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Hidden gem

One my favorite places to camp among the redwoods. There is a daily fee. Generally pretty quiet, smaller trailers ok. We’ve driven up 28 ft travel trailers. Road up is fair but that is what keeps it from being overwhelmed by visitors. Gets crowded on holidays. Ponds are stocked with trout during the summer. Lots of trails.

My family has been coming here since the 1940’s!

Try to get a spot along the creek! Nice and quiet. Great fishing and hiking! Don’t miss hiking up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek to the upper lakes! Beautiful!!!!

Backpacking trip in sequoia

6ish mostly uphil trek to the twin lakes campsite. Campsite sites are very nice with bear boxes and a locker toilet. Whole area is at about 9,000 ft elevation so it gets cold and the views are unreal

Sequoia backpacking trip

Nice 6.5ish hike out to a beautiful subalpine lake. Campsite are scattered around the edge of pear lake with granite mountains surrounding the area. Trout in the lake also

Backpacking

Easy 3-4 mile hike to beautiful weaver lake. Camp sites are spread out through out the side of the lake. Even spots with no amenities but an awesome lake.

Nice lake

Really nice get away. Less crowded than sequoia NP. Spent the day at the lake nice fishing went in the summer and it was really warm the whole time. Sites were clean and drive in. Tables, fire pit and bear canisters on site

Always a nice stop

One of the best BLM spots around . There are no amenities so you have to be 100% self contained. Bring your own everything. Always will stop here when visiting the 395. Hope it stays pristine

Stop after bishop fishing trip

Sites were walk up reservation. With pulp in sites. Had fire pit and tables with clean bathrooms and a camp host. Only 5ish dollars for a site so for the price one of the best! Little protection from the sun though but besides that 👍🏼

Stop on the way to Edison lake

Probably one of my favorite spots I camped. Camp site was clean with a fire pit and table. Had a bear box. We got one right next to the creek. Had some mosquitoes but nothing some spray and fire couldn’t help. Had some bathrooms with in walking distance all around good spot

Great Creek Camping

The Campsites are far enough apart to feel like you are all alone in the woods! The Kaiser Creek provides hours of fun for the kids and you are close enough to trail heads for the adveture seekers in your group. You can plan a great group camp with some sites close together.

Good site for fishing

The Forebay is stocked every year several times with fish. Campsites are on both sides there is a pit style toliet.

Where the desert meets the mountains

This is a great dispersed camping area at the base of the E. Sierras. Camping can be along any one of several dirt roads, explore a bit til you find just the right spot (existing sites are easy to pick out)! The town of Lone Pine is nearby but make sure you bring plenty of food and water. Pack in/Pack out. With Mt. Whitney as your back drop you really can't go wrong here.

Hike to the Lakes

For what this campground lacks in bathhouses it makes up for in one of the most spectacular hikes I have ever been on. This is a pretty remote campground tucked away in the Muir Wilderness, you will not have service and will want to bring in all the supplies you will need. Aside from that it is a great little oasis. Campsites vary with privacy and you will notice that the ones that have the most privacy are usually reserved for as long as possible. They only have pit toilets and a water spigot. There is a little camp shop where you can buy a hot shower for $6, a bit steep and not all that great but if you are in need of a shower that’s the place to go. The deer roam all around the camp ground so be on the lookup for them strolling through your camp. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, tent pad, and bear box.

The Big Pine Lakes or as the locals call them “Lake 1, Lake 2, Emerald Lake, Lake 4 etc.” But these lakes deserve a name because they are absolutely breath taking. While we stopped at Lake 2 believing this was actually “Emerald Lake”, we were still not disappointed with the unreal colors that these glacier lakes have. The hike up was a bit strenuous and you are in the open hot sun for a while so wear sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself but take this hike because it is 100% worth it.

Family campground

A bit older but quiet. Good for night stay. Not near Sequoia but very convenient to freeway. Not much food stores nearby.

trees trees trees

This is a really cool little campground near the entrance of Sequoia National Park. The sites are tent only, so no hookups or anything like that. Pretty nice sites though, a lot of space. I think there can be fire restrictions in the summer since it can get so dry, so just be aware of that. As far as places go, it wasn't too pricey. I think we paid about $20 a night. There are bathrooms with running water, and the sites have picnic tables and fire rings. Each site also has storage lockers for your food, so be sure to lock it up in order to keep the bears from getting into it.

