Southern Eastern Sierra Attractions and Activities
South of Mammoth Lakes are a number of wonderful camping areas along the Eastern Sierra. Among them are Convict Lake, Rock Creek, Sabrina Lake, South Lake, and Big Pine.
Before or after hiking, campers at Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground may enjoy visiting some of these destinations.
Enjoy a day at Rock Creek Lake's beach area, swimming and fishing.
Fish for trout in popular Bishop Creek or nearby Lake Sabrina and South Lake.
Hike up Big Pine Creek past waterfalls to actor Lon Chaney's wilderness cabin.
Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground is located at the end of Horseshoe Meadow Road in the Inyo National Forest. The campground is 24 miles southwest of the town of Lone Pine. At 10,000 feet in elevation, Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground makes a good place to spend a night before setting off into the John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia National Park.
Many hikers set out for Cottonwood Lakes (6 miles) either as a day hike or overnight trip. The summit of nearby Mount Langley attracts adventurous mountaineers. Other backpackers cross New Army Pass to connect with the Pacific Crest Trail or press on to climb Mt. Whitney from the western side. Some hikers continue west into the magnificent Kern River Canyon.
Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground has 12 walk-in campsites with tent pads. Visitors are limited to a one night stay at the campground. Picnic tables and fire grates are shared. Those who want a campfire should bring their own firewood since none is available at the campground. Boxes of firewood are sold at a roadside stand about 7 miles up Horseshoe Meadow Road. Cottonwood Pass Trailhead Campground and Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian Campground are nearby.
Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Vault toilets, tap water
Attractions near Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground:
Find hiking trails to Cottonwood Lakes and New Army Pass, connecting to the Pacific Crest Trail and other destinations in the John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia National Park. Visit the old Cottonwood Sawmill site.
General Camping Information
Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite. Purchase firewood locally to avoid spreading pests.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.