Mosquito Lakes Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Mosquito Lakes

Mosquio Lakes Campground, Ebbetts Pass Highway, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Mosquito Lakes Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors camping at Mosquito Lakes Campground in the Stanislaus National Forest in Calaveras County don't have to travel far to find great adventures.

  • Enjoy fishing in the Stanislaus River and nearby lakes such as Lake Alpine and Spicer Meadow Reservoir.
  • Set out on hiking trails such as the path up to Inspiration Point or along the Arnold Rim Trail and various others leading off Highway 4.
  • Take advantage of great OHV routes at places such as Rattlesnake Creek and Black Springs.
  • Spend the day kayaking at one of the many lakes.
  • Take off mountain biking along the network of logging roads.

Places to Visit

  • Tour historic Murphys.
  • Picnic at White Pines Lake and tour the Logging Museum.
  • Drive out to Spicer, Union, and Utica reservoirs.
  • Visit Quyle Kilns, 4 miles east of Murphys.
  • Tour Mercer Caverns and Moaning Cavern.
  • Try some wine tasting at Ironstone Winery.

Mosquito Lakes Campground

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
Elevation: 8,050 feet
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
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
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.


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