Highway 395, continue south on 395 to McGee Creek Road, about 8 miles. Turn west and drive another 1.5 miles.

Attraction: Fishing, hiking.

Campsite Description: 28 sites for tents or RV's to 25 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills, drinking water and pit toilets. Some sites with wheelchair access. Equestrian facilities nearby.

Season: Mid May- mid October.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $18   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,600 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-873-2500.

Day Hikes in Area: Upper McGee Creek

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness.

Crowley Lake

A BLM campground across Highway 395 from Crowley Lake. The 650 surface acre lake is a popular fishing spot with occasional trophy sized fish taken. It allows waterskiing and such so would not qualify as a hidden gem. McGee Creek and Convict Creek pass through the area.

Location: Take Highway 395 south from Lee Vining to the Crowley Road exit 30 miles north of Bishop. Follow the signs.

Attraction: Water sports, fishing.

Campsite Description: 47 sites for tents or RV's of any length . Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late April-October.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $5   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 6,800 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office, 760-872-4881.

Tuff

Forest Service campground close in to Highway 395 with easy access to Crowley Lake.

Location: From Highway 395 at the junction with Route 203 drive south another 15 miles to Rock Creek Road 1 mile north of Tom's Place. Turn east on Rock Creek Road for .5 miles.

Attraction: Access to Crowley Lake.

Campsite Description: 34 sites for tents or RV's to 45 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late April-mid October.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $18   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,000 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-873-2500.

Off-Road Opportunities in Area: Casa Diablo Road- 21.2 miles plus 3.5 miles rated 1 for difficulty. Start at Owens Gorge Road, 9 miles north of Tom's Place and finish on Route 6, 1 mile north of Bishop. Attractions: Casa Diablo Mine, views of White Mountains, undeveloped campsites.

French Camp

Camping with easy access to nearby Crowley Lake and Rock Creek Lake 10 miles away. French Camp is one of several campgrounds along Rock Creek Road leading to Rock Creek Lake. These include Iris Meadow, Big Meadow, Palisade, Holiday, Aspen, East Fork and Pine Grove. At the lake, campsites include Rock Creek Lake and Mosquito Flat. Rock Creek Lake sits at 9,682 feet, is a natural lake stocked with rainbow and German brown trout during fishing season.

Location: From Mammoth Lakes take Highway 395 south to Rock Creek Road at Tom's Place and follow signs to campground only .25 miles away.

Attraction: Access to Crowley Lake and Little Rock Creek Lake.

Campsite Description: 86 sites for tents or RV's 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills. Dump station.

Season: Early may-October, weather permitting.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $18   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 7,500 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-873-2500.

Iris Meadow

This and several that follow are forest service campgrounds enroute from Tom's Place to Rock Creek Lake.

Location: From Highway 395 south at Tom's Place turn west on Rock Creek Road for 3 miles to the campground.

Attraction: Fishing in Rock Creek or Rock Creek Lake.

Campsite Description: 14 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late may-mid September.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $18   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Nearby
Showers No   Elev 8,300 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-873-2500.

Big Meadow

Another site along Rock Creek Road on the way to Rock Creek Lake.

Location: See French camp above.

Attraction: Fishing in Rock Creek or Rock Creek Lake.

Campsite Description: 11 sites for tents or RV's to 22 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Early May- late October.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $18   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 8,600 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-873-2500.

Palisade

Another site on the way to Rock Creek lake. Some sites are on Rock Creek.

Location: Rock Creek Road

Attraction: Fishing

Campsite Description: 5 sites for tents or RV's to 30 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills. Used as a group site with reservations so plan ahead.

Season: Mid may- mid September.

Reservations: Yes. 760-935-4339.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Nearby
Showers No   Elev 8,600 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-873-2500.

East Fork

Another Rock Creek Road camp.

Location: See French camp above.

Attraction: Fishing, mountain biking at Lower Rock Creek and Sand Canyon.

Campsite Description: 138 sites for tents or RV's to 40 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Early May- October.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 9,000 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-873-2500.

Pine Grove

Except for Rock Creek Lake, the closest campsite to the lake.

Location: Rock Creek Road.

Attraction: Fishing.

Campsite Description: 19 sites for tents or RV's to 16 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Mid May- mid October.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing Nearby
Hook-ups No   Boating Nearby
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Nearby
Showers No   Elev 9,300 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-873-2500.

