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Title: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on August 19, 2014, 07:34:00 AM
Does any one know if you can reserve the "walk-in" campsites at the inlet of the lake?   :camping:
I haven't been able to find anything so I doubt it, but thought I'd ask just in case.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Corey Baer on August 19, 2014, 10:34:54 AM
Nope 1st come 1 serve
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on August 20, 2014, 06:46:14 AM
Thank you Corey, thought so.
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Corey Baer on August 20, 2014, 06:58:46 AM
I have always wanted to try those sites they are really nice. Bring your bug spray and have a great time. In case you didn't know they do have wheelbarrels in the parking lot for people to get there stuff to the sites.
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: retired96 on August 20, 2014, 01:11:45 PM
I still say camping at the lake is about the same as camping on the 405 freeway..................
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: saudust on August 20, 2014, 02:16:22 PM
Ah, R96, you put the truth out there, my friend, maybe not delicately, but there's no mistaking it for meaning anything else that what it is.  LMAO
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Topwater Terry on August 20, 2014, 02:27:32 PM
I kind of wonder how much traffic is back there in those walk in sites.  I sure have never been impressed with those rv sites that are along the road,  but maybe the walk in sites aren't bad.  It aint the 405 freeway Roy,  I bet it's been a while since you have seen the 405...you haven't missed much lol
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: retired96 on August 20, 2014, 03:28:42 PM
Terry I was on the 405 two weeks ago going to visit my son....I hate driving on freeways, The only freeways I tolerate is the 210 and 15 as they lead me to the 395...
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Big Steve on August 20, 2014, 05:26:52 PM
I'll get to experience the "Cajon Crawl" this Saturday as we head up the 15 to 395. But since I'm heading to Bishop and then Rock Creek, it'l be worth it.
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on August 21, 2014, 07:04:42 AM
I have always wanted to try those sites they are really nice. Bring your bug spray and have a great time. In case you didn't know they do have wheelbarrels in the parking lot for people to get there stuff to the sites.

Corey, I've camped there a lot over the past 15 years always late September, but never thought to reserve until this year because we have a larger than normal group joining us this time and I'd like to get a couple of sites next to each other.  That time of year its quite chilly at night  :cold: (been snowed on the past 2 years), but there are few bugs, few people, but plenty of fish and pie still!!! :fishing3:  :pie:

There is a little foot traffic through those walk-in sites during the day (hikers/fisherman), but I feel its way more secluded than any of the other campgrounds I've stayed in along the creek (Eastfork, French, & Aspen).  If you've ever stayed at those and liked it, then I'd definitely recommend at least trying the walk-in sites at the lake so long as you don't mind the wheel barrel trips and a little extra walk to the bathroom if need be. 

The traffic the others are referring to must be the sites along the road before you get back to the walk-in sites.  You can't see any cars from them or hear them from over the near by creek. 
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Marine One on August 21, 2014, 11:13:17 AM
On this site. I don't think I have ever heard of any one staying at "Rock Creek Lake Campground". Can any one do a camp report on this site with pics? That would be awesome!
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on August 21, 2014, 01:20:59 PM
On this site. I don't think I have ever heard of any one staying at "Rock Creek Lake Campground". Can any one do a camp report on this site with pics? That would be awesome!

I'll be up the 3rd weekend in September, providing that I get a site, Iíll report on it the best I can!
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Little Hardrock on August 21, 2014, 01:40:02 PM
looking foreard too your report!     i remember walking thru those walkin site to check them out a couple of years ago,,, and they seemd like they would be a good place to camp.... they are so different from the rest of the campgrounds in the canyon


was just thinking,, we could take them all over for club!  if each one of us took in one wheelbarrel full of packers kitchen equipment,, we could get him all set up back there!  :)
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Topwater Terry on August 21, 2014, 02:06:38 PM
Mike-as far as Rock Creek Lake campgrounds,  there are several.  There are the ones Roy secretly stays in sometimes,  the ones right along the road,  with all the traffic,  which he somehow never posts pictures of  :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:,  there are the walk in sites,  and then there is the group site,  which is within walking distance of pie...
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: playingmenace on August 21, 2014, 02:24:24 PM
I few years back I checked out those walk in sites and wasn't impressed. Not much elbow room in those sites, with the tent pads about 2 - 3' off the trail.

