PINECREST DAY USE AREA, CA

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Pinecrest Lake is located 40 minutes east of Sonora, California, and is within a 3-hour drive from major metropolitan areas including San Francisco, Sacramento and many valley cities. The lake is located at 5,600 feet elevation and provides cool summer relief, spectacular scenery, and lake...

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Overview

Pinecrest Lake is located 40 minutes east of Sonora, California, and is within a 3-hour drive from major metropolitan areas including San Francisco, Sacramento and many valley cities. The lake is located at 5,600 feet elevation and provides cool summer relief, spectacular scenery, and lake shore beaches for relaxing, swimming and picnics.

Natural Features:

The day use area is surrounded by mixed conifer, providing shade during warm summer days. The group picnic sites are located within sight of the lake offering easy access to the lake, beach and hiking trails.

Recreation:

Pinecrest Lake is popular for swimming, hiking, kayaking, fishing and sailing (small boats). A nearby resort offers boat rentals, lodging and groceries. Movies and interpretive programs are provided in the evenings at the amphitheater, also located in the day use area. Two campgrounds within the Pinecrest Basin offer opportunities at nearly 300 campsites within one mile from the Pinecrest Day Use Area.

Facilities:

Group use sites are fully accessible and provide group size pedestal grills, food storage boxes, group picnic tables and food prep table. Water hydrants and recycle and garbage cans are also located within the sites. Flush toilets are located nearby.

Nearby Attractions:

The Pinecrest National Recreation Trail traverses Pinecrest Lake for an easy four mile hike. Numerous opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and lake play are within 100 feet from each group use picnic site.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Marina
  • Parking Area
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Dogs are not allowed in the Day Use Area between May 15 and September 15. Please plan accordingly.
  • Parking is generally challenging on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. While there are parking spaces within 100 feet from each site, the closest parking spaces generally fill by 10:00 a.m. on weekend days. Outlying parking may be up to one mile from the day use area.
  • Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    PINECREST DAY USE AREA
    #1 Pinecrest Lake Road
    Pinecrest  CA  95364

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (209)965-3434