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November 29, 2019

Pine Grove Campground Review

Pine Grove Campground Review

Pine Grove Campground is located 30 miles north of Bishop in the Eastern Sierra.  From Tom's Place, drive south on Rock Creek Road 7.5 miles.  This is a small and quiet campground just below Rock Creek Lake with only 10 campsites.  

Pine Grove Campground has one walk-in site with a beautiful view of Rock Creek.  All other sites are just a short walk from the creek.  The campsites are moderate in size and will fit at least two tents each.  The camp road and parking spurs are gravel but kept up nicely.  Each site is well-shaded by Jeffrey Pine.

The campground is first-come, first-served and absolutely beautiful so it fills up fast.  If you get a site, take full advantage of the fishing and hiking in the area.  The campground has two flush toilets and a running sink (always a bonus).  There are no showers available at the campground though.  You can head over to Rock Creek Lodge ($5 per person) or Tom's Place which both offer showers to campers.  

Up the road from the camp is Rock Creek Lake which allows boating (speeding here is 5 mph), fishing (planted Alpers seem to be the catch) and swimming (the best spot is at the day-use area at the southeastern end of the lake).  Rock Creek Lodge has a nice overview of the hiking trails in the area.  You can also check out Alltrails for more challenging hikes leading into John Muir Wilderness, Sierra National Forest and Inyo National Forest.

Another great tip - If you don't have a hitch, there are a few trailer rental companies that will drop off a trailer at your campsite!  EZ Kampin Rentals has teardrop trailers and tent camping packages to make your trip out here even simpler.  Please note, we are not affiliated with EZ Kampin Rentals, it's just a bitchin' idea that's worth the share.

What to bring: 

  • All of your favorite outdoor adventure gear.  There's a 21-day maximum stay at this camp which gives you time to do it all. 
  • A hammock.

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

In the reviews: 

Rated 4.5/5 out of 11 reviews on Google reviews.  Craig S. advised to "get there early, very early," in order to find a site.

Activities: 

Backpacking, hiking, biking (single tracks and dirt roads), OHV, fishing, horseback riding, paddling, boating.  Check out Rock Creek Lodge for details on dining.  You can grab breakfast or a trail lunch here.  Lunch and dinner are served at Rock Creek Lake Resort and Tom's Place (back toward 395).

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