Patricia O.
sacramento, CA
Joined May 2018
Best camping in Blue Lakes Basin

Situated at the north end of Upper Blue Lake, this is the farthest back of the campgrounds at the PG&E operated Blue Lakes Basin. The road is very bumpy in spots, 2WD is ok, just take it slow and go all the way past the other campgrounds to the end. Once there you will find nice, quiet and clean campsites nestled among the trees. It feels pretty remote. This is the kind of campground I like. There are about 25 sites with picnic table, fire ring, vault toilets, piped water. So you won't have too many neighbors.

There is access to the lake - fish, swim, kayak, etc. The Evergreen trail head is right at the edge of the campground. Before you hike it, stop in at the Carson Pass Ranger station where you can get a small booklet detailing the history of Summit City Canyon.

The trail on the other side of the lake goes up to Granite Lake and beyond to Grouse or Deadman's peak if you'd like a harder hike - and is lovely. There are so many other lakes and trails in the area. You will not get bored. Or catch the PCT.

Convenient but crowded Yosemite campground

This campground is good enough – it was the other campers I didn’t like. We were there on a weekend which likely impacted our experience. It is conveniently located just a couple of miles from the junction of Tioga Rd and the road into Yosemite Valley (about 25 miles), and also a good location if you want to go to Hetch Hetchy. 

The sites are a little tight so not much privacy. There was no peace and quiet due to other campers many of whom have no camping etiquette as far as night time parties and noise. Ear plugs were needed. Several walked right through our site (practically through the tent) to get to the bathroom. Ugh. That will startle you up in the middle of the night. If I stay there again I will try something on the outer loop or a week day. 

Roads are paved which is nice. Flush toilets, drinking water, picnic table, fire ring food locker. A gas station and small general store are eight miles away at Crane Flat which is a plus for a longer stay. Showers are in the valley and there is typically a wait on busy days.

I recommend in the spring that you visit Hetch Hetchy, which also has spectacular waterfalls and is not so crowded. If you can handle a longer day hike – go all the way to Rancheria falls. Otherwise to Wapama falls and back is about 5.5 miles.

Perfect location for Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Jennie Lakes

We spent 5 days here and it was a perfect location for what we wanted to do - go to Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Jennie Lakes Wilderness. I would definitely stay here again, great place for tent camping - quiet, well-maintained and clean, fairly spacious sites. The hosts were awesome, there are nearly 50 sites in this campground - yet the hosts freshly raked each one before the new campers arrived. How nice is that! It was not too crowed, and the sound of streams running nearby was the main noise - no traffic noise. Unlike the upper Stony creek across the way, this had flush toilets and drinking water.

Pay showers, general store, and gas are just a few files away.

You might need earplugs

This is not a destination campground, nor a great site for tent camping. That said – it can be really hard to get a spot in Tahoe. This site saved our trip, and was conveniently located. It was fine for a weekend, or just passing through. We did not explore along the river too much, and that might have made it better. Okay place, but not what you think of when you say you are going to Tahoe to camp. Not much shade, rocky, small sites. The hosts were quite nice though. Picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Vault toilets.

The biggest downside is that it is right on a busy highway. There was always road noise which was quite loud at times. Also you’ll hear your neighbors – every word. You might not notice this so much in if RV camping? A lot of bear activity in the area so follow the rules keep your food locked up.

There is a grocery, pharmacy, fast food nearby which was handy too.

Decent campground within driving distance of Pinnacles

This location is a fairly convenient distance to Pinnacles National Park if you prefer not to stay at the national park campground. A little more expensive since we are not Thousand Trail members but has a laundromat, small store, pool, showers – though some were out of order. It looked the place needed a tune up, not bad, just a little run down and things needed to be fixed. I would stay here again. Compared to the campground at Pinnacles where we were going, we feel this is the better option. Pinnacles is mostly day hikes so this campground is perfect.

