Best riverside camping at Mokelumne River. Many miles off Hwy 88 - Mokelumne Campground
Guide to California: El Dorado Forest
Falls on Dogtown Creek
El Dorado Backpacking
- fire permits are required
- permits are required for overnight back country camping
- check with the correct ranger district for all back country
El Dorado Ranger Stations:
Trail head parking spots located at:
|Upper Hell Hole
| $ 0
end of Hell Hole Reservoir, best fishing in area]
Accessible by boat or trail only
Foresthill 36 mi. east via Mosquito Ridge & French
Meadows Rd. to south end of French Meadows Reservoir, turn on
Forest Service Rd #48, gravel road & go 12 mi. to the campground.
Trail is located a mile beyond boat launch.
open May- October
El Dorado Backroads
Foresthill CA: Forest
Service Rd #48 = 36 mi. east via Mosquito Ridge
& French Meadows Rd. to south end of French Meadows Reservoir,
turn on Forest Service Rd #48, gravel road & go 12 mi. to
the campground. Plenty of good dirt roads in the area. Some route will require 4x4 vehicle.
ElDorado boasts the best of both worlds. Awesome, small, lesser-known campgrounds and limitless dispersed camp sites. Find your own private river retreat - well away from the crowds. Two narrow Sierra highways wind thru the mountains - Highway 4 and Highway 88 - pick one and then start to explore. Secluded fishing, RV campgrounds, recreational lakes, creekside free camping.
If you are tired of crowded family campgrounds, then get yourself a free camp fire permit, area map & get out to explore these ElDorado backroads. You will find secluded riverside camps, plenty of tall shady pine trees & maybne even an old mine. But please respect the private property signs, or you may end up with a shotgun blast warning.
El Dorado Lakes
El Dorado Waterfalls
Handicap camp sites at Blue Lakes Campground, California