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part ofStanislaus National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Sep 13 2015   Season Dates


Lodgepole Group Campground is located just two miles west of Lake Alpine in northern California. The campground affords breathtaking views of the surrounding Stanislaus National Forest. Campers enjoy hiking and biking, and picnicking is always popular.

Natural Features:

Lodgepole Campground is situated on a large, flat plain, not far from a creek. It sits at an elevation of 7,290 feet, within the Stanislaus National Forest in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains. The forest lies between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite and boasts gorgeous views of snow-capped peaks and California's Great Central Valley.

A wide variety of wildlife makes its home in the area, including marmots, squirrels, coyotes, deer and many birds.


Lake Alpine provides a wide variety of recreation opportunities. Hike, bike, or ride a horse on Bear Valley, an accessible trail that winds along the lakeshore to the community of Bear Valley. It connects with the historic Emigrant Trail, the route pioneers once traveled via covered wagon to settle in California.

Interpretive programs are offered by Forest Service rangers during the summer months.


Both group campsites can accommodate up to 50 guests and 20 vehicles each. Picnic tables, campfire circles and vault toilets are provided. Utility hookups are not available.

Single family sites are available on a first-come, first serve basis.

Fuel, groceries and camping supplies are available in nearby Bear Valley and at Lake Alpine Lodge.

Nearby Attractions:

The Carson-Iceberg Wilderness offers outstanding hiking, backpacking and horseback riding opportunities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Circles
  • Group Camping
  • Picnic Area
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Boating
  • Ranger Station
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from the area after eating
  • One pump is available for water - please bring your own containers
  • No electric hookups at this facility
  • This campground has first-come, first-serve sites
  • A fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • Click here for more information on Stanislaus National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.41639, -120.105
38°24'59"N, 120°6'18"W

From Angel Camp, drive 50 miles east on Highway 4.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:


Phone Number:

Information:  (209)753-6350
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