If you’re looking for more than what Hell Hole Campground has in store, venture up further north to Upper Hell Hole Campground. No worries though, we promise these sites are definitely not as bad as they sound! Upper Hell Hole is actually a pretty rad spot in Eldorado, with swimming, fishing, and hiking opportunities a’plenty. Sites are walk-in, boat-in, and secluded.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
15 sites
Up to guests per site
Hike in
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


The area surrounding Lake Tahoe offers plenty of biking opportunities. There aren’t too many trails around Eldorado specifica...Read more


If you’re looking to wake up and get out on the water, you’re in luck. Many of the campgrounds are located along lakes and re...Read more


Aside from the 11 reservoirs and lakes, there are hundreds of lakes in the wilderness areas that will answer all of your fishin...Read more


With over 350 miles of hiking trails, you can walk along the foothills or trek through the Sierras and you’ll see stunning view...Read more

Horseback riding

Hay horse friends, hit the trail! There are some pretty cool trails , like the Horse Canyon trail, the Emigrant Lake trail, an...Read more


Wilderness areas only allow non-motorized boating, which means kayakers, canoers, and paddlers of all kinds, should head over t...Read more

Wind sports

Union Valley Reservoir seems to be the only place that allows kiteboarding and windsurfing, but you should ask a ranger, if thi...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Popular OHV routes are Elkins Flat , a whopping 69 mile trail perfect for motorcycles, and Gold Note , a 30 mile route great ...Read more


Do you love rock climbing? Then head to Lover’s Leap, a granite formation, perfect for climbing and bouldering. At almost 600 f...Read more

Snow sports

Your recreation opportunities continue into the winter, with skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, xc skiing and snowshoeing ...Read more


Water lovers should stay at these campgrounds if they’re looking to get some good swimming in. Reservoirs, lakes, and the sor...Read more

Whitewater paddling

One of the most popular whitewater trips is the south fork of the American River, which runs through Eldorado National Forest. ...Read more

Wildlife watching

There are almost 350 different species living in here… Holy cow! Common Sierra dwellers like mule deer, mountain lions, bears, ...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Upper Hole Campground.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Adam
Adam S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 29th, 2015

Quiet, peaceful, likely all yours and great swimming. You have to work to get here but it's worth it. Be prepared. The hike in is rough even without a pack. If you tend to drink lots of water, bring a bladder so you don't run out. Hike will test your mettle.

Upper Hole CampgroundSwimming hole at end of the reservoirLaunch Facility near parking lotCampsite overlooking the reservoir at upper hell hole
Hipcamper Adam
Adam S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 2nd, 2015

Not a bad idea to call ahead to the ranger station to find out where water levels are: the recent drought, and what time of year you go will affect water levels and possibly where you camp. August water levels tend to be much lower than June.

Upper Hole CampgroundSwimming hole at end of the reservoirLaunch Facility near parking lotCampsite overlooking the reservoir at upper hell hole
Hipcamper Lance E.
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May 17th, 2019
Eldorado National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(530) 622-5061
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39.083° N, 120.363° W
Unknown price
Tent Only - Hike In: 15 Sites
(Up to people per site)
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