Inyo National Forest

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About Inyo National Forest

Inyo National Forest is the most visited national forest in California, but don’t let that deter you-- with thousands of miles of trails here, vast wilderness areas like the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wildernesses, and hundreds of lakes, you won’t even have to worry about crowds. You can hike to gorgeous waterfalls, trek up the mountains for incredible panoramic views, or spend your days out on the water kayaking, fishing, and swimming; the list goes on and on!

Campgrounds in Inyo

Big Pine Creek Campground

1. Big Pine Creek Campground

Close to the biggest glaciers in the Sierras and situated in the stunningly gorgeous Big Pine Canyon, you have electric sites for your tent or RV...

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Convict Lake Campground

2. Convict Lake Campground

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Located on the banks of Convict Creek, just a short walk from the lake, this campground is in a great spot for hiking, fishing, and picnicking in...

Jeff
Jeff: Head to Convict Lake in the morning for stunning light and reflections!
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Silver Lake Campground

3. Silver Lake Campground

100% Recommend (6 Responses)

Welcome to bear country! Silver Lake Campground is located near the lake at an elevation of 7,200 feet. A trailhead to the scenic Ansel Adams...

Jeff
Jeff: Early morning offers the best opportunities for seeing wildlife such as bears, deer or coyotes near Silver Lake.
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Horseshoe Meadows Campground

4. Horseshoe Meadows Campground

Walk-in sites, rustic tenting, and high elevation make an overnight at Horseshoe Meadow campground a heady experience. Many campers use this area...

Bernini
Bernini : Bring cash and leave payment in the box.
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Rock Creek Lake Campground

5. Rock Creek Lake Campground

Wanna wake up to awe-inspiring mountain views and the lake right at your feet? Look no further than Rock Creek Lake Campground. The big drive up to...

Sarah
Sarah: Beautiful spot! Tent camped here in the winter after hiking in from Iris Meadow Campground. Lots of snow for snowshoeing in,...
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Tioga Lake Campground

6. Tioga Lake Campground

Voyage Rock Camping Area is the OHV hotspot of the Sierra National Forest. Campsites are located on the Courtright Reservoir and right off of the...

Clara
Clara: This is a really beautiful little campground as it's right on the water! It's also in clear view of the 120 highway, though, so...
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Lone Pine Campground

7. Lone Pine Campground

100% Recommend (7 Responses)

Situated nearby the base of the mighty Mount Whitney, Lone Pine Campground offers an abundance of outdoor activities surrounded by brilliant...

Clara
Clara: The Alabama Hills/Lone Pine are a great location to view the Leonid Meteor Showers in mid November.
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Saddlebag Lake Campground

8. Saddlebag Lake Campground

Perched just above the lake and surrounded by pine groves and the Sierras, you’ll find plenty of postcard-worthy spots to set up camp and get back...

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Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground

9. Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground

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Heading out onto the great Mt. Whitney trek? The one-night-only Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground is your basecamp before you venture deeper into...

Alyx
Alyx: This walk-in backpackers campground is the perfect spot to acclimatize and stage your Whitney summit. Make sure to store all of...
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Grandview Campground

10. Grandview Campground

Looking for that perfect piece of wilderness in Inyo National Forest? Grandview Campground comes pretty darn close. Breathe in the fresh air, and...

William
William: Nice campground. Not too crowded on 6/10/17, only about a third of the sites were occupied. The views from the campground...
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June Lake Campground

11. June Lake Campground

100% Recommend (9 Responses)

Bring your tent and your camera for a picturesque adventure at June Lake Campground. Situated on the aspen shaded shores of June Lake, this...

Rooney
Rooney: First Come First Served. The sites fill up quick in the summer so get there early. Some sites are secluded but some are right...
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Whitney Portal Family Campground

12. Whitney Portal Family Campground

Tent dweller? RV devotee? Whatever you are, there’s a spot for you at Whitney Portal’s Family Campground. It’s located 13 miles from the town of...

