Hope Valley Campground

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest


Hope Valley


Hope Valley Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

Hope Valley Campground

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Attractions

Visitors staying at the Hope Valley Campground in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest on the east side of Carson Pass find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Spend a day at Blue Lakes for fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.
  • Explore OHV routes around Hope Valley
  • Follow the emigrant trail up from Hope Valley over Carson Pass
  • Mountain bike along a network of logging roads
  • Fish and boat on Silver Lake and Caples Lake.
  • Visit Kirkwood for both winter and summer activities from skiing to mountain biking.
  • Enjoy a meal at Kit Carson Lodge or Caples Lake Resort.
  • Discover the beauty of Hope Valley and visit famous Sorensen's Resort for lodging, meals, and activities.
  • Drive out to Blue Lakes for fishing, hiking, and horse back riding.
  • Hike into the Mokelumne Wilderness.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.

Key Hope Valley Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  2. To avoid problems with bears. please store all foods, soap, and garbage in bear boxes.
  3. Keep dogs on leash at all times.


Hope Valley Campground

Hope Valley Campground is along the West Fork of the Carson River on the eastern side of Carson Pass. The scenic beauty of Hope Valley attracts visitors year-round. Fly fishing, photography, hiking, cycling, and OHV are all popular here. A short drive away are Blue Lakes with opportunities for boating and fishing.

Hope Valley Campground has 22 single campsites and 6 double sites set among Jeffrey and lodgepole pines and close to the Carson River. Two of those sites are designated as tent-only, while the rest can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Most sites are available for reservations, but a few are first come, first served. Some campsites have nice views of the Hope Valley, while others are tucked farther back among the trees.

Campground Basics
Hope Valley Campground Location: 1½ miles off Highway 88 on Blue Lakes Road in Hope Valley, east of Carson Pass
Elevation: 7,200 feet
Miles from gateway city: Sacramento - 113 miles
South Lake Tahoe - 21 miles
Campground Open: Late May through early September
Number of Sites: 28
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($7 for extra vehicle)
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Carson Ranger District: (775) 882-2766

Reservations at Hope Valley Campground
Reservations available whenever campground is open; a few sites are first come, first served
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #17
Favorite Campsites: #1, 18, 20
Tents only campsites: #10 (double site)
Fees: $22 per night for single sites
Reservations: Hope Valley Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Hope Valley Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grills, bear-proof food storage boxes
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Hope Valley Campground: Visit Sorensen's Resort. Try fly fishing on the Carson River, OHV, Swimming, fishing and boating on Blue Lakes. Set out on trails on foot or horseback riding. Explore Tamarack Lake, Indian Valley, and the Pacific Crest Trail. For more about recreation on Carson Pass see Up and Over Carson Pass.

Carson Pass Infiormation Station, Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Carson Pass Information Station

General Camping Information

When making reservations be sure that your vehicle will fit in the space indicated on the reservations website.
For campground purposes, a vehicle is any equipment that is required to be licensed/registered. This includes RVs, trailers, cars/trucks, boat/car trailer, motorcycle/atv, etc. Vehicles parked in a truck or on a trailer are not counted separately.

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