BIG PINE CANYON, CA

Big Pine Canyon Recreation Area includes two group campground sites. Named for glaciers that can be seen at the end of the valley, Clyde Glacier Group Site and Palisade Glacier Group Site sit along Big Pine Creek.Big Pine Canyon is heralded for having both the largest and southern...
Status: Open through Wed Sep 10 2014   Season Dates

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Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Big Pine Canyon Recreation Area includes two group campground sites. Named for glaciers that can be seen at the end of the valley, Clyde Glacier Group Site and Palisade Glacier Group Site sit along Big Pine Creek.

Natural Features:

Big Pine Canyon is heralded for having both the largest and southern most glaciers in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Palisade Glacier, the largest, sits above Big Pine Lakes. These impressive glacial lakes at around 10,000 feet elevation are the source of the North Fork of Big Pine Creek. The South Fork is bordered by the Palisade Crest with peaks over 14,000 feet and Middle Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier.

Recreation:

Fishing is a popular activity in the creek and nearby lakes. Climbers make use of the steep, glacier-carved canyon walls for excellent climbing opportunities.

The North Fork Trail climbs past waterfalls and zigzags through Jeffrey pine, manzanita and sage before it reaches Big Pine Lakes with views of Palisade Glacier, the largest glacier.

The South Fork Trail climbs to small lakes fed by glacial waters from Norman Clyde and Middle Palisade Glaciers, the southernmost glaciers.

Facilities:

The Clyde Glacier standard campsite fits up to 25 guests. Parking includes two 35-foot and six 20-foot paved spaces. Palisades Glacier campsite is also paved and can accommodate 20 people for tent camping only.

Campfire rings and grills are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The glaciers in the nearby John Muir Wilderness provide an exciting hiking destination. A commercial pack station is within close proximity for horse enthusiasts looking for an outdoor adventure. A general store, pay showers and pond fishing can be found at a nearby resort.

Booking Window

GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Wed Jul 16 2014 - Sun Jul 12 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC

Wed Jul 16 2014 - Sun Jul 12 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 22 2014 Wed Sep 10 2014
Peak Wed May 20 2015 Tue Sep 08 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Pets Allowed
  • Vault Toilets
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 22 2014 -
Sep 10 2014
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $70.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $70.00
Peak Season
May 20 2015 -
Sep 08 2015
GROUP TENT ONLY AREA NONELECTRIC $70.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $70.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.12833, -118.42222
37°7'42"N, 118°25'20"W

From Highway 395 in Big Pine, California, turn west at flashing yellow traffic light and continue on Crocker Street/Big Pine Road for 9 miles. The group campground is just above Upper Sage Flat Campground on the left.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BIG PINE CANYON
INYO
  CA 

Phone Number:

Information:  (760)872-7018