Paulina
Paulina: Reserve a site off the main section of camp for more seclusion and closer access to the creek. Lots of bears here so make sure...
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Big Bend Campground

13. Big Bend Campground

Wanna beat the crowds of Yosemite, take to Big Bend Campground just down the road from the Tuolumne Meadows entrance. This camp is the ideal spot...

Fariss
Fariss: Our favorite campsite that we found on our Yosemite trip.
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Coldwater Campground

14. Coldwater Campground

Sitting on the banks of the forested Coldwater Creek, this campground is in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Bears have been seen on the...

Christopher
Christopher: Really enjoyed camping here. Very forested and attractive camping spot. The campground gets very busy so there's not a lot of...
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Lower Lee Vining Campground

15. Lower Lee Vining Campground

Want to experience some of California’s most beautiful wilderness far from the crowds? Tucked away in Inyo National Forest, the sprawling Lower Lee...

Mitch
Mitch: Bring a hammock! The campsite is right on the creek, which is narrow enough to possibly even string hammocks up completely...
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Oh Ridge Campground

16. Oh Ridge Campground

Oh Ridge campground is that kind of spot that will leave you picking your jaw off the ground from the vistas alone. Throw in ballin’ campsites that...

Jeff
Jeff: Head down to the beach on June Lake in the morning for a spectacular reflection of Carson Peak and the Sierra Nevada!
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Willow Campground

17. Willow Campground

Get back into the wild at Willow Campground. Pitch your tent among willows, aspens, and pines with the awe-inspiring Sierra mountains towering...

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Bishop Park Campground

18. Bishop Park Campground

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Picture yourself pitching your tent on a grassy underbrush right next to the slow rushing Bishop Creek. You’re deep into the Sierra mountains and...

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Onion Valley Campground

19. Onion Valley Campground

88% Recommend (4 Responses)

Keep close to nature’s heart at Onion Valley Campground in the breathtaking eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The parks idyllic location adjacent to...

Nathan
Nathan: Definitely not recommended for RVs or Trailers...not only because the road to the campground is an extreme grade, the...
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Sabrina Campground

20. Sabrina Campground

Mountain views, alpine trees, and creekside campsites? Sounds like some serious camping bliss. And we’re not the only one’s who think so—Sabrina...

Cristina
Cristina: The creek that goes thru is perfect for bathing and basic hygiene even though there are no showers! Very clean bathrooms.
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Big Pine Canyon Recreation Area

21. Big Pine Canyon Recreation Area

There are two group campgrounds at the Big Pine Canyon Recreation Area–the Clyde Glacier and Palisade Glacier Group sites. These sites sit along...

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Ellery Lake Campground

22. Ellery Lake Campground

An alpine lake surrounded by majestic mountains, groves of towering pine trees, plus fresh, clean air… oh man, what more could you want? Experience...

Clara
Clara: This spot seems particularly friendly to RVs as most of the parking is on paved ground. Get here early to claim your site, it...
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North Lake Campground

23. North Lake Campground

If you’re dreaming of camping high in the Sierras, surrounded by countless trees and the cool breeze of a nearby lake, North Lake Campground is...

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Minaret Falls Campground

24. Minaret Falls Campground

The campgrounds of Inyo National Forest cease to disappoint. Minaret Falls Campground is no different. Clean clear creek, dazzling waterfall, piney...

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Saddlebag Lake Group Campground

25. Saddlebag Lake Group Campground

Reach the sun and the stars at 10,000 feet above sea level and pitch your tent in the high Sierras. The Saddlebag Group Campground can accommodate...

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Bitterbrush Campground

26. Bitterbrush Campground

Get all camped out right in the heart of the Sierras. Bitterbrush Campground is one of the few Inyo Forest sites open year-round—so hardcore...

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Reds Meadow Campground

27. Reds Meadow Campground

Welcome to Reds Meadow Campground. You have been transported to an unspoiled wilderness, your backdrop infested with the gleaming Sierras. Find...

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Tuff Campground

28. Tuff Campground

This campground is one of the first to open in the Rock Creek area each spring, and it has tons to offer. It’s rich in outdoor scenery, providing...

