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BIG PINE CREEK CAMPGROUND, CA

part ofInyo National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: BIG PINE CREEK CAMPGROUND
Status: Open through Wed Oct 15 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Big Pine Creek Campground, surrounded by sprawling meadows and towering trees, is perfectly situated in the scenic Big Pine Canyon. Campsites are perched along the cool, fish-filled waters of Big Pine Creek.

Big Pine Canyon is heralded for having both the largest and southern most glaciers in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The campground sits at 7,600 feet elevation among vegetation like Jeffrey pine, sagebrush, aspen and cottonwood trees.

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:

The creek and nearby Big Pine Lakes are great for fishing. Both water spots have rainbow, brown and brook trout.

The North Fork Trail gives hikers access to Big Pine Lakes and the Palisade Glacier. The trail climbs past waterfalls and zigzags through Jeffrey pine, manzanita and sage before it reaches Big Pine Lakes.

Facilities:

This is a family-friendly and pet-friendly campground. Some campsites boast creek-front access, and each site accommodates a maximum of six campers. Drinking water and vault toilets are provided for basic conveniences. Firewood is sold on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

Glaciers in the nearby John Muir Wilderness make 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
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Vault Toilets
Less Than 1 Mile
  • General Store
Know Before You Go
  • Electric hookups are not available
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • Limit one RV or two vehicles per site
  • Please check in with the campground host upon arrival
  • Click here for more information about the Inyo 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):
37.12583, -118.4325
37°7'33"N, 118°25'57"W

From Highway 395, turn west on Crocker Street in Big Pine, the continue west up Big Pine Canyon Road for 10 miles to end of road. Turn left crossing Big Pine Creek and left again past Glacier Lodge for 100 yards.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BIG PINE CREEK CAMPGROUND
INYO
  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (760)935-4339
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