High up in the mountains sits Onion Valley, a campground where visitors get to delve into the John Muir Wilderness. You'll find this area way up at 9,200 feet, meaning there are some pretty spectacular views to be had. While this park is not open during the cold, winter months, any other time of year it is the place to be to truly get away from it all.
The grounds are made up of 30 sites, all offering nice privacy with trees in between the lots. Each site comes with a bear-proof locker, which campers are required to use as this area is heavily populated with the big, furry omnivores. It's also important to lockup toiletries, your pooch's food and treats, along with anything else that may have a perfumed scent to it. You'll have your own picnic table to use and campfires are permitted here as long as no fire ban is in place. To ensure you can get in and out of the campground, do not bring a camper that is longer than 16 feet. While there is tap water at the washrooms, it does not appear to be designated for drinking, so plan accordingly!
You (and your pooch) will be thrilled to know that there are amazing hiking trails all around Onion Valley. The Kearsarge Pass (located right near the grounds) actually joins up with the Pacific Crest Trail, which makes its way right up to Canada! Anglers also love it here, as Robinson Lake is close by, along with excellent creeks for catching various kinds of trout. This valley is quite popular amongst photographers too, as the dips of forest surrounded by impressive mountain peaks make for some absolutely stunning shots.
While visiting with your pupper in tow, you are asked to keep them on-leash throughout your stay. Dogs must never be left unattended on the grounds, either. As you are in bear country, always keep your fur-baby close to you even when hiking out in the bush. It's also a good idea to stoop and scoop so as not to attract any unwanted black bear attention!
Thinking of taking your dog on a mountain hike adventure sometime soon? Onion Valley promises not to disappoint!