Robinson Lake Trail

  

Starting from the Onion Valley Campground, the Robinson Lake trail is rough and infrequently maintained trail that ends at Robinson Lake, in the John Muir Wilderness. Robinson Lake is a popular destination for day hikers.

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At a Glance

Reservations: Wilderness permits may be reserved up to 6 months in advance at Recreation.gov
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into wilderness areas. 
  • Obtain wilderness permits from any Inyo National Forest visitor center.
  • May 1 to November 1: Overnight visitors are limited to 60 people per day
Restrictions:
  • Campfires are prohibited
  • All food, trash and scented items must be stored in bear-proof containers, or counter balanced at least 15 feet above the ground, and 10 feet horizontally from a tree trunk.
  • Maximum group size is 15 people.
  • Not recommended for stock.
  • John Muir Wilderness regulations apply.
  • National Park Service regulations apply Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Closest Towns: Independence, CA
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead. Along trails, bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information

Directions:

From Highway 395, in Independence, CA:

  • Turn west on Market Street.
  • Onion Valley is about 15 miles west of in downtown Independence, at an elevation of about 9,600 feet.
  • The Robinson Basin trail begins at the east end of Onion Valley Campground, near Site #8.
  • The road is usually open from May to November, depending on snow conditions.

General Notes:

Traveling in Bear Country

Historically, there has been a high level of bear activity in the Onion Valley area. At the trailhead, all food, trash and scented items must be removed from vehicles and placed in the bear proof lockers and trash cans that are located in parking areas.

Along the Robinson Lake Trail, all food, trash and scented items must be stored in bear-proof containers, or counter balanced at least 15 feet above the ground and 10 feet horizontally from a tree trunk.

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