Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground

Area Status: Open

Located near the overflow and hiker parking lots at Whitney Portal, all 25 sites are walk-in campsites. Camping is not allowed in the parking lot. Mt. Whitney trailhead parking is adjacent to the upper campsites, additional ravine campsites are below the overflow parking lot. Sites have flat tent pads, fire grates, piped water, and restrooms. One night stay limit.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open. Campfires only in provided campfire ring.
Reservations: No reservations, register at campground sign in hiker parking lot.
Fees: $18.00 per night.
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: July-September
Restrictions: 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
Water: Water system is shut off.
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Interagency America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passes are accepted for half priced camping. Follow the instructions on the bulletin board at the campground entrance or see the camp host.
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center (760) 876-6200

General Information


From Highway 395 in Lone Pine, CA, turn west (at the stoplight) onto Whitney Portal Road and go 16 miles to the end of the road. Parking for the walk in campground is at the hiker and overflow parking lots at Whitney Portal.

General Notes:

Traveling in Bear Country

Historically, there has been a high level of bear activity in the Mt. Whitney area. Bear-proof lockers are located in the parking area at Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground. All food and scented items must be stored in the lockers. All trash must be disposed of in the bear proof trash receptacles. Do not store food, trash or scented items in your vehicle.

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