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Bass Lake, California

For the best trails and outdoor activities, Bass Lake, California is a top choice. The Willow Creek Trail is a must-visit for hikers, offering scenic views of the lake and surrounding forest. It's a moderate difficulty trail, with some steep inclines and rocky terrain. Along the trail, you'll see unique rock formations and a beautiful waterfall. The lake itself is also a prime spot for water activities like fishing and boating. For a more relaxed outdoor adventure, Angel Falls is a popular attraction. This scenic waterfall is a short hike from the lake and offers stunning views. The Bass Lake area is rich in natural beauty and offers a variety of outdoor activities for all skill levels.

Top Spots in and near Bass Lake

  • Bass Lake, California

    Camp at Greys Mountain Campground

    / 5293 ft gain
    From Greys Mountain Campground, Sierra National Forest is your oyster! Enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, and more. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. The campground has vault toilets and (sometimes) potable wate...
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  • Bass Lake, California

    Climb and Camp at Shuteye Ridge

    5.0
    The Journey to your final destination can get a little tricky once you get on the dirt roads. From the Bay Area it will take you about 3 hours to get into Oakhurst, then another hour to get to the Wilderness Area simply because of the windy and not maintained roads. On that note I would suggest t...
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  • Oakhurst, California

    Camp at Nelder Grove Campground in Sierra National Forest

    0 mi / 0 ft gain
    Sites are located along Willow Creek with plenty of shape. Right out of the campground you can hike nearby Bull Buck Trail and discover the giant sequoia trees. This is a first-come first-serve campground so arrive early.Directions: Take Hwy 41 north from Fresno; continue thru Oakhurst to Sky Ran...
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  • Oakhurst, California

    Hike the Shadow of the Giants Trail

    4.0
    1.1 mi / 85 ft gain
    The Shadow of the Giants National Recreation trail is an amazing 1.1 mile self-guided hike through the heart of Nelder Grove. Take Hwy 41 north from Fresno; continue thru Oakhurst to Sky Ranch Road (6S10 or Forest Road 10) travel approx. 5 miles to Nelder Grove, when you reach the camp area take ...
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  • Fish Camp, California

    Hike through Mariposa Grove to Wawona Point

    6 mi / 1200 ft gain
    There is easy parking in the Mariposa Grove parking lot. There are a variety of trails through the grove; you can follow the NPS guide maps to see each of the iconic trees. These include tunnel trees you can walk through as well as overturned trees showing the immense root systems. From the parki...
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  • Madera County, California

    Backpack to Lower Merced Pass Lake

    4.0
    23 mi / 880 ft gain
    LMPL (let's be honest, the full name is a mouthful) is situated just below the crest of Merced Pass, and can be accessed by hiking south from Yosemite Valley, or north from Chiquito Pass. This is a stunning and much less crowded spot to camp, or a great way to access some of the less climbed moun...
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  • Wawona, California

    Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail

    1.29 mi / 121 ft gain
    The hike to the Wawona Swinging Bridge is a 0.7 mile dirt path. Start at the trailhead located next to the parking lot. The hike is surrounded by many trees which offers a lot of shade. For the first couple of minutes the trail is fairly straight. You then begin to hike down for just a minute or ...
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  • Yosemite National Park, California

    Backpack to Crescent Lake

    20 mi / 4100 ft gain
    Crescent Lake is another beautiful spot a long the Beuna Vista loop. Starting at the Chilnualna Trailhead in Wawona, you start your journey climbing about 4.6 miles and 2,300 feet to the top of Chilnualna Falls (always a good place to rest). Beyond the falls, continue a long the trail and always ...
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  • Yosemite National Park, California

    Buena Vista Lake via Chilnualna Falls Trailhead

    24.64 mi / 5453 ft gain
    Hiking and camping at Buena Vista Lake is a beautiful way to see the south side of Yosemite… the name says it all. With beautiful 360 degree views from Buena Vista Peak you get to look at the backside of Half Dome, up to Clouds Rest and all the domes and peaks in-between. You can reach the trail...
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  • Yosemite National Park, California

