Escape To The Highest Drive-To Campground In The State, Saddlebag Lake Campground In Northern California
A general rule of thumb: the higher you go, the fewer people you’ll see. When you’re craving an escape, a high-elevation adventure is just the thing to deliver peace and solitude. There are several great campgrounds in Northern California that provide an amazing escape that we’re hopelessly obsessed with, but few compare to Saddlebag Lake Campground in Mono County. Considered the highest campground in California, this lakeside destination is bound to become your new happy place. Check it out, and try not to fall in love (good luck):
Check out this incredible drone footage of this amazing region of NorCal:
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Highest Campground in California
- Elevation-wise, what is the highest campground in California?
Interestingly, there are numerous high-elevation campgrounds in California; the highest-elevation campground in California is Horseshoe Meadows Campground, which is up at an impressive 10,560 feet above sea level. The highest altitude campground in the entire US is in Colorado and is up at 10,680 feet – so California’s one is definitely a contender! Learn more about the amazing Horseshoe Meadows Campground on the official NPS website.
- Where is Saddlebag Lake Campground?
Saddlebag Lake Campground is one of California’s highest-elevation campgrounds and is located in the same general region as Horseshoe Meadows Campground – the beautiful Inyo National Forest. You’ll find this campground about 24 miles southwest of the beautiful town of Lone Pine, California. Some of the amenities at Saddlebag Lake Campground include:
- 20 campsites + 1 large group site
- A vault toilet
- Potable water
Do remember that this campground is in the heart of bear country, and you’ll want to bring a bear box along. Pack food safely! Learn more about Saddlebag Lake Campground on the NPS website.
- What is the highest lake in California, elevation-wise?
Saddlebag Lake is the single highest lake in California when it comes to elevation. It’s intensely beautiful and 100% worth the adventure it takes to get there. Other high-elevation lakes in California include lakes like:
- Lake Tahoe – Elevation 6,225 feet
- Tenaya Lake – Elevation 8,150 feet
- Thousand Island Lake – Elevation 9,840 feet
Learn more about Tenaya Lake and some of the most beautiful places in Northern California.