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Onion Valley Campground (California) Make a Reservation

California
760 937-6070
36.77472, -118.34556
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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.

Onion Valley Campground has 30 single-family campsites including several walk-in tent only sites. The walk-in tent only sites are: 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 and 25. 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 vault toilets, drinking water and bear-proof food storage lockers, which campers are required to use. Firewood is for sale on-site.

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6 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.

  3. Megan says:

    Heading up to Onion Valley in early October. Does anyone know if water is available at the campground or do I need to bring in?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Megan,

      According to the USFS there is no water at the campground so you should bring.

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Directions:

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.

Amenities
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campsite Tables
  • Comfort Station
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • Wood
Activities
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Creek
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Stargazing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Regions
  • Mountains
  • National Forest
  • Sierra Nevada
  • West
Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Best Campsites:

11

Season:

From: Mid May To: Mid October

Elevation:

9,200

# of Campsites:

30