Big Trees Campground

Inyo National Forest

Lake Sabrina

Big Trees Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Big Trees Campground

Southern Eastern Sierra
Activities and Attractions

Many interesting areas to explore are spread along the Eastern Sierra. Among them are Sabrina Lake, Big Pine, Convict Lake, Rock Creek, and South Lake. For groups staying at Big Trees Campground, Bishop Creek and Lake Sabrina are near by.

  • Fish for trout in popular Bishop Creek or nearby Lake Sabrina and South Lake.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy wonderful hiking trails leading into the Sierra Nevada.
  • Find great fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley.
  • Enjoy wonderful hiking trails leading into the Sierra Nevada.
  • Mountain bike along several challenging trails in the Rock Creek area.
  • Hike up Big Pine Creek past waterfalls to actor Lon Chaney's wilderness cabin.
  • Spend days 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, swimming and fishing.

Key Big Trees Campground Regulations

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

Big Trees Campground

Big Trees Campground is off Highway 168 near Bishop Creek, 14½ miles west of Bishop. Access to the campground is 1 mile along Big Trees Road. Visitors to the campground enjoy a secluded site along the creek. Nearby Lake Sabrina and South Lake attract anglers who enjoy fishing from boats or float tubes. The speed limit on Lake Sabrina is 10 MPH. Anglers also find plenty of trout in Bishop Creek. Hikers often set out from the trailhead at Lake Sabrina into the Sabrina Basin for day trips or overnight stays at one of the many beautiful lakes. Photographers and nature lovers appreciate the fall color of the aspens along the valley.

Big Trees Campground has 16 campsites along Bishop Creek. All of the sites can accommodate small RVs, trailers, and tents. The maximum stay at the campground is 7 days.

Big Trees Campground Basics
Big Trees Campground Location: One mile off Lake Sabrina Road/Highway 168, 13½ miles west of Bishop
Elevation: 7,440 feet
Mileage from major cities: 281 miles north of Los Angeles
212 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 16
Open - Closed: Mid-May through mid-September
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 Inyo National Forest
Information - Inyo NF, Bishop (760) 873-2400

No Reservations First come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 22 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated, but some facilities are accessible
Fees: $26 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Big Trees Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: Available at nearby Four Jeffrey Campground
Attractions near Big Trees Campground: Make the short drive up to Lake Sabrina for fishing and boating. Lake Sabrina Landing has boat rentals, free launch ramp, tackle and bait, snacks and drinks, and a cafe. For a great adventure follow hiking trails into the Sabrina Basin. Have fun on trail rides and wilderness trips with Bishop Pack Outfitters.

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. The length of time campers may stay at a particular Forest Service campground varies. Usually it is 14 days, but some allow longer stays while a few of the most popular campgrounds limit stays to 7 days.

Accessible Sites

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

Bishop Creek,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Bishop Creek

Map of Campgrounds along Bishop Creek in the Inyo National Forest, including Big Trees Campground, CA


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