RV Saga

Searching for Our Next Campground Near Mammoth Lakes

We have been staying at Silver Lake Campground, one of Inyo National Forest campgrounds, for 11 days. Most forest service campgrounds have a maximum length of stay for 14 days, some campgrounds only have a maximum 7 days. We checked the rules for Inyo National Forest campgrounds, it states that “On Inyo National Forest land, you may camp up to 28 days per six months on any one ranger district (there are 4 ranger districts on the Inyo –Mt. Whitney, White Mountain, Mammoth, and Mono Lake).” So we have to move in several days. It is time to look for our next campground.

We drove south on highway 395 and stopped at Convict Lake Campground first. The campground was pretty much full or reserved. Some of them were reserved for the weekends. It has flush toilets, water, and a dump station. The nearby Convict Lake Resort has laundry service and showers. Some sites have a good view of Convict Lake. It is at an elevation of 7,850 feet. This might be a possible choice for our next campground.

Rock Creek Lake

Rock Creek Lake

Then we headed to Rock Creek Canyon. There are lots of campgrounds there. But most campgrounds were not very RV friendly. Sites were either too tight or shady. After climbing up into the mountains, we arrived at Rock Creek Campground by the Lake. At an elevation of 9,682, the sky was so blue and pure with lazy clouds. Anglers were fishing on shore or on boats. It was a little bit chilly in the shade, so we had our lunch on the picnic table in the sun.

A Clear Creek

A Clear Creek

The best part of this place was the gurgling creek. A wooden bridge spanned across the creek. The water was so pure and clear and we saw several sizable fish in the creek! The fish swam against the current. The creek emptied into Rock Creek Lake. A few anglers cast their lines by the creek. What a charming little creak! Rock Creek Canyon was nice but there was no cell phone service. In addition, campgrounds are on high elevations and in a remote area. It might not be a good choice for us.

Crowley Lake and Glass Mountains

Crowley Lake and Glass Mountains

We pulled over at Crowley Lake and took some photos. Crowley Lake is on the edge of the extinct super volcano – Long Valley Caldera. It has Glass Mountains as its background. It generates power for Los Angeles and a good place for fishing. On the other side of the highway were mountains with interesting wavy colorful folds. Driving back on highway 395, the skyline was the mesmerizing Ritter Range – the Minarets, Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak.

We came back to June Lake and stopped at the post office to pick up our package. The guy in the post office kept saying that he didn’t receive any mail for Stephen. But the tracking information on USPS clearly stated that the package was delivered and individual picked up at the post office. He checked his computer and searched hard in the office. Finally, he spotted a box on the ground. That was it! Stephen said that guy was out to lunch.

We came back to our little piece of heaven – Silver Lake Campground. The Double Eagle Resort claimed the place is Switzerland in California. I know we are going to miss it when we leave.

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