Added by Kristen Bor

This campsite is located at mile 172 of the John Muir Trail.

You'll have to deal with some crowds at Rae Lakes but that is because this is an amazing setting to spend the night. If sharing this place with others is the worst of your worries then you're doing pretty well. Hikers flock here for the incredible swimming, views of iconic peaks like Fin Dome and Painted Lady, and epic sunrises.

Find out everything you need to know about your John Muir Trip at Bearfoot Theory.

Read More

Tags

Backpacking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Swimming Hole

Reviews

Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Stay Nearby

Independence, California

Grays Meadows

Overview Grays Meadows Campground is situated along Independence Creek in the Onion Valley area of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Its location on the creek and proximity to the rugged John Mu...

Miramonte, California

Sentinel Campground

Overview Sentinel Campground in Cedar Grove is nestled in the stunning Kings Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the United States. With views of a lovely meadow central to the campground, the so...

Whitney Portal Road

Lone Pine

Overview Lone Pine Campground is located near the base of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States, offering unparalleled views of the mountain and surrounding peaks of the Si...

Whitney Portal Road

Whitney Portal

Overview 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 tra...

Nearby Adventures

  • Summit Mt. Gould

    Starting at 9,200 feet at Onion Valley Campground, take Kearsarge Pass Trail. The hike begins immediately with a substantial increase in elevation, switchbacking up the mountain. On the way up rest and enjoy the beautiful alpine lakes, which inclu...

    9 miles 3812 ft gain

  • Backpack Over Kearsarge Pass to Charlotte Lake

    This adventure begins at Onion Valley Campground outside of Independence, CA. The parking is abundant and the road is snow dependent. Snow will be plowed as long as it is not currently being hit with a massive storm. Dogs are allowed on trail up t...

    16 miles 2623 ft gain

  • Backpack Rae Lakes via Glen and Kearsarge Passes

    The hike starts at Onion Valley campground and includes a good deal of elevation (two passes around 12,000 feet). You start climbing at the outset, and keep climbing for the first couple of hours before hitting Kearsarge Pass. Here you begin a lon...

    41.4 miles 6943 ft gain

  • Backpack to Flower Lake from Onion Valley

    Make sure to obtain an overnight permit up to 6 months in advance. You will have to pick up your permit at one of the Inyo National Forest Visitor Centers (here) before you begin.Once you have your permit in hand, drive to the Onion Valley Trailhe...

    4.6 miles 1350 ft gain