Big Pine Creek Campground

Inyo National Forest


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Big Pine Creek Campground,   Inyo National Forest, CA

Big Pine Creek Campground

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

All along the Eastern Sierra are wonderful places to explore for camping, fishing, and hiking. Campers at Big Pine Creek Campground, are right at the trailhead for Big Pine Lakes.

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

Key Big Pine Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Keep bears away by storing food and scented items in bear-proof lockers.
  2. Quiet Hours extend from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  3. Generators are allowed only during non-quiet hours; three-hour maximum run time and must be attended while running.
  4. Dogs must be always kept on leash and always attended. No more than 2 pets are allowed per campsite.
  5. Fires are only allowed in provided fire rings. Collect only down and dead firewood.

Big Pine Creek Campground

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.

Big Pine Creek Campground Basics
Big Pine Creek Campground 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 for Big Pine Creek Campground
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
Attractions near Big Pine Creek Campground: Fish along Big Pine Creek. Hike uphill trails leading past waterfalls to Lon Chaney's wilderness cabin and on to Big Pine Lakes. Visit nearby Glacier Lodge.
Glacier Pack Train (760-938-2538) can pack you and your group into wilderness camps. Test your skills at mountain climbing, mountain biking, or 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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