Hipcamp host Camper T S.
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Closed for winter. Snowed Out.  Taking Plans Ahead. 

In the meantime we are grateful for the look. The upcoming High Sierra camping season is coming, with some interesting variables.  The start of the 2020 fun in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area--coming soon!  Up for fun?  Stay for a two week challenge, and test that camper's spirit- and practice the art of self dista


Closed for winter. Snowed Out.  Taking Plans Ahead. 

In the meantime we are grateful for the look. The upcoming High Sierra camping season is coming, with some interesting variables.  The start of the 2020 fun in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area--coming soon!  Up for fun?  Stay for a two week challenge, and test that camper's spirit- and practice the art of self distancing and self reliance.  Bring a few good books.  Unfortunately St. Patrick's Day was cancelled, bring your favorite green and let other Hipcampers in the forest know you're ok saying hello at the recommended distances.

Live the art of self-reliance in the nice, quiet and relaxing high sierra wild timber forest/meadow setting.  Some say spectacular stargazing opportunities-have an adventure-and find your point? Right?   Unique area for this part of the basin.  Again, Bring Your Own Gear for the elements for this off grid area... Be prepared, especially for all elements of nature.  Test your light gear-mountain biking- horse packing skills.  Mountain bikes and a repair kit recommended to extend your range for fun.  Many, trails lakes, and great fishing and scenic views.  If you are symptomatic-or have a gut feeling that your health isn't up to speed... full refunds will be made.  We appreciate that neighborhood spirit.

Back Country Exclusivity, Private access to this zone is only for Hipcampers.   Your part here may help you,  other Hipcampers,  the forest and definitely the local community- and then back to the forest and you!  Close access to 20+ lakes within the lakes basin arena.  Many places to visit, or just hang out and enjoy your surroundings.  Remember this is to Challenge yourself(s). What is a timber zone-free to ask.  OFF-GRID. No cell service at all- at location.   However, this is to unplug, maybe test your skills, spirit of adventure, and (really) think ahead  for active situations with the environment, and the gear you need for yours.  This could be perfect for you if this has your attention.  Remember off-grid laid back/backpack/mountain bike camping team adventure here... and simple cozy nights under the most brightest of stars.  Up for your challenge?

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
10 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Camper T a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 4PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 45% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Check Gold Lake and other lakes in the area. Gold Lake has a Boat Launch


So many lakes- find your favorite


SO Many trails to discover

Horseback riding

Possible horse back rental stables within 10 mies


Gold Lake is a popular spot, depends on how far to travel

Wind sports

Gold Lake Receives a nice downwind at times


Numerous lakes in area

Wildlife watching

There's a beautiful meadow of wildflowers(early summer season) to camp away from and at times interesting wildlife maybe observ...Read more



Natural features you'll find at Wild Sierra Forest @ 7000 Feet in California.


Day use and camping use (lake front) beach areas in the area- and this would be part of your exploration


High Sierra Timber Zone- Great opportunity to view a forest ecosystem in action.

Hot spring

There are hot springs somewhere-- part of the adventure- prolly a day's worth- check out sierra valley hotsprings for more info...Read more


There can be wildlife- mountain lions bears- etc.. Keep Clean!!! Mega mountain biking and hiking adventures.

Prairie, meadow, or plain

Special meadow nearby

River, stream or creek

There's a few creeks running through the grounds- seasonal. Currently Some snow packs. Sydney loves playing in those, if you'...Read more

Swimming hole

The Sand Pond near lower and upper Sardine lakes is a popular place to picnic and swim.


Fraiser Falls- nearby half day outing. Great short hike-paved access and bathrooms.


The vibe at Wild Sierra Forest @ 7000 Feet

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Hipcamper Heather

Private woodsy gem

Heather P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 8th, 2019

Tom's spot was just what we needed. His woodsy acreage in the middle of Plumas National Forest is beautiful and private with tons to explore, including nearby wildflower-dotted meadows and seasonal creeks. He met us when we arrived and helped us get oriented, but we had the option to camp pretty much anywhere we wanted and there were plenty of good spots for setting up a tent and getting cozy. There was no one else on his land while we were there.

Just keep in mind that the further you hike out from your parking spot, the more careful you need to be about remembering your path back. Make sure to bring headlamps and lanterns so you can navigate after dark. It's really just you in the middle of nature, which makes Tom's spot a rare gem. Be ready for amazing stargazing opportunities!

We encountered some bear poop and understood that black bears could be around during our stay. We practiced regular bear safety (no food in your tent or car, had a boat horn for scaring purposes, had a little bluetooth speaker playing when we walked at night to announce our presence, bear spray on hand just in case) but actually didn't end up with any bear encounters. Black bears are very skittish and won't come by if they hear people.

As far as navigation goes, the GPS point is accurate, so it's safe to trust Google maps—we ended up exactly where we were supposed to park. Pro-tip: download the map of the area before you get there though because you won't have service.

There are tons of awesome little lakes nearby. Gold Lake is the big, more touristy one with a lodge and restaurant. We went kayaking on Upper Salmon Lake, which I'd highly recommend if you want a more private, quiet lake experience. There are no motorboats on this one and awesome views both on the lake and and if you walk up trails around the basin.

If you need to go to town, Graegle has a few shops and restaurants and is about a 25 min drive from Tom's spot. Clio is another cute small town with a good brunch spot (waffles and tacos) the same distance away.

We kayaked to one corner of the lake where we spotted a rope swing. Parked the kayaks on the shore, then hiked up just 90 seconds to get this view.View from a highway pull off on the way to the spot.More nearby meadow.Practice fire safety! You need a permit (quick online quiz that's free). Make sure to clear dead wood, have a mini fire extinguisher on hand, and water to put all your embers out.
Hipcamper Heather P.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2019
Pro Se @ v point (gps point)
United States
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