    Hike to the Top of Chilnualna Falls

    4.3
    9.2 mi / 2300 ft gain
    Many visitors to Yosemite head straight to the valley and don't often explore the other areas of the park. So if you are interested in staying away from the massive crowds and getting to enjoy the beauty of the park a little more quietly, the Wawona is a great option for a getaway. The Chilnualna...
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  • Yosemite National Park, California

    Backpack to Johnson Lake

    24 mi / 4500 ft gain
    Your trek begins at the Chilnualna Falls trailhead in Wawona near the South Gate in Yosemite. The first suggestion I have is to check the weather in the area to make sure you won't be slowed down by rain or snow. It's about 12 miles from the trailhead to the lake and if you are a swift hiker and ...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Camp at Wawona in Yosemite National Park

    Wawona offers over 90 campsites in 3 loops, including 1 group site, 2 horse sites, and RV/ camper access.Every loop has at least 1 bathroom with flush toilets, but keep in mind that there are no showers at this campground.Pets are allowed, but must be kept on leash at all times.Each campground co...
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  • Big Creek, California

    Pothole Hot Springs Swimming Hole

    0.5 mi / 0 ft gain
    Hidden in the woods, Potholes swimming hole is an untouched nirvana! It's a must-see stop if you are in the Shaver Lake or Huntington Lake area. A secret spot that me and my friends come back to time after time. The rocks are smoothed by the water and create a fantastic time of play and slip n' s...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Hike to Alder Creek Falls

    10 mi / 1000 ft gain
    The trail leads from the parking area across the Mosquito Creek road and heads uphill north through an open pine forest with manzanita growing on dry slopes. The trail provides access to Alder Creek Falls a hidden gem within Yosemite's Wawona wilderness. I did the trail towards the end of Februar...
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  • Friant, California

    Pincushion Peak

    2.49 mi / 1043 ft gain
    Head North on Friant Rd. It will begin to head East, becoming Millerton Rd. Stay on Millerton Rd for 4.2 mi. Turn left onto Sky Harbor Rd (street JUST before Table Mountain Casino). Follow Sky Harbor Rd for 5.8 miles to the end of the road. Parking is available along the road. There are port a po...
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  • Shaver Lake, California

    Balsam Forebay

    4.0
    1.05 mi / 62 ft gain
    Access to the forebay starts at the trail head from the parking lot 6,700 ft up, also from the parking lot there is access to two different sets of boulder patches separate from the ones encountered along the hike in.  Hike Start the 1 mile out and back hike from the parking lot following the t...
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Camping and Lodging in Bass Lake

Cedar Bluff
Wishon, California

Cedar Bluff

Forks Campground
Bass Lake, California

Forks Campground

Recreation Point
Bass Lake, California

Recreation Point

Wishon Bass Lake
Wishon, California

Wishon Bass Lake

Crane Valley
Oakhurst, California

Crane Valley

Texas Flats
Oakhurst, California

Texas Flats

Guides, Insights and Stories from Bass Lake

A Magical Yosemite Valley Winter Storm

A Magical Yosemite Valley Winter Storm

Jordan Tarver

Luxury in the Heart of The Valley: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Luxury in the Heart of The Valley: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Liam McNally

Overcoming Fear on Yosemite's Matthes Crest

Overcoming Fear on Yosemite's Matthes Crest

Timothy Behuniak

Yosemite Shines in Fall and Winter

Yosemite Shines in Fall and Winter

Sara Sheehy

Outbound Reviewed: Spotting Climbers on El Capitan with Maven Optics C.1 Binoculars

Outbound Reviewed: Spotting Climbers on El Capitan with Maven Optics C.1 Binoculars

Liam McNally

A Starbucks Opened in Yosemite Valley and the World Didn't End

A Starbucks Opened in Yosemite Valley and the World Didn't End

Kyle Frost