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Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

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Camp 4 Group Campsite and Day Use Area This is a group Campsite for parties ranging from 2-35.  It is a developed campground with tables, fire pits, restroom with vault toilet and garbage pick up.   It costs $30 per night and can be reserved on recreation.gov or reserveamerica.com Behind the group camp site is a day use area open to the public.  Hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  No camping allowed. Please do not dam up the river, it must flow to remain healthy. For more information please call the District Office at 530-964-2184
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Camp Shelly Camp Shelly is located in South Lake Tahoe on highway 89 conveniently between Fallen Leaf Lake and Emerald Bay. The campground is centrally located in the whispering pines, allowing visitors to take advantage of both the natural wonders of the Lake Tahoe basin as well as the indoor attractions of a major tourist destination. Amenities include hot showers and a metal fire pit and grill in every campsite. Most sites can accommodate tent trailers and campers and some can accommodate motorhomes up to 24 feet in length. Lake Tahoe and the Glen Alpine and Mt. Tallac trailheads are all within hiking distance. Nearby are the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Vikingsholm.
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Campground: Soda Spring Soda Spring Campground is a small, rustic site located at the end of Forest Road 4510.052 in a stand of Douglas fir, western hemlock, and silver fir. The Campground has 6 sites suitable for tent camping, pickup campers, or smaller trailers. Summit Creek is nearby but not visible from the site but there are a number of dispersed sites along the creek in the area. Sites have moderate screening and are not crowded. There is one old-style double vault toilet and an information board. All sites have tables and fire rings with grill feature. This campground tends to be lightly used and quiet, with only minor local traffic. The access route is moderately steep single lane with occasional pullouts. Larger trailers are not recommended.
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Campground: Summit Summit Creek Campground is a small, rustic site located on a small flat between Summit Creek and Forest Road 4510 in a mid-elevation stand of Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar. Access to the creek is available but a high, steep bank makes it challenging. The site is visually exposed to local traffic on Forest Road 4510 and can be dusty at times. The area is open with no screening between camp units. There are 6 campsites available. Units 1-5 are suitable for tent camping or pickup campers. Unit 6, on the other side of Forest Road 4510, may be suitable for short trailers. Trailers are not recommended for the main campground area due to size and poor road conditions within the site. Parking spurs are not level.
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Camping Area (6S07F) Trail difficulty: Trail segment is rated as easy.
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Camping Area Tie-in (W-5TIE) Trail difficulty: Trail segment is rated as easy.
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Candy A rolling side loop off of upper Lollipop (Named after Taylor Cain, an active volunteer and past president of a local ski club).
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Canyon Creek #481 Canyon Creek Trail #481 begins on FSR #888 across from the Snowblind Campground and ends at the end of FSR #888.  The trail follows Canyon Creek in a west/northwest direction toward Tomichi Pass.  Approximately two miles up the trail is an intersection with the Horseshoe Creek Trail #482.  These two trail combined can make about a 19 mile loop and provides some diversified outdoor opportunities.  Trail Map
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Cape Horn Area (MF6) This area generally encompasses trails, trailheads, campgrounds and other recreation opportunities in the Cape Horn Country that are outside the Wilderness boundary. Campgrounds in this area include Lola, Beaver, Banner, Bench and Thatcher, just off Highway 21, plus Vader Rest Stop. In the winter, the Cape Horn Guard Station may be rented.
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Carrissa Lookout The Carrisa Lookout complex contains the lookout, Observer’s cabin, shed and outhouse.  This 7’ X 7’ Aermotor MC-39 cab sits upon an 80 foot high steel tower erected in 1934. Carrisa’s Observers cabin and shed were constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The site’s structures were restored in 2012, and will be considered for future rental program.  The Carrisa Lookout Complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The road to the lookout is gated and closed but access to the area by foot is possible.  This site is being converted soon to a cabin rental site, so stay tuned.
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