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Black Rock Reservoir is near the mighty Kings River on the outskirts of
Kings Canyon National Park and on the edge of Sierra National Forest
No water in this reservoir = no fee! This southern Sierra Nevada lake is open all year long, but does not have water in it at this time (2019)
Number of Sites: 10
Vehicle Accessibility: RV max 24'
Camp Fee: No
Campsites Reservation: No
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Season: open all year
Trailheads: Kings Canyon, North Fork
Sierra Forest Road #11S12 - Paved road access up the granite canyon (from Pine Flat Reservoir). Steepness, sheer cliffs and small roadways makes this driving route a hairy drive - One lane wooden bridges. Overall, narrow single lane paved road from south side. Dirt Roads access this area from the north (Wishon Reservoir) & nice waterfall view on the way down. This partially paved back road is not for the timid drivers. The lake is a totally bitchin, mid Sierra location for a true weekend away - way away. Best camping months May-October. Sierra storms hit this 4000' elevation lake - mostly in winter months. Seclusion & fishing are the big draw here.
Dinkey Lakes Wilderness
John Muir Wilderness
Kings Canyon National Park
Pine Flat Reservoir
Sierra National Forest
|Sierra Forest Headquarters
1600 Tollhouse Rd
Sierra NF gov web site
|High Sierra District
29688 Auberry Rd
Blackrock Campground is a small & way outta the way. RVs are not allowed back here, due to steep winding, one lane road - along deadly granite cliff. No reservations. Campground on a first come basis. 10 campsites. Vault toilet, picnic tables and campfire rings.
BIG DAY TRIPS: Pine forest, oaks, waterfalls, granite cliffs and best location, as the dirt roads lead higher into the Sierra Nevada granite beauty and dense forest. Dinkey Lakes, Wishon, Courtright - just to name a few. Plus there is a Sequoia Grove up above too!
This particular small lake campground is a long drive no matter which way you come from. Driving the curvy, one lane, shoreline of Pine Flat Reservoir seems to take hours.
This Sierra Nevada camping lake (or hydro electric reservoir) should not be confused with the southern most desert near Yucca Valley, CA. BLACK ROCK CAMPGROUND, in Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP)
Or the infamous 'Black Rock City' which is on a huge, dry lake bed; North of RENO, NV - part of the whole BurningMan ordeal. If you like camping outdoors with thousands of people - festival camping is not the focus of this web site. Here at Total Escape, we're about finding best camps or locations for real outdoor experiences - seclusion, privacy, nature.
If you want to sit on a huge rock, overlooking nature alone, and meditate for 4 hours, you can do that here in this Sierra Nevada - warm, south facing canyon. Black Rock Reservoir has DG (decomposed granite), abundant manzanita bush, no pine trees, dirt roads, maybe a gravel boat ramp.
This small body of water in a dark granite gorge can be a fisherman's dream spot. Easy access to the big, wide Kings River below & Pine Flat Reservoir below that, this ideal mid point called Black Rock will be secluded for any dreary city-dweller. Driving in for the first time should be done during day light hours, since the narrow road is steep, narrow, one lane and dangerous.
Upper streams, waterfalls and lakes further up the mountain via dirt back roads, another 2000-3000' elevation gain. Well worth a day trip or two. Open all year.
You'll need a good forest road map to explore past this point too. Plenty primitive camping all along these forest roads, way back up in this canyon of the North Fork of the Kings River. SIERRA National Forest.
Sawmill Flat Campground
is further up Black Rock Road - rocky, rugged w/ granite cliffs, forest road #11S12. Mountain peaks tower at 7000' w/ winter snow falling Nov-May. This dirt back road is often gated & locked, for landslides, snow, mud, so call ahead to the local ranger and ask.
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