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Whitney Portal Group Campground

29. Whitney Portal Group Campground

We’re fans of that old saying “the more the merrier”, especially when it comes to group camping. So get your squad together, whether it’s a college...

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Sherwin Creek Campground

30. Sherwin Creek Campground

Camping at Sherwin Creek Campground is guaranteed to pump you up! No seriously, get freakin’ pumped! You’ve got access to challenging hiking...

Kristin
Kristin: Great campground, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the town. There are two ways to get into the campground, both...
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Sage Flat Campground

31. Sage Flat Campground

Sage Flat Campground is a great spot to spend a week (or two!) soaking up some good old fashioned camping vibes in Inyo Forest. While you’re at it,...

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Twin Lakes Campground

32. Twin Lakes Campground

93% Recommend (8 Responses)

A busy, bustling, and beautiful detour from Mammoth Lakes. Come stay at Twin Lakes Campground and enjoy everything the site has to offer! Paved...

Brian
Brian: Bears, noisy kids, people that don't comprehend mother nature :( Lots of kids screaming in the river meant no fish for us. NO...
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Grays Meadow Campground

33. Grays Meadow Campground

Hidden in the glorious backcountry of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains rests Grays Meadows Campground. Rugged and strikingly beautiful, this lil...

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Four Jeffrey Campground

34. Four Jeffrey Campground

Pack up your camera and your swimsuit and get ready for an adventure. Incredible hiking opportunities await, and expeditions can easily be followed...

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Forks Campground

35. Forks Campground

Towering Sierra mountains. Groves of pine, aspen, and cedar trees. A picturesque, rushing creek. You can find all of this and more at Forks...

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Mosquito Flat Backpacker Campground

36. Mosquito Flat Backpacker Campground

Headed out for a big trek through Morgan Pass or Mono Pass? Mosquito Flat Backpacker Campground is where you’ll want to stay. This one-night-only...

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Moraine Campground

37. Moraine Campground

Let’s be honest—camping in Inyo National Forest and around Yosemite is definitely busy during those beautiful summer months. Wanna explore the area...

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Obsidian Flat Group Campground

38. Obsidian Flat Group Campground

Looking to spend some time in the wilderness with friends? Tucked away in the Eastern Sierras, is Obsidian Flats Group Campground. With...

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Aspen Group Campground

39. Aspen Group Campground

Steep, wild canyons, jagged mountain peaks, and the rustle of quaking aspens to sing you to sleep. You’ll find all that and more at the Aspen Group...

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Agnew Meadows Campground

40. Agnew Meadows Campground

Find Agnew perspective at Agnew Meadows Campground. At 8,400 feet in the sky it would be hard not to start seeing things a little differently....

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Pumice Flat Group Campground

41. Pumice Flat Group Campground

Loner or posse, Pumice Flat Campground has got you covered with accommodations for both individual sites and group sites. A 360 degree view of...

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Junction Campground

42. Junction Campground

Escape from the busyness of Yosemite by setting up camp in Inyo’s Junction Campground. Just a stone’s throw away from the park entrance, get the...

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Lake George Campground

43. Lake George Campground

Tucked in the Sierras sounds as snug as tucked in a sleeping bag after a long days hike, and that’s pretty damn cozy. Lake George Campground is...

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Gull Lake Campground

44. Gull Lake Campground

Less than an hour from Yosemite, Gull Lake Campground serves as not only a top notch place to pitch tent in it’s own right, but also an outstanding...

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Aspen Grove Campground

45. Aspen Grove Campground

Find your center at the center of Inyo National Forest at Aspen Grove Campground. This popular camp has all the makings of a peaceful and soul...

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Upper Pine Grove Campground

46. Upper Pine Grove Campground

Nestled among tall and towering Jeffrey pines is Upper Pine Grove Campground. Soak up those camp vibes in this secluded spot right next to Merced...

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Big Trees Campground

47. Big Trees Campground

92% Recommend (6 Responses)

It’s true, the trees are pretty darn big over here at Big Trees Campground. But there’s more to this picturesque spot than the stunningly tall...

