Stanislaus National Forest
Stanislaus National Forest
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Stanislaus National Forest, created on February 22, 1897, is among the oldest of the national forests. You can fish in over 800 miles of rivers and streams, stay in a campground, or hike. The Calaveras Big Trees State Park is also here.
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Madelyn Montgomery
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Aug 2022 • Couples
My boyfriend and I had a spot booked for our first night at Dimond O Camp while we spent three days in the area exploring Yosemite. We were originally very impressed with the thought put into this campground- clean bathrooms, trash bags and water ready at every site, relatively quiet and not crowded. Unfortunately, this was all ruined by how we were treated by the camp hosts as we were packing up to leave in the morning. They approached us in their golf cart (male and female) and demanded we pay them an additional $30, as well as threatened to report us to rec.gov, for moving to an open spot directly next to the one we had booked and which was marked available (it was too small for our large tent). They refused any attempts at rational conversation and apologies and then proceeded to pull their golf cart in front of our car, blocking us in, threatening our personal space and belongings, and quite honestly jarring both of us enough to leave us scared for our safety and feeling extremely threatened. The hosts used aggression and intimidation to get us to throw out an additional $30 for a spot we had already paid for (and the campground was not full). We are courteous and seasoned campers, left the site clean, disposed of our waste and stored food properly, and pointed this out to them as well as profusely apologizing for the misunderstanding, but they continued to harass us while we tried to resolve the issue calmly. After we gave them the $30 cash they still continued to say they were going to report us to rec.gov and thus prevent us from booking ANY sites in the future (“I’m still going to write you up because I don’t like your attitude”) and proceeded to circle around my vehicle to get my license plate number. We will never be coming back to this campsite because of how the hosts treated us. I hope they will have more compassion and respect for other campers in future misunderstandings and I hope rec.gov cares enough about their campers to employ hosts that make their visitors feel protected and welcome, not harassed and scared.
Written 21 August 2022
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,333 contributions
Jun 2022
This massive Forest encompasses 898,099 acres of land in four counties in the Sierra Nevada. It was established in February 22, 1897 – making it one of the oldest National Forests in the USA. In all, it contains 78 Lakes and 811 miles of Rivers and Streams. It also contains 2859 miles of roads – but only 188 miles of roadways are paved.

The forest is hugely popular as a Hiking and Horse-Riding area because of its numerous trails off Highways 120 and 140. Mariposa County offers a wide variety of lodging options if you would like to explore the forest further.

We drove on several miles of roadways through this forest as we made our way to and from Yosemite. We were surrounded by large trees and mountains. We pulled over at a few scenic pull-off areas to admire the gorgeous scenery.

Very beautiful area.
Written 29 July 2022
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MarekLontour
Bradford, UK1,483 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Slight detour on our road trip and the scenery was beautiful , amazing waterfalls and trails. Just wish had had more time to explore further so will have to wait until next time were in the area.
Written 8 August 2019
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,209 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
On the way to Yosemite National Park, we ensured that we saw Stanislaus National Forest and were not disappointed. Some incredibly dense forest was totally picturesque in the snow. The approach in the car gave us a flavour of what we could expect and the snow-capped mountainsides were great to photograph.
Written 21 February 2019
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Helia_linne
Bratislava, Slovakia472 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
We stoped here on the way south. This National forest was neat experience but be careful around the date 4th of July Be ready for the crowds and lines for the showers. On the other side I recommend backcountry backpacking here.
Written 30 December 2018
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swissami19
Zug, Switzerland510 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Because unfortunately the Tioga Pass was closed due to a fire in Yosemite, we took the road over Stanislaus National Forest. Little did we know that while Tioga Pass is a highway, the road through Stanislaus is a comparably narrow very windy street.
While the views are great and the pass is impressive (bringing you over 9'000 feet), most of the passengers were sick by the time we made it down to Strawberry (CA).
Written 19 August 2018
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Sherri M
Southern Pines, NC151 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
We camped two nights/three days in Herring and the rangers at the station were very helpful. The campsites were well maintained and the trails were cleared. Beautiful rivers close to the campsites.

Be aware - primitive campsite! Vault toilets available within a reasonable distance.

Would definitely stay again!
Written 29 June 2018
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Robert H
Dronfield, UK639 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
The scenery travelling through the National Park is truly beautiful. The thick forestry that you can see at the numerous vista points, is well worth stopping for. Travelling to great heights, and the road is winding for miles.
Written 16 June 2018
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Malcolm B
Manchester, UK75 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
The enormity of this place is just awesome. The park is beautifully kept and natural, you mind runs riot with the majestic magnificence of the forests and mountains. Don’t think about it, just do it, you will not be sorry.
Written 4 March 2018
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malnit56
London, UK3,868 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
This really is the most beautiful national park that I have driven thru. It is so oh so very scenic and it takes you up to heights of 9000ft and then down. The road goes up and down and zig zag - just amazing.
Written 23 August 2017
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