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PACKSADDLE, CA

part ofTahoe National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: PACKSADDLE
Status: Closed through Thu May 28 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Packsaddle Campground is located in the Packer Lake area near the Sierra Buttes, north of the Yuba River. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities in the area, including hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, canoeing and gold panning.

Natural Features:

The campground is split into two loops. The first is more open but is shaded by towering Jeffrey pine and fir trees. The second is located on a forested hillside above the first loop. Some sites have views of the open, wildflower-dotted meadow, while others overlook a ravine and peaks beyond it.

Recreation:

A large network of trails is available in the area, including Deer Lake Trail. This 2.9-mile trail is open to hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The Pacific Crest Trail can easily be accessed nearby. Many lakes in the area offer fishing. Canoeing is available on nearby Packer Lake.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family campsites and two equestrian sites for campers with horses. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. The equestrian sites share a corral and have ample space for stock trailers. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Lakes Basin offers boating, fishing and hiking. More than 30 miles of maintained trails branch out across the area. Many of the trails are also open to biking and horseback riding.

On the water, visitors enjoy boating and fishing. Anglers will find rainbow and brook trout in many of the lakes throughout the basin. A boat ramp is located at Gold Lake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Fuel Available
  • Gold Panning
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Tahoe Recreation will be assessing a $5 additional vehicle fee on the 'second vehicle' in each single family campsite, and on the 'third and fourth vehicle' in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered to be one vehicle and the third and fourth are also considered to be one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Bears frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • Additional $2 per day fee charged for reservations during Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends
  • Utility hookups and showers are not available
  • This facility is operated by Tahoe Recreation, doing business as California Land Management and comments are welcome; comment forms are available from campground hosts or online
  • Click here for more information on the Tahoe National Forest
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Yuba River Ranger District (530) 288-3231 or 478-6253 (voice), (530) 288-3656 (TDD).
    • 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):
    39.62389, -120.64972
    39°37'26"N, 120°38'59"W

    From Sierraville, travel south on Highway 49 for 18 miles. Turn right at Bassett and continue just over a mile to Forest Road 93 and turn left. Go less than a mile and turn right. Follow signs to the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    PACKSADDLE

    BASSETT  CA  96126

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (530)862-1368
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