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 reunion gathering, a bunch of your (cool) coworkers, or the people from that book club you joined forever ago and kinda sorta forgot to go to the past few meetings. At $70 a night, this place is a steal for a group. Whether you’re staying at a campsite or in a cabin, you’ll be decked out with firewood, fire grates, piped water, and a restroom. The area is known to have a high level of bear activity, so be sure to store all your food in the provided bear box; you don’t want an unexpected furry friend showing up to the party.
Campsite area
Bring your own
0 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


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There are single tracks and dirt roads here, offering something for bikers of all levels. The easy trails include a 1.2 mile lo...Read more


Sabrina Lake has a boat launch, rentals, marina and tackle shop, and there are no fees! Ideal for summertime fishing. The...Read more


Did we mention there are over 400 lakes and 1,000 miles of rivers and streams? No? Well, you can imagine how great the fishing ...Read more


There are so many trails here! You can explore the breathtaking mountains, see the hundreds of lakes and never run into another...Read more

Horseback riding

There are a good number of horse campgrounds to stay at, as well as pack stations that will give you all of the info you need, ...Read more


Many of the lakes allow non-motorized boating, which means kayakers, canoers, and other small paddling boats are welcome out in...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

There’s an expansive network of routes for off-road vehicles to explore: spanning 2,000 miles, you can drive up into the mounta...Read more


Mountain climbers and boulderers will find enough ground to play on. Mammoth Lakes has some moderate climbs, with great names l...Read more

Snow sports

Thanks to the abundant snowfall, cross country skiers have plenty to explore, especially in the Mammoth Lakes area. Gorp offers...Read more


June Lake has a swimming beach to suit all your swimming needs, and there is a solid number of campgrounds that offer swimming ...Read more

Wildlife watching

The Inyo forest is home to black bears, mountain lions, mule deer, pine marten, pika, coyotes, raccoons, bobcats, martens, foxe...Read more


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Hipcamper Anna
Anna P.
recommends this listing.
September 12th, 2017

I've gotten lucky finding a spot the night of both times visiting Whitney Portal, but wouldn't recommend that method as it books up here fast! Try and book beforehand.

Hipcamper Megan
Megan G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 9th, 2018

My friends and I scored permits to hike Mount Whitney but, unfortunately, this campsite was already filled up. LUCKILY, they offer two first come, first serve sites! When we got up there on a Thursday night, the easy access first come loop was full but the Ravine first come, first serve site had spots. It is a walk in site so you will have to maneuver bringing in your gear. But, it's clean with plenty of bear boxes (use them, we had a bear trying to break into that thing every night) and a beautiful river right next to us. The only downside is that the sites are super close to each other.
But, perfect launch point if you have a day pass to hike whitney!

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Hipcamper Ian
Ian M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 14th, 2019

Beautiful camping and close to a rushing creek, easy to sleep in for sure. Tons of great hiking and a short trip down to the Alabama Hills for rock climbing. We've stayed here multiple times and can't wait to go back again.

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Inyo National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(760) 876-6219
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36.589° N, 118.23° W

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