As for stuff to do around here, you obviously have to check out the trees. Go look at General Sherman and all the other Sequoia trees. They're so amazing and honestly it humbles you a little. Also check out Moro Rock Trail. The view from the top is amazing. You'll also probably see a fair amount of wildlife while you're hiking around, so be careful of the bears. Out of all my trips to California, I've seen the most bears here in Sequoia. They are super cool creatures, just keep a respectful distance and of course don't feed them.

Breathtaking landscape

This is the closest campground to the peak of Mt Whitney

permits for camping are extremely limited and are based on a beginning of the year lottery system for peak season. Permits are available spring and fall as well but weather conditions may make reaching the camp/peak impossible.

this camp is located above the tree line with views of rugged peaks, glaciers and lakes.

All waste must be packed out in special bags given to you when you pick up your permit.

Love this Place

Visit for the day or stay overnight this is a gorgeous place to visit. At the base if the mountain you’re camping amongst tall pines and a running river falling from above. Visit the store for a souvenir or a breakfast for the hike. Campground is set on a winding amongst the trees with developed sites. Bathroom areas etc Gets busy and is a first come first serve so have a backup plan in the summer.

Great if you are hiking Whitney as a base camp!

this is a great campground to use as a base camp before you summit Whitney. The staff is friendly and helpful and the portal is just a few minutes away with the store and small restaurant. Lone Pine is close about a 10 minute drive away.

Gorgeous spot

Took my friend from Portland up here for her first Sierra camping trip. This was also my first time in this specific area. Shaver Lake seemed like a great basecamp to be able to drive to a dozen different good hikes. We picked spot 36 because it was farther from other spots and also the closest one to the lake(see pics). This spot was twice the price, which I thought was for the sweet location, but it was actually a double spot. Oops. The spot was extremely well taken care of. The tables, fire rings and bear boxes were all in great shape. Bathrooms were cleaned daily. No showers but that’s what wet wipes are for. Both of the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. Those lake pics were taken 6 hours apart and barely tweaked. We ate our breakfast and drank our coffee in that spot. Highly recommended.

Blue skies, Emerald lakes, Refreshing creeks!

CAMPGROUND REVIEW: Big Pine Creek Campground, CA

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=20312&actid=31

As we traveled up Rt 395, along the Eastern Sierras, we searched for a campground offering trails into the wilderness…but also one with a shower, as they seem to be a rare commodity…and our last campground was primitive.

Reviews stated Big Pine Creek had showers and modern restrooms, so we drove through the night arriving at 7:00 Sunday morning…hoping for an available site. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.

Turns out, the camper at site 2, beside the Host site, was packing up…so we claim jumped the site. Also turns out…after we paid $22 for the night…Big Pine Creek Campground does not have showers, nor modern restrooms.

So, to set the record straight…there are vault latrines and a river of cold glacier runoff of roughly 40F degrees. However, next to Big Pine Creek Campground is Glacier Lodge (they share the same entrance road and is privately owned)…and they will rent you a shower for $5/5 minutes. For that $5 shower, you can use the modern toilet.

Don’t let that run you off, though. We loved Big Pine Creek Campground. The sites are spacious and the backdrop is gorgeous. Not many campgrounds offer stellar trails into the Inyo John Muir Wilderness…more on that later. Mule deer roam between campsites, ground squirrels and magpies are everywhere. We also noted a resident lizard.

Most sites are somewhat tiered because of the sloped terrain. Site 2 parking pad was large enough for our SUV, but little else. You have a large bear resistant locker in front of a large fixed picnic table, situated on a large, raised, leveled pad that also has the fire pit. Up a few steps is the raised timber tent pad. Numerous large pines and smaller hardwoods populate the sites. Our neighboring site was visible with little obstruction, but was occupied by a delightful French family on holiday, that we enjoyed.

Big Pine Creek Campground is often filled with campers from all over the world and makes for interesting conversations.

Drinking water was a little walk. Last year’s winter had an avalanche destroy their water lines, so others were rerouted. No electric. Also, no cell service. Perfect for unplugging, relaxing and meeting your fellow campers.

There is a trout pond near the entrance that folks were capitalizing on. They were also fishing the creek. The glacier fed creek is cold…like 38 degrees cold. The trails…in a word…Epic!

