Big Pine and Independence Area Campgrounds

Big Pine, California

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This area includes the immediate eastern vicinity of Kings Canyon National Park. The park offers wonderful vistas, giant sequoia groves, and scenic trails. However, it does not have a monopoly on such scenic attractions. The upper portion of Sequoia National Forest fits around the northern part of the park like a giant jigsaw-puzzle piece, adding to the area’s appeal and augmenting its campgrounds. On the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, high-country attractions such as the southernmost glacier in North America and the alpine lakes of Big Pine Creek Valley draw hikers, backpackers, and equestrians. The northern portion of the Sequoia National Forest contains more than a dozen groves of giant sequoia, many of them accessible only by unimproved roads or on foot. The Boole Tree, in Converse Mountain Grove, is the largest sequoia in a national forest, and Hume Lake is a popular water-sports location. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Baker Creek County Park, Big Pine Triangle County Park, Sage Flat, Upper Sage Flat, Palisade / Clyde, Big Pine Creek, Tinnemaha, Taboose Creek, Goodale Creek, Oak Creek, Independence Creek, Grays Meadow, and Onion Valley.
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Camping Southern California

by Richard McMahon (Falcon Guides)

This area includes the immediate eastern vicinity of Kings Canyon National Park. The park offers wonderful vistas, giant sequoia groves, and scenic trails. However, it does not have a monopoly on such scenic attractions. The upper portion of Sequoia National Forest fits around the northern part of the park like a giant jigsaw-puzzle piece, adding to the area’s appeal and augmenting its campgrounds. On the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada, high-country attractions such as the southernmost glacier in North America and the alpine lakes of Big Pine Creek Valley draw hikers, backpackers, and equestrians. The northern portion of the Sequoia National Forest contains more than a dozen groves of giant sequoia, many of them accessible only by unimproved roads or on foot. The Boole Tree, in Converse Mountain Grove, is the largest sequoia in a national forest, and Hume Lake is a popular water-sports location. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Baker Creek County Park, Big Pine Triangle County Park, Sage Flat, Upper Sage Flat, Palisade / Clyde, Big Pine Creek, Tinnemaha, Taboose Creek, Goodale Creek, Oak Creek, Independence Creek, Grays Meadow, and Onion Valley.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Big Pine
Campsites: 13 Separate campgrounds
Season & Limits: All year, but many only open spring to fall
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest; Inyo County Department of Parks and Recreation
Topo Map: Big Pine and Independence Area Campgrounds Topographic Map
Guide Book: Camping Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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