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Spend the summer along Sonora Pass in the beautiful Central Sierra.
Join Us for Breakfast on the Mountain at Dodge Ridge This Summer
We’ll be serving up breakfast every Friday, Saturday & Sunday this summer beginning in June (check back for opening date) from Dodge Ridge’s North Fork Bistro, Just 3 miles up Dodge Ridge Rd from Pinecrest Lake at Dodge Ridge Ski Area. (Take a look at the menu)
Pinecrest – Meadowview – Pioneer Trail – Fraser Flat – Boulder Flat – Brightman Flat – Dardanelle – Pigeon Flat – Eureka Valley – Clarks Fork – Sand Flat
Please Read the Campground Rules and Regulations. Campers are responsible for knowing and abiding by these inn keeper rules and regulations to best ensure the quality camping experience by all visitors.
1/2 price for seniors 62 & older with Golden Access Pass.
Golden Access Passes can be purchased for $80 at any Forest Service Station.
1/2 price for campers with disabilities.
Must pick up a Disability Access Pass from any Forest Service Station.
– Now Open for Reservation Only Camping
– The forest Service is currently updating parking lots and roads in the Pinecrest Area. Expect noise from construction crews during the month of May.
A short five minute walk from beautiful Pinecrest Lake, the Pinecrest Campground offers almost 200 sites for a variety of tent, trailer, and RV camping for access to all the fishing, hiking, swimming, paddling, and enjoyment that Pinecrest has to offer. The area is mostly forested and each site has a paved parking pad, picnic table, and fire ring. Reservations are required for this campground beginning Friday, May 4. Reservations can be made by calling (877) 444-6777 or online at Recreation.gov.
– Beginning Friday, May 25 open for first-come, first-served camping
Meadowview is located right next to the Pinecrest Campground and is a short five minute walk from beautiful Pinecrest Lake. Meadowview offers a variety of tent, trailer, and RV camping with access to all the fishing, hiking, swimming, paddling and everything else that Pinecrest Lake is famous for. The area is mostly forested and each site has a paved parking pad, picnic table, and fire ring.
Pioneer Trail Campground
– Now Open for Reservation Only Camping
Pioneer Trail is a group campground with 3 large sites capable of accommodating 50 – 100 people each, perfect for youth groups, family reunions, scouting groups, social groups etc. Parking areas are paved. Each site has multiple picnic tables and large fire rings for serious outdoor cooking. It is a short walk down the hill to Pinecrest Lake and associated amenities. Reservations are required for this campground by calling (877) 444-6777 or online at Recreation.gov.
Brightman Complex Campgrounds
– Opening Dates for some Brightman Complex Campgrounds will begin as early as May 4 (weather dependent) for first come, first served camping.
– View Tabs below for pricing and opening dates
These 5 campgrounds are small offering 10 – 35 sites per campground, providing a true high country camping experience. Located on the banks of the Stanislaus River, 20 miles East of Pinecrest, these campgrounds are some of the highest on the Sonora Pass. This area offers some of the best fishing, hiking and scenery in the region. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring, and there is a General Store located nearby at Dardanelle.
The Brightman Complex is made up of the following campgrounds (check each tab for pricing and dates of availability)
– Now Open For first come, first served camping
Fraser Flat is located approx 10 miles below Pinecrest on the banks of the South Fork of the Stanislaus River. Fraser Flat is a picturesque campground located on a gently flowing section of the South Fork of the Stanislaus River. This campground has 38 sites, paved roads and parking pads, tables, fire rings, vault toilets and potable water. There are also 2 ADA accessible sites and 3 fishing piers on the river, one of which is ADA accessible. There are many Forest Service roads and trails in the area which provide access to the region’s forest. Fraser Flat offers an interpretive program on a variety of topics including the History of the Tri Dam project, Mark Twain, and Campfire songs.
Clark Fork Complex
– Partial Opening Dates will begin for Sand Flat (May 4) and Clark Fork (May 18) (weather dependent – Check Back for Updates) for first come, first served camping.
Clark Fork Campground is situated along the banks of the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River, 5 miles from the junction of Clark Fork Road and Highway 108. It is about 25 miles east of the Summit Ranger Station in Pinecrest.
Things to Do In The Pinecrest Area
Campground Rules and Regulations
Please read our Campground Rules & Regulations. Campers are responsible for knowing and abiding by these inn keeper rules and regulations to best ensure the quality camping experience by all visitors.
Campground Comments & Questions
All prices listed are subject to change without notice
These campgrounds are operated by Dodge Ridge under a special use permit from the Stanislaus National Forest.
The US Forest Service