Big Pine Creek Campground

Inyo National Forest

Big Pine Creek from Owens Valley

Big Pine Creek Campground,   Inyo National Forest, CA

Big Pine Creek Campground

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

South of Mammoth Lakes are a number of wonderful camping areas along the Eastern Sierra. Among them are Convict Lake, Rock Creek, Sabrina Lake, South Lake, and Big Pine.

  • Great fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley
  • Wonderful hiking trails leading into the Sierra Nevada
  • Close to beautiful Mammoth Lakes
  • Take a day hike up the trail into Little Lakes Valley
  • Spend a day at Rock Creek Lake's beach area, swimming and fishing
  • Go on a trail ride with Rock Creek Pack Station or near Lake Sabrina and North Lake see Bishop Pack Outfitters.
  • Mountain bike along challenging trails in the Rock Creek area.
  • Fish for trout in popular Bishop Creek or nearby Lake Sabrina and South Lake.
  • Hike up Big Pine Creek past waterfalls to actor Lon Chaney's wilderness cabin.

Key Inyo National Forest Camping Regulations

  1. Fires only in fire rings
  2. Quiet Hours: 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM
  3. Generators allowed only during non-quiet hours; three-hour maximum run time and must be attended while running.
  4. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times. No more than 2 pets per campsite
  5. To avoid problems with bears campers are required to store food and scented items in bear-proof lockers.

Big Pine Creek Campgound

Big Pine Creek Campground is at the head of Glacier Lodge Road and adjacent to Glacier Lodge. Although a 1998 fire destroyed the main lodge, cabins are available for rent and a store is open. Anglers try their luck in Big Pine Creek with good success. Trails lead up to the spectacular Big Pine Lakes. Jagged peaks around the Palisades attract mountaineers.

Big Pine Creek Campground has 30 campsites. Most of the sites can be reserved ahead of time, while 5 are set aside for first-come, first-served campers. Four sites are designated as tents-only. The rest of the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. The maximum length of stay at the campground is 14 days.

Campground Basics
Location: Glacier Lodge Road, 11 miles west of the town of Big Pine on Highway 395
Elevation: 7,600 feet
Mileage from major cities: 302 miles north of Los Angeles
175 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 30
Open - Closed: Early May through October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 2nd vehicle $7
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Recreation Resource Management for Inyo National Forest
Information - Inyo NF, Bishop (760) 873-2400

Reservations available whenever campground is open, available up to 6 months in advance
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 22 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated, but some sites are accessible
Fees: $23 per night
Reservations: Big Pine Creek Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Big Pine Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Big Pine Creek, uphill trails leading past waterfalls to Lon Chaney's wilderness cabin and on to Big Pine Lakes. Glacier Lodge.
Glacier Pack Train (760-938-2538); mountain climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding
More Information: For information about backpacking in the area, Lon Chaney's cabin, and artist Robert Clunie, see High Sierra Trails - Big Pine Lakes

Big Pine Creek Campground,   Inyo National Forest, CA

Big Pine Creek Campground

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite. Purchase firewood locally to avoid spreading pests.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.


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