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Upper Soda Springs Campground

48. Upper Soda Springs Campground

Sorry campers, I regret to inform you that, no, there is not a spring made of soda here. On the bright side, there is a rad valley campground for...

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Upper Sage Campground

49. Upper Sage Campground

Just roll on up with the kids in tow. Upper Sage Campground in the Inyo National Forest makes it that easy for you! With paved parking and even...

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Pumice Flat Campground

50. Pumice Flat Campground

California’s Eastern Sierras provide beautiful scenic views, natural wonders galore and, from time to time, unforgiving weather conditions. Before...

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Lake Mary Campground

51. Lake Mary Campground

Did you know Mammoth Lakes is a fun place to visit in the summer, too? We get it, there’s no snow. But at Lake Mary Campground, right outside of...

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Sawmill Walk-in Campground

52. Sawmill Walk-in Campground

Got a hankering for some rustic camping with awe-inspiring views? Look no further than Sawmill Walk-in Campground. With towering trees, mountain...

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Mountain Glen Campground

53. Mountain Glen Campground

For such a small campground, Mountain Glen’s got some serious charm. The few walk-in sites available are secluded and protected with a canopy of...

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Reversed Creek Campground

54. Reversed Creek Campground

If you’ve never been to June Lake, do us a favor and just go! First of all, the water is icy cold, even in the sweltering temps of August. June...

Heather
Heather: I grew up camping in the June Lake Loop, specifically Silver Lake. While Silver Lake will always have my heart, I really like...
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Intake 2 Campground

55. Intake 2 Campground

Set up camp right underneath the Sierras as you breathe in that sweet mountain air. Intake 2 is a little campground where you can walk-in a short...

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Big Springs Campground

56. Big Springs Campground

Being a weekend warrior ain’t easy! Isn’t it about time you take that week off you’ve been earning all year? When you do keep Big Springs...

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Old Shady Rest Campground

57. Old Shady Rest Campground

Old Shady is big and popular, near the hip town of Mammoth Lakes, and a perfect jumping-off point for your Sierra adventure. You’ve got world-class...

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Palisade Group Camp

58. Palisade Group Camp

As its name suggests, Palisades Group Campground is a prime choice for those with extras in tow. Round up the crew and make your way to this...

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Upper Deadman Campground

59. Upper Deadman Campground

Lower Deadman sound good to you? Check out Upper Deadman Campground. Same vicinity, same awesomeness. What do you have to look forward to you ask?...

Andrea
Andrea: Great primitive sites. Avoid the toilets and watch out for the mosquitoes.
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Iris Meadow Campground

60. Iris Meadow Campground

Thinking of doing some spontaneous camping? Iris Meadow Campground has a handful of first-come, first-served sites perfect if you’re looking for...

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Glass Creek Campground

61. Glass Creek Campground

The early bird gets the worm here at Glass Creek Campground. If you don’t like the crowds, head on down to the next camp, cause free means full of...

Agnew Meadows Horse Campground

62. Agnew Meadows Horse Campground

If you’re a hardcore horse lover and prefer to see your scenery from atop your loyal steed, Agnew Horse Camp is your jam. Located just across from...

New Shady Rest Campground

63. New Shady Rest Campground

Won’t the real New Shady please stand up? New Shady Rest Camp is nestled in a grove of Jeffrey Pine and within walking distance of the town of...

Big Meadow Campground

64. Big Meadow Campground

Let’s be real here—Big Meadow Campground is where it’s at. Even the name itself conjures up the dreamy beauty of this larger yet chilled out...

Pine Glen Group Campground

65. Pine Glen Group Campground

Gather up your peeps and head out to Pine Glen Group Campground for a weekend (or more!) of pretty incredible memories. If you just wanna chill...

Bishop Park Group Campground

66. Bishop Park Group Campground

100% Recommend (3 Responses)

Find your happy place nestled along the banks of Bishop Creek. At $70 a night, it’s super-reasonable for a big group of people (25 tops) and is...

