August 16, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Trumbull Lake Campground

Everything You Need to Know About Trumbull Lake Campground

Our family had just completed a week of camping outside of Bishop and we were finally on the drive back to our own comfy beds.  The kids were slowly nodding off, Ryan and I sat in the front seats - silent and exhausted.  It was at this moment when Ryan asked if I wanted to drive by Trumbull Lake Campground.  This was the campground I fell in love with sight unseen.  I mean, I had seen each of Ryan's 360 photos of the campsites but I had never actually stepped foot on Continue Reading...

August 14, 2019

The Secret Hot Springs You Have to Experience

The Secret Hot Springs You Have to Experience

**photographs by Alex Bautista

The first time I spent time near Buckeye Campground was in 2006.  Ryan and I were camping at Robinson Creek Campground and, as a newly dating couple he was eager to show me the outdoor places he'd enjoyed throughout his life in the Eastern Sierra.  The spot we were headed to, he told me, was best experienced at night.  I really had no idea what he meant by that.  Ryan wouldn't tell me what we were doing or where we Continue Reading...

August 6, 2019

Review of Douglas City Campground in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Review of Douglas City Campground in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

This campground is tucked down in a narrow valley along a stretch of the main Trinity River.  Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Oaks and Madrone trees root on the walls of the canyon.  You can walk right out from your site to the Trinity River for some of the best fly fishing (salmon and steelhead mid-August through winter) in the state.

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August 6, 2019

Review of Dekkas Rock Campground in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Review of Dekkas Rock Campground in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Dekkas Rock Group Campground is located in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake.  I thought this camp was sugar-coated, finger-lickin' sweet.  It is set on a flat peninsula above the McCloud Arm.  You'll have beautiful views of and easy access to the lake (click here to see what I mean).  Plus, the campground is 2.4 miles from the Hirz Bay boat launch ramp.

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August 6, 2019

Review of Ellery Creek Campground in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Review of Ellery Creek Campground in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Located on the upper McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake with Ellery Creek passing through as it empties into the lake.  I could just imagine myself with a hot cup of coffee in my hand at 5:30 in the morning, staring out onto the lack of movement on the lake and listening to the empty echo of the morning atmosphere.  Perfection. 

The campground is terraced into the sloping hillside above Shasta Lake with a small strand of beach at the font end.  There are 19 Continue Reading...

August 6, 2019

Review of McCloud Bridge Campground in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Review of McCloud Bridge Campground in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

This campground is located at the north end of the McCloud arm of Shasta Lake.  The entrance is about 600 feet from the McCloud Bridge.  Although it takes a bit longer to get out to, the intimacy of the camp is well worth the trip.

Each of the sites at the campground overlooks the lake.  Some have a partial view while others are lake-front.  All of the sites are shaded well by large oak trees.  The road and parking spurs are paved with pavers on Continue Reading...

July 27, 2019

Top 6 Campgrounds in Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Top 6 Campgrounds in Shasta-Trinity National Forest

I hadn't been to Shasta-Trinity National Forest since...college.  The last time I was there I was in a bikini, driving our rented houseboat with a spatula in my hand and screaming "20 second keg stands for everyone tonight!"  I had a completely different perspective of Shasta at this time.  Preloaded keg stands can really shift what you see.

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