Be one with nature… unplug from the digital age. These are difficult things to accomplish even on a normal vacation. Lodging typically allows all of us to stay connected at the end of the day before drifting off to sleep. So, how do you fix this? Go camping! It gives us a chance to sleep under the stars and appreciate mother nature that much more. Here are a few spots you can enjoy camping in the High Sierra.      

Spicer Reservoir

Learn more about camping at Spicer Reservoir

Camping in High Sierra
Photo by: Jill Seale – Appears courtesy: Calaveras Visitors Bureau

For a high-country adventure at 6,500 feet, picturesque Spicer Lake offers ideal camping especially for families that enjoy kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Set in a forest of Incense Cedars, Jeffrey Pines and Ponderosa Pines, you’ll find the deep blue waters of the Spicer’s Meadow reservoir. Unusual granite rock formations and an enchanting variety of plants will urge you to explore the surrounding area during the day. Please note it’s first come, first serve. Sites can be tough to snag on holiday weekends, so plan accordingly.

Go here for more ideas on family camping in Calaveras county.

Camp Richardson

Learn more about staying at Camp Richardson

Appears courtesy: Tahoe South

Nestled among the tall pine trees along the majestic south shore of Lake Tahoe, Camp Richardson Historic resort & marina offers lodging and camping to fit EVERY need. From renting a turnkey RV to DIY tent sites, they’ve got you covered. It also has an almost endless variety of activities and places to explore while camping such as:

  • Bicycle, Boat, Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals
  • Easy access to nearby popular attractions such as Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake and Taylor Creek Visitor Center
  • Short walk to the beach and ice cream parlor

Go here for more camping options available in the Tahoe South region.

Wishon Point Campground

Learn more about staying at Wishon Point & other campgrounds around Bass Lake

Bass Lake Camping in the High Sierra
Photo by: Darvin Atkeson – Appears Courtesy: Visit Yosemite | Madera County

On the southwest corner of the sparkling blue waters of Bass Lake is the Wishon Point Campground. The campsites are located under a canopy of oak, pine and cedar with dense undergrowth in some parts, providing good privacy. In addition to easy access to Yosemite, the surrounding Sierra National Forest makes for a beautiful vacation spot year-round. From taking a train ride on the nearby historic Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad to hiking, mountain biking, water sports such as boating, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing, you’ll keep yourself busy on your vacation.

High Sierra Camps

Learn more about the High Sierra Camp

Merced Lake High Sierra Camp
Appears Courtesy: Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau

Imagine all the joy of backpacking without the burden of a heavy backpack filled with tents and cooking gear. That’s what the High Sierra Camps offer. No cars or roadside distractions and truly epic scenery. A perfect combination of being close to nature while still having all your creature comforts met. It’s the ULTIMATE vacation. Because of the demand, they’ve created a lottery system for reservations. Applications are accepted in October for the following year. 

For more camping options, both in and around Yosemite National Park, visit the Yosemite – Mariposa Camping and Campgrounds page. You can filter sites by region, budget, pet friendliness and – if you just can’t be without – even internet access.

While summer can be downright hot at night in most places across North America, camping in the High Sierra gives you the BEST of both worlds. It cools off at night, letting you sleep comfortably while warming up during the day for activities like fishing and hiking. Remember… summer is only so long so get out there and enjoy it!

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex founded Local Freshies® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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