Agnew Meadows Group Campground

67. Agnew Meadows Group Campground

Did someone put you in charge of planning the family reunion this year? Freaking out yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Agnew Meadows Group...

French Camp Campground

68. French Camp Campground

Does summer’s lack of snow have you down? Well fret no more, you can still enjoy the mountains surrounding Mammoth in the warmer months! Hit up...

Christopher
Christopher: Camped here as a last resort because everywhere was filled up. Was here in August and the campground was maybe only half full...
Aerie Crag Rv Campground

69. Aerie Crag Rv Campground

Picture this… it’s the busy summer months and all of the campgrounds in Inyo National Forest are all booked up. But hey, no worries! That’s where...

Holiday Campground

70. Holiday Campground

Sierra mountain views, quiet campsites, and just steps from Rock Creek? Holiday Campground is home to all of this and more. Hardcore campers (and...

Pine City Campground

71. Pine City Campground

Why did the campers cross the road? To get to Lake Mary on the other side of course! Pine City Campground is a pine paradise with a view of the...

Pine Grove Campground

72. Pine Grove Campground

For some stellar camping between the trees, pitch a tent at Pine Grove Campground. This little campground offers big views and miles of nearby...

Horseshoe Meadows Equestrian Camp

73. Horseshoe Meadows Equestrian Camp

If you’re looking for a riding adventure of fantastic proportions, Horseshoe Meadows Equestrian Camp is your in. Private corral and hitch rail...

East Fork Campground

74. East Fork Campground

East Fork Campground is large and in charge! With a variety of loops and sites to choose from and lots to explore nearby, it’s easy to see why this...

Sarah
Sarah: This place must be a hidden gem. Very surprised not to see any reviews on it yet! We stayed here in May and had an amazing...
Rock Creek Lake Group Campground

75. Rock Creek Lake Group Campground

Time to get wild in the wilderness. Round up 25 or less of your friends (and your dog, as long as he/she stays on a leash), all of your camping...

Hartley Springs Campground

76. Hartley Springs Campground

We heart Hartley Springs Campground. As a wilderness area, don’t expect all the bells and whistles, unless you’re talking bear bells and survival...

Lower Deadman Campground

77. Lower Deadman Campground

Off the grid and in the middle of some seriously spectacular wilderness features, Lower Deadman Campground is between Mammoth and Juno Lake, and...

Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground

78. Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground

Ready to venture off into the Eastern Sierras? The one-night-only Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground is where you’ll want to stay before you...

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Hipcamper Clara

The Alabama Hills/Lone Pine are a great location to view the Leonid Meteor Showers in mid November.

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Hipcamper Jeff

Head to Convict Lake in the morning for stunning light and reflections!

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Hipcamper Jeff

Early morning offers the best opportunities for seeing wildlife such as bears, deer or coyotes near Silver Lake.

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Hipcamper Mitch

Bring a hammock! The campsite is right on the creek, which is narrow enough to possibly even string hammocks up completely across. Nothing more relaxing than that.

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Hipcamper Benjamin

Great Campsite! Unless you have reservations, good luck finding a spot. We got there on Friday morning around 10 AM and snaked the last one! Bring a Canopy!!

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Hipcamper Brian

This is some easily accessible, High Sierra goodness. Lots of stocked trout in the lake and the creek, which runs through the campground. Some beautiful sites situated along the creek. A good portion of the sites don't offer much shade.

The lake itself is gorgeous. The water is that otherworldly aquamarine, and it's all situated at the bottom of a scenic glacial moraine. Nice trail if you want an easy, but beautiful hike around the lake. You also have access to the Convict Lake Backcountry if you really want to push it, or spend a few days backpacking. Come here in late September and early October when the aspens come afire with the colors of fall -- if you can snag a campsite.

