Visitors camping at Mosquito Lakes Campground in the Stanislaus National Forest in Calaveras County don't have to travel far to find great adventures.
Mosquito Lakes Campground draws a good number of visitors to its scenic location on Pacific Grade Summit, 7 miles east of Lake Alpine. A pair of shallow lakes rest side by side, often with families of ducks paddling around the edges. Anglers appreciate being able to cast their lines into the lake only a few steps from their cars. Many sit along the lake's edge on little folding chairs.
Surprisingly the small campground often has empty spaces. Lack of potable water may be one of the reasons. Those who do camp at Mosquito Lakes Campground get to walk out to the edge of Pacific Grade Summit at night and gaze up at the starry sky and eastward to the dark forms of the mountains. During the Gold Rush era emigrants brought wagons over Pacific Grade Summit, coming south from the Carson Pass area via Blue Lakes.
|Mosquito Lakes Campground Basics|
|Mosquito Lakes Campground Location:||7 miles east of Lake Alpine, off Highway 4, at the top of Pacific Grade Summit|
|Miles/Driving time:||Stockton - 107 miles, 2:15|
|Campground Open:||Late-May through October
Opening date may be hampered by snow
|Number of Sites:||11|
|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|
|Fees:||$8 per night|
|Check-in, check-out:||Any time, Noon|
|Mosquito Lakes Campground Amenities|
|Campsites:||Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups|
|Campground:||Vault toilets, no water|
|Attractions near Mosquito Lakes Campground:||Enjoy Lake Alpine for boating fishing, and swimming. Hike on nearby trails into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. Visit Lake Alpine Resort for supplies and its restaurant. Drive down to Bear Valley for shops and restaurants. Head up Ebbetts Pass and discover the dramatic eastern side of the pass. Explore Pacific Valley and Hermit Valley. Try Fishing at Kinney Lakes.|