The North Trail was incredible. We started late and only went to the first and second of seven alpine glacier lakes. The water is so emerald green, it’s surreal. We hiked out and back in 6.5 hours, taking an hour respite for a polar bear plunge in the near freezing lake. I was advised we missed the most beautiful third lake…also referred to as Emerald Lake. The North Fork Trail into The John Muir Wilderness does require permits for backcountry camping…an easy process and well worth it…https://www.recreation.gov/permits/JohnMuirTrailNorthOfDevilsPostpile_Aa10/r/entranceEntryExitDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72203&entranceId=315543&permitTypeId=1009473747&entryType=1

Of note, along the way is Lon Chaney’s (of Frankenstein, Werewolf and Hunchback of Notre Dame movie fame) backcountry cabin. Lon Chaney would bring guests back by horse and mule train. Upon his passing, it was gifted to the parks.

One horse/mule train passed us on the trail, returning after they deposited their riders and goods out into the wilderness.

The host couple were very helpful and a joy to glean local and trail information from.

A wonderful campground to visit.

Excellent dispersed camping in eastern Sierras

If youre comfortable with primitive dispersed camping, this is the place to go in the eastern Sierras. Like walking on mars, the landscape is amazing with endless boulders and unobstructed views of Mt Whitney. I was there in April, and it was quite windy so be prepared for that. If youre setting up a tent, make sure youre able to stake it down securely. With the ground being dry and rocky make sure to pick a spot accordingly. The area is ideal for RV or car camping.

We got some early morning wind and rain, but were rewarded full crisp rainbow that lasted a good 30 minutes, stretching over the landscape. It was quite the scene.

Loaction wise, youre close enough to the town of Lone Pine if you need groceries, laundry or shower, or feel like having a bite or drink at a local watering hole. It also feels far enough away civilization to have a genuine wilderness experience, and little light pollution from town. I look forward to going back!

Great location

This is a great Corp of Engineer Campground just minutes from Sequoia National Park. Sites are big and well spaced from each other. No hook up but fresh water and a dump station are available at the campground. Two well located bathrooms with good showers at no additional cost. During the summer months the Rangers put on a Campfire program at the campground every Saturday evening. When the lake is full you can walk right up to the waters edge and actually boat in for camping. The staff (Camphosts and Rangers) are friendly, knowledgeable about the local areas and go out of their way to assist campers. Highly recommend this campground especially if visiting Sequoia National Park.

Quiet and small campground with lots of space

This place is amazing. You'll be camping in an old Sequoia Grove that was milled. There are still a couple sequoias nearby that you can hike right up to, but even cooler are the giant stumps left over that you can right next to. We got site 17 out of 21 sites and it is THE BEST site in camp. Fair warning, this campsite is referred to as "Bear Ally" by the rangers because that's where they come up from the forest to come checkout food opportunities at camp. We only saw 1 adolescent bear the 5 days we were up there.

All campsites are First Come, First Served, so be sure to get there early.

Good size campground with mostly large sites

This is a great campground. The sites are easy to get into and park. You usually have a lot of room to yourself. There are lots of trees for shade at camp. The lake is (generally) a short walk from camp. And you can even hike down the lake for 1/2 mile to the Hume Lake Christian Camp, where they have a visitor center, kayaks for rent, and even a general store with lots of food and supply options.

This is one of my favorite car camping sites, and I'd recommend it to everyone.

Beautiful Wooded Campground on Canyon Floor

The Sentinel Campground in Kings Canyon is one of the best campgrounds that I've visited recently. We visited in later September on the last day that the Visitors Center down in the Canyon was open. About half of the campgrounds and campsite loops on the canyon floor were closed already. I would say that this is the best time to visit Kings Canyon. It wasn't too hot or too busy even though some of the facilities and activities were closed.

There are a handful of campsites along the river but you probably have to arrive very early to get those. The other campsites are an easy walk to the river and visitors center. There were also a surprising number of prime spots to set up a tent in each site. There are plenty of bathrooms, water spigots, and trash/recycling bins around the campground. There are also picnic tables and bear boxes. Bear precautions are a BIG deal in the area. The campground is quiet and wooded with beautiful, tall trees.

We hiked the Zumwalt Meadow loops which is a super easy trail (more of a walk) and well worth traveling a few more miles down the road. It's also worth stopping and visiting the waterfalls just off the road. Honestly, the drive down into the canyon is worth is if you do nothing else.

