Wrights Lake Campground is situated in the timber belt, close to the lake shore, looking up at the majestic rocky peaks of the Sierra Nevadas and Desolation Wilderness. The area is well-known for its hiking, wildflowers and birding.
The campground provides access to the lake, where visitors enjoy trout fishing, swimming and boating activities. Motorboats are prohibited in the area.
Hikers will enjoy access to multiple foot and horseback riding trails within 5 miles of the campground. Various trailheads, including Bloodsucker, Rockbound and Twin Lakes trails, provide access to Desolation Wilderness.
Educational programs are offered at the amphitheater, and mountain biking and off-road vehicle use is popular on Barrett Lake Jeep trail. Wilderness permits for day hiking are available at the trailheads, and overnight hiking permits are available at Pacific Ranger Station.
The campground offers dozens of campsites for tent and RV camping. Several sites offer sweeping views of Wrights Lake.
Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills, and firewood can be gathered in the area. Accessible vault toilets. A camp host is available during the daytime.
At nearly 7,000 feet in elevation, the campground is surrounded by pine and fir trees with a grassy understory. Wildflowers bloom throughout the spring and summer seasons.
Some sites are nestled among giant boulders, providing privacy for campers. The campground is close to Wrights Lake, a 40-acre body of water popular for its serene and quiet atmosphere.
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At the top of the Sierras, El Dorado national forest, tucked in away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Stunning views, and blue skies, campground is well maintained and accessible. Rvs and tent camping. Shallow lake that warms up a little for kayaking and swimming. Great family lake.
All sites are reservable and are pretty much snapped up at the six-month reservation window but we showed up in mid-August and were able to snag a couple of sites released by folks not showing up for their reservations. The 1-16 loop has the best sites for access to your car and proximity to the lake. Odd numbered sites 9-17 also have no backyard neighbors and more privacy.
Lake is very swimmable but no motorized craft allowed. Cool section of river channels at the back of the lake toward the Twin Lakes Trailhead.
Twin Lakes Trailhead takes you to desolation wilderness and some great day hikes. If you're in decent shape you can easily do the Twin Lakes/Boomerang/Island Lake trail, but pack a rain jacket for surprise alpine thunderstorms. These Lakes are colder but still pretty swimmable. Absolutely beautiful.
Be prepared for lots of mosquitos early in the season. They were mostly gone by mid-August, but I sustained a few munches when I was there in early July.