I was thinking it might be fun to stay there and fish the lake all night if I choose to. I'll just stay at a creekside site and drive to the lake if I feel like fishing deep into the night.
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Topwater Terry on August 21, 2014, 02:40:39 PM
True Paul,  anytime I have fished down from Mos. flats to the lake,  I wind up walking thru some of  those sites,  almost feel like I am intruding cuz you can't help but walk thru them...
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on August 21, 2014, 03:24:34 PM
True some of the tent pads are right off the path, but no one walks them at night when you are actually in your tent so itís not much of an issue.
 
Iíd say timing is everything. 
Would I like the sites at peak season, probably not, but late September when we typically go there arenít too many people walking through, at least not in my experience over the years.

Aside from that we have met some fun people, probably much like yourselves, passing through.  Weíve all got one fantastic common interest right?!
Also, if you have a group that requires 2 sites it can be quite fun having a larger span of area back in there. :campfiregroup:

Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Trev Dog on August 21, 2014, 06:35:20 PM

The walk-in sites off the lake are really nice and you only have a short walk to the lake inlet which is my favorite place to fish the lake. Just in case check out Big Meadow on your way up for a back-up. No matter where you end up the memories of being in the canyon will carry you through the winter months, and create excitement for next season. Look forward to your post when you return. Don't forget the  :pie2:
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Corey Baer on August 22, 2014, 11:08:57 AM
I have actually walked thru those sites several times to get to the waterfall at the back . It's Beautiful ! The sites look nice maybe the first couple right off the bridge might get a lot of traffic but the rest look really nice and you could actually walk to the pie in less han 10 min.   :pie2: now that would be amazing  :clap:
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 03, 2014, 02:13:16 PM
Does anyone know what the cost per night is up at these spots this year?
 :camping:
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: wshawkins on September 03, 2014, 02:43:32 PM
I beleave it's $22.00 per day. 
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: trouter on September 07, 2014, 03:36:30 PM
I don't want to share this but since there has been some negative reviews. There are two sites that are secluded completely from foot traffic. One is to the left after you cross the bridge past the two sites along the trail and the other is just to the right of the bridge past the one located right on the trail. I won't say the number of these sites (sorry). Most of you have probably not taken the time to go back there and check it out.

Last year I had to camp at East Fork for two days until the lake opened up and then I had the entire campground on the other side of the bridge to myself. It was so nice I extended my stay an additional 7 days.

My favorite site has it's own trail through the trees leading to it about 75' or so off the trail that goes around the lake. The other site is off the trail leading up to the water fall and meadow which few people travel. That one has more mosquito's because it is closer to the creek and is an additional 100 yards hiking in your gear. This is why I have scaled down to almost backpacking style camping. I used to load everything including the kitchen sink which would require an hour or more rolling the wheelbarrows in and out.  Now I leave any nonessential items in the car and keep it simple.

I get my favorite site most times due to the fact that most people are not willing to pack in their gear the 150 yards from their car. I have had deer and a coyote visit me in the past in this site and you could literally go naked in this site without anyone seeing you. (unless you are a hot girl, I don't recommend it :bowdown:)

I will take a car camp site along the creek if I can't get something good at the lake and although it is nice not having to pack everything in, I don't like the fact that you a camping so close to other people. Kind of reminds my of the Costa Mesa Swamp Meet (in the Sierra's).

I guess that is why I like backpacking. It's not that I don't like people because virtually everyone I meet at the creek are the nicest of the humans. I just like the peacefulness of being alone in the wilderness sometimes.

If I am camping with the family and grandkids like I did this summer, it doesn't matter that much. Convenience is the key at that point. The walk-in sites do not give you any convenience except being able to put your beer down, stand up and pee, then sit back down :fishing3:. This emoticon is the closest I could find to portray the last comment.





Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 08, 2014, 07:24:30 AM
I've been their before Trouter. I really like all the sites in that area honestly, don't mind a little foot traffic and crowds tend to diminish by later September anyway so midweek it minimal anyway. :twothumbs:
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 08, 2014, 07:27:55 AM
Can anyone tell me what the night time temps have been at lately?
I'll be up a week from Wednesday and while I always dress warm enough, I have some newbies joining me and wouldn't mind giving them some of the latest overnight lows so they are well aware.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: wshawkins on September 08, 2014, 08:03:38 AM
For next week, it shows the lows from 35-40 degrees for Rock Creek Lake.  If your in one of the lower campgrounds, expect a few degrees higher.  The highs average about 60*F.  But I would check just before you go as the weather can and does change real fast!
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 08, 2014, 10:02:11 AM
Thanks. Where do you find Rock Creek Lake weather at?
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Topwater Terry on September 08, 2014, 10:19:20 AM
weather.com might be a good starting spot,  but as far as I know,  the closest place it would be showing weather would be for Mammoth.  Someone else mentioned a better site on the Rock creek lake section of facebook,  maybe they will chime in here.  Like someone else said,  though,  if you are really that worried about night time temps,  might wanna stay at French or somewhere else.  It's the Sierras,  prepare for anything  :clap:
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: papow on September 08, 2014, 11:03:57 AM
Here is a sit that will give you a running report of the temps at the Rock Creek Resort:  http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/queryF?s=rck
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 08, 2014, 12:06:06 PM
weather.com might be a good starting spot,  but as far as I know,  the closest place it would be showing weather would be for Mammoth.  Someone else mentioned a better site on the Rock creek lake section of facebook,  maybe they will chime in here.  Like someone else said,  though,  if you are really that worried about night time temps,  might wanna stay at French or somewhere else.  It's the Sierras,  prepare for anything  :clap:

