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, trailers, RVs
35 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Max size unknown
No hookups
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

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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


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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


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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


Natural features you'll find at Highland Lakes Campground.

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

Can be very cold and windy.

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Hipcamper Mandy
Mandy S.
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January 23rd, 2019

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

Hipcamper Nick R.
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August 22nd, 2018
Hipcamper Dr Michael H.
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October 20th, 2018
Stanislaus National Forest
Phone Number
(209) 532-3671
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38.489° N, 119.807° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 35 Sites
(Up to people per site)