Big Pine Area


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Camping, fishing, hiking and backpacking draw many visitors to the Big Pine Creek Area every year.  Beautiful First Falls is a short walk from the picnick area. Longer hikes up the north fork trail leads to glacier fed lakes, First through Seventh lakes and great views into the Palisade Glacier Basin.  Overnight stays in the John Muir Wilderness require a wilderness permit.

At a Glance

Information Center: White Mountain Visitor Center ( 760) 873-2500.

General Information


From Big Pine drive west on Crocker St/Glacier Lodge Road approximately 10 miles to the campgrounds and trailhead parking.


Parking for Day Use and backpackers is at the end of the road.  Do not park in campgrounds unless registered.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Group Camping

Recreation areas with activity Group Camping: There are two group camps at Big Pine Creek. Both must be reserved in advance at or at 1-877-444-6777.

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping: Small RV's and trailers will find nice campsites in the Big Pine Creek Area. There are no hook-ups here. The road to the area is paved but narrow, steep and winding.
Pavement Type of Parking Paved parking.
Fire Information Fires permitted only in fireplaces provided.
Vehicle Clearence Always watch overhead for low hanging branches.

Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

There are three family campgrounds in the Big Pine Creek Area with a totasl of 79 campsites.  Click on each campground for specifics and reservation information.


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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