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6N06 – Stanislaus NF

graded road

Forest Rd #6N06 – County Line Road, Fence Creek, Stanislaus National Forest

Central Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
N of Hwy 108; W of Sonora Pass

On the very edge of wilderness
Stanislaus NF
County Line Road
Fence Creek Campground (NFS)

Graded dirt road near Clarks Fork junction @ SR 108. Dirt road travels up into forest, hiking trails and meadows; South side of the volcanic Dardanelles @ Tuolumne Co. & Alpine Co. boundary

Carson Iceberg Map

County Line Trailhead
Wheats Meadow Trailhead
Carson Iceberg Wilderness Area
The Dardanelles (9524′ elev)

Clark Fork, Middle Stanislaus River

Topo Maps of this Region:

Stanislaus National Forest Map USDA
Carson Iceberg Wilderness Map USDA
Carson, Emigrant, Mokelumne Map NatGeo
Sierra Nevada Topo Map

  • backpacker access
  • day hiking
  • horse camping
  • primitive camping
  • trailhead camping
  • winter road closure, annually
    Check with local rangers on road access and conditions.

    Rd# 6N06, climbs to mountain scenery at upper elevations, well of the main highway. Route is a 2-lane wide road at times, narrower and private towards the end of roads; several dirt roads, overgrown 2 tracks w/ many camp sites to choose from. Dispersed primitive camping requires a camp fire permit.


    OHV off-roaders will only find dead ends on dirt route 6N06. NO motorized access in nearby wilderness. Wheelers should try south of Highway 108 @ Niagra Campgrounds; Niagra Off Road #5N01 for all the noise-makers, gear heads, dirt bikes, and toy boxes. Niagra Creek, Niagra OHV, Niagra 4×4.

    Closest towns:

    Pinecrest Lake
    Twain Harte

    volcano mdws

    Turtle Mountain Road

    Turtle Mountain Rd

    Turtle Mountain Road
    BLM Road # NS477

    off U.S. Highway 95
    in between Needles & Blythe, California

    BLM: Bureau of Land Management – Desert Camping

    Several miles south of the town of Needles numerous desert washes cross the highway with dirt roads leading off into both directions. Turtle Mountain is just one dirt road to explore in this region, but there are many more unmarked, secluded roads. This region is perfect for “campers in-route” traveling who need a quick overnight camp spot (off the freeway).

    Turtle Mountain Road is a one lane dirt road that runs next to a wash, in between Turtle Mountain Wilderness and Stepladder Mountain Wilderness. Leading approx 12 miles from US Highway 95 to the northern edge of the desert wilderness. The Turtle Mountain route continues westward to meet Water Road with Old Woman Mountain Wilderness nearby. Sunflower Springs Road continues north to Essex @ Interstate 40

    BLM signage along US Hwy 95 is minimal. Look for vertical brown markers w/ reflectors, numbers or names. Driving slower than typical traffic, coast at 50 mph and keep your eyes peeled to the west side. Turtle Mountain Rd is marked at the pavement, but the marker is very small.

    Eastern California Desert Wildflowers

    Exploring the eastern side of Southern California, one can find the Colorado River and Arizona border region an excellent destination for winter camping. Springtime offers wildflower blooms, open camping and decent weather with sunny 70 degree days. Wildflowers and BLM beauty awaits those who venture off the paved routes.

    Pink Cactus Bloom

    Palo Verde trees line the washes and much vegetation can be seen throughout this remote region. Cacti include the cholla, ocotillo, barrel, beavertail, just to name a few. Wildflower blooms here are just as good as Anza Borrego Desert SP.

    MARCH & APRIL are both prime months for the desert bloom

    BLM Desert Camping

    Drive more than a mile from the highway if you plan to camp in peace and quiet, as the overnight truck traffic goes all hours.

    RV accessible camp spots are few and far in between. They can be found in large, level pullouts close to the main road, but you will be hearing traffic zoom by. Some dirt roads are in better shape than others; Seasonal storms in the low desert can wash out even paved roads. 4×4 may be needed in some areas.

    Open camping in this desert is free and there is plenty of room to spread out. Imagine not seeing anyone pass by your camp or drive down your road for days. Camping in a sandy wash may seem appealing, but you best know the weather forecast and if rain is at all predicted nearby, be prepared to break camp (in the middle of the night) before a flash flood hits.

    The Needles BLM Rangers Office is located on US Hwy 95, on the south edge of town and they can provide maps and more information. BLM California Deserts

    Needles BLM Office
    1303 S. US Hwy 95
    Needles, CA 92363

    Lake Havasu BLM Office
    2610 Sweetwater Avenue
    Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406

    Stanislaus Campgrounds

    Stanislaus Camping / Sonora Pass Camping


    Campgrounds inside Stanislaus National Forest

    Hwy 4, Stanislaus National Forest Camping

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Big Meadow Campground 6200′ 30 pines flush piped Hi Sierra; no RV hookups
    Bloomfield Campground 7800′ 20 pines vault pump Mokelumne River fishing
    Board’s Crossing Camp 3800′ 5 pines vault creek Stanislaus River fishing
    Hermit Valley Campground 7100′ 8 pines vault creek June-Oct
    Lake Alpine Campground 7300′ 25 pines flush piped June-Oct
    Mosquito Lakes Camp 8260′ 8 pines vault lake Sierra river fishing
    Pacific Valley Campground 7600′ 9 pines vault no meadow, June-Oct
    Sand Flat Campground 5900′ 6 pines vault creek 4WD camp, June-Oct
    Silvertip Campground 7300′ 23 pines flush piped June-Oct
    Silver Valley Campground 7400′ 21 pines flush piped June-Oct
    Stanislaus River Campground 6200′ 25 pines vault pump Sierra river fishing

    Hwy 120, Groveland Yosemite Camping

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Lost Claim Campground 3100′ 10 pines vault pump May-Sep
    Lumsden Campground 1500′ 11 mixed vault creek Tuolumne River fishing
    Lumsden Bridge Camp 1500′ 9 mixed vault creek Tuolumne River fishing
    South Fork Campground 1500′ 8 vault creek Tuolumne River fishing

    Hwy 108, Sonora Pass Camping Stanislaus

    campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
    Crandall OHV Camp 5000′ disp no no May-Oct
    Dardanelle RV Park & Cabins 5700′ park pines flush piped 209-965-4355
    Boulder Flat Campground 5600′ 20 pines vault piped Stanislaus River
    Cascade Creek Campground 6000′ 12 pines vault creek May-Oct
    Deadman Campground 6200′ 17 pines vault piped Stanislaus River fishing
    Herring Creek Campground 7350′ 7 pines pit creek May-Oct
    Mill Creek Campground 6200′ 19 pines vault creek May-Oct
    Niagara Creek Campground 6600′ 10 pines vault creek May-Oct
    Niagara Creek OHV Camp 6600′ 10 pines vault creek 4×4 camps, May-Oct
    Sand Bar Flat Campground 3000′ 10 pines vault piped Stanislaus River fishing
    Trout Creek Campground 5400′ disp. chem creek equestrian, May-Oct


    see also
    Calaveras Big Trees State Park

    Calaveras Big Trees

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    maps of this Sierra Nevada region –