Leavitt Meadow Campgrounds

Toiyabe National Forest, California

Camping on the bank of the
West Walker River.



Leavitt Meadow

Horseback Riding, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting


To reach Leavitt Meadow drive over the summit of Sonora Pass heading east and down to the meadow at the foot of the pass. It is 44 miles east of Pinecrest and about 8 miles west of Highway 395 at Sonora Junction.

Pickel Meadow

Leavitt Meadow is a 2 mile long grassland with the West Walker River meandering through it, a perfect location for fishing, photography, and hiking. In nearby Pickel Meadow (shown right) the Marines have a mountain warfare training facility. You will often see troops training on the cliffs above Leavitt Meadow or on maneuvers in the hills east of their base.

New Bridge

The foot-bridge at the Leavitt Meadow Campground was replaced in early May 2014.

A number of good fishing lakes are within an easy walk of Leavitt Meadow, including Poore Lake, Kirman Lake, and Lane and Roosevelt lakes. Adjacent to the Hoover Wilderness, Leavitt Meadow makes a good place to begin your explorations of the wilderness area with its numerous trails, lakes, and peaks. In the 1850s emigrant wagon trains rolled through Pickel Meadow and Leavitt Meadow, heading up into the mountains on their way to the gold fields.





map of Leavitt Meadow campgrounds

Leavitt Meadow Campground


The Leavitt Meadow Campground is at an elevation of 7,300' on the bank of the West Walker River in Leavitt Meadow. A trail which begins right at the campground leads across a bridge, providing access to the opposite bank and to the Hoover Wilderness. Leavitt Meadow Campground is usually open by April and stays open through October. It is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Leavitt Meadow Campground

Fees: $20 + $5 for an extra vehicle

Leavitt Meadow Campground Amenities

  • 1 tent-only site
  • 15 tent or RV sites
  • Piped water
  • Vault toilets

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Sonora Bridge Campground


The Sonora Bridge Campground is located about 4.5 miles east of Leavitt Meadow and 1.5 miles west of Sonora Junction (Highway 395) at an elevation of 7,000'. It is close to the West Walker River, making it a popular camping spot for anglers. It is usually open from May to October. The Sonora Bridge Campground is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sonora Bridge Campground

Fees: $12 + $5 for an extra vehicle

Sonora Bridge Campground Amenities

  • 22 tent or RV sites
  • Piped water
  • Vault toilets

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