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Attention: UPPER SAGE FLAT will be closed from Sept. 11, 2014 thru the end of 2014 season.

UPPER SAGE FLAT, CA

part ofInyo National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: UPPER SAGE FLAT
Status: Open through Thu Oct 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Take the family to Upper Sage for a pleasant camping trip along the banks of Big Pine Creek. Here, visitors can experience the beauty of the creek that runs along the base of a narrow canyon. Visitors can swim or fish, in the creek that is stocked annually with trout, or head to a nearby lake for power boating.

Natural Features:

The campground is sprawled out along Big Pine Creek beneath shady Jeffrey pines and cottonwoods, just 9 miles west of the town of Big Pine.

Inyo National Forest is home to many natural wonders, including Mt. Whitney, Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes Basin, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest atop the White Mountains.

Bristlecone pines rank as the oldest trees in the world and have achieved immense scientific and cultural importance.

Recreation:

Rainbow, brown, brook and alpers trout swim in the stream, enticing anglers. Hikers are fans of the Big Pine Creek Trail, a 1.5-mile footpath that provides access to the John Muir Wilderness trails.

Facilities:

Parking aprons are paved and most are 40 feet long. Amenities include flush toilets, drinking water, picnic tables and campfire rings.

Nearby Attractions:

Head to the neighboring John Muir Wilderness for incredible views of Palisades Glacier, the southern-most glacier in the country. Nearby Tinemaha Reservoir provides additional fishing opportunities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • Bears frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • Outside peak season, campsites are open for walk-ins
  • For more information on Inyo National Forest, click here
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):
37.12583, -118.43389
37°7'33"N, 118°26'2"W

In Big Pine, on US Highway 395, turn west at the yellow flashing traffic light onto Crocker Street (Big Canyon Road). Continue on this road for 9 miles to campground, on your left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

UPPER SAGE FLAT
INYO
  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (760)872-7018
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