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Established Camping

Chimney Creek Campground

About

Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management

Chimney Creek Campground is located within Chimney Peak Recreation Area and is cherry stemmed out of Owens Peak Wilderness. The campground contains 36 sites and is nestled among beautiful pinyon pines, grey pines, and oaks along Chimney Creek at 5,700 feet in elevation. Each site in the campground has a picnic table and fire ring. Potable water is available during the summer months near the very end of the campground loop at site 36. During the summer, days can be warm and dry. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail crosses Canebrake Road just south of the campground. Chimney Creek Trail, a primitive route along Chimney Creek, starts at the cattle guard a half mile from the start of the campground road.

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Location

Chimney Creek Campground is located in California

Detail location of campground

Directions

Follow highway CA-178 approximately 30 miles east of the town of Lake Isabella and turn north onto Canebreak Road. Follow this graded dirt road approximately 9 miles to the prominent junction of Canebrake and Long Valley/ Chimney Basin Roads and continue straight (right fork). The campground will be on the right in an additional 2 miles. The campground road includes spurs to numerous sites. Potable water during the summer months is located at the very end of the campground road (1 mile).

Address

Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office 3801 Pegasus Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Coordinates

35.83917 N
118.0423 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites

Features

For Campers

  • Phone Service
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

  • Big Rig Friendly

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5 Reviews

Kevin M.
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2021

Remote and quiet

If you like to stay off the beaten path and away from crowds. The this is a spot to check out. Stayed memorial weekend. We were one out of about 5 campers in the area.

. They have primitive bathrooms . No potable water. So bring water. It is buggy. Ants, nats, mosquitos. Look for spots with shade cause it gets hot. . Sites from 19 to 36 are pretty nice.

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Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Chimney Creek Campground by Kevin M., June 1, 2021
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Tommy B.
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2021

We will be back

This is a good, secluded, peaceful place to unwind. The dirt road to get there was totally doable in our Transit Van. We will be back.

paul B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2020

glass is half full or half empty depending on how you camp

remote camping site that most sites are overgrown. on other hand this leaves about 6-8 sites randomly placed among the original 30. so all sites are pretty far apart. some pit toliets that are open (at least 1, maybe 2) water appears to have been turned off. on plus side many sites have nice shade, but bugs are a problem in summer because of small creek. overall a great place to get away from crowd at the foot of the sierra moutains.

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Chimney Creek Campground by paul B., December 5, 2020
  • Review photo of Chimney Creek Campground by paul B., December 5, 2020
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Taylor
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2020

Awesome

Back in the middle of the woods, this spot was perfect. There was barely anyone there, picnic tables, clean bathroom, even some cows down the road. We had a great night here and found it hard to leave

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J
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2018

Remote site along the PCT, with drive in, or hike in access

Forest Fire 2 years ago did some damage resulting in the water spigot being intermittently operating, boiling or filter a must. Spacious, sparsely used, remote tent or car camping, some space for RV but NO hookups. 20 mile dirt road for access. Fire restrictions usually "extreme" so probably not a spot for a campfire. Rattlesnakes common, use caution with kids and pets.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Chimney Creek Campground by Jon J., July 15, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Chimney Creek Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Chimney Creek Campground does not have wifi.