Found just 15 miles outside of Yosemite National Park, Lost Claim resides along the edge of the Stanislaus National Forest, which makes it a popular makeshift base camp for guests looking to have extended exploratory stays. Like the many of California state recreational areas, parks, and forests, Lost Claim is relatively dog-friendly, provided you follow state leash laws.
This campground isn't exactly a haven for hikers, but the trails here showcase the area's breathtaking scenery. The Little Golden Forest Trail is the only stretch contained wholly within the campgrounds and offers a half-mile stretch that leads out into a wider, 2-mile loop for guests looking for a bit of a hike. If you're bringing a canine companion along, make sure they're kept on a short leash. It's also wise to bring baggies in case your dog leaves any messes on the ground.
Each of the ten total sites features a picnic table and fire ring while lacking any plumbing or electrical connections, meaning that this is more of a primitive overnight stay. Tent pads are available for each site, and vault toilets are centrally located for convenience. Three of these sites can be specially reserved for pop-up campers as well. Firewood can be bought from the campground's main offices, as well as a few other grilling supplies. If you're looking to keep your dog with you for your stay, make sure they're on a leash while cleaning up any debris they might drop on the ground.
Fishing is offered here via the Tuolumne River, which is just a short drive from the main campgrounds. Make sure to bring all necessary equipment and licenses before enjoying the fishing here, as all California state regulations apply. If you're taking Fido along, make sure they stay on their leash during your stay to avoid bothering other anglers.