Sage Flat Campground

Inyo National Forest

Big Pine Creek from Owens Valley

Sage Flat Campground, Big Pine Creek,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Sage Flat Campground

Southern Eastern Sierra
Attractions and Activities

Up and down the Eastern Sierra are excellent places to explore for camping, fishing, and hiking. Campers at Sage Flat Campground along Big Pine Creek are close to rewarding fishing and many exciting mountain trails.

  • Hike up Big Pine Creek past waterfalls to actor Lon Chaney's wilderness cabin and Big Pine Lakes.
  • Fish for trout in popular Bishop Creek or nearby Lake Sabrina and South Lake.
  • Find excellent fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley.
  • Enjoy interesting hiking trails leading into the Sierra Nevada.
  • Head to the Rock Creek area for challenging mountain biking trails.
  • Go on a trail ride with Rock Creek Pack Station or near Lake Sabrina and North Lake see Bishop Pack Outfitters.
  • Find great fishing at Convict Lake, Rock Creek Lake, and Lake Crowley.
  • Spend days fishing and hiking among the beautiful Mammoth Lakes.
  • Take a day hike up the trail into Little Lakes Valley at Rock Creek.
  • Enjoy a day at Rock Creek Lake's beach area for swimming.

Key Sage Flat Campground Regulations

  1. Quiet Hours extend from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  2. Generators are allowed only during non-quiet hours; three-hour maximum run time and must be attended while running.
  3. Dogs must be always kept on leash and always attended. No more than 2 pets are allowed per campsite.
  4. Fires are only allowed in provided fire rings. Collect only down and dead firewood.
  5. Keep bears away by storing food and scented items in bear-proof lockers.

Sage Flat Campground

Sage Flat Campground is along Big Pine Creek in the Inyo National Forest, 9½ miles west of the town of Big Pine. Visitors to the Big Pine Creek area enjoy beautiful mountain scenery with mature forests of pines and aspens. Anglers have good success fishing in Big Pine Creek. Trails lead up to the spectacular Big Pine Lakes and other destinations in the John Muir Wilderness. Mountaineers are drawn by the jagged peaks along the Sierra Crest.

Sage Flat Campground has 28 campsites. Most of the campsites are well shaded among mature pines near the creek. The campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. The maximum length of stay at the campground is 14 days.

Sage Flat Campground Basics
Sage Flat Campground Location: Glacier Lodge Road, 9½ miles west of the town of Big Pine on Highway 395
Elevation: 7,350 feet
Mileage from major cities: 301 miles north of Los Angeles
174 miles south of Reno.
Number of Campsites: 28
Open - Closed: Mid-April through September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 2nd vehicle $7
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Recreation Resource Management for Inyo National Forest
Information -
Inyo NF, Bishop
(760) 873-2400

No Reservations First come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 35 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated, but some sites are accessible
Fees: $23 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Sage Flat Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, bear-proof food storage locker; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Sage Flat Campground: Fish up and down Big Pine Creek. Hike interesting trails leading past waterfalls to Lon Chaney's wilderness cabin and on to Big Pine Lakes. Visit nearby Glacier Lodge.
Glacier Pack Train (760-938-2538) can pack you and your group into wilderness camps. Head out mountain climbing, mountain biking, or horseback riding.
More Information: For information about backpacking in the area, Lon Chaney's cabin, and artist Robert Clunie, see High Sierra Trails - Big Pine Lakes

Big Pine Creek,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Big Pine Ceek Valley (April)

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.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.


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