Restrooms are but a short skip away, so you don’t have to worry about taxing your bladder when you rehydrate after your latest failed sa Read more... A small site along the banks of the Stanislaus River, Pigeon Flat Campground is the perfect camp for exploring the geological wonder that is the Columns of the Giants. Two is always better than one! In the busy summer months this park gets impacted as well, so early arrival times are recommended. If that’s your thing, stay at Niagara OHV Campground. With campsites a’plenty—some even have views of the rushing Stanislaus River—Baker is a reliable spot to camp even in the hustle and bustle of the summer months. The grounds are surrounded by gorgeous conifer trees and each site has access to a fire pit and a grill (your panini maker will thank you). It’s got on-site comfort basics like water and toilets, but leaves room for spontaneity's spark with a first-come, first-served policy. There are no showers here, but there luckily is a river nearby. You can chill on the shoreline with some beautiful cabins to your back, as long as you are respectful of the private property. Water was a bit of a problem on the southern half of the loop, which is probably why there weren’t many mosquitoes. Alright, so we’re going to be straight up with you camper—Hermit Valley Campground isn’t your pamper-me-in-the-woods kind of site. That said it was beautiful and lots of lakes and meadows. Find yourself surrounded by a crowd of like-minded, nature-lovin’ peeps, but keep in mind there is crowds. Location. Gotta love that riverside camping. Mile 4 and 5 were probably the worst with it leveling out and then climbing more before dipping down to piute around mi 8. The trail was only spotty between Lower Buck and Wood Lake. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. It’s a great place to catch some whitewater, take a dip in the river, and glamp out by the campfire. These first-come, first-served sites are awesome if you’re looking for a quick weekend break from the city. Day three of three!! Stanislaus is busting with lakes and ponds, which means it’s fishing galore. Trailhead was a bit confusing about upper or lower loop towards Gem or Wood Lake, but ended up starting on the lower loop. A primitive campground is available and it offers vault toilets. With grills, fireplaces, and tables on site, what more could your heart desire? 4. about a mile past the y for disaster Creek the trail gets a little washed out and stomped down by cows, but it was not too hard to find. Stanislaus National Forest - Duration: 16:36. Camped at Piute and Grouse lake. 1. We only went to Sheep Camp and did local scrambling just by Black Hawk Lake, but it was still spectacular. Try the hike down to the Tuolumne River for some rafting on one of the most cha Read more... We have a zero-tolerance policy against discrimination at Hipcamp and are committed to helping our Host and Hipcamper community be inclusive. only saw a few people. Thurderstorms picked up around 3 p.m. so getting an early start on the hike up the dome is necessary. You don’t have to be a backpacker to really dig this spot, though it may help. How can it not be?! None complained that our dogs were off leash. Open Campgrounds. Very nice. Recommended for tent camping only due to some rough terrain, Lost Claim Campground is fit for Derek Zoolander’s latest look “rustique. " Piute Creek was almost completely dry where it crossed near Groundhog Meadow. What can be better than a secluded forest campground with a creek that’ll give you all the serenity you lack in everyday life? (Seriously, look at it.) Located on scenic Pinecrest Lake, this is known as the Beverley Hills of the Sierras. Contact Us : Baker Campground. Contact Information. Real-time Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watch Warnings help keep our community safe. The view at Buck lake was incredible. Mosquito Lakes is a pretty awesome place to fish. The trail is relatively flat until you get to the start of the peak and then the elevation gain picks up dramatically. This trail also seems to be moderately trafficked by horses and pack mules with groups on pack trips—you’ll be able to see (and smell) the abundance of “presents”, “trail markers”, or whatever you wanna call them on your path. Time to crack a cold one, cook some fish over the fire, and gaze up to that big frying pan in the sky! 1:58 . Trails weave throughout the area, Read more... Fresh mountain air, tall trees and a nearby fishing lake. Only open when the Alpine Lake basin is full, this spot is a life saver for all you spontaneous weekend-warriors out there. This site is typically ope Read more... You’ll be smarter than the average bear (or person) if you choose to kick it in the mixed conifer forest at Cherry Valley Campground. You will need to navigate yourself around if this is the first time that you are here. Carson-Iceberg Backpacking Loop: Golden Canyon, Elder Creek, Disaster Creek, Gianelli Trail to Chewing Gum Lake, Leopold Lake, Deer Lake and Gem Lake. Nestled amongst the wooded conifer forest west of Lake Alpine, this campground is your easy access point to a good time. There is a small stream on the grounds, and the main roads and parking pads are dirt-surfaced. Explore Stanislaus - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. we did a counter-clockwise version of this loop, and added an extra ~4 miles to see Wood Lake, Deer Lake, and Jewelry Lake. © 2020 Hipcamp, Inc. All rights reserved. Would recommend Gem over Piute-- seemed like a nicer swimming lake with better scenery. Picnic areas are dispersed throughout the park as well. The Quick and Dirty: Location – Stanislaus National Forest Distance – Varies, 10 miles to Gem Lake Terrain Type – Flat terrain, Switchbacks, Stairs. Upper Buck Lake is also perfect for camping. Lake was ok but I wish I had been able to stay at Gem which was gorgeous. Stanislaus National Forest Sand Bar Flat Campground is a forested site on the middle fork of the Stanislaus River. Just a mile from Highway 108, you’ll be an easy drive from civilization (read: food and gas), yet a limite Read more... Big Meadow Campground is spacey, dreamy, and scenic as a Mother Nature. I would really recommend this trip. Amongst a mixed conifer forest you’ll have access to the basics, get comfortable and pose awkwardly next to an old-timey water pump. Few other hikers. Calaveras District 5519 Highway 4 PO Box 500 Hathaway Pines, CA 95233. 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