Limited water until you hit the lakes 6-7 miles in, so pack appropriately, and recommend staying out near the lakes for at least 2 nights. There are no showers here, but there luckily is a river nearby. Check out Meadowview Campground, where the sites are big enough for 3 tents and an EZ-up. Area Status: Closed Pinecrest Campground … Camped just before Wood Lake with a gorgeous view of sunset and sunrise. Due to the governor's Stay Home order, effective on the Stanislaus NF as of Dec. 7, all campgrounds are closed until further notice. Mosquitoes were no problem. 2. The hike to Piute campground was a climb! For some reason the AllTrails map doesn't show the trail continuing to Buck Lake though the USDA map has it. Road into Crabtree TH is generally well maintained and can be easily traveled in a standard passenger car, 4wd not needed. Would’ve loved an extra day or two to hike out to Buck and Huckleberry Lakes, but the five or so lakes you’ll encounter on this trail will make the grade. 4 days/3 nights Amazing trail, easy to follow, and beautiful sights. Piute State Park c/o Otter Creek State Park PO Box 43 Antimony, UT 84712-0043 (435) 624-3268. Crabtree Camp to Buck Lakes is a 25.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. There is also parking at Kennedy Meadow Resort but you need to pay for that. Past by about 10 groups of horse/donkey trains. Plenty of nice spots and the stream nearby had water. Deer Lake was probably the highlight of the whole hike for us, and we took a snack break there and filtered some water from the lake. There are several peaks in the area to explore including Lightning Mountain, Bald Peak, Red Peak, and Disaster Peak. Overall, this is a gorgeous trail with lots of diversity (lakes, granite slabs, forests). As you plan your visit, please check out the official campground webpage on the Forest Service website to find information on seasonal closures, any fees, fire alerts and necessary permits. Stanislaus National Forest . Some light afternoon and evening rain on Saturday with lots of thunder. Catch some pretty rainbow trout, like this guy. You will need to navigate yourself around if this is the first time that you are here. Highland Lakes Campground HD- Stanislaus National Forest - Duration: 2:40. Find yourself surrounded by a crowd of like-minded, nature-lovin’ peeps, but keep in mind there is crowds. Campsites are in a mixed conifer forest, and offer views of the Herring Reservoir. The park is not well known and is a great place for a quiet getaway. Saw like 3 other people. This is a moderate loop trail to Buck Lake Dam in Stanislaus National Forest. Ranger Districts. Contact Us : Lake Alpine Recreation Area. There was one little beach that had accessible water, but people were camping right in front of it. Only open when the Alpine Lake basin is full, this spot is a life saver for all you spontaneous weekend-warriors out there. Both of my trips to the Emigrant Wilderness have encountered sporadic thunder showers, so make sure to bring rain gear. Few key points though : I highly recommend taking the Northern route first and camping at Piute Lake along the Southern side. If you couldn’t quite squeeze into one of several little first-come, first-served campgrounds in Stanislaus National Forest, or if you just need to have more going on, you may have better luck with Clark Fork Campground. pack trail was a little blown down, but trail was not hard to find. You even have your pick of Union and Utica reservoirs to choose between. (Seriously, look at it.) The two lakes have a speed limit of 5 MPH and motorized boats are discouraged. Lots of camping around it, but less places to swim. In the mood for something wild and scenic? All Hipcampers should review and adhere to these standards for safety, trip preparation, and respect in order to uphold Hipcamp’s most important value: “leave it better.”. Contact Us : Stanislaus River Campground. Piute campground was pleasant. Taking Friday off would be your best bet for securing a spot at this prime campground—there are only a handful of sites available, and all are first-come, first-served. Ranger Districts. Noted for a stand of beautiful aspen trees, Mill Creek Campground is located in a mixed conifer forest. Sites are walk-in and perched between forests of cedar and pine, and the few amenities remind you that you’re in the heart of the wilderness. Calaveras District 5519 Highway 4 PO Box 500 Hathaway Pines, CA 95233 . Contact Information. Try heading to Gem lake to camp if possible. 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. Summit Miwok District #1 Pinecrest Lake Road Pinecrest, CA 95364. With virtually the same appeal as the nearby Yosemite minus the crowds, Stanislaus is perched up in the high Sierra landscape. We hiked counterclockwise, camped at Groundhog Meadow first night, and Piute Lake second night. Then you’ve come to the right place! Fair camping sites, ample firewood, limited stock feed. They probably didn’t appreciate our excited dogs, but the riders were friendly. Total with the extension was about 23.5 miles, 3500 ft of gain. Ranger was walking around Gem lake, making sure people weren't camping too close to the lake. Ranger Districts. Boom! Trailhead parking lot was almost full when we arrived Thursday late afternoon, but we easily found a place to camp near the trailhead. What can be better than a secluded forest campground with a creek that’ll give you all the serenity you lack in everyday life? 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 this trail late in the season and it was perfect. Much like it's neighbor, Loch Leven Lake, the fishing at Piute Lake yields Brook Trout in the 9-11 inch class. About 12 miles south of the town of Marysvale, along Hwy 89, about 198 miles south of Salt Lake City. This trail is great for a three or four day trip. Upper Buck Lake is also perfect for camping. Thousands of acres of fresh, clean water await you. For a first backpacking trip this was great and the top of Granite Done had amazing panoramic views of the Sierras. Explore the most popular trails in my list Stanislaus Natl Forest--CA with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. 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Very hot and dusty though, with not a lot of shade, especially on the way back if looping clockwise. At Spicer Reservoir Group Campground you can enjoy views of the picturesque 2000 acre lake, hiking in the surrounding Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, and paddle sports like kayaking and SUP. Stanislaus National Forest . We know it’s total newbie advice, but just keep all parts of your body inside your vehicle to keep your limbs safe. Trip up to the picturesque Highlands Lake Campground in the Stanislaus National Forest Sites were accessible. Headed to Lake Alpine and in need of place to camp? Grouse Lake via Emigrant Wilderness Loop is a 11.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. This trail goes by Camp Lake and Piute Lake Campground. Try the hike down to the Tuolumne River for some rafting on one of the most cha Read more... 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