Hole-in-the-Ground Campground

Lassen National Forest

Mount Lassen Volcanic Area, California

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Hole-in-the-Ground Campground

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  • Enjoying the peaceful sounds of Mill Creek.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • Looking across typical sites in Hole-in-the-Ground Campground.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • A view of a campsite from the across the creek.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • The stars and trees above the campfire.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • Well water is obtained by using this hand pump.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • Some sites have a griddle/grill in addition to one in the fire pits.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • Typical site with a hammock set up in the back.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • Path to Mill Creek from a campsite.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • A dry creek bed passing through the campground.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • The day use picnic table that lies at the end of the campground.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • Looking east up Mill Creek.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • The color maintains a faint turquoise color.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • A bend in the creek.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • Mill Creek flowing just past the day use area.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • The path through the forest to the Jasper Mines.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • Taking in the view of Mill Creek at the Jasper Mines.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
  • Mill Creek turns a corner at the Jasper Mines.- Hole-in-the-Ground Campground
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Pros: 
Adjacent to Mill Creek. Secluded.
Cons: 
Shallow creek. No reservations.
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Region:
Mount Lassen Volcanic Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Camping fee: 
$12.00
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Tent/Car sites: 
13
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Hole-in-the-Ground Campground is nested in the bottom of a valley next to Mill Creek in Lassen National Forest. Though it is slightly off the beaten path, this campground makes a great spot to stay while visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park. Anyone wishing for a weekend getaway will also find serenity at this campground as it lies several miles down a dirt road through uninhabited national forest. All campsites within the campground are within 100 feet of Mill Creek, making the creek very accessible. Half of the sites are only a few steps from the creek. 

There are a few unofficial hiking trails that leave from the campsite. One begins at the entrance to the campground, and another begins at the very end. The latter leads to a small swimming hole known locally as the Jasper Mines. The former travels along the creek and through rocky washed-out areas of the creek. There is plenty of opportunity for exploration from anywhere in the campground or along the trails.

Mill Creek is one of the last remaining waterways in California to support spring run Chinook and winter steelhead. Of the 100 major watersheds in the Sierra Nevada, Mill Creek was found to have the highest level of biotic integrity in a 1996 ecosystem study. The natural preservation of Mill Creek is likely attributed to the lack of damns and roadways built nearby. The Ishi Native Americans were common near Mill Creek before Europeans attacked them and drove the Ishi away. Remnants of the Ishi can sometimes be found in the area.

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