Best camping trails in Sierra National Forest, California

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Sierra National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Sierra National Forest, California
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Top trails (28)
#1 - Blayney Meadow Hot Spring
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 16.0 mi • Est. 7 h 27 m
#2 - George Lake Trail [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 55 m
#3 - Cliff Lake [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 9.0 mi • Est. 4 h 38 m
Very well marked and maintained trail. Starting near Trapper Springs Campground, this trail will take you to Cliff Lake and other destinations. Cliff Lake is a great place for camp, and to day hike from. Show more
#4 - Florence Lake to Evolution Valley [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 30.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
Approaching by way of the rugged canyon of the San Joaquin River and surrounded by a host of jagged summits, this trail delves into the secluded heart of Kings Canyon's northern wilderness - the lush, green parkland of Evolution Valley. All overnight backpackers must obtain a wilderness permit from the ranger station. Campfire permits are required for the national forest. No fires are allowed in King Canyon National Park above 10,000 feet. Ferry takes you to trailhead and makes several scheduled trips per day, conditions permitting. A radio on the eastern shore allows you to call for additional service. If you bypass the ferry and take the connector trail, you will add another 4 miles to your trip, in each direction. The late-season drop in the reservoir level may affect ferry service. The Muir Trail Ranch does not encourage visits from non-guests.Show more
#5 - Chain Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 14.3 mi • Est. 7 h 24 m
#6 - Dusy-Ershim OHV Trail [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 30.0 mi
A very scenic trail that climbs to 10,000 feet at Thompson Lake, then rarely drops below 9,000 feet after that. You'll pass several excellent lakes offering good camping and fishing. Almost the entire trail passes through wilderness, which is just 300 feet on each side of the trail. Stay on designated routes at all times. Do not camp within 100 feet of lakes and streams. Carry a fire permit and fishing license if applicable. No target shooting anywhere along route. Pack out your trash. Trail is for summer use only and is approved for ATVs and dirt bikes. Make sure you have plenty of mosquito repellent in the warm summer months. Located in Sierra National Forest. For current conditions call the High Sierra Ranger District at (559) 855-5355. Over ninety percent of this 30-mile trail is slow-speed rock crawling. The most difficult part of the trail is Thompson Hill (when driven uphill). It starts gradually and gets worse as you climb higher. Also very difficult are the last two miles of the trail, going south to north, as described here. Many other challenges await. The forest service recommends the trail be driven in a short-wheel-base vehicle with at least 32-inch tires and one locker. The fact is, even better equipped vehicles are seriously tested. Be prepared for breakdowns because help is a long way off. Never drive this trail by yourself. The trail can also be driven from the north starting at White Bark Vista. Show more
#7 - Norris Trailhead to Jackass Lakes [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
Short a little steep, but overall fairly easy. Well marked and maintained trail, except the last quarter or half mile is on bald face mountain. Beautiful lakes to explore all around (make it to Burro Lk, so pretty). Great fishing. Can hike to and from Madera Peak from Lower Jackass Lk in a day. Show more
#8 - Strawberry Lake OHV Trail [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 4.5 mi
#9 - Chittenden Lake [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 14.6 mi • Est. 8 h 5 m
This is a fantastic backpacking hike that starts at the Fernandez trailhead. Head north by northwest to Chittenden Lake near Sing Peak. Loop east back down the trail by Vandenburg Lake for another great spot on your decline. Please be aware that you will need a permit from North Fork Ranger Station. Show more
#10 - Brewer Lake OHV Trail [CLOSED]
Sierra National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi
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