From Lone Pine, CA. Heading north on US Highway 395 N for about 15 miles to Independence. Turn left (west) on to Market Street, (signed for the Onion Valley.) Market Street turns into the Onion Valley Road in 0.2 miles. Stay on Onion Valley Road for about 13 miles to the trailhead parking area. The trial head is located at the west end of the smaller parking area. It loops around into a large circle. You can also park along side the road leading up to the circular parking area.
The area requires a permit to camp overnight but day hiking is free. The parking lot will fill up when weather is nice but you can park along the road. There are restrooms at the trailhead.
Solo hikes hold no boundaries. This image was taken over the 4th of July weekend this year. I spent two nights hiking, exploring and taking in the beautiful landscape.