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Established Camping

Mcbride Springs Campground


National Forest

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Description : Situated on the lower slopes of Mt. Shasta at an elevation of 5000 feet, this popular campground has 12 sites with tables and fire rings, suitable for tents and small RV's. Vault toilets and water available. 7 day limit. $10 per night. No reservations. Usually opens by Memorial Day weekend and closes near the end of October. Conveniently located on Mt. Shasta and only a few minutes from I-5, services and supplies. A miniature spring-fed seasonal creek flows through the campground, and a hand operated pump provides well water. _ Special note : In 2009 a root disease was discovered in the campground that affected all of the white fir trees, killing some and infecting others. These hazardous trees were removed in early 2011 to allow the campground to be reopened for use. A major effort by the Forest Service to clean up the debris and replant non-affected native species in the campground occured throughout the spring of this year. Although the area has been temporarily impacted, in time nature will restore this popular campground to pristine conditions._

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Mcbride Springs Campground is located in California

Detail location of campground


From the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station, head east on Alma Street (towards the mountain). Cross the railroad tracks and turn right at the signal onto Mt. Shasta Blvd. Continue two blocks to the next signal at Lake Street and turn left. Stay on Lake Street. You will climb a hill and veer to the left. You are now on Everitt Memorial Highway. Stay on this road through the four way stop, past the school (on the right) and over the railroad tracks. You will leave town and begin driving up the mountain. In 4 miles there will be a sign for McBride Springs Campground.


41.35168333 N
122.28355036 W

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
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  • Standard (Tent/RV)
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  • ADA Access
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5 Reviews

Anna O.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2024

Lil hidden gem

Beautiful shaded spots, first come, no reservations. Self pay kiosk, not very many spots. You can park 1-2 vehicles or very small camper.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Mcbride Springs Campground by Anna O., June 12, 2024
Jordie G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 24, 2023

Great campground

This campground had a paved road throughout and had a water spigot and vault toilets. Each site had a fire pit with a grate, a table, and a bear box. Site 9 is the camp hosts. It is a first come first serve campsite.

We stayed at site 1 and had pretty nice afternoon shade. Our drive-in lot was pretty level. The bathrooms were clean and had toilet paper. We have T-Mobile and had great reception. It got a little windy but we we slept in our van so we did not have to worry about our stuff blowing away.

The campsite itself was a short walk from a few great hike. The Muir Acsencion was the one we took.

Month of VisitJune
Toni  K.
Reviewed May. 18, 2021

Cheap campground near shasta

There are 14 camp grounds. About 7/8 have bear bins. There is no water right now because the spring/well is dried up)-: there are fire rings on about 1/2 the camp cites. Bathrooms are close but, kinda gross. Nice shade and trees to slack line. No camp host so but fire wood and in town. Very close to town about 10 minutes or so. You can also drive down the road farther and just get free dispersed camping.

Month of VisitJune
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Kimberly K.
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2019

McBride Springs Campground

When I'm up in Mt. Shasta this is where I camp. It's easy for both vanlife and tent camping as well as car camping. 

I hesitate to tell anyone about this place because it's one of the less expensive campgrounds in the state, has a group camp, and the sites are far enough apart to offer some privacy. It's very basic. No showers. But there are vault toilets. The running water comes down the mountain in the form of a creek, and there is a water pump at the well for those who would rather not test their constitution with the stream. 

The elevation is not as high as Panther Meadows and the access to the camp at McBride is easier.

Deer wander through the campground and sometimes visit the tents.

Bring everything you need or plan on running into town (about seven miles) to go shopping or out for meals. It's about another seven or eight miles to the Old Ski Bowl trail head where both campers and locals gather to watch the sun rise or set over the mountains.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Mcbride Springs Campground by Kimberly K., October 14, 2019
  • Review photo of Mcbride Springs Campground by Kimberly K., October 14, 2019
  • Review photo of Mcbride Springs Campground by Kimberly K., October 14, 2019
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2018

Clean, Well-Kept & Near Amenities

There are fire pits, hand-pump water spouts, small creek from water spring runoff, bathrooms, and its only $10 to stay. The surrounding area is beautiful, and the town is nearby.

Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Mcbride Springs Campground by Justine B., October 8, 2018
  • Review photo of Mcbride Springs Campground by Justine B., October 8, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the max vehicle length at Mcbride Springs Campground?

Mcbride Springs Campground allows vehicles up to 16 feet.

Are fires allowed at Mcbride Springs Campground?

Yes, according to campers on, fires are allowed at Mcbride Springs Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Mcbride Springs Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on, Mcbride Springs Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Mcbride Springs Campground?

According to campers on, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is fair, and T-Mobile is unknown.