Directions to Cottonwood Pack Station/Horseshoe Meadows
Located at the end of Horseshoe Meadow Road, 24 miles southwest of the town of Lone Pine, California. From center of Lone Pine, turn west at the stoplight
and follow Whitney Portal Road for 3 miles. Then turn south onto Horseshoe Meadow Road.The road to Horseshoe Meadow climbs over 6,000 feet, as it winds its way up from Lone Pine.
It is about 18 miles from Lone Pine to Horseshoe Meadows, about a 45 minute drive.
Latitude/Longitude: 36.45172418066291, -118.17150474920052 or
Plus Code: FR2H+CC Lone Pine, California
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Campgrounds: The Horseshoe Meadows Campground is the easiest and most accessible campsite for those departing on a pack trip.
Part of the Horseshoe Meadow Recreation Area, it is located 24 miles from the town of Lone Pine, California. The campground has 18 walk-in sites with tent pads,
shared tables, fire grates, piped water, and toilet facilities. One night stay limit.
Fees: $6/Night for single unit
Restrictions: One night stay limit at campgrounds. Wood gathering is prohibited; bring own supply of firewood. High bear activity; bear boxes are provided and
must be used (box dimensions typically 18x18x50inches)
Closest Towns: Lone Pine, CA
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
The Forest Service campground guide (PDF format) is located here.
All cars need to be free of food items or scented products that could attract bears. Please give your packer those items to be stored in our bear proof containers while you are on a pack trip.
There are NO PHONES at Horseshoe Meadows. Cell service is available on the road overlooking the Owens Valley just before you enter the Cottonwood/Horseshoe Meadow area.
Fishing Season and Regulations: Within the Golden Trout Wilderness, the season is open between the last Saturday in April and November 15 using only artificial lures with
barbless hooks. The daily bag and possession limit is 5 fish. Special California Fish and Game restrictions apply when fishing in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks
may be used for all species. Open season is from the last Saturday in April each year until November 15. In the Little Kern River Drainage there is a five-trout limit. On the main stem of the Kern River,
from the point where trail 33E30 turns east, to Tyndell Creek, there is a two-trout limit and no rainbow trout over ten inches in total length can be taken.
More details on fishing regulations for the Golden Trout Wilderness can be found at the California Department of Fish and Game website.
Be sure to read them carefully and have a valid fishing license in your possession, if you intend to do any fishing.
For some beautiful photography of the Mt. Whitney area, look at
Greg Cope's Nature Focused Photography
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