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Hipcamper Heather

I grew up camping in the June Lake Loop, specifically Silver Lake. While Silver Lake will always have my heart, I really like Reversed Creek Campground because of the tree coverage. There's plenty of spots to hang my hammock and find some refuge from the summer sun. It's also really close to Gull and June Lakes. My family shares spots four and five and that works out great. Spot five is a walk-up, so I always reserve a second spot somewhere in camp just in case five is booked. The camp hosts have always been extremely accommodating.

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Hipcamper Alyx

This walk-in backpackers campground is the perfect spot to acclimatize and stage your Whitney summit. Make sure to store all of your food and toiletries (including toothpaste) in the bear lockers & canisters. Whitney bears don't mess around!

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Hipcamper Cristina

The creek that goes thru is perfect for bathing and basic hygiene even though there are no showers! Very clean bathrooms.

Hipcamper Paulina

Reserve a site off the main section of camp for more seclusion and closer access to the creek. Lots of bears here so make sure all your stuff is packed away.

Hipcamper Jeff

Head down to the beach on June Lake in the morning for a spectacular reflection of Carson Peak and the Sierra Nevada!

Hipcamper Andrea

Great primitive sites. Avoid the toilets and watch out for the mosquitoes.

Hipcamper Clara

This is a really beautiful little campground as it's right on the water! It's also in clear view of the 120 highway, though, so if you're looking to get away from automotive sounds this won't achieve that goal. Show up early to get these spots.

Hipcamper Pierre

It's a great campground in a beautiful piece of nature. Dogs are not allowed on the beach though.
Also, there are coin showers available at the little store nearby. Be aware that they open at 8am though. And you'll need coins sold by the shop that opens at 9am. So... show up at 9!

Hipcamper Greg

Stayed here on a solo photo adventure I was doing of the eastern sierras, Mono Lake and Bodie. Very convenient location to Mono Lake and Bodie. Many sites are right on the creek which is beautiful. I asked the camp host if he had firewood for sale which he did not but gave me a bundle of his personal firewood at no charge.

Hipcamper Rooney

First Come First Served. The sites fill up quick in the summer so get there early. Some sites are secluded but some are right next to each other. There is a lot of shade for most sites. There is access to June Lake from the campground but the actual swimming area is on the opposite side of the lake. Bathrooms are SUPER clean with running water in the sinks and toilets; toilet paper always full stocked. Very little bugs if at all (camped Aug 19-22nd 2016) although there are a few yellow jacket bees so be careful. Camp site is next to June Lake community gift shops, brewery and diner. When first arriving at June Lake there is a gas station and general store that has all the essentials (bug spray, firewood, ice, etc). Loved it here!

Hipcamper Sadie

This site is truly the dreamiest. We pitched at night when it was too dark to see and woke up the next morning to a beautiful, foggy aspen grove and the sound of a little creek. So much peace just outside of Yosemite and so close to Mono Lake! Mild winters make for amazing off-season camping.

Hipcamper Laura

Great campground, very clean. Amazing views from every site. Only $5 per night. Can be very windy, we switched from our tall tent to our short one. Amazing night sky. Close to town.

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One of the only places home to the California state fish, the Golden Trout! In fact, this national forest has all sorts of trout in abundance.

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South Lake is the best place to fish, and beautiful to boot.

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Grandview campground has THE best view of the night sky for epic stargazing.

Hipcamper Bernini

Bring cash and leave payment in the box.

Hipcamper Clara

This spot seems particularly friendly to RVs as most of the parking is on paved ground. Get here early to claim your site, it fills up really quickly in the summer.

Hipcamper Sarah

Beautiful spot! Tent camped here in the winter after hiking in from Iris Meadow Campground. Lots of snow for snowshoeing in, easy hike out on the road.

Hipcamper Nathan

Definitely not recommended for RVs or Trailers...not only because the road to the campground is an extreme grade, the campground loop and sites are just not set up for for RVs or trailers. Great place however for tent camping. Beautiful setting. Site 8 is +

Hipcamper Grace

A pristine campground with a neighborly but not necessarily nosy camper population. We had site 33, across from the spigot and vault toilets. The one downside of this campsite is its direct proximity to an RV space and our little bit of paradise next to the babbling creek was compromised by multiple turnovers of RV campers. Saw no bears but we keep a clean site. The campground hosts were sweet, the maintenance folks were exemplary in keeping the entire facility, most especially the vault toilets, hygienic and litter free. Go up to the Whitney Portal Cafe for burgers and bigger-than-your-head pancakes!

