Palisade Glacier Group Campground

Inyo National Forest

Big Pine Creek from Owens Valley

Palisade Glacier Group Campground, Big Pine Creek,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Palisade Glacier Group 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.

Palisade Glacier Group Campground

Palisade Glacier Group Campground is along Big Pine Creek in the Inyo National Forest, 10 miles west of the town of Big Pine. The campground is between Clyde Glacier Group Campground and Upper Sage Flat Campground.

Visitors to the Big Pine Creek region enjoy beautiful mountain scenery with mature forests of pines, aspens, and cottonwoods. Big Pine Creek, which runs past the campground, is stocked annually with trout. Nearby trails lead up to the spectacular Big Pine Lakes and other destinations in the John Muir Wilderness. Mountaineers are drawn to the Palisades and other jagged peaks along the Sierra Crest.

Palisade Glacier Group Campground has 1 tents-only campsite for groups up to 20 people and 5 vehicles. The campsite is small and is bordered by Upper Sage Flat Campground, Clyde Glacier Group Camp, and the road. Nearby highway noise can be heard in the campground.

The reservation website lumps Palisade Glacier and Clyde Glacier group camps together on a single page titled Big Pine Canyon. The two camps are side-by-side along Big Pine Creek. Clyde Glacier is the nicer of the two.

Campground Basics
Location: Glacier Lodge Road, 10 miles west of the town of Big Pine on Highway 395
Elevation: 7,490 feet
Mileage from major cities: 302 miles north of Los Angeles
175 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 1
Open - Closed: Mid-May through mid-October
Max. People per Site: 20
Vehicles per Site: 5 (no RVs)
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Inyo National Forest
Information - Inyo NF, Bishop (760) 873-2400

Reservations required whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 4 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 20 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated, but some sites are accessible
Fees: $75 per night
Reservations: Palisade Glacier Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Palisade Glacier Group 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. Footbridge to trail leading up south side of creek one mile to Glacier Lodge with cabin rentals and a store. 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

Lon Chaney cabin near Big Pine Lakes, Inyo National Forest, CA

Actor Lon Chaney's Cabin

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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