Stanislaus National Forest
“There is wilderness and more Emigrant Wilderness to Explore”Camping is one of the most popular recreation activities in the Stanislaus National Forest. The ideal camping time in most Forest areas is May to October, prior to winter storm activity. Most campgrounds fill quickly during holiday weekends, therefore visitors should come prepared to camp in undeveloped areas. Forest employees will assist you in choosing an appropriate location. Please contact the individual Ranger District nearest your destination to verify space availability in your selected campground. For a list of our favorite campgrounds visit Camping in the recreation guide.Activities in Emigrant Wilderness include hiking, swimming, fishing and hunting. Rainbow, Brook and German Brown trout are found in almost all lakes and streams in the area. In addition, three major deer herds – Jawbone, Yosemite and Stanislaus herds – live in Emigrant Basin. For more about hunting in the Motherlode visit the hunting page in the recreation guide.Some campsites can be reserved, but the majority of Forest campgrounds are operated on a first-come, first-served system. Pick your own spot, or dispersed area camping, is an option available on non wilderness designated land.
For the full list of camp grounds visit the Stanislaus National Forest Website.
Campfire permits are not required within developed campgrounds and picnic areas, however, please limit your campfire to camp stoves provided. Campfire permits are required when camping in undeveloped sites and when using a campfire or camp stove outside a recreational vehicle. Permits are free and must be obtained in person at any Stanislaus National Forest Office.
Pets are welcome, although local county ordinances require pets to be leashed. Dogs are required to be under voice control within the Emigrant Wilderness.
If river fishing is your way to relax, these rivers should be your destination. Patient anglers who get up with in the early hours with the sun will be sure to catch their limit of trout and take in appealing vistas.
Ranger Districts in the Mother Lode
|Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor’s Office|
19777 Greenley Road
Sonora, CA 95370
|Hours All YearM-F: 8:00am to 4:30pm||Phone: (209) 532-3671TDD: (209) 533-0765|
|Calaveras Ranger District|
5519 Highway 4,
P.O. Box 500
Hathaway Pines, CA 95233
|Hours All Year (closed holidays) M-F: 8:00am to 4:00pm||Phone: (209) 795-1381TDD: (209) 795-2854|
|Mi-Wok Ranger District|
24695 Highway 108
P.O. Box 100
Mi-Wuk-Village, CA 95346
|Hours All Year (closed holidays) M-F: 8:30am to 4:30pm||Phone: (209) 586-3234TDD: (209) 586-0262|
|Groveland Ranger District|
24545 Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321
|Summer Hours (May – Sep)M-Sat: 8:00am to 4:30pm (holidays included)|
Winter Hours (October – April) M-F: 8:00am to 4:30pm Sat: 8:00am – 3:30pm (closed holidays)
|Phone: (209) 962-7825TDD: (209) 962-6406|
|Summit Ranger District|
#1 Pinecrest Lake Road
Pinecrest, CA 95364
|Hours All Year (closed holidays) M-F: 8:00am to 4:00 pm||Phone: (209) 965-3434TDD: (209) 965-0488|
|Dragoon Gulch |
Dragoon Gulch, Sonora, CA, United States
|Columbia College Trails |
More about Columbia College
|Tuolumne Railroad Trail |
West Side Trail
|Lyons Dam |
Trail to Lyons Dam
|Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail |
Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail
Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail
|Natural Bridges |
More about Natural Bridges and New Melones here.
|Table Mountain BLM hike |
New Melones and Table Mountain details here
Table Mountain Trail/Grotto Climbing 1st parking area
|Parrotts Ferry New Melones BLM hike |
Parrotts Ferry New Melones BLM hike
|Red Hills |
More about Red Hills
New Melones and Glory Hole details here
|Pinecrest Trail |
More about Pinecrest Hiking
Pine Crest Trail
|Big Trees |
Big Trees Trail Info
Calaveras Big Trees / South Loop Mountain Bike Trail details
|Day Hikes in Yosemite |
Yosemite hiking overview
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