Pioneer Trail Group Campground

Stanislaus National Forest


Pinecrest Lake


Pioneer Trail Group Campgrond, Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Pioneer Trail Group Campground

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

Pioneer Trail Group Campground

Pioneer Trail Group Campground is on a forested ridge overlooking Pinecrest Lake in the Stanislaus National Forest. By foot, the lake is less than ½-mile away; by car, about 1½ miles. The group campground has 3 sites, 2 of which can accommodate up to 50 people and a third site which can hold up to 100. Parking lots will hold 10, 15, or 25 vehicles depending on vehicle size The campground is open year-round, allowing individuals to use it without cost for snow camping during the winter.

During the summer months, outdoor movies or ranger programs are offered every night at the Pinecrest Lake amphitheater. Fishing is a favorite past-time from 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.

Campground Basics
Location: On Dodge Ridge Road, 1¼ miles off Pinecrest Lake Road
Elevation: 5,850 feet
Miles/Driving time: Stockton - 94 miles, 1:55
Campground Open: year-round (no services in winter)
Number of Sites: 3
Max. People per Site: 50, 50, 100
Vehicles per Site: 10, 15, 25
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Dodge Ridge Corporation for the Stanislaus National Forest
Summit Ranger District: (209) 965 3434

Reservations
Reservations Required: May through mid-October
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 3 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated, access to ADA restroom
Fees: $90 per night for smaller sites
$130 for the larger site
Reservations: Pioneer Trail Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Pioneer Trail Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, pedestal grills, fireplaces
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water; no hook-ups
Showers: Nearby, next to Pinecrest Store
Dump Station: Nearby off Hwy. 108 at Pinecrest Dump
Nearby attractions: Pinecrest Lake boating, swimming, fishing, hiking; Strawberry, Beardsley Reservoir, Twain Harte, Sonora Pass, Kennedy Meadows, Aspen Meadow Pack Station for trail rides, Emigrant Wilderness, Dodge Ridge Ski Resort


Key Pinecrest Lake 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. Overflow parking 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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