The staff were friendly and helpful. We had quiet, wildlife (saw a bobcat and heard owls at night), and a pretty flat and roomy tent site. Our site was shady enough, though not all sites appeared so lucky. It seemed like there were lots of activities for the kids. We were only there one night and did not check out anything else the campground has to offer so can't comment.

It is a big campground, and I can't recall the site number we had. It was a little confusing as to what we could take or not. There seemed to be quite a few long term campers in the Rv area.

Redwoods & Ocean: California's best

I highly recommend this location - what could be better than camping in the redwoods, with elk grazing in the meadow right next to your camp!

Sites were decent sized for our 2 tents, surrounded by trees and bushes offering some privacy so you don’t feel like you are right on top of your neighbors. Very clean bathrooms, decent showers, picnic tables, fire pits. You are expected to keep your site ‘crumb clean’ and will be provided with instruction about that.

The only downside is that it can get very damp at night – which made it seem a little colder and had a lot of tent condensation.

There are many wonderful hikes in the area – love it when you can get forest and ocean on the same trail! Normally I don’t like hearing other people’s campground music, but whoever was singing vespers it was beautiful. Slept peacefully to sounds of the creek running by our site.

The visitor center was good and gave us a lot of useful information. The ranger even came around to let us know of local events.

Wonderful Burney Falls

Nice campground though it can be very crowded. If you have kids it's perfect, close to the lake with a beach area, and activities are offered by the park staff. You can hike or drive to the lake, and of the waterfall, which is easily accessible, is simply beautiful. Watch for black swifts by day, and big eared bats at night by the waterfall. Last time I went, there was an Osprey nest at the falls. The park has a nice visitor center and small store. Sites have a picnic table, food locker, fire ring, there are showers, flush toilets and water. The sites are nice sized and mostly level.

A suggestion if you want to skip the crowds - I've gone in the off season when a smaller section of the campground is open. It is cold at night – but you could hear the waterfall all night – best sleep ever! In the evening I had the waterfall all to myself (bring a bottle of wine)! I saw only two other people there in the morning. There are also cabins that looked nice.

Check out McCloud falls while in the area, it's a nice hike to three different falls. Note, the PCT goes through here if that is of interest to you.

From camp to coast!

Great area to explore. I don't remember our site #, we got the last one available and were quite happy with it. Fire ring, picnic table, food locker, drinking water, restroom (no shower), nice clean campground. Plenty of room for 2 tents without feeling crowded, and it was semi-private (could see but weren't bothered by neighbors). It's on the coast so be prepared for wind and it being chilly. There were very active raccoons, and it got damp at night so keep your stuff put away.

There was a trail from the campground to the coast that I took first thing in the morning. At various places in the park you can see tafoni formations, tons of wildflowers in season, and lots of sea life. Just a lovely coastal area to explore, each cove is a little different. There is a small visitor center. I would love to go back. We also hiked at the nearby Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve.

Lake Oroville, nice camping, so many things to do!

Really enjoyed this campground which is part of the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area. The staff where we checked in were helpful with all of our questions about the area. We stayed here for a trip to Feather Falls, then Table Mountain on the way home. There are local hiking trails, and of course all kinds of water recreation at the lake. The Lake Oroville Visitor Center has a small museum and exhibits. Staff there were wonderful too.

Picnic tables, fire ring, flush toilets. We never felt crowded in our campsite here. If this campground isn't right for you, there are others within this SRA.

Fun campground at Silver Lake

This is a great place to camp if you want to go to Silver Lake or other area lakes for water recreation or hiking. Also the Pot Holes are along the river right along this campground - downside is that there can be a lot of foot traffic due to the pot holes. Some sites are under the trees, some are more up against the rocks. First come, first served / no reservations. Car and RV sites, picnic tables, fire rings.

Kit Carson, Plasses and Kirkwood all have a small mom and pop stores with limited supplies This campground is not the same ownership as Silver Lake East which is on the other side of HWY 88.

