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Camping at Lost Claim Campground

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Location and Access

Lost Claim Campground is situated within Stanislaus National Forest, which is located in the central Sierra Nevada of California. The exact location of Lost Claim Campground is off Highway 120, which is the northern route to Yosemite National Park. The campground is about 15 miles west of the park's Big Oak Flat Entrance.

Camping Facilities

The campground offers several amenities for campers. Here's what to expect:

  • Campsites: There are individual sites available for tent and small RV camping. Each site usually has a picnic table, fire ring, and a grill.

  • Water and Sanitation: Drinking water and vault toilets are typically available. However, there may not be hook-ups for RVs, so campers need to be prepared for dry camping.

  • Food Storage: In areas with active wildlife, food storage lockers may be provided to protect against bears and other animals. Campers are usually required to store all food and scented items securely.

Activities and Attractions

Lost Claim Campground serves as a good base camp for those looking to explore the Stanislaus National Forest or nearby Yosemite National Park. Enjoyable activities include:

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails in the vicinity that offer scenic hikes through the forest and to various natural attractions.

  • Wildlife Viewing: The forest is home to a variety of wildlife, making it a great spot for nature enthusiasts.

  • Fishing: Nearby streams and lakes provide opportunities for fishing, but be sure to check for any required licenses or regulations.

Reservations and Fees

Campsites at Lost Claim may be available on a first-come, first-served basis or by reservation. It’s important to check the current status as policies can change. There will be a nightly fee for camping, which should be verified before arrival as fees can also be subject to change.

Seasonal Availability

The campground is typically open from late spring to early fall, but these dates can change depending on the weather and snow levels. It’s essential to check the current operating season before planning a trip.

Important Considerations

  • Bear Country: Since this is bear country, special precautions must be taken with food and waste to avoid attracting bears to the camping area.

  • Changing Conditions: Weather in the Sierra Nevada can change rapidly, so campers should be prepared for a variety of conditions.

  • Altitude Awareness: At higher elevations, altitude sickness can be a concern. It's important to acclimate and stay hydrated.

  • Leave No Trace: Campers should strive to leave no trace of their stay to preserve the natural beauty for others.

Contact Information

Before heading to Lost Claim Campground, it's advisable to contact Stanislaus National Forest for the most recent updates on conditions, reservation status, and any alerts or closures:

  • Stanislaus National Forest: You can contact the Groveland Ranger District or visit the U.S. Forest Service website for the Stanislaus National Forest for additional information.

Always ensure that you have the most current information for a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

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