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California's Best Lake Camping

05.17.18

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  • Lake Sabrina boat landing.- California's Best Lake Camping
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  • Typical campsite at Lakes Basin Campground.- California's Best Lake Camping
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  • Picnic areas located behind the beach at Meeks Bay.- California's Best Lake Camping
  • Typical site at Meek's Bay Campground.- California's Best Lake Camping
  • A lakeview site at Beach Camp.- California's Best Lake Camping
  • Sierra sunset above Cyclamen and Spring Lakes.- California's Best Lake Camping
  • A backcountry camp at Middle Big Five Lake.- California's Best Lake Camping
  • Throwing bugs before breakfast. Middle Big Five Lake.- California's Best Lake Camping
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  • Little Bear Lake reflections.- California's Best Lake Camping
  • The view from a tent on the east side of Heart Lake.- California's Best Lake Camping
  • Sunrise from in front of Heart Lake.- California's Best Lake Camping
  • Castle Lake and Mount Shasta (14,179 ft) from Heart Lake.- California's Best Lake Camping
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From the granite peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the remote mountain scenery of the Marble Mountains in the Trinity Alps, there’s nothing quite like a lakeside campsite in the Golden State. California campers are spoiled when it comes to beautiful campsites, and this list of alpine lakes where you can lay your head for the night proves it.

An overall lackluster winter in California still produced a decent snowpack in the High Sierra thanks to a miracle March, so you might want to stick to lower elevations through early summer. Everything lower than 7,000 feet should be good to go by June, however. 

Whether you prefer to pull up to your lakeside camping spot in your car, go for a quick overnight in the backcountry, or spend days at a time in the wilderness, these lakes sites are just the ticket for a refreshing experience outdoors. 

Car Camping:

Backpacking: 

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