Upper And Lower Highland Lakes Campground

Arnold, California

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This campground is my favorite campground in the Sierra Nevada. At 8,600 feet, the campsites are by the pretty Highland Lakes, in a valley full of bright wildflowers. If you can get in on the road to Highland Lakes, it means the snowdrifts have melted. If the snowdrifts have melted, you know the wildflowers are out——this is a short season. To the north, even in late August, Folger Peak has snow fields. Hiram Peak to the south is as big and brown as a warm bear. There are hikes going everywhere. This is off the beaten track. You don’t just happen to show up there, so plan to stay for a while.
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The Best In Tent Camping: Northern California

by Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai (Menasha Ridge Press)

This campground is my favorite campground in the Sierra Nevada. At 8,600 feet, the campsites are by the pretty Highland Lakes, in a valley full of bright wildflowers. If you can get in on the road to Highland Lakes, it means the snowdrifts have melted. If the snowdrifts have melted, you know the wildflowers are out——this is a short season. To the north, even in late August, Folger Peak has snow fields. Hiram Peak to the south is as big and brown as a warm bear. There are hikes going everywhere. This is off the beaten track. You don’t just happen to show up there, so plan to stay for a while.

©  Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Arnold
Season: June–October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest
Topo Map: Upper And Lower Highland Lakes Campground Topographic Map
Guide Book: The Best In Tent Camping: Northern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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7/6/2009

An oustanding campground. Though it was full much of the 7 days we were there, plenty of trees provided isolation. Recommend sites along the north side (against Silver Creek). Creek is low by mid July but still has pools for shallow swimming. If you need two or more adjacent sites, you may prefer the ones inside the loop which back up against each other. Flush toilets, no lighting. Plenty of firewood available to gather for those willing to walk 0.1 mile across the access road or the highway. Lake Alpine a brief walk from the campground, an excellent paved bike trail runs all the way to the west side of the lake. Some but not all hydrants have threaded spigots for RV water filling. Note that the nearest RV dump station to the west is in Angels Camp.

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