Visitors to Highland Lakes Campground in the Stanislaus National Forest in Calaveras County have a wide range of activities and attractions up and down Ebbetts Pass.
Highland Lakes Campground is located next to the two Highland Lakes, 6 miles off Highway 4 near the summit of Ebbetts Pass. The access road is in places steep and narrow. Situated at 8,600 feet the Highland Lakes Campground can sometimes be under snow until mid-June. The two lakes have a speed limit of 5 MPH and motorized boats are discouraged. The lakes are most popular for fishing. Surrounding trails are favorites with horseback riders and hikers.
A unique feature of the lakes is that one drains into the Mokelumne watershed while the other drains to the south into the Stanislaus River watershed. Trails lead up from the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus to Highland Lakes.
The 35 campsites at Highland Lakes Campground can accommodate tents and small RVs or trailers. Water is sometimes a problem at the campground and it is best to call ahead to be sure water is available.
|Highland Lakes Campground Basics|
|Highland Lakes Campground Location:||Turn off Highway 4 at Highlands Lake Rd. 13 miles east of Lake Alpine. Then travel 6 miles on dirt road to the campground|
|Miles/Driving time:||Angels Camp - 68 miles, 2:02|
|Campground Open:||Late-May through October
Opening date may be hampered by snow
|Number of Sites:||35|
|Max. People per Site:||6 (including children)|
|Vehicles per Site:||2, fee for 2nd vehicle|
|Maximum Length of Stay:||14 days|
|Pets:||On leash, always attended|
|Operated by||Stanislaus National Forest|
|Calaveras Ranger District:||(209) 795-1381|
|No Reservations:||First come, first served|
|Maximum Vehicle Length:||16 feet|
|Accessible Sites:||None designated|
|Check-in, check-out:||Any time, Noon|
|Highland Lakes Campground Amenities|
|Campsites:||Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups|
|Campground:||Vault toilets, tap water (usually)|
|Attractions near Highland Lakes Campground:||Fish in the Highland Lakes. Try Fishing at Kinney Lakes. Hike a section of the famous Pacific Crest Trail. Head down to Lake Alpine for boating, fishing, and swimming. Hike on trails into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. Go horseback riding. Go to Bear Valley Adventure Company for kayak and bike rentals.|