Cottonwood Pass Trailhead Campground
Cottonwood Pass Trailhead Campground is located at the end of Horseshoe Meadow Road in the Inyo National Forest. The campground is 24 miles southwest of the town of Lone Pine. At nearly 10,000 feet in elevation, Cottonwood Pass Campground makes a good place to spend a night before setting off into the John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia National Park.
Many hikers cross New Army Pass or Cottonwood Pass to connect with the Pacific Crest Trail or press on to climb Mt. Whitney from the western side. Some hikers continue west into the magnificent Kern River Canyon. Others choose the 6-mile hike to Cottonwood Lakes.
Cottonwood Pass Trailhead Campground has 18 walk-in campsites with tent pads. Many of the sites have nice views of the surrounding mountains and meadows. Visitors are limited to a one night stay at the campground. Picnic tables and fire grates are available. Those who want a campfire should bring their own firewood since none is available at the campground. Boxes of firewood are sold at a roadside stand about 7 miles up Horseshoe Meadow Road. Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground, an equestrian camp, and a pack station are nearby.
2017 Winter Storm Damage to Horseshoe Meadow Road
Inyo National Forest Alert: "Horseshoe Meadows Road is partially open. The gate at Carroll Creek is open, the upper gate is closed. Full road opening is anticipated in June. Caution should be used in the section of road that is reduced to a single lane. Look ahead for oncoming vehicles. Yield to uphill traffic."
Inyo National Forest Alerts
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.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.