Trip · 3-day camping trip
For · Friends and new campers
Vibe · Relaxing and chill
Reservations · Reserve a site at Fowlers Campground or snag a FCFS (first-come, first-serve) campsite nearby
Drive · 5 hours from SF
Ideal dates · May to October
Pets · Welcome at camp and trails
Shasta-Trinity National Forest (STNF) is the largest national forest in California! It features 2.2 million acres and over 6,200+ miles of streams and rivers. There are five wilderness areas: Castle Crags, Chanchellulla, Mount Shasta, Trinity Alps, and Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel, and more than 150 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail runs through the forest. This place is a natural wonderland that starts at 1,000 feet of elevation at Shasta Lake and tops out at Mt. Shasta at 14,179 feet. Color us impressed, aren't you?
Official Forest Service Website
Main image credit: The Modern Female Hiker
Each campsite comes with a:
Fowlers Campground is walking distance from the waterfalls, but available campsites are often reserved months in advance. If you're willing to play by ear, there are several first-come, first-serve campgrounds that are only a 15-minute drive away from the falls. Camp 4 Group Campground, Cattle Camp Campground, and Algoma Campground are a few other options. Check out the McCloud Area Recreation Guide or the forest service website for more details.
Check-in: After 3 PM · Check-out: 2 PM
Nightly Rate: $23
Image credit: Campsite Photos
In 1905, President Teddy Roosevelt designated over 1.2 million acres as the Trinity Forest Reserve, and a few months later created a separate Shasta Forest Reserve. These two areas officially became Shasta–Trinity National Forest in 1954.
For years, The Winnemem (McCloud River) Wintu Tribe lived, fished and hunted around what is now Lower McCloud Falls
McCloud River Canyon carves through multiple layers of lava rock caused by Mt. Shasta's volcanic eruptions. Look out for columnar basalt, which is the result of those lava flows cooling and contracting to create cool-looking vertical fractures.
Imagine a sleeping pad, bag, and blanket all in one. It takes some getting used to, but people love it.
Cuddle with your partner to the max in this spacious sleeping bag, primarily designed for couples.
It's not the fairest of them all, but this affordable sleeping bag delivers on warmth and comfort.
Whether you're a couple or prefer to sleep like a queen, this spacious air mattress will keep you warm at night.
This self-inflating mattress weighs 5+ pounds, but it's comfy enough to forget you're sleeping on the ground.
This mineral-based sunscreen is good for the envrionment and your skin. It's water resistant too.
You don't have to sacrifice color for SPF protection. Look and feel good while protecting your lips.
Campers can use this pot and pan cookset while car camping or backpacking in the woods.
This 4-person cookset comes with a stainless steel cooking pot, pan, lids, plates, bowls, utensils, and more.
When a campground is short of sinks, bring your own. Clean your dirty dishes in this expandable bin.
This expensive stove is for campers who want compact, portability, and performance all in one.
A reliable, popular, and relatively affordable dual-burner camping stove that is fairly heavy, but performs well.
Add a little magic to your experience by hanging these twinkling lights around your tent every night.
These bluetooth speakers are portable and loud enough to help everyone get into the groove.
An affordable day pack for bringing snacks, sunglasses, and water on your next day hike.
You can bet some snuggling is happening when you bring this chair to camp. No complaints though.
Sturdy, reliable, well-designed, and more expensive than most camp chairs, but it'll last for awhile.
Sometimes you just want a camp chair that gets the job done. Nothing glamorous or fancy. Well, this is it.
Sleepover! This is a tent you can stand up in and have plenty of space for air mattresses, doggos, and more.
This was Popular Mechanics "Gear of the Year" winner, and it won Outdoor Retailer's Innovations Awards. NBD.