Tuttle Creek Campground, California

"Our campsite in this high desert campground backed up to Tuttle Creek, which was loaded with rainbow trout. And it’s near the famed Alabama Hills, where numerous films were shot."


Tuttle Creek BLM Campground, Lone Pine, CA: Site #47, this site has water & dump station nearby, 50 site, 5100 ft elevation. May 1st - 8th.

Overall Experience: smile

Mt Withney Mt Whitney peeking through

Monday, we hiked the portion of Mt. Whitney Trail that doesn't require a permit -- about two and a half miles (one way) to Lone Pine Lake. Start elevation was at 8,300 ft. and the lake was about 9,800. We got a late start, but it was a fun hike. It was good to be back in the mountains.

Lone Pine Lake Lone Pine Lake - Elevation about 9,800 ft.

The Trip's Ups & Downs

elevation chart Elevation chart from Bastrop State to Tuttle Creek Campground.

Tucked away in the stunning landscape of California's Owens Valley, the Tuttle Creek Campground offers a serene and picturesque camping experience for outdoor enthusiasts. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), this campground is situated just west of the charming town of Lone Pine, providing easy access to a wealth of natural wonders and recreational opportunities.

  • Features 83 RV and tent sites, with 10 pull-through spaces accommodating RVs up to 30 feet in length
  • Each site equipped with a fire pit and offering breathtaking mountain views
  • Open year-round, allowing visitors to experience the changing seasons and diverse activities

One of the primary draws of Tuttle Creek Campground is its proximity to:

  • Alabama Hills: unique geological formation known for its rugged beauty and Hollywood film backdrops
  • Sequoia National Forest: offering endless opportunities for hiking, climbing, and exploration
  • John Muir Wilderness: stunning Sierra Nevada mountain range perfect for outdoor adventures

In addition to these natural wonders, the town of Lone Pine provides various amenities and attractions for campers:

  • Fuel stations and supply stores for convenience
  • Restaurants serving delicious meals
  • Local shops offering unique products
  • Museum of Western Film History showcasing cinematic heritage

At just $5 per night, with discounts available for seniors, Tuttle Creek Campground is an exceptional value for those seeking a budget-friendly outdoor adventure. Its remote yet accessible location, combined with its stunning natural surroundings, make it an ideal base camp for exploring the diverse landscapes of California's Eastern Sierra region.

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