The facilities at Chilkoot Campground in the Sierra National Forest may be a little primitive, but you and your pooch might find that the spectacular scenery more than makes up for it! Chilkoot has fourteen sites surrounded by some of the best natural beauty that this part of California has to offer. Set on the side of the gently burbling Chilkoot Creek close to the town of North Fork and in the middle of wooded wonderland, this is truly a location worth sacrificing on-site showers and electricity for. Not only is Chilkoot situated in one of the prettiest parts of the forest, it’s also at an elevation of 8,700 feet, meaning that you and your buddy can keep cool even in the California summer. Yosemite National Park is just under an hour away from Chilkoot, so the campground is pretty pawpular with pups and people looking for a less-crowded basecamp -- you might want to make your reservation early if you’re planning on staying in peak season.
If you’re not prepared to drive an hour to see Yosemite, don’t fret -- you and your pooch will find plenty to do a hop, skip and a jump away! Bass Lake is just four and a half miles down the road, and the area around the lake provides plenty of recreation opportunities for keen anglers and hound-dog hikers. Fitter furry friends looking for a challenge will find one on the Willow Falls Trail, which features two waterfalls and boasts fabulous views of the forest and mountains, while laidback lap-dogs might enjoy a walk on the Way of the Mono loop trail.
Chilkoot Campground doesn’t have access to wifi, and cellular coverage varies -- it’s best to check with your network before you leave if you need to be in constant contact. Campfires are permitted, but only in designated rings. Bring warm clothing for cool nights, and be sure to make your reservation at least three days in advance. Remember to bring waste bags for your buddy, and have a furrific trip!