Whitney Portal Family Campground

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About Whitney Portal Family Campground

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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 Lone Pine, and has 43 single campsites; some may be reserved in advance, but others are only yours on a first-come, first-served basis. They make sure you’re stocked up with the goods, providing firewood, fire grates, piped water, and Read more...
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 Lone Pine, and has 43 single campsites; some may be reserved in advance, but others are only yours on a first-come, first-served basis. They make sure you’re stocked up with the goods, providing firewood, fire grates, piped water, and restrooms. When you’re done roasting those marshmallows to golden perfection at the end of the night, store your fixin’s and all other food in the provided bear box. The area is historically known to have a high level of bear activity, so make sure Smokey knows he’s not invited.
Fires are allowed
Potable water is available
Pets are allowed
  • Listing type: Public
  • No. of sites: 29
  • Phone: (760) 876-6219
  • Accessible by: Drive, Walk
  • Accommodation: Tent Only, Tent, Vehicles & RVs

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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Hipcamper Brenda

Area is absolutely beautiful. Drive is easy, just 10 minutes off the 395 North. Campsites are all full of trees, lots of shade. You can hear the rush of Whitney creek even when you're not right next to it. We stayed in the first site you come to as you drive into the campgrund--site 42. It was a Wed. in August and no one was in the sites around us. Even with use of bear box and keeping food within arms reach, bear came within 2-3 feet of my friend and took our food. Bear would not be scared away even with yelling and rocks being thrown. We went to find campground host, and the sign on the door said: Don't knock for bears. I can do nothing. In the morning, had conversation with host and he said bear encounters were happening every day.

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Hipcamper Jake

You don't have to be summiting Mt. Whitney to enjoy this spot! But since you're here.....

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Park
Inyo National Forest
State
California
Phone Number
(760) 876-6219
Directions
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Coordinates
36.59° N, 118.23° W
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