Backpacker's Camp (Campground)

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Primitive walk in campground, no vehicles, one night limit. 

Beautiful dense lodgepole pine and fir forest within view of Lake Alpine. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)  Campground is closed for winter season.
Operational Hours: Campground is closed for winter season.
Reservations: No reservations, first-come, first-serve
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Toilets
Restrictions: RV's prohibited.
Closest Towns: Emergency medical services available at the Arnold Medical Clinic in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold, or at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas (Highway 49). Gas, groceries, camping supplies are available in Bear Valley and at Lake Alpine Lodge. Public (fee) showers available at Lake Alpine Lodge.
Restroom: Flush
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passes accepted, reduces camping fee to half-price per night.
Operated By: Lake Alpine Campgrounds Inc.

General Information

Directions: Highway 4 to east shore of Lake Alpine. Turn south on road just east of Chickaree Picnic Area. Campground is located half way between Highway 4 and Pine Marten Campground.

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Interpretive Site Visitor interpretive programs are offered in the summer. Please visit the Outdoor Learning page for details.
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