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49 Reviews of 20 Alta Campgrounds

BRIAN O.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2021

Nice spot on the river

First visit here. Our campsite was right on the river. We enjoyed our stay here and would likely return to lounge in the river during the summer. Nice trails to explore that run along the river’s edge. Easy trails for beginners.

  • river map
  • strange critters seen on the road to the campgrounds
  • a little history
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SiteADA accessible
Month of VisitOctober
Nicki A.
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2021

Charming primitive campground!

Came to Mineral Bar in late September and loved it. It's only about an hour from Sacramento, including that windy road down into the canyon. The river was VERY low, but it was still fun to play around and float away the hot early fall afternoon. 

The sites are fairly small and the campground…

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Month of VisitOctober
Azizah T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2021

Quiet dispersed camping

We backpacked up to the high loch levens lake where we found many available campsites. But also a lot of the nice view spots were occupied since we didn’t start our hike up early, we started at 5:30pm. The middle lake is very large and had many beautiful spots to camp. But we headed to the upper…

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Month of VisitAugust
C
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2021

Great little campground right in town

Small park with RV sites. Many with trees, some without and those get warm during summer months. Manager and park hosts are very friendly.

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Month of VisitSeptember
Maria O.
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2021

Nice little lake

It is a very nice, little campground. Sites were okay. Not spacious but not too tight either. The lake was warm and it can get a little breezy in the afternoon. Make sure to bring a kayak or SUP board to enjoy the lake. The only con was there were too many duck poop everywhere especially on the…

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Month of VisitAugust
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2021

Convenient - which is good and bad

This campground is super convenient - not more than a 3 minute drive from Highway 80 on a well paved Eagle Lakes Road.

The campground sits directly below Highway 80... as in, you can look up and see the cars from some campsites, and hear the cars from many campsites. Multiple high power lines…

Month of VisitJuly
jesus R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2021

Nice experience

Took my wife here for her first backpacking trip. Was over all a great experience. Went at the end of June . The lake is shallow in some areas with white sand . It got a bit windy at night and the mosquitoes were gone by the morning but mosquitoes do love hanging out by the water. Cool spot to stay…

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Month of VisitJuly
LThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2021

VERY well-maintained family campground, with sometching for everyone!

More family oriented than “upscale,” what struck me was even though it maintains a substantial trout fishery, the surface tempin early June was z74 — PERFECT for swimming, tubing, etc.

Although the lake level is sadly representative of CA drought conditions, fishing was good. We caught 7 rainbows…

  • North view
  • Caught on BrightRed PowerBait.
  • E view
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Month of VisitJuly
Outdoordude D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2021

Go to spot

Being close to home doesn't hurt. Love going during the week. Less crowded that way. Good fishing. When the water is up, my favorite spot is 396. I can kayak right from camp.

  • Feeling like I had the campground to myself.
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Month of VisitMarch
J
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2021

Great sites

Very nice area beautiful lake definitely reccomend bringing ear plugs as the nature in the morning is a very early alarm clock over all a great site that we will come back to

Month of VisitMay
Camila
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2021

Beautiful and green but some spots are better than others

We stayed there for a weekend in late March and it was gorgeous! The only thing is most of the good spots were closed off. There was only one really good spot with shade that was more secluded than the others so I would suggest getting there early

  • cool bridge close to the campsite
  • one of the locals
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Month of VisitApril
Christian N.
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2020

Off the beaten track

Only 15 minutes away (windy road) from Colfax, but feels so remote!

Beautiful mountain valley of north fork. Clean campsites right along road with bearboxes, picnic tables, and fire pits. Easy river access down the hill to rocky swimming pools. Water was COLD obviously in December haha. Many…

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Christian N.
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2020

Hidden jem

I guess it’s a 5 minute uphill walk from the PCT and is hidden (plus not on PCT maps) so it’s relatively unused for non-locals. Always find something fun here left behind. 8 bunks. Some counter space. Wood. And a nice privy

Christian N.
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2020

Ate some grubb at this hut

Also... got rid of some grubb here too. Nice bathroom. Fun historical place a nice hike away from Castle Peak and far enough away that you don’t get the crowds. Kitchen, firewood, fireplace, and a bunch of bunks

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