Lakes Basin Recreation Area

Lakes Basin Area, California

Golden gems of California, a collection of alpine lakes on the north end of Historic Gold Country, North Yuba River, Northern Sierra Nevada

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EAST of Downieville, CA

California’s Gold Lake and surrounding lakes; the granite spires of the Sierra Buttes and the creeks, waterfalls, headwaters of the Yuba River — total wild beauty. Steep, granite, river canyon from Downieville drive east on Highway 49 from Sierra City to Bassetts, a gasoline and market stop; they have a small hotel there too.

Historic Lodges

Take the left turn, north on to the Gold Lake Highway. The alpine and extremely scenic Lakes Basin Area consist of all small lakes in between Hwy 49 to Hwy 89, along GOLD LAKE HWY [Road S620] some maps read Road #24 or call this Gold Lake “Road” instead of highway. Snow closes in this route during winter months.

The impressive Lakes Basin Gold Lake Region is in the north part of Tahoe National Forest, on the border of Plumas National Forest. Plumas Eureka State Park is also nearby.

Hiking, Camping, Backpacking, Picnicking, Wildflowers, Stargazing, Fishing, Kayaking, XC Skiing, Snowmobiling

Lakes Basin Campgrounds

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

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    Lakes Basin Recreation Area

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    Frasier Falls

    Frazier Falls Trail
    Length: 1 mile RT / Directions: Trail head is located on Old Gold Lake Road, about 5 miles from the Highway 89/Gold Lake Road intersection. Take the signed, narrow paved access road 4 miles to the trail head.

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    A Beauty

     

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    Big Bear – San Bernardino National Forest Camping & Campgrounds

    areas include:
    Big Bear Lake, Fawnskin, San Gorgonio, Lake Arrowhead, Forest Falls, Green Valley Lake & Idyllwild

    Listed below are all the San Bernardino National Forest campgrounds, public lands for outdoor recreation. SoCal campground reservations can be booked online with the linked campsites below.

    CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

    Big Bear Campgrounds near Big Bear Lake & Fawnskin area

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Applewhite Campground 6800′ 42 pines vault piped disabled access, RV 30′
    Barton Flats Campground 6300′ 52 pines vault shwrs disabled access, RV 45′
    Big Pine Flats Horse Camp 6800′ 17 pines vault piped Way back 3N14, year round
    Cold Brook Campground 7000′ 36 pines vault piped RV max 25′
    Crab Flats Campground 6200′ 29 pines vault piped 3N16, Green Valley Lk
    Dogwood Campground 7000′ 90 pines vault piped disabled access, RV 22′
    Green Valley Campground 7000′ 37 pines vault piped Green Valley Lake
    Hanna Flat Campground 7000′ 88 pines vault RV max 25′
    Heart Bar Campground 6900′ 94 pines vault seasonal Hwy 38, equestrian
    Holcomb Valley Campgr 7400′ 19 pines vault no Rd 3N16, year round
    Horse Springs Campgr 5800′ 17 pines vault no Rd 3N17, year round
    North Shore Arrowhead 5100′ 27 vault piped disabled access
    Pineknot Campground 6400′ 48 vault piped disabled access, RV 45′
    San Gorgonio Campground 7000′ 54 pines vault shwrs Hwy 38, disabled, RV 43′
    South Fork Campground 6400′ 24 pines vault piped Hwy 38, RV max 30′

    San Jacinto Campgrounds near Idyllwild area

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Black Mountain Group 6000′ 16 pines pit piped group site
    Boulder Basin Campground 7300′ 34 pines pit piped No RVs
    Dark Canyon Campground 5800′ 22 pines pit piped Creek, Rd 4S02
    Fern Basin Campground 6000′ 22 pines vault piped Creek, Rd 4S02
    Marion Mountain Campground 6400′ 24 pines vault piped Rd# 4S02
    Pinyon Flat Campground 4000′ 18 pinyon vault piped bighorn sheep, year round
    Santa Rosa Springs Camp 7000′ 3 pines pit no no RVs, Toro Peak
    Thomas Mountain Camp 6800′ 6 mixed vault no no RVs, Rd 6S13; Lk Hemet
    Tool Box Spring Campground 6500′ 6 mixed vault piped no RVs, above Lake Hemet
    Toro Campground 7800′ 5 pines pit no Santa Rosa Wilderness

    Southern California Camping see also –

    Topo maps, wilderness hiking maps, Equestrian trails, OHV maps –

    SoCal mountain communities include:

    Big Bear Campsites

    Keough Hot Springs

    Keough Hot Ditch

    HWY 395. Bishop. First Keough visit w/ Ted, 1990

    Keough Hot Springs

    Keough Hot Tubs, Eastern Sierra

    Keough Hot Ditch

    7 miles North of Big Pine & 7 miles South of Bishop;
    on the west side of Hwy. 395

    Keough California is comprised of two soaking spots – a small resort and the primitive tubs below. An Eastern Sierra rustic Hot Springs Resort w/ campground, tent cabins rentals and nice landscaping. Big, clean hot pools at the top of the road. Entrance fees, trees and vegetation, next to the mountains. Seniors and families frequent this place. Swimsuits are required.

    Keough’s Hot Springs Resort
    800 Keough Hot Springs Road
    Bishop, CA 93514
    760-872-4670

    Keough Hot Springs

    The Ditch

    Below the resort and above the highway, are some primitive, free hot pools that require dirt road driving. Public nudity is common. Open 24/7 w/ several brush lined pools on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains overlooking the high desert of the Owens Valley. Quite impressive for being just off the highway. Buzzing, huge powerlines overhead are one of the only drawbacks of this soak spot. This place can get crowded at certain times.

    Posted: No overnight camping allowed at these lower hot springs.

    Soaking at Sunrise

    US Highway 395:
    Look for the turn off in between Bishop and Big Pine, California. Take the Keough Hot Springs Road up hill until the second dirt road, turn right and the primitive hot springs will be on the left, just beyond the cold stream crossing. Sometimes a high clearance might be needed. Cars should park and walk the if unsure of the terrain. Do not park right next to the soaking tub, as the ground is too weak and vehicles have been known to slide in, unexpectedly. No kidding!

    Plenty great camping all around the Eastern Sierra region. For campsites with cooler temps, higher elevation, pine trees & creeks: Head for the Glacier Lodge Rd – Inyo Road #9S21, West outta Big Pine.

    Adventurous 4x4s can try super remote Coyote Flat, a super high elevation pinyon plateau that overlooks Bishop. Also Highway 168 W outta Bishop will lead to primitive camping areas like The Buttermilks, a rock climbing area. Further up the hill is alpine lake and creek camping in aspen groves.

    Many developed Campgrounds in the region.


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