Hipcamper Pierre

We camped at Convict Lake in August and the temperature difference between day and night was impressive. Don't hesitate to wear warm clothes for the night, although morning becomes hot very fast.
Overall, this is such a relaxing place to camp!

Also, there is a convenient little store at the Resort. You'll pass in front of it while driving to the campground. They do breakfast burritos, and they do it well.

Hipcamper B

Not the most scenic camp spot but super convenient if you are looking to get in late night and out early morning to grab a permit for Inyo backcountry from the Lee Vining visitor center.

Hipcamper Ryan and Bernadette

Epic views of Convict Lake from this campground. We like wide camping sites with open space behind them so we choose site 22. There's no tree coverage in this area, but that allows for unobstructed views of the mountains and lake. Look between sites 60 - 80 to be in the trees and by the creek. Probably the most gorgeous scenery I've seen from the tent!

Hipcamper Ryan and Bernadette

Not a lot of tree coverage here, but that means 360 views of June Lake and the surrounding mountains. Make sure to book early so you can get a spot with a view of the lake (not all of them have it).

Hipcamper Terra

camped here in mid-October. It is a great campground, quiet, spacious spots. We stayed in #11, close to spigot & bathrooms. I would warn against trying to arrive in the dark, the road is narrow and numbers hard to see. We didn't get the chance to eat at the Whitney Café, but kept hearing good things. Also if they don't have what you need, just remember its about a 25 min drive back to town. We weren't here to conquer the summit, just to get our hike on. Made Lone Pine lake our destination, beautiful colors since the season was changing

Hipcamper Kristin

Great campground, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the town. There are two ways to get into the campground, both involving partial unpaved road. If you are coming from Bishop, take my advice and don't follow the google map directions (turning from the highway). Go into town, make a left on the road with the shell station/rite aid on the corners, make another left onto Sherwin Creek Rd. 3.5 miles unpaved vs. 1 mile unpaved. You're welcome.
We stayed in a tent site (site #1). It was spacious and adjacent to the parking area. Restrooms and water nearby. We booked our site online which can be hit or miss, but we were very happy with our selection. We weren't on the creek (site #7, I believe is right up next to it) but you could hear it

Hipcamper Sarah

This place must be a hidden gem. Very surprised not to see any reviews on it yet! We stayed here in May and had an amazing time. Some guy took our reserved campsite claiming it was a mixup with the camp host, but the site we ended up in was way better, so the joke's on him! We had site 33, and it's surrounded on all sides by trees so you can't see your neighbor at all. It's also right between two (super clean) bathrooms. The waterfront sites look great for groups since they aren't clearly separated. 122 is another good site for a single family that is shaded and close to the water. The husband caught a couple of trout in Rock Creek. It got pretty cold at night, even in May, but the location and campground made it worth it.

Hipcamper Alex

Stayed here at site #7 in mid-October. The site was well laid out with plenty of space for two or three tents plus a bench and fire pit. It is also a drive up site so unpacking was easy. We had a few close neighbors but were also situated nearby to the stream which was pleasant to have throughout the night.
The site itself is at 8K+ feet and gets quite cold at night - especially in October. Come prepared as we did not see any rangers there.

Hipcamper Christopher

Camped here as a last resort because everywhere was filled up. Was here in August and the campground was maybe only half full so it was pretty quiet and felt kind of secluded. There are trees throughout the campground but they're smaller trees that don't always provide the best shade. The sites that are closest to the creek seemed like the best because there were more larger pine trees and you could see and hear the creek a lot more. This campground is pretty close to 395 so we could hear trucks and loud cars at night, so I recommend sites that are farther in at the south end of the campground. Overall the campground is really well maintained and the bathrooms are clean and stocked. Would camp here again if I had to but not my first choice.

