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BIG PINE CANYON, CA

part ofInyo National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: BIG PINE CANYON
Status: Open through Wed Sep 10 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Big Pine Canyon Recreation Area includes two group campground sites. Named for glaciers that can be seen at the end of the valley, Clyde Glacier Group Site and Palisade Glacier Group Site sit along Big Pine Creek.

Natural Features:

Big Pine Canyon is heralded for having both the largest and southern most glaciers in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Palisade Glacier, the largest, sits above Big Pine Lakes. These impressive glacial lakes at around 10,000 feet elevation are the source of the North Fork of Big Pine Creek. The South Fork is bordered by the Palisade Crest with peaks over 14,000 feet and Middle Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier.

Recreation:

Fishing is a popular activity in the creek and nearby lakes. Climbers make use of the steep, glacier-carved canyon walls for excellent climbing opportunities.

The North Fork Trail climbs past waterfalls and zigzags through Jeffrey pine, manzanita and sage before it reaches Big Pine Lakes with views of Palisade Glacier, the largest glacier.

The South Fork Trail climbs to small lakes fed by glacial waters from Norman Clyde and Middle Palisade Glaciers, the southernmost glaciers.

Facilities:

The Clyde Glacier standard campsite fits up to 25 guests. Parking includes two 35-foot and six 20-foot paved spaces. Palisades Glacier campsite is also paved and can accommodate 20 people for tent camping only.

Campfire rings and grills are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The glaciers in the nearby John Muir Wilderness provide an exciting hiking destination. A commercial pack station is within close proximity for horse enthusiasts looking for an outdoor adventure. A general store, pay showers and pond fishing can be found at a nearby resort.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Pets Allowed
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Please check in with campground host upon arrival
  • Click here for more info about the Carson National Forest
Hiking within the Inyo Wilderness requires a special permit for overnight stays. These permits are managed through a limited allocation system. Please CLICK HERE if you are interested in more information on these permits.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.12833, -118.42222
37°7'42"N, 118°25'20"W

From Highway 395 in Big Pine, California, turn west at flashing yellow traffic light and continue on Crocker Street/Big Pine Road for 9 miles. The group campground is just above Upper Sage Flat Campground on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BIG PINE CANYON
INYO
  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (760)872-7018
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