105,165 acres straddles the crest of the central Sierra Nevada, within the Stanislaus, Eldorado, and Toiyabe National Forests; bordered by Highway 4 on the south and Highway 88 on the north.
The Mokelumne River starts way up near Blue Lakes (South of Tahoe) which flows down to Salt Springs Reservoir, on the Amador & Calaveras county line. Once inside the Gold Country region the Mokelumne River drains into Pardee Reservoir, near Jackson CA.
Salt Springs Reservoir has a trailhead for the Mokelumne Wilderness.
Ellis Road - El Dorado National Forest Road #8N25
a signed turn off of Sierra Highway 88; a steep long, winding, hairy drive on a paved, back road that switchbacks down to river and prime camping. Minimal access and recreation at Salt Springs reservoir.
Mokelumne River Campground NFS
Mokelumne Campground: river fishing, tent camping
• Elevation: 3200′
• Number of Sites: 8
• Vehicle Accessibility: No RVs
• Toilets: Vault
• Campsites Fee: Yes
• Campsites Reservation: No
• Length of Stay: 14 Days
• Season: May – October
• Trailheads: Mokelumne River Canyon
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Mokelumne Wilderness is a popular destination for backpackers or equestrian folks, mostly in summer months. Snow closes highway for winter, with very limited access to the backcountry. A topographic waterproof map: Mokelumne Wilderness Maps or USDA El Dorado Forest Map