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Pioneer Trail Group Campground is located in Stanislaus National Forest and offers groups up to 100 people the opportunity to camp near Pinecrest Lake, which offers excellent fishing, boating, hiking, and swimming. Wildlife viewing opportunities include marmots, squirrels, coyotes and deer, while the nearby Sonora Pass is a scenic highway across the Sierra Nevada.


Pioneer Trail Group Campground offers groups of up to 100 people the opportunity to camp near the beautiful Pinecrest Lake. The campground is located within the Pinecrest Recreational Area just 2 miles from the lake, which beckons visitors with excellent fishing, boating, hiking and swimming opportunities.

In this spectacular mountain region, wildlife viewing opportunities include marmots, squirrels, coyotes and deer.


The Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Trail takes hikers on an easy 4-mile stroll around Pinecrest Lake. Rainbow trout is a common catch in the lake and swimming is enjoyed in designated beach areas.


Campsites 1 and 3 will accommodate up to 50 campers and Site 2 will accommodate up to 100 campers. Each site features a large campfire circle, picnic tables and vault toilets. No RV hookups or electricity are available. Pay showers are within a few miles. Winter camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets are welcome, but must be compliant with Tuolumne County leash laws.

Natural Features

Pioneer Trail sits at an elevation of 5,600 feet, in a wooded area near the southwest side of the 300-acre Pinecrest Lake in Stanislaus National Forest.

Stanislaus National Forest is located in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. It boasts gorgeous views of snow-capped mountain peaks and California's Great Central Valley.

Nearby Attractions

The nearby Sonora Pass is a scenic winding highway that has guided people across the Sierra Nevada since 1852.
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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Pinecrest Day Use Area
Stanislaus National Forest
0.4mi 100%
Stanislaus National Forest
0.6mi 91%
Cherry Valley
Stanislaus National Forest
14.5mi 79%
North Grove Environmental
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
15.5mi 79%
Big Meadow - Us Forest Service Stanislaus National Forest (Ca)
Stanislaus National Forest
17.1mi 91%
Oak Hollow
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
17.3mi 71%
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