Soquel Campground consists of two loops on the banks of Willow Creek. The primitive sites are well-shaded by pine and fir trees and can accommodate small trailers and tents.
Trails can be found off Highway 41 west of the campground, including the 3.7-mile Lewis Creek National Recreation Trail and the Miami Motorcycle Trails, a network of forest roads and trails for dirt bikes and off-road vehicles.
The Shadow of the Giants, a grove of giant sequoias, is popular 1-mile hike just a short drive north of the campground.
Each site has a dirt parking spur, picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Vault toilets are provided, but drinking water is not available. Campers must bring their own supply.
The Sierra National Forest, located on the western slope of the central Sierra Nevada, is known for its spectacular mountain scenery and abundant natural resources. The terrain includes rolling, oak-covered foothills, heavily forested middle elevation slopes and the starkly beautiful alpine landscape of the High Sierra.
Soquel Campground is located in the Highway 41 Corridor of the Bass Lake Ranger District. This area is known for the Nelder Grove of giant sequoias.
Yosemite National Park is a popular day trip from the area. The historic logging train at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is a little closer to the campground.
Soquel Campground is just off the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway (Sky Ranch Road), an 83-mile drive past many highlights of Sierra National Forest.
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The drive up can be difficult (especially at night) with dirt roads making tight turns; plus the signs get scarce after a certain point. The grounds are pretty well kept. The bathrooms could be a little cleaner. The firepit and grill were all par for the course. My only real complaint was that there were no bear food lockers for nighttime storage. There's signs warning people about bears at night, but you are advised to store food in cars. That kinda sucks since bears don't care at all about scratching your car to get to that food. That said, we never ran into any serious wildlife. BRING BUG SPRAY as the ladybugs and other insects are busy doing their thing, we're just visiting. The creek is gorgeous, and hey, there's some light fishing to be done in the creek as well!