Independence, Inyo County, California

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Oak Creek (Forest Service)
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Facilities:
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Sites:        22

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Water:       Solar pump

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Elevation:   5,000

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Season:      Mid-April to Mid-October

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Directions:
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About two miles north of Independence on U.S. 395; turn west on Oak Creek Road; travel about four miles past Mt Whitney Fish Hatchery to campsite.  (Note: Just after the fish hatchery the road forks, take the right fork headed northwest.)

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Recreational Activities:
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Hiking

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There are no catchable fish in Oak Creek.

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Comments:
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Jumping off point for Baxter Pass (12,320')  You may prefer to drive to roads end to start your hike.  There is an old unmaintained picnic ground at the end of the road.

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Notes:
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The upper campgrounds are more secluded and amenable to group camping.  Road to them is not passable by for trailers.

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Reservations (1-877-444-6777 or www.reserveusa.com)

 

Independence Creek (Inyo County)

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Facilities:
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Sites:        25

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Water:       Well

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Elevation:   3,900

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Season:      Year around

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Directions:
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About two miles west of Independence on Market Street; turn west from U.S. 395 at the Post Office (blinking yellow light); travel about half mile past Eastern California Museum.

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Recreational Activities:
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Hiking

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Independence Creek is regularly stocked with trout.

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Comments:
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Nice hike along Independence creek to the Eastern California Museum and to Dehy Park

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Notes:
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Wide flat campground, trees line the creek some sites have shade.

Grays Meadow (Lower) (Forest Service)
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Facilities:
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Sites:        17

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Water:       Piped

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Elevation:   6,000

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Season:      Early March to  Mid-October

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Directions:
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About five miles west of Independence on Market Street, Market Street before Onion Valley Road; turn west from U.S. 395 at the Post Office (blinking yellow light); travel about three miles past Eastern California Museum.

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Recreational Activities:
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Hiking

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Independence Creek is regularly stocked with trout.

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Reservations (1-877-444-6777 or www.reserveusa.com)

Grays Meadow (Upper) (Forest Service)
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Facilities:
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Sites:        35

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Water:       Piped

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Elevation:   6,200

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Season:      Mid-April to  Mid-October

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Directions:
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About six miles west of Independence on Market Street, Market Street before Onion Valley Road; turn west from U.S. 395 at the Post Office (blinking yellow light); travel about five miles past Eastern California Museum

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Recreational Activities:
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Hiking

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Independence Creek is regularly stocked with trout.

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Notes:
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Reservations (1-877-444-6777 or www.reserveusa.com)

Onion Valley (Forest Service)
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Facilities:
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Sites:        29 (all tent no RV)

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Water:       Piped

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Elevation:   9,200

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Season:      Early June to  Early October

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Directions:
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About fourteen miles west of Independence on Market Street, Market Street before Onion Valley Road; turn west from U.S. 395 at the Post Office (blinking yellow light); travel past Eastern California Museum

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Recreational Activities:
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Hiking
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Robinson Lake (3 miles round trip)

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Kearsarge Pass (11,823'; 9.5 miles round trip)

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Dragon Peak Lakes (6 miles round trip)

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Fishing.

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Being at 9,200', it is a jumping off point for reaching the John Muir trail.

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Last part of the road is very steep and not recommended for trailers.

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Reservations (1-877-444-6777 or www.reserveusa.com)

 
 
 
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