Pine Valley Horse Camp

Stanislaus National Forest

Kennedy Peak

Pine Valley Horse Camp, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Pine Valley Horse Camp

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

The Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County is a popular destination for those with horses. Campers at Pine Valley Horse Camp are at an excellent facility next to trails in the Emigrant Wilderness.

  • Ride out one of several trails into the vast Emigrant Wilderness.
  • Take a break down at Pinecrest Lake swimming on their beach, hiking around the lake, boating, and fishing.
  • Try a little fishing in the Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir.
  • Follow hiking trails into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
  • Join a trail ride at nearby Aspen Meadows or up the highway 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

  • Pinecrest and Strawberry are well known for excellent boating and fishing.
  • Twain Harte has a number of good restaurants and shops. During the summer they have free outdoor concerts.
  • 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.

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.

Pine Valley Horse Camp Basics
Pine Valley Horse Camp 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 Horse Camp 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
Attractions near Pine Valley Horse Camp: Ride down to beautiful and secluded Bell Meadow. Follow trails into the Emigrant Wilderness. Visit the Aspen Meadow Pack Station. Drive out to Gianelli Cabin trailhead or Crabtree Camp.

Key Pine Valley Horse Camp Regulations

  1. Avoid the spread of invasive insects by obtaining firewood locally.
  2. Dogs should be on leash and attended at all times.

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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