Description

Get stoned on the high country at Highland Lakes Campground. Sitting at 8,500 feet in the sky, this camp is a sight for sore eyes. The deep blue alpine lake, the peak of Ebbetts Pass in the back drop, and the meadow valley radiating with green life, can you say “Ah-ooo-Gah!” These lakes hold a unique feature as they flow into two different watersheds. Come check out mother earths magic with a hike around the area, or an afternoon catching and/or releasing. Scan the sky for clouds. If all is well and good-weathered, ditch the rainfly and fall asleep counting shooting stars.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
35 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Biking

If you’re into mountain biking, or if you’re just curious, bring your two-wheeler out to Stanislaus for expert and beginner tra...Read more

Boating

Wanna zip around with your small motorboat across clear water surrounded by towering granite peaks? Not only can you do that in...Read more

Fishing

Stanislaus is busting with lakes and ponds, which means it’s fishing galore. Catch some pretty rainbow trout, like this guy. ...Read more

Hiking

Hiking through Stanislaus is a unique geological experience, whether you’re big into geology or not. You can see granite glacia...Read more

Horseback riding

400 miles of horseback riding trails and plenty of horse-friendly base camps make Stanislaus the ideal adventure for you and yo...Read more

Paddling

If you have a paddle boat of any kind, you’ll want to bring it out while you’re here. Kayak or canoe through the Utica and Uni...Read more

Wind sports

That’s right water babies, you can even windsurf here. Cherry Lake is the place to be for windsurfing, so if that’s your thi...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

If you’ve been itching for some mind-blowing scenery to try out your new four-wheeler, this would be the place to do it. You ca...Read more

Climbing

With all the epic rock formations here, you know there are gonna be some sweet climbing options. Calaveras Ranger District ha...Read more

Snow sports

In the winter months, Stanislaus becomes a snowy wonderland (well, really, at high elevations, there’s snow for most of the yea...Read more

Swimming

Waterfalls, epic swimming holes, and beautiful pristine lakes are scattered throughout Stanislaus. The first thing we would rec...Read more

Whitewater paddling

If a relaxing dip or leisurely paddle isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, there are some rapids for you to conquer too. You ...Read more

Wildlife watching

Of course such a beautiful landscape is bound to be the home of equally awesome creatures. Bell Creek is a great place to chi...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Highland Lakes Campground.

Beach
Cave
Forest
Lake
River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
Waterfall
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Hipcamper Mandy
Mandy S.
recommends this listing.
January 23rd, 2019

Pack in all your own water, food, and firewood. There are no services for miles.

Hipcamper Holly
Holly B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 10th, 2020

Difficult to get to and no amenities other than broken down pit toilets and snow-crushed picnic tables. The water pump is broken, so pack in all water. We experienced the most violent, frightening thunder/hail storm of our lives up there in July. It's high and unprotected, and the only refuge from the storm was the car. It's beautiful, but be prepared to literally be one with nature and all the elements can throw at you.

Hipcamper Jan
Jan L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 10th, 2020

experienced campers - I do not recommend this place. Thought this was going to be the perfect beautiful get away for our extended weekend. What we found was a run-down campground in serious need of repairs. Picnic tables smashed into the mud or legs broken off, the water pump out of service, the outhouse broken down and not venting properly.... We were grateful we got there early in the week as the place was packed out by Thursday afternoon; I felt badly for all the campers driving in Thursday night through Saturday looking for a place to camp. This place is remote with 6 miles of bad road to get to it, and the nearest cell-service a 1.25 hour drive away (or hike to the top of a nearby peak. Heaven forbid if you have an emergency.

Hipcamper Birgit
Birgit S.
recommends this listing.
April 25th, 2017

Can be very cold and windy.

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Hipcamper Jan
Jan L.
doesn't recommend this listing.
September 10th, 2020

Already left a review, but wasn't given the choice to recommend or not. Definitely a NO unless you like the adventure of quickly coming up with a 'Plan B' when campsites are full on a Thursday or when you realize you don't have enough water to make it through the week (hand pump was broken). Must love difficult roads, mosquitos, intense hail storms in August, total 'roughing it' to like this place. Yes it is beautiful, but there are much better places to go.

Hipcamper Nick R.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2018
Hipcamper Dr Michael H.
recommends this listing.
October 20th, 2018
Hipcamper Holly B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
September 10th, 2020
Park
Stanislaus National Forest
State
California
Country
United States
Phone Number
(209) 532-3671
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
38.489° N, 119.807° W
$12/night
Tent / RV / Trailer: 35 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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