Onion Valley Campground
Onion Valley Campground is at the end of Onion Valley Road in the Inyo National Forest, 14 miles west of Independence. With the main trailhead only yards from the campground, it is popular with those planning to hike into the John Muir Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park. After hiking a little more than a mile, visitors begin to pass a series of scenic lakes such Gilbert Lake (shown above). The trail continues over 11,800-foot Kearsarge Pass into Kings Canyon National Park, connecting with the John Muir Trail. Others at Onion Valley Campground enjoy photography, fishing, and simply soaking in the magnificent scenery.
Onion Valley Campground has 30 campsites. Most of the sites have good privacy and shade from trees. Nearly every site has wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. Two campsites are designated for tents-only and another 7 are walk-in campsites. The remainder can accommodate small RVs, tent trailers, and tents. Large vehicles are not recommended. Most sites can be reserved ahead of time. Some are designated as Management, which means that the reservation is not site-specific. For those reservations, a specific campsite will be assigned upon arrival. Other campsites are available for site-specific reservations.
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.