Big Pine Canyon Recreation Area

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Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

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Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

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Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

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Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

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Overview

Big Pine Canyon Recreation Area includes two group campground sites. Named for glaciers that can be seen at the end of the valley, Clyde Glacier Group Site and Palisade Glacier Group Site sit along Big Pine Creek.

Recreation

Fishing is a popular activity in the creek and nearby lakes. Climbers make use of the steep, glacier-carved canyon walls for excellent climbing opportunities.
The North Fork Trail climbs past waterfalls and zigzags through Jeffrey pine, manzanita and sage before it reaches Big Pine Lakes with views of Palisade Glacier, the largest glacier.
The South Fork Trail climbs to small lakes fed by glacial waters from Norman Clyde and Middle Palisade Glaciers, the southernmost glaciers.

Facilities

The Clyde Glacier standard campsite fits up to 25 guests. Parking includes two 35-foot and six 20-foot paved spaces. Palisades Glacier campsite is also paved and can accommodate 25 people for tent camping only.
Campfire rings and grills are provided.

Natural Features

Big Pine Canyon is heralded for having both the largest and southern most glaciers in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Palisade Glacier, the largest, sits above Big Pine Lakes. These impressive glacial lakes at around 10,000 feet elevation are the source of the North Fork of Big Pine Creek. The South Fork is bordered by the Palisade Crest with peaks over 14,000 feet and Middle Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier.

Nearby Attractions

The glaciers in the nearby John Muir Wilderness provide an exciting hiking destination. A commercial pack station is within close proximity for horse enthusiasts looking for an outdoor adventure. A general store, pay showers and pond fishing can be found at a nearby resort.

Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds


  • Hiking TrailLocation
  • Fifth, Fourth and Black Lakes from Big Pine Campground, CABig Pine, CA
  • First Falls and Second Falls Trail to Third Lake, CAInyo National Forest, CA
  • Glacier Lodge to Brainerd Lake, CABig Pine, CA
  • Big Pine Creek Campground and Glacier Lodge Loop, CAInyo National Forest, CA
  • Big Pine Lakes Trail, CAInyo National Forest, CA
  • Palisade Glacier Trail, CAInyo National Forest, CA
  • McMurry Meadows Loop, CABig Pine, CA
  • Red Lake Trail, CAInyo National Forest, CA
  • Big Pine to Schulman Grove, CAInyo National Forest, CA
  • Muir Pass via Bishop Pass, CAInyo National Forest, CA

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