September 12, 2019

Obsidian Campground: Quiet Eastern Sierra Camping Packed with Adventure

Obsidian Campground: Quiet Eastern Sierra Camping Packed with Adventure

Obsidian Campground is a loners' campground.  Haha!  Just kidding, but probably not kidding.  Actually, this camp was originally set up for backpackers.  It has since expanded to allow RVs/trailers and offers the amenities of water and pit toilets.  Fancy.

To get to the camp you turn off from 395 onto Little Walker Road (which is an improved dirt road) and drive west for 3.4 miles.  Obsidian Campground will be on your left.  

There are three sections of Obsidian Campground.  Sites #1-3 are in the top half, #3-8 are in the middle and #9-14 are located in the bottom section.  The top and middle sections are shaded predominately by aspen trees with a sprinkling of pine.  The bottom section is shaded predominately by pine trees with aspen in the distance, by the river.  The entire camp is adjacent to the Molybdenite (don't try to pronounce it, I just spent 5 minutes staring at the letters trying to make sense of them) Creek. 

The Obsidian Campground road and spurs are not paved.  Sites range from small to moderate in size, allowing for a single 2-person tent to 2 8-person tents.  The spaces cleared for tents vary as well.  Some of the tent pads are soft while others are covered in small rocks.  You can see what I mean by clicking here.

When Ryan was at this camp, he took note of all the horse droppings.  Horseback riding through this area is probably one of the most popular activities (next to hiking and fishing).  The trails into the Hoover wilderness are breathtaking.  Bring your own horse or call up Leavitt Meadows Pack Station or Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit to help you plan your trip.

Fishermen can find good fishing holes for trout on the Molybdenite River and on Little Walker River just down Little Walker Road (the names do get a bit redundant, I know).  

Trails for hiking or horseback riding from the campground include Emma Lake Trail (2.1 mile loop) which features a lake (Emma Lake, you guess it!), Molybdenite Creek Trail (13.8 miles in and out) which has hiker and horseback riding traffic, and a second for of the Molybdenite Creek Trails which heads north along Little Walker River.  Check out All Trials for trail maps.  Springs, ponds and small lakes dot the mountain ranges.  This is an absolutely beautiful pocket of California to explore.

If you're up for a quick drive, check out Buckey Hot Springs, Travertine Hot Springs, Mono Lake and/or Bodie Ghost Town.

What to Bring: 

  • Day pack
  • Hiking shoes
  • Jeans (for horseback riding)

Click here to view our to-scale campground site map and 360 photo tour.

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  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking
  • Fishing

Favorite Sites:

1, 7, 9