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Walker Pass Campground and Trailhead

Walker Pass Campground/Trailhead is located just west of Walker Pass on State Highway 178. 

Drinking water is no longer available, but an alternate source of water is  from a nearby spring development located 1/10 mile west on Highway 178, in the bottom of the drainage by the 30 mph sign.  Look for the square cement structure.

Options to get potable to Walker Pass Campground are under consideration, but it may not happen until 2013 or later.

Eleven sites are walk-in sites for Pacific Crest Trail hikers and tent campers, while two sites have a parking spur for vehicles.

Hitching racks and corrals are available for horses.  Located at 5,000 feet, there are pinyon pines and a few Joshua trees in this semi-arid setting. There are no reservations or fees but donations are accepted.


Sunset on the Pacific Crest Trail 

 Hill on the PCT near Walker Pass Trailhead 

Winter recreation at Walker Pass 


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Walker Pass Campground and Trail Head Sign on Highway 178 at entrance 



Drinking water is no longer available at Walker Pass.




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Bureau of Land Management

Bakersfield Field Office

3801 Pegasus Drive

Bakersfield, CA 93308

(661) 391 6000

Office Hours:  7:30-4:15, Monday through Friday