Grouse Ridge Campground is reached after driving over six miles of undeveloped dirt road, and the views are more than worth it. Sitting atop Grouse Ridge, the views from camp are spectacular. You’ll see gigantic boulders, alpine lakes, pine forests, and wildflowers in the summer. There are hiking and biking trails nearby, so get out there an explore!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
9 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Bikers will find Tahoe to be a mountain biking paradise, with rough roads and unforgettable views. The Downieville ranger distr...Read more


There are hundreds of lakes and many reservoirs within this forest, making motorized and non-motorized boating a go-to acti...Read more


There are huge reservoirs, alpine lakes, rushing rivers, small pools, and everything in between, making this an excellent place...Read more


Hikers searching for incredible views won’t leave disappointed: there are over 500 miles of trails, including the PCT. You can ...Read more

Horseback riding

If you have a horse, bring that fella over to these trails , and if you don’t, there are many local outfitters who can set you...Read more


Kayakers and canoers have plenty of opportunities to row their little boats in the lakes, reservoirs, and streams of this nat...Read more

Wind sports

Nothing beats that fresh mountain air blowing through your hair! Boca Reservoir, Jackson Meadow Reservoir, Stampede Reservoir, ...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Looking to take a spin in your off highway vehicle? The Little Truckee Summit trail has gentle slopes and Prosser Hill is an ea...Read more


There isn’t much information about climbing, but Donner Summer has traditional and sport climbing areas to challenge all skill ...Read more

Snow sports

What better way to enjoy the wintertime than to go to Tahoe? Tahoe National Forest offers backcountry wilderness for you to exp...Read more


There’s no shortage of swimming here: you’re welcome to splash in lakes, reservoirs, streams, rivers, and swimming holes under ...Read more

Whitewater paddling

If motor boats aren’t your thing, step up your game with a whitewater trip. The Yuba River and the American River offer amazing...Read more

Wildlife watching

Wildlife watchers won’t be disappointed with Tahoe National Forest. The wetland areas are great places for birding, especially ...Read more


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Hipcamper Brooke
Brooke L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 15th, 2017

This is a beautiful campground but the road is VERY undeveloped. It was possible to drive in my Subaru Forester but very rough and slow. As of July 15 there is still some snow at the campsite. There was a large snow patch on the road that makes it impossible to access the campsites by car. You can still camp here by parking and walking for about 5-10 mins into the campsites. PS you may want to bring your own toilet paper for the vault toilets, it was empty when we arrived.

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Hipcamper Annabel
Annabel E.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 31st, 2017

Getting up to the ridge was pretty treacherous in our Grand AM, but we made it and it was definitely worth the drive. Even though we arrived pretty late in the afternoon on a Saturday, there were still a few sites available which we were pretty surprised by. Each site had a food locker and fire pit and ample space for pitching tents and hanging hammocks. No water source so definitely bring some if you plan to hike from the ridge - which you ABSOLUTELY MUST! The best part about this spot is the number of hikes you can access from the site. Beautiful lakes and mountains. You will see some people but definitely not over crowded. Some of the happiest camping and hiking I have done this year. Would HIGHLY recommend.

Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda S.
recommends this listing.
August 29th, 2018

Absolutely loved this campground and can't wait to go back. Camping is free and the camping spots are large with room for multiple people and have fire pits and bear boxes, as well as vault bathrooms. The view from the top of the ridge is gorgeous and there are multiple hiking trails with access to multiple small mountain lakes great for swimming and/or SUPing. Free range cows sometimes walk through the campground, you'll hear their cowbells, we found the sound very calming/soothing. The access road to the site is about 6+ miles of unimproved/dirt, we were able to drive our 2WD Sprinter conversion in and out with no problems. It is also pet friendly! There are no trash bins, so pack in/pack out and leave no trace. Enjoy this wonderful site!

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October 20th, 2018
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July 31st, 2017
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June 23rd, 2017
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April 29th, 2017
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February 24th, 2017
Tahoe National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(530) 994-3401
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39.39° N, 120.61° W
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Tent / Van: 9 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)

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