There must be hundreds of thousands of campgrounds across the United States of America some with charm and significance of their own. Lone Pine Campground is more than just a place to pass the night before a climb. This campground is nestled at the foot of Mount Whitney group. It is perfectly positioned to watch the first rays of the sun on one of the most picturesque mountain sceneries in the Sierra Nevada Range.
Lone Pine Campground is not very large, only 43 sites with an upper and a lower loop including a family site and a few walk-in sites. Most of the sites are next to a running creek with willow trees and cottonwoods. The sites include a fire pit, a picnic bench and a bear box. The bathrooms are never very far and the drinking water may be taken from the nearby spigots. For those who like to hike to Whitney Portal from here, the trailhead is located along the upper loop.
Note: There is significant bear activity in and around this campground. Make sure to lock up all your food and toiletries in the bear box.
Campground seen from the road
From the town of Lone Pine along Highway 395 in California drive 6.5 miles to it's intersection with the Lone Pine Campground road. Turn left here and drive another .6 miles to the entrance.