Upper Blue Lake Campground

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Upper Blue Lake

Upper Blue Lake Campground, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

Upper Blue Lake Campground

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Attractions

While camping at Upper Blue Lake Campground in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest on the east side of Carson Pass, you will find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Hike along great forest trails into the Mokelumne Wilderness.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.
  • Visit Kirkwood for both winter and summer activities from skiing to mountain biking.
  • Follow the emigrant trail up from Hope Valley over Carson Pass
  • Explore OHV routes around Hope Valley
  • Mountain bike along a network of logging roads
  • Fish and boat on Silver Lake and Caples Lake.
  • 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.
  • Explore Blue Lakes for fishing, hiking, and horse back riding.

Key Upper Blue Lake Campground Regulations

  1. Campfires are only allowed in provided fire structures.
  2. No recreational vehicle riding is allowed in the campground.
  3. Quiet Hours run from 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM. No generators are allowed to be used during those hours.
  4. Dogs must be on leash at all times and always attended.

Upper Blue Lake Campground

Upper Blue Lake Campground is at the north end of the lake. Campsites are set back in among the trees, 3 miles beyond Lower Blue Lake Campground.

Blue Lakes are owned by the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, which oversees the campgrounds. Blue Lakes Road leaves Highway 88 in the Hope Valley on the east side of Carson Pass. A 12-mile drive leads to the cluster of lakes which includes Upper and Lower Blue Lakes as well as Twin Lakes, Meadow Lake, and a number of other smaller lakes. An unimproved boat ramp is nearby.

Upper Blue Lake Campground's 27 sites can all accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Reservations can be made online as late as 3 days prior to arrival. A 2-night stay is required for those making reservations.

Upper Blue Lake Campground Basics
Upper Blue Lake Campground Location: 15 miles off Highway 88 at Hope Valley
Elevation: 8,200 feet
Miles from gateway city: Sacramento - 125 miles
Campground Open: Early July through mid-September
Opening date is heavily dependent on snow removal along Blue Lakes Rd. -
Alpine County Current Road Conditions
Number of Sites: 27
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($5 for extra vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended, $2 per night
American Land & Leisure (916) 386-5164

Reservations for Upper Blue Lake Campground
Reservations available Mid-July through early September
Booking Window: See PG&E's Reservation Information below
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated; wheelchair accessible toilets
Favorite Campsites: #104, 106, 107, 109, 112, 113
Fees: $23 per night
Reservations: Upper Blue Lake Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2;00 PM, 11:00 AM

Upper Blue Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grills, bear-proof food storage boxes
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Upper Blue Lake Campground Map
attractions near Upper Blue Lake Campground: Set out for OHV adventures, hiking trails, or horseback riding. Visit Tamarack Lake, Indian Valley and the Pacific Crest Trail. Enjoy Swimming, fishing and boating on Blue Lakes and Twin Lake. For more about recreation around Carson Pass see Up and Over Carson Pass.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Campground Reservation Information

Beginning April 2, 2018, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for a full week or more (7-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

Starting April 16, 2018, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for partial weeks and weekends (2-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

All PG&E campgrounds, including those with reservations available, also have some first-come, first-serve sites.

Twin Lake, near Blue Lakes, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

Twin Lake

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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