Pine Marten Campground is located in the Calveras Ranger District, at the east end of Lake Alpine Recreation Area in a timbered setting near several trailheads.
Lake Alpine provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities: fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, boating, OHV trails, swimming, and wildlife watching. Interpretive programs are offered by Forest Service rangers during the summer months.
Campsites with room for up to 6 people, 3 tents, and 2 vehicles per campsite. Picnic tables, campfire rings, toilets are available. Hot showers and laundromat available at nearby Lake Alpine Resort. No electricity or hook-ups. Pets are welcome. Firewood, camping and fishing supplies, food, and apparel is available in the general store at Lake Alpine Resort.
Pine Marten Campground sits at an elevation of 7,400 feet on the east end of Lake Alpine within the Stanislaus National Forest. The forest lies between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite and boasts gorgeous views. Squirrels, chipmunks, deer, marmots, coyotes, bears, eagles, and many different birds make this area their home. The wildflowers are also beautiful!
A restaurant, bar, general store, and boat rentals can be found at nearby Lake Alpine Lodge. The immediate area is suited for forest and wilderness recreation. A short car ride away there is Grover Hot Springs, Mercer Caverns, Mountain Adventure Seminars, and the wine country of Calaveras County.
Great family campground but if your in search of solitude this is not the spot. Situated across from the campground is the day use area which is very popular and noisy.
Facilities are clean and the campground is beautiful, great walking path too!
It’s the last campground along hwy 4 with amenities and cell phone reception. A truly great spot but for these reasons alone it’s far too crowded for my tastes. Inspiration point trail is an easy hike with amazing views. Also a hike into Carson Iceberg wilderness into a majestic valley with old log cabins and free range cattle. Sadly this campground did not open until early July this year and will close after Labor Day weekend. There are still plenty of other camping options for late season if you continue up Highway 4 towards Ebbetts pass.
Our family has been camping here for 30 years. The last few years the amount of people is beyond capacity. Cars are crammed in all around the lake. The campground is first come first serve. Coming up on a Friday late, you won't get a spot. The best time to enjoy this beautiful place is in the middle of the week.
The inspiration trail it's right by this campground. It's a nice hike that goes up to the top of the mountain overlooking lake alpine. You also will see a spectacular view on the other side.
There's a small boat launch that's super packed in the weekends. It's almost impossible to drive a trailer for a small fishing boat thru there. There's so many cars parked all along the narrow road. During the week before children are out of school, no one is there. We've been able to launch our big pontoon boat on the launch. The speed limit for boats is 5 mph. I think.
Beware there's bears possible. There's no food lockers. We had one in our camp several years ago. He took our food. He roamed the campground every night and was a huge bear. The Ranger said it was The biggest male he's ever seen. Air horn in a can we had on the boat worked good to scare him away.
The campgrounds at Alpine Lake are beautiful and spacious. There are pit toilets and it’s a very short walk to the lake. There’s coin operated showers at the nearby lodge which also has a restaurant and little store. These are first come first serve sites and they are our family’s favorite place to car camp! Remember to always put away your food so it’s not visible. Some years there are bears that cruise by during the night.