Visitors camping at Pacific Valley Campground in the Stanislaus National Forest along the Ebbetts Pass Highway don't have to travel far to find great adventures.
Pacific Valley Campground is located off Highway 4, just 1 mile east of Pacific Grade Summit. The campground is spread through an open lodgepole forest with a number of spacious campsites. This informal campground is popular as a staging area for those headed south into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, whether for fishing, camping, horseback riding, or hunting. A popular trail heads up the valley and after 3 miles crosses the shoulder of Bull Run Peak. Great fishing is found at Mosquito Lakes, only a mile to the west. To the east a few miles lies Hermit Valley, another good fishing destination.
A few amenities are provided at Pacific Valley Campground, including vault toilets, tables, and fire pits. Potable water is now available at the campground from hand pumps. Visitors with stock may camp at the southern end of the campground near the trailhead. There is room there to park a number of horse trailers.
|Pacific Valley Campground Campground Basics|
|Pacific Valley Campground Location:||8 miles east of Lake Alpine, off Highway 4, on the eastern side of Pacific Grade Summit|
|Miles/Driving time:||Stockton - 108 miles, 2:19|
|Campground Open:||Late-May through October
Opening date may be hampered by snow
|Number of Sites:||15|
|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:||$10 per night|
|Check-in, check-out:||Any time, Noon|
|Pacific Valley Campground Amenities|
|Campsites:||Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups|
|Campground:||Vault toilets, hand pump water|
|Attractions near Pacific Valley Campground:||Head up to Mosquito Lakes for enjoyable fishing. Or try Fishing at Kinney Lakes. 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.|