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Beautiful campground and chill camphost. This site would be great for late autumn or late winter. I had read yelp reviews regarding an insect problem at the campground which is sadly true. The flies made it unbearable for one of our guests and they left early. There were dense clouds of flies all day and would only clear once it cooled off at night. Moving around the site or even hiking did not slow them down.
I came here on a solo camping trip in March 2018 for a few days. When I came to Ponderosa campground, it was $25 a night.
The campground itself is beautiful. It's pretty nicely spread out too. It is right by a creek, which was completely flowing when I visited. There were so many birds, it would be a great place for bird watching.
There is no service out here, so be aware of that. It also got below freezing at night when I stayed so make sure you have the right sleeping bag. Each campsite has a picnic table, a firepit (which you don't need a separate campfire permit for)
I will definitely be returning.
The problem isn’t the campsite. It’s the campground host, Michael, who blatantly threatened us with death.. Our campsite was next to his trailer and he helped himself over to our camp essentially anytime One night he was drinking with us around our campfire and at some point he just snapped, aggressively telling everybody to be quiet even though he was louder than all of us. But still, we complied and sat quietly around the campfire without saying a word. This was not good enough apparently. He pointed to my friend and said “you need to shut the fuck up.” I got up and told him that wasn’t cool and he went on a full-throated tirade which included “this is my fucking forest” and “I’ll fucking bury you out here.” Not a safe environment AT ALL
I camped here at Site #6, near the stream over the 4th of July weekend. It was relatively quiet and while there were some flies and mosquitoes, it was a fairly low-to-normal amount for any summer camping. We kept citronella tikis and repellant and were fine.