Rock Creek Lake

At 9,682 feet one of the highest lakes in California. It is adjacent to the John Muir Wilderness and there are 50-60 other lakes and streams in the general area, many that can be hiked to. The lake has 63 surface acres. The campsites themselves are packed together on a paved lot, which can turn off many people and make other sites in the area more attractive. The lake is stocked. A rustic boat ramp is on site. Rock Creek Lakes Resort is nearby with boat rentals and supplies and a cafe.  The nearby tent-only Mosquito Flat campground acts as an overflow site. 5 mph speed limit.

Location: At the end of Rock Creek Road.

Attraction: Fishing, hiking.

Campsite Description: 28 sites for tents or RV's to 22 feet, some requiring a short walk.  Group site. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Mid May-October.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $18   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 9,600 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-873-2500.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness

Pleasant Valley

A short walk takes you to Pleasant Valley Reservoir at 4,200 feet just north of Bishop. The lake is stocked. The Owens River passes nearby, with wild trout populations. The lake does not allow boating.

Location: Highway 395 to Pleasant Valley Road 7 miles north of Bishop.

Attraction: Fishing in reservoir or the Owens River.

Campsite Description: 200 sites for tents or RV's of any length. Picnic tables and fire grills. Group site.

Season: Year-round

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $10   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 4,200 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Inyo County Parks Dept., 760-873-5577.

Pleasant Valley Pit Campground

A BLM campground just south of Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

Location: Highway 395 5 miles north of Bishop turn east on Pleasant Valley Road and follow signs for about .5 miles.

Attraction: Fishing.

Campsite Description: 75 sites for tents or RV's of any length. Few amenities.

Season: November to early May, weather permitting.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $2   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 4,200 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office, 760-872-4881.

Onion Valley

Near Independence. Popular with backpackers with access to the John Muir Trail, Kearsarge Pass and the Kearsarge Lakes.

Location: Take Hwy. 395 to Independence. Turn west on Market Street, which becomes Onion Valley Road. Drive 15 miles to the campground.

Attraction: Access to John Muir Wilderness.

Campsite Description: 29 sites for tents or RV's to 16 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late May- September.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $13   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 9,200 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness.

Off-Road Opportunities in Area: Mazourka Peak Trail- A 16.1 mile trail rated 2 for difficulty. Views of the Owens Valley, mining town remains, backcountry camping on Badger Flat.

Upper & Lower Gray's Meadow

Adjacent camps in Independence Creek, stocked with trout. Close to Onion Valley Trailhead. Supplies in Independence.

Location: Same as Onion Valley, on Onion Valley Road.

Attraction: Creek side location. Access to Onion Valley Trailhead.

Campsite Description: Lower has 52 sites for tents or RV's to 34 feet. Upper 35 sites. Picnic tables, fire grills and food lockers.

Season: Late March- mid October.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $13   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 6,000 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies No

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness.

Off-Road Opportunities in Area: Mazourka Peak Trail- A 16.1 mile trail rated 2 for difficulty. Views of the Owens Valley, mining town remains, backcountry camping on Badger Flat. (4)

Independence Creek

A county park site with a nice small museum nearby tracing the history of the area.

Location: Turn west on Market Street in Independence and drive 1 mile to park.

Attraction: Another Hwy. 395 site. More obscure and thus potentially available than others. Open year round.

Campsite Description: 25 sites for tents or RV's to 27 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $10   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 3,900 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo County Parks Dept., 760-873-5577.

Off-Road Opportunities in Area: Mazourka Peak Trail- A 16.1 mile trail rated 2 for difficulty. Views of the Owens Valley, mining town remains, backcountry camping on Badger Flat. (4)

Lone Pine- Mt. Whitney Area

Nicely located for an ascent of Mt. Whitley or to access the John Muir Trail. Set on Lone Pine Creek for the fisherperson.

Location: Take Whitney Portal Road from Hwy. 395 and drive 6 miles.

Attraction: Access to Mt. Whitney, the John Muir Wilderness, Lone Pine Creek.

Campsite Description: 43 sites for tents or RV's to 35 feet. Group site. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late April-mid October.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $15   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 6,000 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Day Hikes in Area: Mount Whitney

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness

Portagee Joe Campground

County campsite providing back-up for travelers on Hwy. 395 or Mt. Whitney trekkers.

Location: From Hwy. 395 turn west on Whitney Portal Road in Lone Pine, drive 1 mile to Turtle Creek Road and turn west on it for .1 mile.

Attraction: Access to Hwy. 395. Lone Pine is the turn off for travelers heading to Death Valley National Park to the east. Shop for western clothes in Lone Pine.

