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LONE PINE, CA

part ofInyo National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: LONE PINE
Status: Open through Thu Oct 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Lone Pine Campground is located near the base of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States, offering unparalleled views of the mountain and surrounding peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

An abundance of fishing and hiking opportunities can be found both in and around Lone Pine.

Natural Features:

The campground is nestled in sagebrush alongside Lone Pine Creek. At an elevation of 6,000 feet, the location offers clear views of surrounding granite peaks. Desert wildflowers add brilliant colors to the landscape in spring.

The area is home to abundant wildlife, including black bear, mountain lions, mule deer, pine martin, pika and many species of fish and birds. This campground is especially prone to bear activity.

Recreation:

Hikers are drawn to the majestic scenery and challenging trails of the Whitney Portal area. Trails lead to the John Muir Wilderness, including Mt. Whitney, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. The Mt. Whitney trailhead is just 7 miles away.

The less challenging National Recreation Trail connects Lone Pine Campground to Whitney Portal and its picnic area and fishing pond.

The eastern Sierras are also known for exceptional trout fishing, and anglers can access Lone Pine Creek and a nearby pond.

Facilities:

Lone Pine is especially popular for RV camping. There are also a few tent-only sites and one tent-only group site that can accommodate up to 15 guests. Campsites are arranged around a single loop and have little to no shade or privacy due to the desert landscape.

Firewood is available for purchase on-site, and showers are located 8 miles west of the campground at the Portal Store.

Nearby Attractions:

Campers can enter the John Muir Wilderness, a land of lofty snow-capped mountains, deep canyons and vast expanses of glacially carved terrain, via nearby trails. Mt. Whitney is within the wilderness area and entry is available by lottery for experienced hikers.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Hiking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnicking
  • Scenic Drive
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Hiking Mt. Whitney requires a permit and specific regulations apply; click here for more info
  • No off-road vehicles allowed in the campground
  • Campers must check-in with host upon arrival and bring their confirmation letter
  • Limit 2 vehicles or 1 RV per site
  • $5 extra vehicle fee collected at the campground
  • First-come, first-served sites may be available
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers and remove all food from area after eating; do not leave food in car; always keep a clean camp and do not feed any wild animals
  • Click here for more information about Inyo National Forest
  • Click here for more info about the John Muir Wilderness
Hiking within the Inyo Wilderness requires a special permit for both day and 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):
36.59761, -118.18481
36°35'51"N, 118°11'5"W

From U.S. Highway 395 in California, travel to the town of Lone Pine. The campground is 6 miles west of Lone Pine on Whitney Portal Road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LONE PINE
INYO NATIONAL FOREST
LONE PINE  CA  93545

Phone Number:

Information:  (760)937-6070
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