One of the easiest alpine lakes to drive to in the western Sierra's is located on Highway 108, the Sonora Pass. Stanislaus National Forest region is home to Dodge Ridge ski area & excellent forest camping. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking w/ mountain peaks, big rivers and creeks.
Campground camping, backpacking, primitive camping, 4x4 camping. RV camping is very popular on this High Sierra route, but lake side camp sites do book up months in advance for prime summer months. There are numerous Campgrounds in the Sierra Sonora region are plentiful, so you can check more lists for camping nearby.
More rugged characters can grab a map to explore trails, trailheads and camp for free on the back roads!
- STANISLAUS NF MAP USDA
- STANISLAUS TOPO ATLAS
- CARSON-ICEBERG WILDERNESS MAP
- EMIGRANT WILDERNESS MAP USDA
- EMIGRANT MAP TOM HARRISON
- NATGEO WILDERNESS MAP
Pinecrest California has number of accommodations, such as chalets & cabins available for rent. The main lake is within walking distance of the village, which has a general store, ranger station & post office. Bike rentals are also a nice attraction for recreation lovers. All this alpine splendor is open year round but you should always expect snow in winter.