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Stanislaus National Forest Sign“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.

Fishing

FishingIf 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 4:30pmPhone: (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 4:00pmPhone: (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 4:30pmPhone: (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 pmPhone: (209) 965-3434TDD: (209) 965-0488

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Hiking Trails

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Dragoon Gulch: 37.986831, -120.394004
Columbia College Trails: 38.033608, -120.394256
Tuolumne Railroad Trail: 37.973094, -120.226371
Lyons Dam: 38.093988, -120.164938
Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail: 38.197011, -120.920377
Natural Bridges: 38.051619, -120.471027
Table Mountain BLM hike: 37.944314, -120.462135
Parrotts Ferry New Melones BLM hike: 38.042136, -120.458990
Red Hills: 37.838591, -120.469023
: 38.012115, -120.533649
Pinecrest Trail: 38.195224, -119.990616
Big Trees: 38.278251, -120.308468
: 38.246863, -120.263969
Day Hikes in Yosemite: 37.723804, -119.614746
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Dragoon Gulch
Dragoon Gulch, Sonora, CA, United States
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Columbia College Trails
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Tuolumne Railroad Trail
West Side Trail
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Lyons Dam
Trail to Lyons Dam
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Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail

Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail

Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail
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Natural Bridges

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Natural Bridges
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Table Mountain BLM hike
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Table Mountain Trail/Grotto Climbing 1st parking area
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Parrotts Ferry New Melones BLM hike
Parrotts Ferry New Melones BLM hike
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Red Hills
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New Melones and Glory Hole details here
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Pinecrest Trail
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Pine Crest Trail
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Big Trees
Big Trees Trail Info
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Calaveras Big Trees / South Loop Mountain Bike Trail details
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Day Hikes in Yosemite
Yosemite hiking overview

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