Campsite Description: 15 sites for tents or RV's to 27 feet. Picnic tables and fire grills. Well water.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $10   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 3,750
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo County Parks Dept., 760-878-0272.

Whitney Trailhead Walk-in

A staging area for Mt. Whitney climbers, an alternative to Whitney Portal. A .25 mile hike in. Reservations for the ascent are required. This end of the John Muir Trail starts here and ends in Yosemite Valley, 211 miles later.

Location: Take Whitney Portal Road from Hwy. 395 at Lone Pine and drive 13 miles to Whitney Portal parking area.

Attraction: Access to Mt. Whitney.

Campsite Description: 10 walk-in tent sites. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Mid May- late October.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $8   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 8,300 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Day Hikes in Area: Mt Whitney.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness.

Whitney Portal

The jumping off point for the ascent of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the continental U.S. at 14,497 feet. The ascent requires a permit obtained at the Forest Service Station in Lone Pine. The camp is at 8,000 feet, which means the climber needs to ascend 6,500 feet over 10 miles. The campground is also the southern terminus of the John Muir Trail, where backpackers can either begin their trek, or celebrate the end.

Location: Take Whitney Portal Road from Hwy. 395 in Lone Pine for 13 miles.

Attraction: Access to Mt. Whitney and the John Muir Trail.

Campsite Description: 43 sites for tents or RV;s to 30 feet. Group sites. Picnic tables, fire grills and food lockers.

Season: Late May- mod October.

Reservations: Yes. 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $17   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 8,000 ft
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Tuttle Creek

A BLM campground at the base of Mt. Whitney at 5,120 feet that can be used by Mt. Whitney trekkers if the closer campgrounds are full.

Location: Take Whitney Portal Road from Hwy. 395 in Lone Pine and drive 3.5 miles to Horseshoe Meadow Road. Turn left and drive 1.5 miles.

Attraction: Access to Mt. Whitney and the John Muir Trail.

Campsite Description: 85 sites for tents and RV's to 30 feet. Picnic tables and fire rings.

Season: Early march-October.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $5   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 5,120 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office, 760-872-4881.

Day Hikes in Area: Mt. Whitney

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Trail

Lake Diaz

A county park 3 miles south of Lone Pine popular with locals. The small lake offers fishing for bass and trout with a boat limit of 20 feet and a speed limit of 15 mph early in the year and 35 mph later when water-skiers take over. It can be used as a layover before beginning the drive to Death Valley. Probably would not rate highly with transients but a place to stay in the area if needed. The best sites for most people will be those at the farthest parts of the park; no flush toilets but more privacy. This is the Alabama Hills, where many a western film and TV show was filmed.

Location: 3 miles south of Lone Pine on Hwy. 395.

Attraction: Small lake with decent camping where locals would feel more at home.

Campsite Description: 200 sites for tents or RV's to any length. Some have partial hook-ups. Picnic tables and fire grills. Boat ramp. Flush toilets close to entrance; pit toilets further out. Sites at lakeside can be pretty nice.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: For group sites.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $10-14   Fishing Yes
Hook-ups Some   Boating Yes
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site Yes
Showers No   Elev 3,650 ft
Toilets Flush/pit   Supplies Nearby

Information: Inyo County Parks Dept. , 760-878-0272 or www.inyocountycamping.com.

Day Hikes in Area: Mt. Whitney nearby.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness nearby.

Horseshoe Meadow Walk-in

Actually 3 camps; Cottonwood Pass walk-in, Cottonwood Lakes walk-in and Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian. Pretty access road, at 10,000 feet. Primarily for backpackers, with access to the Pacific Crest Trail. Can be used to access Mt. Whitney from the back side.

Location: Take Whitney Portal Road from Hwy. 395 at Lone Pine, drive 3.5 miles to Horseshoe Meadows Road, turn left and drive 19 miles, a 7,000 foot climb.

Attraction: Mt. Whitney. Scenic drive. Access to John Muir Trail and Golden Trout Wilderness.

Campsite Description: Cottonwood Pass 18 walk-in sites; Cottonwoods Lakes 12 walk-in sites. Horseshoe Meadows 10 sites. Picnic tables and fire grills.

Season: Late May-mid October.

Reservations: No

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $6   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev 10,000 ft
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Inyo National Forest, 760-647-3044.

Day Hikes in Area: Mt. Whitney

Backpacking Hikes in Area: John Muir Wilderness; Pacific Crest Trail.

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