Chapman Creek Campground is a furrifically Fido-friendly site, located in the heart of the Tahoe National Forest. Though the facilities are a little primitive -- you won’t find any showers or water hookups -- the location is absolutely charming. Sat on the banks of the creek of the same name, the tall lodgepole pines in the area provide ample shade from the California sun, and as the campground is situated at 5,000 feet above sea level, you and your pup should have little trouble staying cool even in the summer! Not only that, but there’s a general store a little over a mile away, so there’s no need to fill up your backpack with provisions. Like many campsites near the North Yuba River, this one can get a little crowded in the summer months, so it’s best to book early.
Nature-loving pooches and hound-dog hikers will get the most out of a stay here -- the campsite is close by to a range of trails, and you’ll find a route for every age and ability, from the fittest furry friends to the most committed couch pup-tatoes! The campground is quite near a trailhead for the Chapman Creek Trail, a 3-mile out-and-back stretch that winds by the creek and features colorful wildflowers in spring. The trail is rated as easy, so laid-back lapdogs should have no trouble! You’re also close to a trailhead for the famous Pacific Crest Trail, as well as the 30-mile trail system of the Lakes Basin Area.
Campfires are permitted at Chapman Creek, but you’ll have to keep the blaze to designated rings. Like most campgrounds in California, fire regulations at Chapman Creek can change with the weather. There’s no wifi at the campground, and most networks don’t have great cellular coverage here, so consider your camping choice carefully if you need to be in constant contact. Otherwise, enjoy your digital detox! You won’t find access to drinking water, either, so bring your own or take a water filter with you. Remember to bring waste bags for your doggo, and have a pawesome trip!