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Onion Valley Campground (California) Make a Reservation

760 937-6070
36.77472 / -118.34556

Situated at an elevation of 9,200 feet, Onion Valley 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.

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4 Replies to “Onion Valley”

  1. Charles Raynaud says:

    We will be camping one night at onion valley then heading to kearsarge pass trail for a resuply meet on the jmt. Is a permit reguired

  2. Sambieni says:

    Appears the campground now closed for most of the summer. Anywhere close proximity for dispersed camping at elevation? Need to acclimate for kearsarge pass the next day.

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Sorry to hear Onion Valley is still closed – probably still due to the snowpack. CampsitePhotos.com does have almost all of the campgrounds photographed in the Eastern Sierra. Unfortunately there isn’t a (drive to) campground at elevation near Onion Valley / Kearsarge Pass. Of course there is Whitney Portal (some walk in sites may be available), but that’s a 50-60 mile drive (to the south). Horseshoe Meadows is another option (off of Whitney Portal road) at about 10K feet, but that’s a bit further to Onion Valley.

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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.

  • BBQ Grills
  • Campsite Tables
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Pets OK
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
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