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Onion Valley Campground Inyo National Forest California

Onion Valley Overview

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Onion Valley Campground has 30 single-family campsites and  sits at an elevation of 9,200 feet offering breathtaking views of the mountain peaks of the Sierra Nevada. The campground is usually open mid-May to mid-October and is very close to Independence Creek and the John Muir Wilderness. The Kearsage Pass Trailhead is also 1/4 mile from the campground.

Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and small RVs. Seven of the campsites are walk-in, tent-only campsites (16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 and 25). Each site also has a table, food storage locker, fire ring and grate. The campground has drinking water and flush toilets. Firewood is also available for sale from the campground host.

Onion Valley Area Recreation

Outdoor recreation in the area includes hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, stargazing and wildlife viewing.

Grays Meadow Campground (Upper & Lower) is about 7 miles down the road from Onion Valley Campground.

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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
  • Walking Trails
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
Onion Valley Road
Indpendence, California 93526
760 937-6070
Lat / Long:

36.77472, -118.34556

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Best Campsites

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Regions
Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Season:

Mid May – Mid October

Elevation:

9,200

# of Campsites:

30

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Onion Valley Sign
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Onion Valley Comments & Reviews

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10 Comments on “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.

    • 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. 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?

  4. krystle dawn says:

    HI ! We were wondering if we needed a permit to camp on the trail at onion valley. the camp ground id full and we were thinking to camp in between the lakes on this trail… is that possiable and would we need a permit ?

    • Hi Krystle,
      You are correct that you’ll need a backcountry/wilderness permit to spend the night on the trail and/or in designated backcountry campsites. The Inyo National Forest issues those permits and you can click HERE for more info.

  5. Hoyt Temple says:

    Considering deer hunting this area in late October of this year, will the campground still be open? Is there water? We will be in a tent with heater. Not familiar with this area at all, any comments would be much appreciated.

    • Hi Hoyt,
      Onion Valley campground may still be open in late October (depending on weather), but I recommend calling the ranger district to double check at: 760 937-6070

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