Pacific Valley Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Pacific Valley

Pacific Valley Campground, Ebbetts Pass,  CA

Pacific Valley Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

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.

  • 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 from Lake Alpine 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.
  • Visit Lake Alpine and Mosquito Lakes.

Pacific Valley Campground

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
Elevation: 7,500 feet
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
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
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.


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