Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp
Cabins, backpacker resupply services and dog friendly
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 and hair dryer. And there's Wifi and cable TV. Complimentary breakfast is offered mid June through mid October. To check on rates or make a reservation, click here.
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.
We also encourage fishermen and hunters to make the Williamson your Base Camp — ask about our special rates for longer stays.
We are dog friendly. One of our cabins includes a fenced sitting area where Fido can stretch his legs. And be sure to 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 Sierra Nevada Big Horn Sheep Foundation.
Make a reservation online, call us at 760-878-2121 or email MtWilliamsonMotel@gmail.com.
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. Co-owners Cris Chater aka Strider and her partner Doug will go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Their 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..."
"These are amazing, wonderful people who own and operate 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 owners 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 owners are really 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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