Cottonwood Lakes Walk in Campground

Area Status: 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, and toilet facilities. No water avialable.

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

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations. Self-register at campground.
Fees: $10.00 per night during summer season.
  • 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: No water available.
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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