Highway 108 Corridor

The Scenic Highway 108 Sonora Pass route begins at an elevation of about 3,000 feet, and rises to an elevation of 9,628 feet above sea level.  The pass connects the communities of Sonora to the west and Bridgeport to the east.  Like Most high elevation passes across the Sierra Nevada, the highway is closed in the winter, generally between November and May, due to large quantities of snow.

The highway over the pass is extremely steep, narrow and winding between Kennedy Meadows on the west side to Leavitt Meadows on the east.  The route is not recommended for vehicles or vehicle combinations that are unusally wide, heavy or long.  Adjacent to the summit of the pass is a picnic/parking area to nearby Sonora Peak, Wolf Creek Lake, and other spots north or south along the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Campground Camping

The Stanislaus National Forest has 47 campgrounds which provide 1,514 campsites for visitors to enjoy!  Most of these campgrounds on a first come - first served basis, some are avaialble on reseervation such as Spicer Group Campground, Big Meadow Group Campground, Pinecrest Campground, Pioneer Group Campground, Dimond O Campground, and Pines Group Campground.  Check the individual campground pages for information on how to make reservations. The number of people permitted in a single campsite is 6. The maximum length of stay in any campground is 14 days. All campgrounds offer vault or flush toilets, tables, and grills or a fire ring. Most offer potable water, but check you destination to be sure. Where potable water is provided, a use fee is included.

Camp Firewood

Camp firewood is available free of charge in forested areas below 9,000 feet in elevation. Collect or cut only dead wood lying on the ground. You can use a chain saw if the saw has a spark arrester with screen openings of 0.23 inches or less. You will need a permit to take firewood home. You can obtain a permit at one of our Ranger Stations. This program allows you to collect a maximum of 10 cords annually from April 1st until November 30th. Pick up more detailed information at any of our Ranger Stations or at the Supervisor's Office in Sonora.

Campground Operations

Many campgrounds are operated by concessionaires under a special use permit administered by the Forest Service. The fees paid by concessionaires finance the refurbishment of facilities in the campground(s) they operate.


Water from lakes, streams, and springs may contain harmful bacteria or protozoa. Boil, filter, or treat this water before drinking! Water provided from developed recreation sites is tested regularly and is safe to drink.


Pets are welcome to accompany you during your visit.  However, pets must be leashed in Tuolumne County. In Calaveras and Alpine Counties, pets must be under immediate control or on a leash. These regulations protect the health and safety of visitors and wildlife. Pick up after your pets, especially around high use areas. No dogs are allowed in Pinecrest Day Use Area May 15 - September 15.

Areas for Campground Camping at Highway 108 Corridor

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Highway 108 Corridor

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Highway 108 Corridor

Dispersed Camping

Camping on the Stanislaus National Forest is not limited to developed campgrounds. Most of the Forest is open to those who prefer to camp in an undeveloped setting. This type of camping is called "dispersed camping," and visitors are asked to choose a fire safe campsite and to leave a minimal impact on the site.

A Campfire Permit

A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside of developed areas. Abide by the terms and instructions listed on your campfire permit. Remember, local Forest fire restrictions in effect will supersede the campfire permit, so inquire at the Forest Service Ranger Station nearest your destination before building or maintaining a campfire.

Always locate your campfire, barbeque, or campstove away from brush, trees, or overhanging limbs. Be sure to clear away flammable vegetation from your campfire for a radius of at least five feet down to bare mineral soil; never start or maintain a campfire on a windy day; and use plenty of water and stir to completely drown your fire before leaving. Never leave a campfire unattended, even for one moment - extinguish it completely before leaving camp. Submerge your used barbeque brickets in a pail of water and then dispose them in the center of your campfire ring.

A Clean Camp

Always practice "pack it in-pack it out" camping.  Plan ahead for the collection and storage of your trash and take it with you when you leave.  Please do not litter, burn or bury trash in the forest.

Likewise, it is your responsibility to manage human waste. There are many commercial products on the market to deal with human waste. If you must bury it, be sure to dig a hole at least 6 inches or more down into soil and stay at least 100 feet away from any river, lake, stream, spring or trail. Never bury toilet paper or sanitary products. Animals can dig it up and scatter it around the area.

You may collect "dead and down" campfire wood for your camp trip.  Please do not damage trees or vegetation to create a campsite, or dig trenches for a tent platform.

14 Day Stay Limit

You may disperse camp in any one location for 14 days and you may stay a total of 21 days per year on the National Forest. When you go home, leave the forest the way you found it or better for the enjoyment of the next visitor.

Areas for Dispersed Camping at Highway 108 Corridor

Visitor Programs

Areas for Visitor Programs at Highway 108 Corridor

Interpretive Areas

Areas for Interpretive Areas at Highway 108 Corridor

Visitor Centers

Areas for Visitor Centers at Highway 108 Corridor

Boating - Motorized

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Highway 108 Corridor

Boating - Non-Motorized

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Highway 108 Corridor


Areas for Swimming at Highway 108 Corridor


Areas for Waterskiing at Highway 108 Corridor


Areas for Windsurfing at Highway 108 Corridor


Areas for Skiing/Snowboarding at Highway 108 Corridor

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Highway 108 Corridor


Areas for Snowmobiling at Highway 108 Corridor

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

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