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Pinecrest Campground

13 Reviews

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Overnight parking located across from the Pinecrest Kiosk is now designated as day-use only. Overnight parking for the campgrounds has been relocated off of Dodge Ridge Road on Old Pinecrest School Road. Please plan accordingly. For more information about the improvements planned please visit www.pinecrestlakeupdate.com

About This Campground

National Forest

Pinecrest lake camping features a large campground by Pinecrest Lake, just 30 miles east of Sonora, at an elevation of 5600 feet. The area includes a day-use beach and a marina, a small shopping center and recreation cabins. Pinecrest Campground caters to all ages and is within walking distance of…

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins
  • Tent Cabin

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Max Length: 48 ft.

Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite
  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Hike In
    Hike a trail to your campsite

Reviews

13 Reviews of Pinecrest Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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  • 0
  • 1
  • 4
  • 8
Ruben N.
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2021

Pinecrest campground

Pinecrest was an amazing place at the edge of the Stanislaus national forest. The community is great, the campground and bathrooms were very well maintained. It was a 10min walk to the lake. If you’re into fishing, there are trout in the area with some nice fishing spots labeled on the paper map.…

  • the lake from the hike
  • the bridge nicer the inlet
  • my dog finding a painted rock on the hike
SiteB11
Month of VisitJune
S
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2020

Repeat Campers

I love the access to the beach, the hikes, the coffee shop for mornings when you don’t want to get a fire started.

Can be a lot of RV generator noise, even (especially?) in early October.

MarinMaverick The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2020

Crowds, Crowds, Camping

I am a tent camper so bear that in mind. Do not get me wrong, pinecrest lake is beautiful.  And if you take the trail to the backside of the lake you get access to great granite back country.

But this campground is big. BIG. and crowded.  And then so many people come in for day use that it is…

Month of VisitNovember

Location

Pinecrest Campground is located in California

Directions

From Sonora, take Highway 108 east for 30 miles, take the Pinecrest exit onto Pinecrest Lake Road and continue to the campground.

Coordinates

38.1912 N
119.9944 W

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About This Campground

Pinecrest lake camping features a large campground by Pinecrest Lake, just 30 miles east of Sonora, at an elevation of 5600 feet. The area includes a day-use beach and a marina, a small shopping center and recreation cabins. Pinecrest Campground caters to all ages and is within walking distance of the lake, an amphitheater, visitor center, swimming beach and spectacular hiking trails. Pets are welcome, but must be compliant with Tuolumne County leash laws.

Recreation

The Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail takes hikers on an easy 4-mile stroll around Pinecrest Lake. Rainbow trout is a common catch in the lake and swimming is enjoyed at the sandy beach. Educational programs are also a highlight of the recreation area. Bike rentals are on hand so campers can bike around the area.

Facilities

Amenities for each site includes a paved parking pad, picnic table and campfire ring. Drinking water is handy and restrooms have flush toilets, sinks and a utility sink. No RV hookups area available but there is a dump station.

Natural Features

Many campsites are shaded by trees and sit near the southwest side of the 300-acre Pinecrest Lake in Stanislaus National Forest. In this beautiful mountain landscape, wildlife viewing opportunities include marmots, squirrels, coyotes and deer.

Stanislaus National Forest is situated in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. The area boasts gorgeous views of snow-capped mountain peaks and California's Great Central Valley.

Nearby Attractions

Sonora Pass, a scenic winding highway that has guided people across the Sierra Nevada since 1852, is located nearby.

ADA Access: N

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