Oh Iím certainly not worried. Iíve been camping up there for the past 15 or so years,  even been snowed on a few times like last year.
I was asking more out of curiosity.  Seems this time of the year the temps can really vary a bit.  As I said I have some new folks joining our regular group this year and want to make sure they pack warm enough :cold:, figure if I have some accurate night time lows they might listen to those better than just ďdress warmĒ.  Thanks for the input.
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: wshawkins on September 08, 2014, 12:11:43 PM
Not weather.com Terry, thatís too general.  This weather site is from ďThe Trout FitterĒ shared by Retired96 earlier this year and is fully customizable.  If you hit ďRock CreekĒ under local weather, it takes you to little lakes valley Trailhead at Mosquito Flats and gives you the weather forecast for there, not Mammoth Lakes. 

For instance, I took the Lee Vining local forecast and turned it into weather forecast for the ď20 lakes BasinĒ.  Now I have a custom weather forecast for just where Iím going to hike and fish!  Itís been very accurate so far this year for me.  But like all forecasts, it can change in a hurry as most of us have seen in the past.  Itís most accurate if you update on a daily basis.  To update page, just open your saved weather page.  Youíll need wi-fi or 3G/4G of course.

Thanks to Retired96 for this great weather feature. :twothumbs:


The Trout Fitter Page
http://www.thetroutfitter.com/weather.html


20 Lakes Basin Page
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-119.30571&lat=37.99342
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: retired96 on September 08, 2014, 12:48:23 PM
As someone that has tent camped in every month of the season in Rock Creek I learned you must always be prepared for drastic changes in the weather...I recall a trip in mid October 1997 where the weather had been Indian summer until Saturday and a massive cold front moved in within hours...The temp. had been about 65 degrees in the early afternoon and within about two hours the temps dropped to  low 30's with a 50-60 MPH wind...That night it dropped to 8 degrees in French  Camp......No matter what,,,, every trip I take I always bring warm cloths and a heavy jacket...Usually don't need them during the summer months but I have them just in case as the weather can change in a moments notice......I personally like the cooler colder weather when camping as I hate the heat even when I'm in Rock Creek....
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 08, 2014, 01:44:19 PM
 :goodpost:

I'm with you.  I'm from Lancaster, CA. Our Summer starts in May and ends in November.  I go to Rock Creek to escape the heat for a bit.  Love needing a sweatshirt or jacket in what is my normal Summer months!
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Topwater Terry on September 08, 2014, 11:44:18 PM
Ha ha I got all you guys beat,  I grew up in Blythe,  anytime I got to the Sierras,  or L.A. when there was Marine layer,  I felt I was going to freeze.  I have been up at East Fork in July when it barely got below 50 degrees at night.  I have also been up there in July when the lows hit 28...like Roy said,  prepare for it all!
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 10, 2014, 07:13:01 AM
One week away now!!
Couldn't be better timed,  :hitfan: at work this week and I need a break!

 :camping: :fishing3: :pie2:
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: retired96 on September 10, 2014, 07:18:23 AM
Next Tuesday at the crack of dawn I will be heading north on 395 getting my butt out of Southern Calif. 
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 10, 2014, 09:26:46 AM
Next Tuesday at the crack of dawn I will be heading north on 395 getting my butt out of Southern Calif.

