About the Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp
The Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp specializes in services for backpackers, including food resupplies, planning and logistics. And a comfortable bed and hot shower, of course.
Owner Cris Chater, also known as Strider, has hiked the John Muir Trail for 21 consecutive years. She happily shares her trail expertise about her favorite part of the Sierra -- and a story or two.
Onion Valley Campground is only 13 miles away. It is a popular entry, exit and resupply area for backpackers trekking the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails, with Kearsarge Pass just 4.7 miles from the Onion Valley trail head.
Mt. Williamson is the second highest peak in California (14,389 feet ) and home to the Williamson Bighorn Sheep herd. The motel has murals of the endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep painted along two exterior walls, facing Highway 395. The murals are the first of a series of the Migrating Mural project, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation and created by artist Jane Kim.
The Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp is at the foot of the Eastern Sierra Nevada 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.
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