Cottonwood Lakes Walk in Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Located in the Horseshoe Meadow Recreation Area, the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead campground has 13 walk-in sites suitable for backpackers and hikers to use the night before they are going to hike to Cottonwood Lakes. Self-register when you arrive. Sites include food storage boxes, tent pads, tables, fire grates, piped water, and toilet facilities.

The backpackers walk in campsites share parking with the Cottonwood Lakes trailhead.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No Water
Fees Walk in sites are $6.00 per night.
  • One night stay limit at campgrounds.
  • Campfires only in metal fire rings provided
  • Wood gathering is prohibited
  • Active bear area, bear boxes are provided and must be used (typical bear box size 48" x 30" x 36")
Closest Towns: Lone Pine, CA (full service, hospital)
Water: Piped / potable water. Water is off in the winter
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, Lone Pine, CA, 760-876-6200

General Information


From Highway 395, turn west at the stoplight at the center of Lone Pine, and follow Whitney Portal Road for 3 miles. Then turn south onto Horseshoe Meadow Road. The campground is 24 miles from the town of Lone Pine, California.

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