Where are you headed?
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: retired96 on September 10, 2014, 01:32:54 PM
Rock Creek where else would I go.... Its my second home..... Will be in French Camp my favorite site at the top of the loop on the creek...If anyone is in my site they will be evicted at gunpoint....
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 10, 2014, 02:03:46 PM
Rock Creek where else would I go.... Its my second home..... Will be in French Camp my favorite site at the top of the loop on the creek...If anyone is in my site they will be evicted at gunpoint....
:rotflmao:

I'll steer clear!!
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 15, 2014, 01:17:00 PM
Is there a maximum occupancy per site?  Its never been an issue in the past, but we'll have as many as 12 people with us this year so, thought I'd inquire.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: wshawkins on September 15, 2014, 04:52:55 PM
Maximum of six per walk in site.
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 16, 2014, 04:43:00 PM
Thanks! Headed ou7t tomorrow morning!!! Stoked!!!  :chestbump:
 :camping:
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 24, 2014, 07:19:26 AM
Was up last Wednesday-Saturday evening.  Stayed a the walk-in sites.  Although our group was spread out amongst 3 separate sites because a larger than normal amount of people were staying in those sites.  Over all I think population was up for this time of year and my theory is the road construction.  Once people wait for 30-45 minutes to get through the road construction they are going to settle on whatever they find for a campground so that they donít have to wait again just to go back to the lower sites.  Same goes for the day trip folks, once they got up there they stayed for the day.

Anyway, the trip was still fantastic.  Cool weather and a bit windy at times, but very nice over all.  Creek was probably the lowest Iíve seen it above the lake.  I felt creek fishing above the lake was poor as a result, think I caught the only keep-able size Brookies out of there within the first hour of fishing.  After that I could get anything more than a few inches.  Still fun regardless!  The lake fishing was great though.  On Thursday and Friday a group 6 of us brought chairs, snacks, hookah, and inebriating liquid with us and had a blast.  I limited out the first day and caught a few more the following using everything from lures, Mice Tails, and powerbait.  Same for most members of our group.  People were accusing us of cleaning out the SW shoreline :clap:

Life at camp consisted of more inebriating liquids, brats, burgers, bacon, snacks, bocce ball, laughing, and fire.  Grand time amongst grand people and grand environment.  Perfect close to my Summer, already anxious for next years trip :twothumbs:

Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Jmcclure83 on September 24, 2014, 07:27:11 AM
RCL Friday morning from Southern shoreline.
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: wshawkins on September 24, 2014, 10:42:46 AM
Glad your trip was a success.   Just hope next year comes sooner and you stay longer!  :camping: :tent: :fishing3: :hiking2:
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Marine One on September 26, 2014, 08:20:31 AM
JMCclure83. yes the sierras make their own weather. You must always be prepared for any time of weather and be open minded and strong willed. I have many time seen campers pack up all their gear in minutes and high tail it out of Rock creek once they see one drop of rain! Man up and enjoy every minute and climate that rock creek offers!
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: trouter on October 01, 2014, 05:30:04 PM
JMCclure, thanks for the late season report. It is encouraging to hear you had good fishing in the lake this time of year. I can't tell you how many times I have been skunked in September at the lake.

Next time you have that many people going up you should consider the group camp over by the boat dock area. Depending on the time of year you might be able to reserve it with a ten person minimum. I have done it twice but because you can only reserve 365 days in advance, it might be hard to get something during the early time of the season. I have tried many times since the last time and have been unsuccessful. I you are doing an early or late season trip, it might work.

The problem is that you can only reserve 365 days in advance. So if you want reserve - July 1, 2014 through July 7, 2014 you have to wait until July 7, 2013 to reserve. When you wait the full week you find someone has reserved July 1, 2014 through July 4, 2014 (eliminating 4 days out of your week. You can't just say you want July 1 through July 7 until July 7 is past.  Somehow this system needs to be corrected.

Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Marine One on August 19, 2017, 03:24:23 PM
wshawkins. are those temps predicted are for the lows at night?
Title: Re: Rock Creek Lake "Walk-in" Sites
Post by: Travelling Cirques on September 03, 2017, 09:12:54 PM
True some of the tent pads are right off the path, but no one walks them at night when you are actually in your tent so itís not much of an issue.
 
Iíd say timing is everything. 
Would I like the sites at peak season, probably not, but late September when we typically go there arenít too many people walking through, at least not in my experience over the years.

Aside from that we have met some fun people, probably much like yourselves, passing through.  Weíve all got one fantastic common interest right?!
Also, if you have a group that requires 2 sites it can be quite fun having a larger span of area back in there. :campfiregroup:

I would agree that the walk-in sites back there are quite secluded. Last time we stayed there was about 12 years ago, but I was able to hang a clear 3 gallon water bottle about 50 feet behind our tent site and shower underneath it....naked, mid-day. Nobody was there (that I know of, haha). As someone stated, a few fishermen use the main trail but the sites are not viewable from there, they are set back from the lake 100 yards or so.