Sawmill Walk-in Campground

Area Status: Closed
Sawmill Campground

Located near the boundary of the Hoover Wilderness at an elevation of 9800 feet, Sawmill Campground is suited to backpack style camping as you will walk more than a quarter mile on a dirt trail to reach the 12 campsites.  Each site has a table, fire ring, and a food storage locker. Most sites have shade and room for up to two tents. Nearby Lee Vining Creek is the only water source, there is no piped water. Trash must be packed out. Two vault toilets are located between sites 8 and 9. There are 15 overnight parking spaces at the campground entrance from Saddlebag Road.

Hiking beyond the campground is day use only as you will enter into a research area. The Harvey Monroe Hall Natural Area has historical records to compare to current research for effects of climate change at high elevation. Please leave no trace and minimize impacts by staying on trails.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Anticipated Opening Date: 6/14/24
Reservations: No Reservations, Register at Campground. OPERATED BY:  RRM-CLM Services, DBA Inyo Recreation, 11811 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028.
Fees: $21 per night.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Active bear area, bear boxes are provided and must be used (typical bear box size 48" x 30" x 36").
Closest Towns: Lee Vining, CA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information


From US 395 at Lee Vining, go west on CA 120, then north on Saddlebag Lake Road- Forest Road 04

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9,800 ft