Mono Hot Springs Campground is located in the southern Sierra Nevada, above Kaiser Pass and Huntington Lake. (The Kaiser Pass road is a narrow one-lane winding mountain road. Large vehicles and trailers are not recommended.) Mono Hot Springs Campground is near the John Muir Wilderness and Ansel Adams Wilderness areas, located on the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. The campground is located between the natural hot springs, aspen trees and lodgepole pine trees.
Mono Hot Springs Campground has 31 sites with picnic tables, fire rings, bear boxes and a camp host on duty. The campground has no hook ups. Water and supplies are available next door at the lodge.
Every Friday night in the summer we offer a free interpretive program at the campground. The topics range from The History of Hydro-Electric in the Sierra’s, to Wildlife of the Sierras, and the local history of Native Americans.
It is an easy walking distance to the hot springs or the river. This is a great place for fishing, hiking, bird watching, photography and wildlife viewing, or just sitting back and enjoying a mountain life.
Mono Hot Springs campground is a great base for day hikes and for overnight wilderness hikes. To obtain lists of trails and to get a wilderness permit if hiking overnight, stop by the Huntington Lake Store and Eastwood Visitor Center as you drive up from Huntington Lake. Clean restrooms are available here.
Mono Creek to Mono Hot Springs: 10 miles RT. The trailhead is located on the south side of Edison and follows Mono Creek’s general path down to Mono Hot Springs, giving one many meadows, wooded areas and flowers to see. Approximately half way one comes to Mono Dam Diversion, a pretty area to watch animals and fish.
Devil's Bathtub:8 miles RT. Trailhead is located at the north west end of Lake Edison. It leads through Twin Meadows and is steep in some areas.
Devil's Table:5 miles RT. Leaving from Mono Hot Springs on the Tule Lake Trail, Devil’s Table can be easily reached. After reaching Tule Lake, cross country southwest ¾ of a mile over rocky terrain and the Devil's Table should be in sight.
Doris Lake: 2 miles RT. This lake is easily reached by foot from a trail that begins at Mono Hot Springs. A good hiker without a heavy pack can be there in 30 minutes. Fishing early in the season is from good to excellent. This trail is ideal for a family outing.
Bear Diversion Dam:6 miles RT. This is a 4WD road. It’s a leisurely hike on a dirt road out to the dam located on Bear Creek. It’s also an access trail to the John Muir Wilderness. The land is a young glaciated granite type; large boulders and slabs predominate. There is much evidence of glacial polishing.
Just outside Mono Hot Springs Campground is the historic Mono Hot Springs Lodge and Restaurant. The lodge offers mineral baths, messages and a camp store. The restaurant is known for their famous buffalo ribs and buffalo burgers.
A little further up the road, ten miles, is Vermilion Campground located on Thomas A. Edison Lake. This lake is stocked with fish, and in 1972 a record brown trout was caught. Also on the lake is Vermilion Valley Resort, were hikers from the Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail stop for a hot meal and to get resupplied for their continued trip.
Every year the Mono Indians takes a pilgrimage from Bishop, California to Mono Hot Springs. This 35 mile hike takes them over the Sierra Nevada's into Mono Hot Springs. They do this to teach the new generation how their ancestors migrated and traded. They then spend several days at the campground relaxing and enjoying the hot springs.