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Sawmill Campground

Sawmill Walk-in Campground

Yosemite East – Tioga Pass Hwy 120
Inyo National Forest



Wanna little exercise with your campsite? Well this spot is by far, a hikers dream. Located in the Sierra Crest, the High Sierra Inyo National Forest. On the east side of Yosemite National Park (just outside the park boundary) and accessible only half the year – due to deep snow. This spot is walking distance to numerous hikes, lakes, peaks and historic Tioga Pass Resort.

walk in to tranquility and beauty


From California Highway 120, east of Tioga Pass, locate the paved Saddlebag Lake Road. This super scenic hike-in campground is located on the left side of the road, just before Saddlebag Lake.

tote road

The foot trail to the camp sites require that you physically carry (haul) your gear at least a half mile. Picnic tables and fire rings, plus a vault toilet. Bare bones, but the scenery is oh so worth it!


Located in a scenic canyon with the headwaters to Lee Vining Creek. Super high elevation with the darkest skies around. Camp sites are set on an embankment above a meadow and creek bed below. Impressive snow capped peaks surround the whole area.

Link to 360 google view


dozens of high elevation lakes

Hoover Wilderness trailhead access; Yosemite National Park nearby.

Gardisky Lake Trailhead is right across the road w/ Tioga Peak towering above. Saddlebag Lake Trail is a loop trail for hiking and fishing. 20 Lakes Basin is a challenging loop trail – way up behind Saddlebag Lake.

The small parking lot is limited to 15 parking spots. Most campsites have room for two tents. Each campsite a locker for food storage. (bear country = store food properly)

Sawmill Campground

• Elevation: 9,800′
• Number of Sites: 12
• Camping Reservations: No
• Sites Available: First come, First serve
• Vehicle Accessibility: none
• Length of Stay: 14 Days
• Water: No piped water
• Toilet: Vault
• Season: Closed during winter & spring
• Fee: Yes
• Operated By: National Forest Service
• Closest Town: Lee Vining, CA


This Sawmill Camp should not  be confused w/ Sawmill Lake, a 4×4 camping lake, inside Tahoe National Forest, near Donner Pass i80