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PINECREST, CA

part ofStanislaus National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: PINECREST
Status: Open through Tue Oct 14 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Pinecrest features a large campground by Pinecrest Lake, just 30 miles east of Sonora. The area includes a day-use beach and a marina, a small shopping center and recreation cabins.

The campground caters to all ages and is within walking distance of the lake, an amphitheater, visitor center, swimming beach and spectacular hiking trails.

Natural Features:

Many campsites are shaded by trees and sit near the southwest side of the 300-acre Pinecrest Lake in Stanislaus National Forest. In this beautiful mountain landscape, wildlife viewing opportunities include marmots, squirrels, coyotes and deer.

Stanislaus National Forest is situated in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. The area boasts gorgeous views of snow-capped mountain peaks and California's Great Central Valley.

Recreation:

The Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail takes hikers on an easy 4-mile stroll around Pinecrest Lake. Rainbow trout is a common catch in the lake and swimming is enjoyed at the sandy beach.

Educational programs are also a highlight of the recreation area. Bike rentals are on hand so campers can bike around the lake.

Facilities:

Amenities for each site includes a paved parking pad, picnic table and campfire ring. Drinking water is handy and restrooms have flush toilets, sinks and a utility sink. No RV hookups area available but there is a dump station.

Nearby Attractions:

Sonora Pass, a scenic winding highway that has guided people across the Sierra Nevada since 1852, is located nearby.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Bait Shop
  • Beach
  • Bike Rentals
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campground Store
  • Canoeing
  • Convenience Stores
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Flush Toilets
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Host
  • Ice
  • Kayaking
  • Marina
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Pack Station
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Faucets
  • Wireless Internet
Know Before You Go
  • Limit 3 tents or 1 RV/Trailer per site
  • Limit 2 vehicles per site
  • For more information on Stanislaus National Forest, click here
  • 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):
38.19083, -119.99722
38°11'27"N, 119°59'50"W

From Sonora, take Highway 108 east for 30 miles, take the Pinecrest exit onto Pinecrest Lake Road and continue to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PINECREST
18 Pinecrest Lake Road
PINECREST  CA  95364

Phone Number:

Information:  (209) 965 3434
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