Backpackers' Campground is located on the East end of Lake Alpine, CA. All sites are walk-in tent sites. Cars cannot be parked in camp, parking is available on the adjacent street.
Backpackers' Campground is located in the Calveras Ranger District, in a timbered setting near several trailheads.
Campground may open earlier and close later as weather (snow level) allows. This information will be posted on this page as soon as it becomes available.
The current dates for reservations have historically allowed for comfortable camping, but please take into consideration the high alpine location when making a reservation. It is possible to have snow, rain, mud, and overall cold/wet conditions any time of year.
Campsites with room for up to 6 people, 2 tents, and 2 vehicles per campsite. Picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets are available. Hot showers and laundromat available at nearby Lake Alpine Resort. No electricity or hook-ups. Pets are welcome. Firewood, camping and fishing supplies, food, and apparel is available in the general store at Lake Alpine Lodge.
Silvertip, Pine Marten, and West Shore Campgrounds are reopening following the Stanislaus Forest closure. All wood and charcoal fires will be prohibited for the remainder of the 2021 season. Propane stoves and lanterns are allowed, but a California Campfire Permit must be obtained online at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/
Please be aware these permits will be checked by our camp hosts. There is no way to get one at Lake Alpine, you will have to leave the complex to do so.
This is bear country-Be bear aware! Keep all food out of sight in containers or inside a locked vehicle. Remove all food from the area after eating.
All campsites at this campground are tent sites, they do not have a parking space within the campsite. There is parking along the adjacent street.
SIlver Valley Campground sits at an elevation of 7,400 feet on the east end of Lake Alpine within the Stanislaus National Forest. The forest lies between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite and boasts gorgeous views.
A restaurant, bar, general store, and boat rentals can be found at nearby Lake Alpine Lodge. The immediate area is suited for forest and wilderness recreation. A short car ride away is Big Trees State Park, Grover Hot Springs, Mercer Caverns, Mountain Adventure Seminars, and the wine country of Calaveras County.
Lake Alpine provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities: fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, boating, OHV trails, swimming, rock climbing, and wildlife watching. Interpretive programs are offered by Forest Service rangers during the summer months.
For campground inquiries, please call: (209) 753 6350