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Alpine Valley | N. Lake Tahoe

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Hosted by David H.Joined in May 2018
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45 ratings · 34 reviews
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B O.recommends
July 11, 2022
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Repeat visitor to Alpine Valley
Are you interested in remote/dispersed camping but are nervous about arriving to the forest after driving for hours and then not finding a spot? Want to find a beautiful campsite that is truly isolated but is a half hour drive to stores/restaurants and a major freeway? Want to interact with a friendly and communicative host ? This is why we returned for a second camping adventure at this spot. Reading some of the other reviews of fellow travelers, I want to emphasize: make sure you are prepared. This is not an "asphalt RV parking lot with coin operated showers" kind of place. You'll need an off-road capable vehicle, self-contained water and cooking gear, and a wildlife friendly "pack-it-in, pack-it-out" attitude. And if you forget anything, just cruise back to town and pick it up!
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Mark J.
September 30, 2021
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
EXTREMELY ROUGH ROADS
THIS LISTING IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR TRAILERS OR VEHICLES WITH LOW GROUND CLEARANCE. The listing should explicitly state this. Otherwise it is a beautiful spot.
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Lehua M.doesn't recommend
August 15, 2021
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
No water terrible toilet no parking
Unfortunately for the outrageous price we paid the camp area was terrible! We expected to be out in the wilderness but the fact that there was no natural water on the property and the closest…..not the truckee River like the listing says was extremely far away on some of the worst roads I have ever seen. Mind you we paid $600 for 2 days, 10 people. Only one car can fit and there was just barely enough room for us. The property is in pretty bad condition. Chairs were missing, and toilet was really really bad. Again they charge waaaay to much for no water on the property and a toilet in the open. It’s a rip off……also even with a large truck the roads are absolutely terrible. Again, it’s a rip off and I don’t suggest this place for anyone.
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Rich G.recommends
July 7, 2021
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Private and Adventurous
David was such a great host. He answered all my questions promptly. It was a fun and awesome journey to get to the camp site. David's step by step instructions were flawless. There are spray painted landmarks to assist once you get closer to the site. Getting to the site was a blast. There are some trails by the site if you want to explore. Definitely need a 4x4 or AWD, and clearance will help. The site itself was peaceful and quiet. Didn't see any animals at all during the weekend. I suggest you pay for the firewood package. There's plenty out there to keep you warm.
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Austin N.
June 28, 2021
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Really beautiful location and fun off-roading to get to the location. When we arrived at the site there were dirt bike riders taking a break in the site and we saw a lot of riders during our time there as well as a lot of gunshots going off from what I would presume to be hunters. The directions were good and the campsite was in pretty good shape. Unfortunately the stream was dry, not sure if you could fish there either way. Used the overlanding trails to mountain bike ride and then fished in dog creek closer to Verdi. I would definitely go back to this area to overland as there are a lot of places out in this area to stay.
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B O.recommends
June 16, 2021
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Amazing property completely surrounded by National Forest land! Host was very communicative and helpful. Great place for experienced campers wanting the off-grid National Forest experience but seeking a reserved campsite. In order to keep this great place available to us all for years to come: please leave the site in great condition and practice meticulous fire safety!
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Andrew S.recommends
June 2, 2021
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
We loved it! Super quiet, very peaceful. The perfect get-a-away spot!
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Taylor P.recommends
May 27, 2021
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Welcomed Oasis
Great place to camp if you're looking to get away from people. The campsite had everything we needed from chairs, to picnic tables, although we were prepared with our own had someone beaten us to the campsite. We had a 2WD Toyota Rav 4 in our group and they made it to camp in the rain with no problem. Although we also had two lifted 4Runners in case they got stuck. The trail was slightly bumpy but nothing that would deter us from coming back. All in all, I'd recommend if you're camping in a larger group and don't want to deal with disturbing others!
