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Whitney Portal Rd., Lone Pine, CA 93545
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#5 of 7 Specialty lodging in Lone Pine
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Whitney Portal Campground is in a prime location within the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains - at the base of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States. With hiking trails to Mt. Whitney and the John Muir Wilderness less than a mile away, the campground is a popular home base for hikers, as well as family, RV, and tent campers who wish to explore the area's activities and enjoy unparalleled scenery. The facility is situated in a thick pine forest at an elevation of 8,000 ft. Campers can see striking views of the rugged granite peaks surrounding it. The area is home to abundant wildlife, including black bear, mountain lions, mule deer, pine martin, pika and many species of fish and birds. This campground is especially prone to bear activity.
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Jeanette T wrote a review Sep 2019
Michigan40 contributions20 helpful votes
I am giving this campground a 5 star because of the beauty. We had a site along Lone Pine Creek hitney creek. Even though it was September it was rushing and loud. It was so loud and constant, we joked about silencing nature. It was magical seeing the sunlight filter through the rapids and the coolness of the water was refreshing! . There were a few notes we made about the camp sites themselves. The sites were a good size but areas to pitch a tent were actually small. There are lots of trees and boulder, and the ground wasn't flat in many areas. Also the sites are not made for large tents due to the large boulders just above the surface of the ground. Typically we would travel with backpacking tents and this would not have been an issue at all. This time around we had a large tent. We did set-up the tent and two areas of the tent were over boulders...literally there were boulders under our floor. Since we are used of camping this was of no concern. If you are not used to camping or "roughing-it", just make note. If you are mentally prepare you can easily take it in stride. Keep in mind, the scenery is worth the small obstacle. When we booked our site we thought it would be an easy, walking access to Whitney Portal Trailhead. This is just something to consider. The trailhead to My Whitney is approximately 1 mile uphill with about 450' elevation gain. That extra mile there and back adds up quickly; especially if you are doing Mt Whitney in a day. Our original plan was to walk to the Whitney trailhead from the campground; but we ended up driving to the trailhead and easily found parking. There are "walk-in" sites closer to the trailhead but they are only available for 1 night stays and since they are "walk-in", you are not guaranteed a spot. The vaulted bathrooms were clean. There was drinking water. There is no electricity or showers. The host is a different story. When we arrived, someone was in our spot. We reserved the spot in March for our September arrival. The "reserved" sign had not been updated. We went to the host site and there was a sign that said "Open". We arrived around 5:00 p.m. on Friday 9-6-2019. After waiting for over 40 minutes, my husband went back to the reserved-site to talk with the other campers, while my daughter and I waited at the host site. Around 6:30 p.m. were were finally able to start moving into our site and the host was still no were to be found. Why would the host (two people were co-hosting) be unavailable on a Friday night during busy check-in hours. The host didn't update our sign until the next day after 11:00 a.m. If they were doing their job the day before, the previous campers would not have had to move (host wasn't available for them neither and they had been there a while) and we would not have wasted so much time before we were able to set-up.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from CampRRMSupport, Guest Relations Manager at Whitney Portal Campground
Responded Sep 20, 2019
Jeanette T, thank you for taking the time to share your very informative review of the Whitney Portal Camgpround. While we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your camping experience and had the opportunity to hike the Mt. Whitney trail, we sincerely apologize about your experience at check-in. This is not the practice of our hosts and most definitely not the customer service we know is expected of our guests. We have forwarded your feedback to the appropriate management hierarchy to address further. We hope to welcome you back again to the campground and provide a better experience for you next time you visit! Thank you.
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smccutch wrote a review Oct 2018
Kyoto, Japan7 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed here the night before we hiked Mt. Whitney. We picked the campground purely based on it's convenient location to the trailhead (just about 1 mile away), so we were pleasantly surprised by how beautiful the campground was. It was pretty quiet when we were there (Thursday-Friday), except for the pleasant sound of the creek that runs through the campground. I imagine if you aren't planning to hike Whitney, then you may be disturbed by the people opening and closing their cars and driving out at very early hours, but everyone was also very courteous and tried to be as quiet as possible. Pit toilets kept extremely clean. Minimal interaction with the camp host, but he seemed nice. Some shorter trail options available right from the campground. There were also some awesome looking cabins at the campground. If you forget anything or want to skip cooking dinner one night, you can just drive a short ways up the road to the Whitney Portal Store.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Lawrie B wrote a review Aug 2018
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Hello. I'm writing to share the pros and cons of this camp. First, the good! 1) Clean restrooms. Second, lovely area. However, I've thought about this a lot and I need to share some opinions regarding your host. We arrived and quickly found a spot. Our child took the park envelope to the host - he misunderstood when I told him to put it"in the box". Your host has a firewood payment box. As my child approached the hosts site, there was a misunderstanding of sorts. Son asked if the box was right for paying and host said nothing . Host said "no...unless you want firewood", but didn't point him to the correct box. My sister and her family arrived. Her son fell ill. Later, she approached the host site to see him engaged in conversation with someone (despite the "off duty" sign). I said I was sorry to bother and he replied, "Are you? Did you see the sign.". I said, " I just want to say we are leaving and our spot is free. ". He said, "and...?". My sister asked for a refund and he dismissed her, saying she's have to go online and request a refund but he didn't say where or how. He was very rude! I heard my sister apologize again and the host responded with "but, you're not really.". Talking with others in the camp ground, we learned this was his normal demeanor and that he disappears for large parts of the day. After my sister left, we stayed another two nights. The next morning, we noted that a bear had found trash o. the host cart and tore it apart. Why is a host violating the rules about refuse and endangering the bear and people nearby?
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Date of stay: July 2018
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brenda697 wrote a review Aug 2017
Los Angeles, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
Area is absolutely beautiful. Drive is easy, just 20 minutes off the 395 North. Campsites are all full of trees, lots of shade. You can hear the rush of Whitney creek even when you're not right next to it. We stayed in the first site you come to as you drive into the campgrund--site 42. It was a Wed. in August and no one was in the sites around us. Even with use of bear box and keeping food within arms reach, bear came within 2-3 feet of my friend and took our food. Bear would not be scared away even with yelling and rocks being thrown. We went to find campground host, and the sign on the door said: Don't knock for bears. I can do nothing. In the morning, had conversation with host and he said bear encounters were happening every single day. Would not tent camp there again. If you do, keep low scented food in your hands, finish food before dark, and be very careful.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Aug 8, 2017
Hello, Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are apologetic for your experience however these factors are out of our hands, as nature cannot be controlled. We do understand your hesitation to return however do bear in mind that this is more of a seasonal experience than a constant. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
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Mikaël I wrote a review Aug 2016
39 contributions7 helpful votes
Camping réservé "à l'arrache" afin d'avoir un point de chute entre Death Valley et Yosemite. Grimper pendant 30 minutes à partir de Lone Pine. Nous n'en attendions rien, nous avons été conquis. Niché entre d'immenses falaises de granit et parcouru par un torrent de montagne, le cadre de ce camping est magnifique. Une seule douche au store un peu plus haut, et "seulement" un fast food local mais de bonne qualité au personnel très avenant. Le plus : le lever de pleine lune sur les montagnes. Gagne vraiment à être connu.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions about Whitney Portal Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Whitney Portal Campground?
Nearby attractions include Alabama Hills (3.6 miles), Mount Whitney Trail (1.4 miles), and Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead (4.2 miles).
Is parking available at Whitney Portal Campground?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Whitney Portal Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Whitney Portal Campground?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Manzanar National Historic Site (9.6 miles) and California Historical Landmark 507 (6.6 miles).
Is Whitney Portal Campground accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.