Pine Valley Horse Camp

Stanislaus National Forest

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Pine Valley Horse Camp, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Pine Valley Horse Camp

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors to the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County find a wide range of activities and attractions.

  • Fishing in the Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir
  • Hiking trails leading into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
  • Pinecrest Lake boating, fishing and horseback riding at Kennedy Meadows
  • OHV routes at Niagara Creek and other locations
  • Mountain biking along the network of logging roads
  • A number of dedicated Horse Camps
  • Geologic wonders such as Columns of the Giants and Trail of the Gargoyles
  • Scenic overlooks at Donnell Vista and farther up Sonora Pass

Places to Visit

  • Twain Harte
  • Pinecrest and Strawberry
  • Beardsley Reservoir for fishing, boating, and swimming
  • Clark Fork
  • Dardanelle Resort
  • Kennedy Meadows and Sonora Pass

Pine Valley Horse Camp

Pine Valley Horse Camp is near the Crabtree trailhead for the Emigrant Wilderness. Take the Crabtree Road off Highway 108 just east of Cold Springs and drive 10½ miles. Two miles beyond the Aspen Meadow Pack Station, keep to the right on Forest Road 4N26 and then turn right down a gravel road. The two miles of dirt road between the pack station and the turnoff onto the gravel road are somewhat rough.

Pine Valley Horse Camp has picnic tables, vault toilets, a watering trough, tie rails, and plenty of space for trailers. It is a popular destination for area horse organizations. Call Summit Ranger Station regarding its use.

Campground Basics
Location: On Crabtree Road, 10½ miles off Highway 108
Elevation: 7,000 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sonora - 40 miles, 58 minutes
Campground Open: late-May through October
Number of Sites: 1 sites
Max. People per Site: None designated
Vehicles per Site: None designated
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Stanislaus National Forest in partnership with Backcountry Horsemen of California - Mid Valley Unit
Summit Ranger Station: (209) 965-3434

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: None designated
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: None
Check-in, check-out: any time

Pine Valley Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tie rails, no potable water
Showers: Next to Pinecrest Lake store
Dump Station: At Pinecrest Dump off Highway 108
Nearby attractions: Bell Meadow, Pine Valley Horse Camp, Emigrant Wilderness, Aspen Meadow Pack Station, Gianelli Cabin, Crabtree Camp

Key Stanislaus National Forest Camping Regulations

  1. Limit of 3 tents or 1 RV or trailer per site
  2. A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles (includes trailers of all kinds) parked at campsite.

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths.

Accessible Sites

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

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