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Casey G.recommends
May 16, 2021
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Amazing
Amazing spot will definitely come back again
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Paul H.recommends
April 11, 2021
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Private yet accessible
Amazing secluded spot! Best directions I’ve ever had to a hipcamp. Really nice setup at camp too with some adirondack chairs and a couple nice fire pits. We spent all afternoon just relaxing and exploring.
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Galen E.recommends
March 21, 2021
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Pleasant piece of land bordering the National Forrest. The road going in was somewhat treacherous (in March) for the last 3 miles. AWD/4WD and good clearance was necessary. For reference, we took a Forester and got tossed around a bit. Really fun off roading if that’s what you’re looking for and nice spots along the creek for camping.
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Adriana C.recommends
November 15, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Very quiet and remote campsite, nice if you want to get away for a night.
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Rj K.recommends
November 1, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Make sure you follow instructions and have an all wheel drive (4x4) preferably with good clearance. Location is very remote, saw a few people ride on road with quads/dirt bikes but otherwise it’s as remote as it gets. Nice campsite, there are a few to choose from. Flat with a fire pit. No fires were allowed when I went due to a fire ban but still had a great time. Creek was dry and night was cold but that’s to be expected in November with no rain. Can’t wait to return in Spring/summer when things are warmer and Forest is lush.
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Sarah M.
October 23, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
The trees are very pretty in the fall but be sure to bring something warm if you go in the fall.
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Shelley Y.recommends
October 20, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Great rugged site - a must see
Great site if you like "rugged" campsites. Perfect for what we wanted, will definitely go back. The roads are very bumpy going in - more so than most USFS roads - and you do need a little ground clearance but this is part of what makes this site great. We have a 4wd truck (not lifted) but a Subaru or other AWD vehicle would do fine. You do not need a "lifted vehicle" as some of the other reviews said but a "Civic type" car wouldn't make it. We had ORVs drive by the site roughly every hour but most of them slowed down, turned down their music, and waved. Nights were completely silent except for the coyotes in the distance. We had a little trouble finding the exact sites based on the directions. There are no indications that you are on private land other than the Forest Services signs and most of them are torn down or have so many bullet holes you can't see them. Just be prepared, the mileage after the last turn is the key, if you aren't exact you likely won't hit the correct sites (the host says this in the instructions). We stayed in the site on the right (up the embankment). It was definitely the nicer site for an RTT. If you are tent camping I recommend going even farther up the hill away from the road. We were there in the fall and the creek was completely dry. There is no water anywhere near the site this time of year so be prepared. I highly recommend this site if you are a runner or gravel grinder. We did a 7.5 mile trail run and a 14 mile gravel ride and the site is in a location that allowed us to find smaller dirt roads that had little to no ORV traffic without having to drive anywhere. When we did come across ORVs most of them were very respectful and slowed down for us to minimize the dust. A huge thank you to the host. He was gracious and gave provided great instructions.
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Kirk A.recommends
September 20, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Private quiet and beautiful
This was a great spot. Very private and beautiful. Be prepared to really pay attention to the directions as it is a tad difficult to find - although it was getting dark for us which made it more challenging. However we have a great time and would definitely go back.
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James N.recommends
September 10, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Super secluded and private area, as it's essentially 40 acres to yourself. There's a campsite with a fire ring right off the road, with a path that leads you deeper into the parcel of land. You don't need a lifted car to get to this campsite, but if you want to explore the rest of the land, you're definitely gonna want something lifted, maybe even decent skid plates. Lots of dead wood around for a campfire, and a pretty great view of the sunrise/sunset. All in all, would return again. As long as you know what you're getting into and know what to bring, you're gonna have a great time.