Hwy 88 - good spot to know about

Found this campground when all the main ones along HWY 88 were full. This campground is east of Silver Lake on the north side of Highway 88. It's dispersed camping, but there are toilets and several sites have fire rings. No picnic tables. If you like more secluded camping, you should be able to find a nice shady spot here!

Several trails can be explored from here.

Nice camping for families

Stayed here a couple of times, and recommend staying away from the road as it is very busy and you can hear traffic noise at night. The small pond has lots of ducks and birds and is quieter if you can get a spot nearby. It was a tight squeeze to fit two tents in our campsite, but they vary in size. There is a host so the vault toilets are kept clean. Picnic table, piped water, fire ring.

This is close to several lakes and good hiking.

One of the best in the state

Great place to camp. Close to Truckee so you can easily get supplies. Lots of trees give a private feel even though it is a busy campground. Good sized camp sites for the most part (I recall one loop has smaller ones) and bear boxes that will hold your cooler no problem. Showers, too. RV, tent, group, boat-in sites all available here.

Just a short walk to the lake and there are easy walking trails. There is a nice museum/visitor center and lots to do in the area.

Rustic and remote

There are only a few campsites here, 12, I think, and a rough road getting (SUV or truck recommended) into the campground. Once you reach camp, you’ll be rewarded with serene and beautiful surroundings. Lots of lakes and hiking in the area. Mosquitos can be a problem so come prepared. Vault toilet. No trash service, no piped water. There are picnic tables and fire rings.

Nice location, right on the hwy though

This is a nice location in that it's right across the road from Caples Lake. There can be a lot of road noise depending on your site as some sit right along the highway. Stayed here many times in various sites. There is a lot of hiking in the area, and several lakes. Vault toilets, picnic tables, grills, fire rings. May or may not have water. Hosts are nice and keep it quiet.

Good camping in Carson Pass area

Nice campground if you can get a spot, we've stayed at several different sites. The hosts are nice and will let you know the best one available. No running water or electricity or anything fancy. It's quiet, the stars are amazing, and there are good hikes in the area. Downsides are that it fills up fast (I think just 25 sites) and there can be a lot of mosquitoes. Bears may wander through too.

Vault toilets, bear boxes, picnic table, fire ring.

You can walk to the lake from the campground.

Thankfully, it's still here!

The campground survived the fires of 2017 intact, though quite a bit of the park is burned. Most of the trails are open, and you can access them right from the campground.

Some of the sites are smallish and close together, but the campground itself is pretty spread out so you just have side neighbors, there is no one behind you, and I've always found it pretty quiet. There is a campground host. Also a small visitor center and store just as you enter the campground. There are flush toilets, driving water, showers, picnic tables, fire rings. Stayed here several times in different sites.

Family campground & there are showers!

I think this would be considered the main campground at Lassen. It has showers, a store, gas, etc. So if that's what you want, it is 5 stars. It also tends to be crowded and busy, which to me is a downside. The sites are very close together so hope you get good neighbors. Still, your in Lassen, so Yay!

There is plenty of hiking, great trails for kids, it's near the visitor center, the main road and lake, so if I were going with kids I would think it ideal. Get a reservation well in advance of your trip.

Great location, when not full

Great location to hit all the tourist spots, this campground is right on the main road. Easy access to trail to more remote areas as well. When the campground is full, it is too busy for my tastes. I would think nice for kids as the lake and trails are right there. Vault toilets (again on a busy weekend not so great), drinking water, campfire rings, picnic tables. There is a small ranger station here, and while I didn't go to any they are supposed to have educational programs at the amphitheater here.

Best in Lassen

This is my favorite campground in Lassen because it is not crowded and the sites are decent sized. It's right by Cinder Cone (amazing views up top), Butte Lake and many nice hiking destinations. Bear boxes (yes, you need to use them), toilets, running water (though you need to check late season). It is a gravel road. There is a boat launch for kayaks and canoes..

This campground is 45 minutes from the main park road, so plan accordingly. If you stop at Hat Creek Rim Overlook on the way by, there is cell reception. Firewood and supplies are available at Old Station.