Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp

Backpacker resupply services, dog friendly, non-smoking

The Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp offers rustic, relaxing and affordable accommodations at the foot of the majestic Eastern Sierra Nevada. We are located on Highway 395 in Independence, California, halfway between Death Valley and Yosemite National Park, and ideally located for recreation in and around the Eastern Sierra. The motel offers sweeping and uninterrupted views of the Sierra Nevada, including majestic Mt. Williamson, the second tallest mountain in California.

Each individual cabin has new beds, linens and towels, a full bathroom, refrigerator, microwave, free WiFi and cable TV.  Complimentary breakfast is offered mid June through September 30. To check on rates and availability or to make a reservation, click here.  When entering info for your reservation, please do it manually and do not use auto-fill with Google Chrome. Visit the Base Camp and meet our hikers on Facebook.

We offer resupply services and logistical support for backpackers on the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails and in the High Sierra. The popular Onion Valley trail head to Kearsarge Pass and the John Muir Trail is a 13-mile drive from the motel. We invite hikers to stay and share your stories with us. Our Facebook page features photos of the backpackers who stay with us and the magnificent Eastern Sierra.

The Base Camp is a non-smoking motel.

Cabins 1, 6 and room 8 are dog friendly.  Check out the murals of the endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep on the motel's exterior walls. The Mt. Williamson Motel is part of the Migrating Mural project by artist Jane Kim and the

View this amazing video about the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Recovery Program:

Make a reservation online, call us at 760-878-2121 or email

Here's what three recent guests said on Trip Advisor about their stay at the Base Camp:

"Experience of a Lifetime"
"In the little town of Independence is the biggest motel you will ever find. Not in size, but in friendliness, hospitality. and charm. Owner Cris Chater aka Strider will go out of her way to make you feel welcome. The hospitality is tops! If you are a hiker, either JMT or PCT, we highly recommend you use them as a RESUPPLY . And if you're not of the hiker world, stop there anyway, we guarantee you will not be disappointed." -- Sierra Madre, California, August 2014
"Way beyond expectations..."
"The owner is an amazing and wonderful person who owns and operates this cute motel. Spectacular views, excellent home-made breakfast and cozy rooms. This is a popular way-station for mountaineers, so you will have excellent conversation with the owner and the patrons during your stay. This simple motel will be a highlight of your trip." -- Paso Robles, July 2014
"Really nice play to stay"
"We really enjoyed our stay here. The cabins, actually more little houses, are lovely. Very clean and comfortable. The owner is friendly and willing to help. Perfect place to stay if you're looking fore a nice, quiet place on your road trip." -- Netherlands, June 2014

We encourage you to read what other people think of us on Trip Advisor and Yelp.

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