Best Pass in the Area

There are a few ways to exit (or enter) the John Muir Trail and for our trip we chose to exit on the Piute Pass Trail (also known as Piute Canyon closer to the JMT). For us we had camped the night before near Muir Trail Ranch and had just a couple miles till we reached the very nice bridge crossing over Piute Creek. We enjoyed views of the creek and bridge but never crossed the bridge because the Piute Pass Trail began directly before it. This trail is amazing. It is not an easy trail but it has so much diverse beauty from the beginning as you rise above the Piute Canyon, to the middle where you have views of the Glacial Divide and then move into the awe inspiring Humphrey's Basin, to the end where the rock over the pass (11,423) turns an orangish red, unlike anything we'd seen the entire trip. Our campsite was after crossing several small streams that seemed to be zigzagging every which direction. We were in a forested area next to Piute Creek and enjoyed a refreshing dip in the ice cold waters. A nice pine floor was easily cleared of pine cones and plenty of rocks were around to hold down tents. The next day we would climb out of the forest and enter into the incredible Humphrey's Basin where plenty of trails spread out into areas such as the Desolation Wilderness and plenty more options for camping.

Good spot after a Muir Trail Ranch resupply

After Marie Lakes we had a very short 300 foot climb up and over Selden Pass and then a long decent past Heart Lake, Sallie Keyes Lakes (where the traditional Indian wood flute was being played) and a major 2000 foot switchback decent to Blayney Meadows and Muir Trail Ranch. MTR closes at 5pm so we were eager to get there and get our resupply. Ironically enough most of my resupply I dumped and grabbed a few things from the free hikers buckets. I wasn't eating nearly as much as I had planned and didn't crave anything I had in my resupply. I really just wanted apple sauce and mashed potatoes. After a nice couple hour break at MTR we headed back towards the JMT on the Florence Lake Trail. It runs along the San Joaquin River and had the most incredible trees surrounding us. The trail runs about 1.5 miles to jump back on the JMT and the camp site is close to the end of that. Maybe less than 1/2 a mile till the merge. It is open along the river and several others chose to camp in this area. The river is fast moving so not one to frolic in but easy enough to wash up and get water. Their is little privacy so a steep ascent up the hill on the other side of the trail is where you'll need to take care of "personal Matters" there's a bit of a trail that'll take you up there if you can find it. We hoped for clear skies and low winds that night as the trees we camped under were so large a pinecone would have caused so serious damage had it fallen on us. It was nice having others around as this area felt a bit like bear country and we weren't keen on uninvited guests. The next morning we would travel a short way to hop back on the JMT and meet up with the Piute Pass Trail.

Nothing special but sufficient

After starting the morning at Silver Pass Lake we descended SOBO into the land of giants for about 2000 feet. Finding Bear Creek and following it and it's gurgling cascades to about 8600 feet. It was another long day at around 11 miles and we weren't to picky on a campsite. The area is fairly clear along the stream so there are several places to camp. We found a spot for our group of 2 tents and 3 tarp tents and set up for the night. Pine needle floor was nice after you moved all the cones away from your site. Creek was great for cleaning off and refilling water. A nice sound to head to bed to. No views being so low, and frankly it was chillier then being higher up in the mountains because the sun took longer to appear. It's a nice rest from the higher altitude but it also means you'll be heading back up on your way to Selden Pass.

deserty, dry, but plenty of space

This is one of our intermediate stops if I'm going on a weekend trip to Mammoth. There are a pretty substantial amount of off-road/mtb trails in this area, if that's your thing. Also, you might get the stray hiker trying to make it to the Mount Whitney trailhead.

Desert landscapes aren't usually my thing, but there's plenty of space. I'd avoid in the summer unless there's something you really want to do here - it got fairly hot even in March. Also, it's free, so for the price I can't really complain. Just pack in/pack out!!

Beauty in between the hilly fruit groves

This is an adorable park nestled in between orange and lemon groves. The sweetness of the air and beautiful views of the hills add to the beauty of this quaint park. The laundry facility and bathrooms are spotless clean. There is a little store located inside at the check in desk. This park is conveniently located near Sequoia National Park for those outdoor enthusiast. There are camping and RV sites as well as a small tiny home community section. I would recommend this park if you are traveling to this area.