Pioneer Trail Group Campground


Area Status: Open
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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) Contact Dodge Ridge for more information at 209.965.3474, or at the Dodge Ridge webpage.
Operational Hours: Open for reservations starting May 6, 2022. 
Reservations: Group Camping: For reservations, call National Recreation Reservation Services: 1-877-444-6777; TDD: 1-877-833-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov and search "Pinecrest", or click here.  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:
  • $118.00 for a 50-person capacity site (2 sites)
  • $163 for 100-person capacity site (1 site)
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 info@dodgeridge.com.
Open Season: year-round
Restrictions:
  • 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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Pioneer Trail Group Campground is situated in the Pinecrest Basin approximately one and ½ miles up Dodge Ridge Road from the Pinecrest Lake Day Use Area and the Summit Ranger Station. Pioneer Trail is a group campground with three sites. Reservations can be made year-round by contacting the National Recreation Reservation Service a (1-877-444-6777). Call early for reservations. Two of the sites have 50-person limits, with the largest campground able to handle up to 100-person capacity. Toilets are vault-style. Each site has pedestal grills, fireplaces, several tables (including a food preparation table) and several water hydrants. Each site has a paved parking area capable of various 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. 

Hours of Operation: Pioneer Group Campground is open year-round for group camping by reservation. This campground is open for individuals seeking to winter camp from October – April. Winter camping: first come, first served. No fee.  

RV Camping

Group Camping

Forested area near Pinecrest Lake. Food, marina and other services available nearby at Pinecrest Lake Resort. fishing, boat ramp, picnic, swimming and trails nearby at Pinecrest Lake. Campground policy prohibits dogs being left alone at the campsite.
No. of Sites 3
Reservation Info http://www.recreation.gov or call the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777).
Group Cooking Facilities Grill

Amenities

Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
Parking:
Toilets:
Accessible:
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.18744

  Longitude : 
-119.98857

  Elevation : 
5,800 feet