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Mono Creek

About

National Forest

Sierra National Forest

Overview

Mono Creek Campground is located in the High Sierras above Kaiser Pass. This quiet, remote campground is situated in a peaceful meadow near Mono Hot Springs at an elevation of 7,500 feet. Visitors enjoy hiking, fishing, boating and horseback riding.

Recreation

Most recreational activities are centered around nearby Edison Lake and Mono Hot Springs. Interpretive programs, hiking, trout fishing, boating and horseback riding are popular pastimes. Hot mineral baths can be enjoyed at Mono Hot Springs.

Facilities

Most recreational activities are centered around nearby Edison Lake and Mono Hot Springs. Interpretive programs, hiking, trout fishing, boating and horseback riding are popular pastimes. Hot mineral baths can be enjoyed at Mono Hot Springs.

Natural Features

Campsites are spacious, private and shaded by mature Ponderosa pines within the Sierra National Forest on the western slope of the central Sierra Nevada. The forest is known for its spectacular mountain scenery and abundant natural resources. The terrain includes rolling, oak-covered foothills, heavily forested middle elevation slopes and the starkly beautiful alpine landscape of the High Sierra.

Nearby Attractions

The Mono Creek Trail, which can be accessed at Edison Lake, leads hikers and horseback riders to the network of trails within the John Muir Wilderness. This includes the scenic Pacific Crest Trail, which spans from Mexico to Canada.

contact_info

For facility specific information, please call (559) 893-2308.

Charges & Cancellations

Once your reservation start date has begun, neither the Recreation.gov Contact Center nor the campground manager will be able to modify your reservation.

Reservation Info

Maximum length of stay = 14 days Maximum vehicle length = 25' Maximum group size = 6 per site Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of arrival. 2 night minimum on weekends. 3 night minimum on holidays.

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Location

Mono Creek is located in California

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Clovis, California, take Highway 168 north 70 miles to Huntington Lake Campground office at Eastwood. Take Kaiser Pass Road to Mono Creek Campground.

Coordinates

37.355428 N
118.99679 W

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
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Features

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  • Picnic Table
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  • Big Rig Friendly

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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2020

Perfect place for watching shooting stars

Before my trip here, I was worried about the lack of reviews. It was the first time my in-laws were going to be out in the wild!

However, I enjoyed this campground. It was a perfect place for stargazing! Reservations for the sites are non-specific. I'm thankful my big family got a double site (#14). It was huge. My family and I were in awe of the view the entire drive there. Bring dramamine and roll your windows down if you get motion sickness. I loved how spaced out each site was from each other. A lot of bats love to fly around at night. No cell service for some providers, but AT&T had service. Bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking, washing, etc.

This campground is about 1.5-2 hours from Shaver Lake, about 15 minutes from Edison Lake, 20 minutes from Mono Hot Springs(they have a store with ice), a short walk to the small creek. I'm not sure if you can swim in the creek--I wouldn't--but I saw an employee adding nets of fish inside. 

FYI: A bear cub even walked through the campground searching for food one afternoon. Throw your trash away and don't leave food out. When dumping your trash, please lift the entire lid. During my stay here, the front half was stuffed and the back half was empty.

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Mono Creek by Sameyah M., August 25, 2020
  • Review photo of Mono Creek by Sameyah M., August 25, 2020
  • Review photo of Mono Creek by Sameyah M., August 25, 2020
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Meesh C.
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2020

High sierra get away

6/20/2020. Beautiful campground, in good shape. The fire pit was newer and great for cooking. You have to drive for over an hour on a one lane road. Be ready to stop and reverse for a bit to allow another car/truck with boat to pass you. The drive, campground, and surrounding attractions were beautiful. Wish I could’ve had more time there.

  • Review photo of Mono Creek by Meesh C., June 24, 2020
  • Review photo of Mono Creek by Meesh C., June 24, 2020
  • Review photo of Mono Creek by Meesh C., June 24, 2020
Dexter I.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2019

Small quiet overlooked campground near Ghost Town and Crystal Park

Mono Creek Campground is just a short drive off of the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway. This five site campground had only two of its five sites occupied on our visit, will others along the byway were full. We liked that two of the five campsites were for tents only. All sites sit among Lodgepole pines and have picnic tables and metal fire rings. One vault toilet serves the campground. A water pump is available at the entrance to the campground. Happy creek runs along the campground. If you like to hike, a large trail head is next to the campground and trails lead to mountain lakes. If you like ghost towns just continue down the road past the campground to its end to take a mile hike to Coolidge Ghost Town. Like to dig for crystal that can get as big as your thumb, then take the drive down the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway to Crystal park, kids love looking for the crystals.

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Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Mono Creek by Dexter I., November 2, 2019
  • Review photo of Mono Creek by Dexter I., November 2, 2019
  • Review photo of Mono Creek by Dexter I., November 2, 2019
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Reviewed Oct. 1, 2017

Nice stop along the scenic byway in National Forest

Wooded with creeks. Small campground but we were the only ones therein spring. Nice simple primitive camping with tons of trails nearby. Note: on another trip, we stayed in a campground with this same name on the CA/NV border, double check when you look up info.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to camp at Mono Creek?

Camping at Mono Creek can cost between $35.00 and $37.00 depending on the site.

What is the max vehicle length at Mono Creek?

Mono Creek allows vehicles up to 40 feet.

Are fires allowed at Mono Creek?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Mono Creek, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

How hard is it to get a campsite at Mono Creek?

Some campers book as far as 6 months in advance, so on high-demand weekends it can be very difficult to get a campsite at Mono Creek. If you want to get a last-minute campsite at Mono Creek, try setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts

Why is it so hard to get a campsite at Mono Creek?

There are 16 campsites at Mono Creek and over 80 million Americans who camp! Try snagging a cancellation by setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts