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Nearby cities & towns:

 Lakeshore  mountain
 Huntington Lake  mountain
 Shaver Lake  mountain
 Fresno
city
 Oakhurst  mountain
Wilderness Area Acres
Dinkey Lakes 30,000
Kaiser Wilderness 22,700
Some of the best snow-mobiling in California can be found here in Sierra National Forest: February thru April.
plus a local snow ski resort

Ranger Stations:
Sierra Forest Headquarters
1600 Tollhouse Rd
Highway 168
Clovis CA
559-297-0706
Bass Lake Rangers
57003 Road 225
North Fork CA
559-877-2218
High Sierra District
29688 Auberry Rd
Prather CA
559-855-5355
Mariposa Visitor Center
5158 Highway 140
Mariposa CA
209-966-7081
Yosemite NP
National Park Service
209-372-0200
Sierra National Forest
gov web site

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Sierra Nevada Backpacking

Wilderness Area Maps
Dinkey Lakes Maps
John Muir Maps
Kaiser Wilderness Map

Major Sierra Trailheads:

Campgrounds & Lodging

roughin' it;- small campgrounds, under 10 camp sites, usually located on back roads, minimal faciilities

suitable & sufficient - regular campgrounds, 12+ campsites, RV spaces, reservations common

staying in style - larger campgrounds, RV park w/ hookups, local inns, small hotels nearby

campground  elev.

spots

toilet water  
               

roughin' it 

             
Black Rock 7400' 7 vault piped drive for seclusion
Bolsillo 7400' 3 vault piped rare find on nice creek
China Bar 3300' 6 vault no
Clover Meadow 7000' 7 vault piped Ansel Adams Wilderness
Fish Creek 4600' 7 vault no Mammoth Pool
Fresno Dome 6400' 9 vault no Big Creek
Gaggs Camp 5700' 9 vault no Shuteye Peak 8951'
Giantea 6500' 7 vault no McKinley Sequoia Grove
Grey's Mtn 5200' 8 vault no
Little Jack Ass 4800' 5 vault no
Little Sandy 6100' 8 vault no
Lower Chiquito 4900' 7 vault no
Placer  4100' 7  vault piped  
Wiskers 5300' 8 vault no
             

suitable & sufficient

           
Badger Flat 8200' 15 vault - seclusion on Rancheria Crk
Badger Flat Group 8200' vault - on Rancheria Crk
Bass Lake 3400' 100+ vault piped several campgrounds
Big Sandy 5800' 14 vault - S entrance Yosemite NP
Billy Creek Lower 7000' 13 vault piped NW Huntington Lake
Billy Creek Upper 7000' 13 vault piped NW Huntington Lake
Buck Meadow 6800' 10 vault no Deer Creek near Wishon Lake
Chilkoot 4600' 14 vault no 2 miles from Bass Lake
College 7000' 11 vault piped Huntington Lake
Florence Lake 7400' 14 vault no long drive & well worth it
Granite Creek 7000' 20 vault no equestrians & backpackers
Jerseydale 3600' 10 vault piped May-Nov
Kinnikinnick
Kelty Meadow 5800' 10 vault no 6 mi. from Bass Lake
Kirch 1100' 17 vault no Kings River - rafters take out
Lily Pad 6500' 16 vault piped privacy w/ boulders. Wishon Res.
Mammoth Pool
Marmot Rock 8200' 10 vault piped walk-in spots & boat ramp
Mono Creek 7400' 14 vault piped Lake Edison & Mono Hot Spr
Mono Hot Spring 6500' 26 vault piped resort & campground
Nelder Grove 5300' 10 vault no May-Oct; near Bass Lake
Portal Forebay 7200' 11 vault no near Mono Hot Springs
Rock Creek 4300' 19 vault piped creekside
Sample Mdw 7800' 16 vault no Kaiser Creek & Wilderness
SawMill Flat 6700' 15 vault no
Soda Springs 4300' 16 vault no Mammoth Pool Reservoir
Soquel 5400' 14 vault no near Bass Lake & Oakhurst
Summerdale Yosemite NP CA SR 41
Summit 5800' 10 vault piped June-Nov
Swanson Meadow 5600' 12 vault no near Shaver Lake
Sweet Water 3800' 10 vault no at Mammoth Pool Reservoir
Texas Flat Group Camp Bass Lake
Upper Chiquito 6800' 20 vault no Chiquito Creek
Vermillion Lake Edison
Voyager Rock 8200' 14 vault no
Ward Lake 7300' 17 vault no on Florence Lake Rd
Whiskey Falls 5800' 14 vault no
             

staying in style

           
Dinkey Creek Campground 5800' 128 sites flush piped reservations recommended
Huntington Lake Resort 7000' cabins flush piped 559-893-3226
Lakeshore Resort 7000' cabins flush piped 559-893-3193
Rancheria Campground 7000' 100 sites flush piped Huntington Lake
China Peak Lodge 7000' 48 rooms flush piped 559-893-3316
Condo Rentals 8000' private flush piped 800-879-8989
Jones Store @ Beasore
Meadow, Bass Lake
6800' cabins & RV sites flush piped 805-459-0190
805-773-4356

Sierra Forest Primitive Camping

signage Hwy 168

Sierra National Forest has many areas for primitive camping, for free, away from the crowded campgrounds. To camp like this, you must obtain a free campfire permit at the ranger station. Dirt back roads provide plenty of back country options that lead to high elevation, small serene lakes, secluded camps, wildflower meadows & streams.

granite mtns 

  • Dinkey Creek Area
  • McKinley Grove (Sequoia)
  • Florence Lake
  • Edison Lake
  • Coyote Lake (4WD access only)
  • Red Lake (4WD access only)
  • Brewer Lake (4WD access only)
  • Courtright Lake
  • Wishon Lake
  • Mammoth Pool Reservoir



The San Joaquin River starts way up here

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Sierra Nevada Lakes

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