Pinecrest Campground

Stanislaus National Forest


Pinecrest Lake


Campsite at Pinecrest Campground, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Pinecrest Campground

Stanislaus National Forest Attractions

Visitors to the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County discover a variety of activities and attractions. Campers at Pinecrest Campground have Pinecrest Lake within a few steps of their tents.

  • Take the 4-mile hike around Pinecrest Lake.
  • Swim at the Pinecrest Lake beach or rent a boat from the marina.
  • Cast your fishing line into the Stanislaus River, Pinecrest Lake, Lyons Reservoir, and Beardsley Reservoir.
  • Trek along hiking trails leading into the Emigrant Wilderness and Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
  • Join a trail ride at Kennedy Meadows or at Aspen 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 offers summer concerts in the park as well as a number of fine 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.


Pinecrest Campground

Pinecrest Campground ranks among the most popular in Northern California. The campground is conveniently located close to Pinecrest Lake. Families can walk to the beach or over to the marina to rent a small boat. Water skiing and jet skis are not allowed on the lake. A favorite hike is the 4-mile circuit around the lake. A paved bike trail links Meadowview and Pinecrest campgrounds with the lake.

During the summer months, outdoor movies or ranger programs are offered every night at the amphitheater within walking distance of Pinecrest Campground. Fishing is a favorite past-time from boats, the shore or the designated fishing wharf. In the adjacent community of Pinecrest are a grocery store, sporting goods store, restaurant, bike rentals, and coffee bar. A snack bar is at the beach.

Campsites at Pinecrest Campground are arranged in 4 loops with A Loop being the farthest from the lake and amphitheater, but also the quietest. Most campsites have good shade. Some are close together. Those on the perimeter tend to have more privacy.

Pinecrest Campground Basics
Pinecrest Campground Location: Off Highway 108, 30 miles east of Sonora
Elevation: 5,700 feet
Miles/Driving time: Stockton - 93 miles, 1:52
Campground Open: Mid-March through October
Number of Sites: 196
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, fee for 2nd vehicle
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Dodge Ridge Corporation for the Stanislaus National Forest
Summit District Ranger Station: (209) 965 3434

Reservations at Pinecrest Campground
Reservations Recommended: Early May through mid-September
Reservations essential from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Campground Map: Pinecrest Campground Map
Favorite Campsites: A Loop: 4, 6, 7, 18, 32, 34, 41, 48, 51
B Loop: 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 29, 30
C Loop: 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 18, 23
D Loop: 7, 8, 13, 26, 30, 31
Fees: $25
Reservations: Pinecrest Lake Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Pinecrest Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water; no hook-ups
Showers: Nearby, next to Pinecrest Store
Dump Station: Nearby
Attractions near Pinecrest Campground: Enjoy Pinecrest Lake boating, swimming, fishing, and hiking. Visit nearby Strawberry, Beardsley Reservoir, and Twain Harte. Drive up scenic Sonora Pass. Stop in at Kennedy Meadows. Visit nearby Aspen Meadow Pack Station for trail rides. Hike and camp in the Emigrant Wilderness.


Key Pinecrest Lake Camping 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.

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Campground reservations become available 6 months in advance.

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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