10 best places to camp Memorial Day weekend in the Sierra
May 22, 2013
Most campgrounds and recreation sites within the Tahoe National Forest will be open for Memorial Day, and most trails are open with only patches of snow on north-facing slopes.
"The dry winter and spring this past year has enabled us to get campgrounds open earlier than normal," said forest Supervisor Tom Quinn. "The light snowpack permitted most of the sites to be open for the holiday weekend, which is unusual. Hikers will still find some snow patches in the high country, especially on north-facing slopes or in shaded areas; however, much of the forest is snow-free.
"This lack of snow and reduced rainfall are making for very dry conditions, however. We are moving into fire season much earlier than usual, especially on the east side of the forest. Please be very careful with your campfires this year. Campfire permits are required outside of developed campgrounds and are free at all Forest Service, BLM and Cal Fire offices."
The following status report of campgrounds, roads and trails is listed by major transportation corridor or area.
Bullards Bar Reservoir — Yuba County: All campgrounds, picnic areas and boat ramps are open. Shoreline camping is available.
Highway 49 — Sierra County: Most all campgrounds, picnic areas and trails in the lower and upper elevations are open along the North Yuba River. These include Indian Valley, Ramshorn, Rocky Rest, Carlton, Cal-Ida, Fiddle Creek, Union Flat, Loganville, Wild Plum, Yuba Pass, Sierra and Chapman campgrounds.
Sierra Buttes Area: Gold Lakes Road is open. Most TNF campgrounds in the area are open except for Salmon Creek due to paving of the campground. Packer Lake Road is open past Packer Saddle.
Highway 89 North: Most all the campgrounds are open, including Cottonwood, Cold Creek and Upper and Lower Little Truckee.
Jackson Meadow Area: The road is currently open to Jackson Meadow Reservoir, and campgrounds will be open for Memorial Day.
Reservoirs east of Truckee: The campgrounds are open around Boca, Prosser and Stampede reservoirs.
Interstate 80: The Pacific Crest Trail and other trails along the Sierra crest still have some snow drifts.
Highway 20: White Cloud and Skillman campgrounds are open. The Pioneer Trail is open. Rock Creek Nature Trail is open.
Bowman Lake Road: The Bowman Road is open to Faucherie. Campgrounds including Bowman, Jackson Creek, Canyon and Faucherie are open. Carr and Lindsey Lake campgrounds are also open.
Even though water levels are down for this time of year, rivers are running fast and cold. Caution should be taken near the water, especially with children and pets.
For more information, visit http://fs.usda.gov/tahoe or call the Tahoe National Forest Headquarters in Nevada City at 530-265-4531.