Spread through six counties in Northern California, Shasta-Trinity National Forest is the largest national forest in the state. It is comprised of over 2.2 million acres, and includes hundreds of lakes, thousands of miles of rivers, several massive wilderness areas, and many different kinds of activity options for every outdoor-type. Featuring Shasta Lake and Mount Shasta, the forest also offers other outdoor activity options like fishing, boating, hiking, and skiing.
The campgrounds within Shasta-Trinity National Forest are as varied as the forest itself, which impacts the availability and hours of those grounds. Some facilities are open year-round, and others are only open during the warm months, generally late spring to late summer. There are about 80 campgrounds, not including those for cabin camping or RV camping. The environments and level of development in the campgrounds is also varied, from sparse and primitive to more developed.
The fees will also vary depending on the area. There are plenty of free areas you can use for the day or for overnight camping. Reservations can be made in advance for many of the campgrounds and facilities. Most sites charge per vehicle for overnight camping.
Pets are generally allowed in most campgrounds and recreation areas unless otherwise posted. Check with the site before arriving to make sure. Pets must be on a leash in most areas, including campsites and trails. Some hiking trails do not permit dogs, so check ahead before planning to take your pup on a hike. And always check yourself and your pet for ticks after camping or hiking.
As a large natural environment, take extra precaution with your pets, since wildlife within Shasta-Trinity National Forest comes in all shapes and sizes, including mountain lions and bears. Most campgrounds in bear-frequented areas come with bear-safe lockers to store food and perfumed personal items. Keeping your pet on a leash and always being alert and cautious in wilderness areas will keep you and your pet safe.
With so many options for activities all year-round, Shasta-Trinity National Forest is one of the most popular destinations in all of California. Pups and people alike can enjoy all that Northern California has to offer.