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PIONEER TRAIL, CA

Photo: PIONEER TRAIL
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Pioneer Trail Group Campground offers groups of up to 100 people the opportunity to camp near the beautiful Pinecrest Lake. The campground is located within the Pinecrest Recreational Area just 2 miles from the lake, which beckons visitors with excellent fishing, boating, hiking and swimming opportunities.

In this spectacular mountain region, wildlife viewing opportunities include marmots, squirrels, coyotes and deer.

Natural Features:

Pioneer Trail sits at an elevation of 5,600 feet, in a wooded area near the southwest side of the 300-acre Pinecrest Lake in Stanislaus National Forest.

Stanislaus National Forest is located in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. It boasts gorgeous views of snow-capped mountain peaks and California's Great Central Valley.

Recreation:

The Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail takes hikers on an easy 4-mile stroll around Pinecrest Lake. Rainbow trout is a common catch in the lake and swimming is enjoyed in designated beach areas.

Facilities:

Campsites 1 and 3 will accommodate up to 50 campers and Site 2 will accommodate up to 100 campers. Each site features a large campfire circle, picnic tables and vault toilets.

No RV hookups or electricity are available. Pay showers are within a few miles. Winter camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby Sonora Pass is a scenic winding highway that has guided people across the Sierra Nevada since 1852.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Pets are allowed, but not in day-use area
  • Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis outside the reservation season
  • For more information on Staunislaus National Forest, click here
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.1875, -119.9875
38°11'15"N, 119°59'15"W

From Sonora, California, take Highway 108 east for about 30 miles. Exit at Pinecrest Lake and turn right on Dodge Ridge Road. Continue 1 mile to Pioneer Trails Campground, located on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PIONEER TRAIL
STANISLAUS
CA

Phone Number:

Information: (209)965-3474