A California Camping Experience
THREE DOZEN campgrounds, plus thousands of acres open to dispersed
camping, make Alpine County a favorite with campers. A range of facilities
are available, from sites along a rushing stream, to lakeside camp-grounds
with swimming, fishing a boating.
With elevations ranging from 5000 to 8000 feet, campgrounds are
clustered around Lake Alpine on the west, and Caples Lake, Hope Valley and
Markleeville on the east.
Developed campgrounds are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of
Land Management, Alpine County and California State Parks, as well as
For campers looking for a more secluded location, the County's National
Forests are open for dispersed camping. Many locations are available along
the major travel routes, including Highway 88, 89 and 4, as well as the
Blue Lakes Road.
Alpine County is also home to two Federal Wilderness Areas, the
Mokulumne and the Carson-Iceberg. Closed to motor vehicles and bicycles,
these two large areas are managed for the wilderness experience.
Permits for overnight use are required by the U.S. Forest Service for
the Mokeumne and Carson-Iceberg Wildernesses. These can be obtained at no
cost at the Alpine County Visitors Center in Marklee-ville or at major
trailheads. Permits are not required for day use.
Campfire permits are required for open fires, charcoal fires and
portable stoves. At times of extreme fire danger, fires may be prohibited
entirely in some areas of the National Forest or Wilderness. Annual
permits, valid throughout California, can be obtained at most ranger
stations, or at the Alpine County Visitors Center.
For more information call: Alpine County (530) 694-2475; El Dorado
National Forest (530) 644-6048.