Giant Gap Campground is located on the north shore of Sugar Pine Reservoir, in the Tahoe National Forest. It is just 15 miles from Foresthill. Visitors enjoy the surrounding area for its fishing, canoeing, OHV and hiking opportunities.
Fishing, canoeing, swimming and boating are popular activities on the reservoir. A paved, non-motorized trail circles the campground and connects to the day use area and Shirttail Creek Campground.
The North Fork of the American River is nearby, with additional fishing and swimming. Many miles of hiking and off-road vehicle trails are in the surrounding area.
The campground offers several single- and double-family campsites, a few of which are accessible. Picnic tables, campfire rings and grills are provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water. Firewood is available for purchase from the host.
The campground and the adjacent 160-acre Sugar Pine Reservoir are situated at an elevation of 3,600 feet. The campground is situated in stands of cedar and ponderosa pine trees. Summertime temperatures are hot during the day and cool at night.
ADA Access: N
Positives: Lake views and close to the lake, big camp sites, bear boxes, close to the lake trail.
Negatives: Noisy campers past 10 pm. Fireworks, and gun shots heard nightly (after the 4th of July).
Not an ideal spot to bring your dog if they do like fireworks.
We took our one year old and two dogs here and it was awesome. Close to the water which had a nice beach area. The bathrooms and campsites were very clean and the campground was surrounded by beautiful big trees and greenery. Very peaceful. We visited in August so it was a little warm but with the shade from the trees and the lake we were all very comfortable.
Camped at Site 13 with an RV and a disabled father. We rode his e-tricycle (and I walked) all the way down to the lake and around it going clockwise. The trail around the lake extends about 75% of the way around, from the campground to the boat dock. The train CCW is current mostly dirt and some parts are washed out but you can still circumnavigate it.
Was quiet and comfortable.
To get there, follow the Forest Service directions, NOT google maps. You need to drive through the town of Foresthill first.
Such a beautiful lake for paddleboarding as there are no motor boats. Quiet, secluded, flat campsites. There is a great trail that goes entirely around the lake. I highly recommend this campground!
We really like this campground and would go more often if it wasn't such a drive to get there! Speaking of drive, if you're going to be driving there at night be sure to download the coordinates and pay VERY close attention to the directions…we got turned around a couple of times and it was almost impossible to find it!
They have quite a few paved, pull-thru sites which is super convenient. Some are more secluded than others, we didn't have any neighbors which was nice. The bathrooms arent anything to write home about. Seemed like mostly trailer/camper/RV people here and I didn't see very many tent campers (probably due to those nicely paved spots!) But it didn't seem to be a rowdy crowd so that's OK. It gets very hot, so be prepared.