Hipcamper Christopher

Really enjoyed camping here. Very forested and attractive camping spot. The campground gets very busy so there's not a lot of privacy, and it seems very family friendly. We did see bears in the area so make sure to use the provided bear boxes. The bathrooms were clean and stocked. There's a small creek that runs through the campground which is nice, and there are a lot of hiking trails and recreational opportunities right outside the campground. There's even a trail head to some lakes at the top of the campground. Overall I really enjoyed this campground and would come again.

Hipcamper Nicholas

It's a really cool drive up to Onion Valley Campground. The elevation gained is very impressive. The campground is usually booked out pretty far in advance. We went up the night to help acclimate with the elevation before a hike to Kearsarge Pass/Lakes (11,700ft)- we'd be carrying heavy packs so thought it'd smart. It was late September, so it was pretty cold up there at night ~35F so bundle up. Once the sun shows up, its plenty warm enough for long-sleeves. Facilities are kept very clean so that's a plus. The drive down is equally impressive- make sure you're brakes are decent:)

Hipcamper Fariss

Our favorite campsite that we found on our Yosemite trip.

Hipcamper Jeremy

We were able to grab a site right next to the creek, which actually makes for a lot of "white" noise at night, but was nice during the day. There are trout in the creek, which is cool to see. We did not see any bears, but were told by the camp host that a mother and two cubs came through during the night. So it is important to keep all food and toiletries in the bear box.

Hipcamper heather

Great spot in the late spring and fall! Very busy in the summer and hard to get a site.

Hipcamper Max

Astrophotography is spectacular under a clear sky with no moon.

Hipcamper Brian

Bears, noisy kids, people that don't comprehend mother nature :( Lots of kids screaming in the river meant no fish for us. NO CELL service!

Hipcamper Brian

Watch for rattlers! RV ok, but tent??? WE've seen rattle snakes there 3x

Hipcamper Brian

Some spots are nice, but 1/2 are in a strong wind tunnel, and 1/3 have no shade. It can get quite hot.

Hipcamper Brian

Tough to pull in a RV over 21' in most spots. Nice hosts, clean bathrooms and most people are good campers.

Hipcamper Charlie

Long drive from Las Vegas but worth it. Great hiking and the camp sites are very clean, spacious, and restrooms are nice.

Hipcamper renee

Nice little campground that was perfect weather and not too busy in late September. The sites are tiered so most of them are overlooking the lake. There is a hiking trail that loops around the lake that we didn't get to try, but definitely will be back. It's perfect because it's right outside of the east entrance to Yosemite.

Hipcamper William

Nice campground. Not too crowded on 6/10/17, only about a third of the sites were occupied. The views from the campground itself aren't all that "grand" (other than the stars). But there are tons of breathtaking views while driving/hiking nearby. The tight twisty road prevents most big RVs/Campers, which is nice for those of us who aren't in a house on wheels.

Hipcamper Margaret

Be prepared for bears! Make sure all food and toiletries are put away in the bear locker. Don't wait to clean up after you've eaten! I have definitely had a bear walk through my campsite before and was luckily ready to make some noise (and a dog in the next site over helped!). Beautiful campground close to many lakes, good rock climbing areas and places to rent a boat. Love it and continue to come back every summer in spite of the bears ;)

History of Inyo National Forest

The Inyo National Forest was established by proclamation on May 25, 1907 by President Teddy Roosevelt. This land, where the desert meets the mountains, was first reserved for its timber, water and forage. Thanks to decades of public management, the lands of the Inyo National Forest continue to supply clean water to over 3.8 million people, renewable forests, homes for wildlife from Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep to the Golden Trout, and the peace of the outdoors for nearly four million people annually. Since then Congress has expanded the forest and the associated Wilderness Areas several times. Today the Inyo encompasses over 2.1 million acres. The forest has the highest peak in the contiguous US, Mt. Whitney, the second oldest lake in North America, the second oldest tree in the world (or so the tree-aging experts tell us), and so much more.