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Greg L.recommends
August 13, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Definitely off the beaten path, this is a nice spot in the forest for a secluded stay. If you have ever wanted to try dispersed camping in a National Forest, but were unsure about how to find a spot, or concerned about if you would be able to find a place to camp, this is your chance to try it out with a patch of private property reserved for you and surrounded by public lands. The Dog Valley area is beautiful and this patch of property is in a nice location. There are some free dispersed camping spots along the way you will pass in the National Forest, however this Hipcamp site is in a good location and ensures you have a secluded slice of the area reserved for you. A rough forest service road skims the edge of the property so I did see one family drive by during my stay, but that was it, other than a visit from a black bear in the early evening (scared off with some yelling). I stayed late in the summer so the creek was dry on the way in. The dirt driving is mostly on fairly well maintained gravel/dirt forest service roads, but the last section is a narrower more rocky drive. Definitely need a high clearance vehicle, and 4wd would be helpful in a few spots (certainly if there was any mud or snow in the early season). This is off grid camping so be prepared for no bathrooms and bring your own water. Leave no trace. The host is very responsive, and provides detailed directions etc. This is not for the novice camper though, as you are in a fairly remote location, may encounter wildlife, and need to be fully self sufficient.
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Thomas A.recommends
August 11, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Gorgeous space, very very secluded - I think we saw one other car drive by in 24 hours. Definitely recommend high clearance vehicle to get up to the site. Would definitely come back.
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Ann E.recommends
July 30, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Very remote site. Road is a bit rough, so be sure to have a sturdy vehicle! David was quite responsive by text/email when I had questions. Cell service: I had 2 bars on AT&T. Staying on this lovely property places you in the wilderness--no one else around.
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Kevin S.recommends
July 16, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Escape from reality
Nice get a way in the pines. Great to see the stars. Definitely recommend Truckee River before or after to get your water fix.
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Clarissa H.recommends
July 13, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Very peaceful location. The roads are wild getting to the site but the listing gave fair warning! A some broken glass and empty shells at the site but nothing that would stop us from recommending it. Great area for slack line and hammocks. Super quiet except for dirt bikers and the ATVs that went by a few times per day. Swimming hole along the meadow road was freezing but refreshing.
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Erika T.recommends
July 10, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Drive was rough but we made it there. Campsite was also very pretty and private like expected. However, it is the middle of no where (which was great) but we heard a loud pack of coyotes very close to our spot which made us nervous. Otherwise was a great stay and would recommend to experienced campers :-)
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Dean M.recommends
July 6, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Lovely place
Excellent site! You really do need a high clearance vehicle to get there. If you're using a phone to navigate, make sure your maps are cached offline.
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Vanessa L.recommends
July 2, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Would definitely stay here again. You absolutely need 4-wheel drive and would highly recommend a lifted or higher car to get over some very unpaved rocky roads. Also, just heads up it’s not near Alpine Ski Resort (as I initially thought when I booked).
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Rebecca L.recommends
June 28, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
The drive and site were beautiful. The road is a little rough but part of the fun. Saw other people out there so it wasn’t quite as isolated as we wanted. We were disappointed there was no water on the property but within an hour to the Truckee River. Don’t bother paying for the bundle of firewood.
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Alan W.recommends
June 19, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
AWESOME, QUITE AND SECLUDED FOR YOU
The road going in is rough and the journey is long if youre going in and out everyday. If youre there and want to ride around and see didferst things, its perfect! It is secluded and you definitely need a 4x4 with clearance. Normal 4x4 is good, but a car or suv, I would not attempt. Its beautiful, quite and secluded. No one bothered us at all
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Mike G.
June 15, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Nice Site
Site was great! Definitely recommend awd vehicle with more clearance than a normal sedan with awd! Few spots where we should have had more clearance driving in.
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Laura D.recommends
May 22, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Like others have said, you really need 4WD to get to this site, but David’s provided directions were accurate and helpful. The “road” up the hill to further campsites was a little overgrown, making it difficult to discern that a road was even there. But worked out well because there were plenty of people out and about the day we arrived, and the overgrowth helped maintain the privacy of the sites. The meadow down below was beautiful and our pups had a lot of fun stretching their legs down there. Overall, we really enjoyed seclusion of camping here and we’ll definitely be back.
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Shawn S.recommends
April 13, 2020
Alpine Valley /|\ Tahoe-Toiyabe NFs
Beautiful site, nestled in the pine trees with a creek running close to the fire pits. Great site to get close to nature and relax with the family.
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