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Old 07-28-2016, 08:00 PM   #1
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Recommendation on campground along CA Highway 395?

We are planning for a ten day camping trip sometime later this year and would like to explore attractions along highway 395.
We will start from San Diego, and will most likely make our first stop at Death Valley, and travel north from there till probably no further than Topaz Lake.
We'd like to spend at least two nights at each stop.
We can dry camp but would like to have hook-up at perhaps every other stop.
We can take this trip in September or October depending on recommendation.
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Where are the not-to-miss attractions and nearby campground?
When is the best season to take the trip?
Any other suggestions?

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Old 07-28-2016, 11:50 PM   #2
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There are so many places to see it's almost impossible to list. Starting at Lone Pine, you might want to check out the Alabama Hills. Once you see them you'll recognize them from hundreds of movies you've seen. They sell a paperback book in town that tells all about them. You more than likely won't see anybody else there; it's a very hot time of year and dry camping only. If you want to stay cool, there's an RV park in town with all the hookups. Heading north from there there is just tons of places- watch the signs- everything is interesting and calling your name. Mammoth, Virginia Lakes, June Lake Loop, Twin Lakes, Bridgeport, then you start dropping down into the Antelope Valley and the West Walker River. Campgrounds everywhere! Just out of town in Walker is a place called Meadow Cliff Lodge. I think it's now a KOA campground. Then you get to Topaz, with a couple of RV parks if I remember right. And of course the casino. So many campgrounds between Lone Pine and Topaz you couldn't see them all in a season. Anything on the right side of 395 is going to be un-Godly hot; anything on the left is in the mountains and stays fairly cool, though it can get hot up there too. Have a great time! Hope you like to fish!


P.S. September/October is a great time to go. Everything should be fairly cooled down by then.
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:46 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for the information! I'm looking into all these attractions and working out a planner.
We'll definitely make a stop at Alabama Hills, great suggestion. Have you been to Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest near Big Pine? I wonder if we can visit Alabama Hills during the day and get to Grandview CG at Bristlecone in the same day? Grandview is a dry camp, don't know if RV is allowed.
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If I remember right, the bristlecone pines are in the White Mountains, which is across the Owens valley on the opposite side of the Sierras. I never went there myself, but I know there's no water anywhere in those mountains, and I believe you're right- dry camping only.
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Old 07-30-2016, 01:17 PM   #5
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Wife and I visited that area in May 2016, Boulder RV is on the right b4 you reach Lone Pine. Nice place fully equipped. Its a short drive to Lone Pine, restuarants, Film Museum, Alabama Hills, Mt Whitney Portel etc. The Alabama Hills Cafe is small, just off 395 in Lone Pine, breakfast and lunch only but its awesome. We also stayed at June Lake RV, on south side of lake, 400 population, 2 small RV parks right in town, streets are narrow but quiet, Tiger Bar & Grill is very good and there is also a brewery in June Lake which we did not go to, there is a larger RV Park on June Lake Loop on northside. We did not stay at that one.
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Lots to see along hwy 395, but Death Valley is even hot in Jan/Feb which is the only time I would go there. I take the 15 to the 395 and have driven it all the way to the Canadian border.
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We live in Orange County, have been out since the 15th doing a similar trip up 395. If you stay in Lone Pine, take Hwy 136 toward Death Valley and visit the towns of Keeler and Darwin - population of each town is about 50. The Alabama Hills are one of our top destinations - have boondocked there a few times. Also, I recommend visiting Manzanar (WWII Japanese Internment camp) just north of Lone Pine. Boulder Creek RV Park as others have mentioned is a good place to camp.
If you plan on camping in Death Valley reservations are advisable.
Have a great trip!
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We are currently camping at Mono Vista RV Park in Lee Vining. From there you can day trip over Tioga Pass into Yosemite. June Lake Loop is also just a few miles away. If you MUST stay in Death Valley, Stovepipe Wells has about a dozen full hookup sites, a must for AC that time of year. Garanteed 100+.
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