Cottonwood Lakes, John Muir Wilderness, CA

  Cottonwood Lakes

Cottonwood Lakes and Mount Langley

Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead at Horseshoe Meadow

Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead, John Muir Wilderness, CA

Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead

The trailhead for Cottonwood Lakes is at Horseshoe Meadow. From Lone Pine start up the Whitney Portal Road, but after 4 miles turn left onto Horseshoe Meadow Road. After several miles the road begins to climb, soon making switchbacks up the steep mountainside. Driving with caution is advised. After 19 miles watch for the turn to the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground.

Near the campground you will find vault toilets, water, trash receptacles, bear boxes, an information kiosk, and parking. An overflow parking area is nearby.

Cottonwood Lakes Trailcamp, Horseshoe Meadow, CA

Cottonwood Lakes Trailcamp

Nearby Camping and Lodging

Camping is limited to one night at the Cottonwood Lakes Trailcamp. Wood collecting is prohibited, so bring your own firewood or purchase a box at the roadside stand along Horseshoe Meadow Road. Cottonwood Pass Trailcamp and an Equestrian Campground are nearby. Trailcamp fees are $6 per night.

Lodging is available back in Lone Pine at various motels. Also consider the Whitney Portal Store & Hostel in Lone Pine. They offer both private and shared rooms.