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Jun 17, 2013
I'm headed out to the Sierras for the first time to do some climbing on Mt. Whitney.

Some friends are going to meet us afterwards and we are looking for a good spot for car camping with close access to swimming, hiking, views, etc.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
From Boulder, CO
Joined Dec 1, 2011
0 points
Jun 17, 2013
Alabama Hills are close by but can be pretty hot. And dry.
There are camp sites outside the Portal on FS land ($15-20 a night). Creekside.
And there is a backpackers camp right at the Portal.
Ryan Huetter
From Mammoth Lakes, CA
Joined Apr 10, 2006
135 points
Jun 18, 2013
Drive to Cottonwood Lakes.... 10,000 feet with water, views etc...

or Diaz Lake ...down by Lone Pine... you can swim, good view of Mt. Whitney.

Best place to eat in LP is Seasons... it's sort of $$$$$$ but worth it...

Visit Elevations in LP.... great little climbing shop.

A-hills BLM camping, be nice to the earth.


Tuttle Creek .... BLM CG with out houses

have fun
Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Joined Mar 1, 2008
105 points
Jun 23, 2013

Pretty much nails it.
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
1,635 points
Jun 23, 2013
The Alabama Hills have very nice car camping that is pretty close to town, some fun sport climbing and good views. It doesn't have much water though. It tends to be hot, but the rocks can provide good shade in the afternoons if you pick your site well. Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Feb 9, 2012
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