Diablo Campground is located in Tahoe National Forest on the North Yuba River area. There are 18 campsites located on two loops under lodge pole pines. Packer Creek is nearby, and there are several lakes in the area including Packer Lake. Activities are abundant at Diablo Campground, including fishing, hiking, and gold panning.
The campsites at Diablo are large and open and each campsite at Diablo Campground includes a fire ring, picnic table, and access to vault toilets. Drinkable water is not available at Diablo Campground, however the water from Packer Creek can be filtered for drinking.
Diablo Campground – Bottom Line
Like many of the campgrounds in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Diablo campground is a great destination, as long as you go during the week. On weekends, during the peak summer camping season, the campground can get very busy and crowded. Also, like most of the campgrounds in the area bears can sometimes be sighted at Diablo Campground, so be sure to store your food properly and keep anything that would attract a bear out of your tent.
The campground has two main loops with campsites that widely spaced, some of which are directly adjacent to Packer Creek. You can still access the creek if you do not have a creekside campsite, where gold panning is great activity to occupy the kids. Tiny gold flakes can sometimes be found in the creek, but don’t count on getting rich during your camping trip, the gold flakes are far and few between; just enough to keep
the kids you occupied. Hiking trails are abundant and within walking distance of Diablo Campground. Canoeing is also popular activity on nearby Packer Lake, as well as off-roading at the many nearby off-highway vehicle access areas that are nearby.
Most of the campsites at Diablo are spacious and under the canopy of pine trees, making this a great destination. There are supposed to be 18 campsites at Diablo, but we could not find campsite 13, and campsite 10 has two campsites designated “A” & “B”. The best campsites at Diablo Campground are 5 and 12. Campsite 5 is large and has direct creek access. Campsite 12 is large and the furthest from other campsites, making it very private.
Diablo Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||18 Campsites|
|Cost:||$20/night, $5/night for extra vehicle|
|Use Level:||High – During the week the campground is rarely used|
|Fire Rings:||Yes – With Grill|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilets – Kept very clean and well stocked on a daily basis|
|Beach/Lake Access:||None – Campsite #5 has a little trail down to a creek and there is another small trail to a rocky creek area|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Defined|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||May – Mid-October -Snowfall Dependent|
Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance.
A fee of $5 for extra vehicles will be collected at the campground.
All equipment must fit on the site pad. Vehicles park in Developed areas only.
Additional parking is remote.
|Geo Coordinates:||39.63306, -120.63778|
|Nearest City/Town:||Sierra City, California|
|Location:||Sierra County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||None – Road to campground is paved. Once in campground road is unpaved|
|Proximity to Stores:||8 Miles to Sierra City|
From Hwy 49 at Sierra City: Drive 4 1/2 miles to Bassett’s Station. Turn left on Gold Lake Hwy and drive 1/2 mile to Packer Lake Road. Turn left and continue 1 1/2 miles to Diablo Campground.
From 89 N to 49 N: Drive 13 miles west to Bassett’s Station. Turn right on Gold Lake Hwy and drive 1/2 mile to Packer Lake Road. Turn left and continue 1 1/2 miles to Diablo Campground.
|Web:||Diablo Campground Website||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
Fall – During fall the peak season crowds have all gone, but the weather is usually still warm at Diablo Campground, and you can avoid the aggressive bugs that can be present in the summer.
Weekdays – The campground is packed on weekends, making weekday camping more enjoyable and private. Often on weekdays you have the whole campground to yourself.
What To Do
Kayaking & Canoeing – Packer Lake is not far away and accessible for kayaking and canoeing.
Hiking – Mountain Biking – Trails for hiking and biking are abundant and accessible from Diablo Campground.
Gold Panning – Packer Creek is a popular with people that like to gold pan for fun (not profit). Small gold flakes can sometimes be found in the creek.
Diablo Campground Pictures