Upper Billy Creek Campground is a pawesome place for you and your pooch to stay during your outdoor adventure in California’s Sierra National Forest! Like most US Forest Service campgrounds in the area, facilities at Upper Billy Creek are rather rustic. You certainly won’t find any showers, electricity or RV hookups.
However, if you and your pooch are willing to "ruff" it a bit, you can reap the benefit of Upper Billy Creek’s fabulous location! Just a bone’s throw away from Huntington Lake on the edge of the Kaiser Wilderness, the campsites here are shaded by tall, coniferous trees, and many have lakeside views. Other sites take in the gently burbling waters and blooming wildflowers of Billy Creek itself. It’s definitely best to book your spot early, particularly if you’ll be camping in an RV -- twelve of Upper Billy Creek’s forty-three sites are set aside for tent campers only. There’s no entrance fee to the area, and sites start at $33, with a $2 extra charge on holiday weekends. You'll also need to check in at the visitors center before heading to your campsite.
You and your buddy certainly won’t be bored during your stay! The area is something of a haven for hound-dog hikers, and you’ll find a trail nearby to suit each and every level of athleticism. Laid-back lapdogs might enjoy a stroll on the short and scenic Rancheria Falls trail, a one-mile out-and-back stretch that stays reasonably level on the way to the falls itself. Four-pawed fitness freaks and those seeking a more authentic outdoor experience should head straight to the Kaiser Loop Trail, a twelve-mile loop leading into the wilderness itself. The glacier-scarred, forested landscape of the wilderness area boasts some of the most spectacular scenery that this part of California has to offer, and the alpine peaks make for some challenging trail time. Be sure to pick up a permit before you go! Avid anglers needn’t feel left out, as Huntington Lake is well stocked with trout.
Wifi isn’t available at Upper Billy Creek, and cellular coverage varies but can be spotty for some networks. Campfires are permitted, but regulations can change with the weather. You’ll also find drinking water available on-site. Remember to bring waste bags for your doggo, and have a furrific trip!