Pioneer Trail Group Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
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Pioneer Trail Group Campground is situated in the Pinecrest Basin approximately 1.5 miles on Dodge Ridge Road from the Pinecrest Lake Day Use Area and the Summit Ranger Station.  Pioneer Trail is a group campground with three individual camp sites.  Two of the campsites have 50-person capacities; the third campsite can accomodate up to 100-persons.  Each site has pedestal BBQ grills, fire rings, several tables (including a food preparation table) and several water hydrants.  Each site has a paved parking area of various parking capacities, either 10, 15 or 25 vehicles –  depending on the size of the vehicles.  A one-mile trail leads from the campground sites to the Pinecrest Lake Day Use Area.  Reservations can be made year-round by contacting the National Recreation Reservation Service a (1-877-444-6777).  Call early for reservations.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Summit Ranger District (HWY 108) Group Campground is CLOSED. Contact Dodge Ridge for more information 209.965.3474 or visit Dodge Ridge campgrounds.
Operational Hours: Pioneer Group Campground CLOSED
Reservations: Group Camping : For reservations, call National Recreation Reservation Services: 1-877-444-6777; TDD: 1-877-833-6777 or visit  Individual Winter Camping: First come, first served; no fees.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Group Camping: Dodge Ridge Corporation operates Pioneer GroupCampground and charges the following fees:
  • $90.00 for a 50 person capacity site (2)
  • $130 for 100 person capacity site (1)
Individual winter camping: No fees.

Dodge Ridge Corporation operates this campground under a special-use permit administered by the U.S. Forest Service. The fees collected from overnight campers go back into upgrading campground facilities and amenities. During winter, Pioneer Trail Group Campground is open with no fee unless you have a large group then you need to contact Dodge Ridge at
Open Season: year-round
  • Camp in designated sites only.
  • The maximum length of stay in any campground is 14 days.
  • Campfire permits are not required in developed campgrounds. Do not burn plastic or metal.
  Please leave the area in as good (or better) condition than you found it.  Often, locations destroyed by thoughtless campers must be closed to restore the area's natural health. Help ensure your favorite area remains open.
Closest Towns: Communities with gas and/or groceries:
  • Highway 108:
    • Sonora
    • Twain Harte
    • Cold Springs (last gas when traveling east)
    • Pinecrest
    • Strawberry
Water: Potable water is available at faucets throughout campground. Filling of RVs is prohibited.
Restroom: Several vault toilets are located throughout the campground. No RV dump station available.
Operated By: Dodge Ridge Corporation

General Information

Directions: One mile from the Summit Ranger District office on Dodge Ridge Road, within the Pinecrest Recreation Area.

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