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Attention: Due to snow, this facility will not be open until May 26, 2014.

ONION VALLEY, CA

Photo: ONION VALLEY
Status: Closed through Tue Apr 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

This quiet campground is set amidst breathtaking scenery of rugged mountain peaks, thick forests and waterfalls in the Onion Valley area of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Its location on the creek and proximity to the John Muir Wilderness make it a popular hub for hikers, anglers, photographers and those who want to relax in a peaceful, natural setting.

Natural Features:

Situated at an elevation of 9,200 feet, the campground is surrounded by the towering peaks of the John Muir Wilderness and immersed in shrubs, lodgepole pine and aspens. Lovely wildflowers color the landscape in late spring and early summer. The campground is adjacent to a creek and lake.

The area is home to abundant wildlife, including black bear,which frequent the campground, mountain lions, mule deer, pine martin, pika and many species of fish and birds.

Recreation:

Majestic scenery and challenging trails draw campers to the Onion Valley area for hiking and horseback riding. The campground is near Kearsarge Pass, Robinson Lake and Golden Trout Lakes Trailheads, which access several alpine lakes and mountain peaks within the John Muir Wilderness, as well as Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

The eastern Sierras are also known for exceptional trout fishing. From the campground, anglers can try for rainbow, brown, brook and Alpers trout in Robinson Lake and a nearby creek.

Facilities:

The campground is tucked away near the end of Onion Valley Road. Campsites are private and primitive, and every site has a scenic view. Amenities include flush toilets, drinking water and bear-proof food storage lockers, which campers are required to use. Firewood is for sale on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

Campers can enter the John Muir Wilderness, a land of lofty snow-capped mountains, deep canyons and vast expanses of glacially carved terrain, via nearby trails. Some trails lead into Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to the west.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Pets Allowed
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Trailers are not recommended; tent trailers are permissible
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers and remove all food from area after eating; do not leave food in car; always keep a clean camp and do not feed any wild animals; campground is patrolled at night by security teams during periods of high bear activity
  • Extra vehicle fee of $7 collected upon arrival
  • Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Click here for more information about Inyo National Forest
  • Click here for more information about the John Muir Wilderness
  • Click here for more information about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Hiking within the Inyo Wilderness requires a special permit for both day and overnight stays. These permits are managed through a limited allocation system. Please CLICK HERE if you are interested in more information on these permits.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.77472, -118.34556
36°46'29"N, 118°20'44"W

The campground is 13 miles west of the town of Independence, California. Take U.S. Highway 395 to Independence. Turn west on Market Street, which turns into Onion Valley Road. Follow Onion Valley Road for 13 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ONION VALLEY
Independence
CA

Phone Number:

Information: (760)937-6070