Baker Campground

California's Best Camping

Kennedy Peak, Stanislaus National Forest, California
Kennedy Peak, Stanislaus National Forest, California

Baker Campground

Stanislaus National Forest

Baker Campground

Baker Campground draws a steady flow of campers, partly because of its proximity to Kennedy Meadows and partly because of its beautiful setting along the Stanislaus River. Located along Highway 108 about 27 miles from Pinecrest, Baker Campground offers 44 campsites. Some of the sites are doubles and 2 are walk-in.

Excellent hikes into the Emigrant Wilderness begin at Kennedy Meadows. Among the popular destinations are Relief Reservoir and Kennedy Lake. Trail rides can be arranged at the Kennedy Meadows Pack Station. For a guide to the best fishing around Kennedy Meadows, see Dave's Sierra Fishing - Kennedy Meadows.

The popular Pacific Crest Trail crosses Highway 108 at Sonora Pass, 9 miles from Baker Campground. For more information see Deadman Campground.

Baker Campground Basics
Baker Campground Location: On Highway 108, about 27 miles east of Pinecrest
Elevation: 6,200 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sonora - 57 miles, 1:10
Camping Season: Open late April through October, weather permitting
Number of Sites: 44 sites
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, fee per night for 2nd vehicle
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station for the Stanislaus National Forest
Summit Ranger Station: (209) 965-3434

No Reservations: All campsites at Baker Campground are first-come, first-served.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 36 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Favorite Campsites: #6, 8, 9, 19, 21, 23, 32, 34
Double campsites: #30
Fees: $25 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Baker Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: At Dardanelle Resort
Dump Station: At entrance to Clark Fork Campground (fee)
Attractions near Baker Campground: Visit Columns of the Giants geologic site. Fish the Stanislaus River. Hike into the Emigrant Wilderness. Stop in at the Dardanelle Resort. Walk over to Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station. Explore the Clark Fork. Drive up scenic Sonora Pass.

Baker Campground map, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on weather conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. If using a reservation website, check to be sure your vehicles will fit in the parking space for your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

Baker Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Baker Campground

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Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors to the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County find many wonderful camping spots as well as host of interesting attractions. Campers at Baker Campground are close to great fishing and resort amenities at Kennedy Meadows.

  • Test your skill fishing in the Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir.
  • Follow hiking trails leading into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
  • Enjoy Pinecrest Lake for boating and fishing.
  • Join a trail ride at Kennedy Meadows.
  • Explore the OHV routes at Niagara Creek and other locations.
  • Find a mountain biking adventure along the network of logging roads.
  • Find a number of dedicated Horse Camps in the area.
  • Visit nearby geologic wonders such as Columns of the Giants and Trail of the Gargoyles.
  • Stop at scenic overlooks at Donnell Vista and farther up Sonora Pass.

Places to Visit

  • Twain Harte has a number of good restaurants and shops.
  • Pinecrest and Strawberry are known for excellent fishing.
  • Beardsley Reservoir is popular for fishing, boating, and swimming.
  • The Clark Fork features good camping, fishing, and hiking.
  • Dardanelle Resort is the place to stop for supplies and a good meal.
  • Kennedy Meadows has lodging, a store, a pack station, and a restaurant.
  • Drive up scenic Sonora Pass.

Key Baker Campground Regulations

  1. There is a limit of 3 tents or 1 RV or trailer per site.
  2. A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles (includes trailers of all kinds) may be parked at campsite. Overflow parking is available.

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