Onion Valley Area

Trails from Onion Valley provide acces to the John Muir Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park. In the spring, Onion Valley is popular with backcountry skiers and snowboarders. The road to Onion Valley is usually open from May to November.

Download area map for trail names

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Independence, CA
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Information Center:
  • Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center: (760) 876-6200
  • Weather forecast
  • 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. For more information about traveling in bear country, click here...

General Information


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 road is usually open from May to November, depending on snow conditions.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

See "Backpacking" for more day hiking trails.


Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:
Permit required?: Y

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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9,2000 ft