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Overview of Buckeye Creek Dispersed

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Pad Type dirt

Elevation 6,955 ft / 2,119 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Buckeye Creek Dispersed 2 people have reviewed this location.

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196 reviews
“Private stream-side camping with fantastic views. Shhhhhh don’t tell anybody!”

Reviewed 5/12/2018

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: N/A
RV Length: 33'
Overall Rating

The boondocking spots off Buckeye Creek Road that we read about are about 2 ½ miles down a dirt road and closer to the hot springs. That was our destination until we found that they were blading the road the day we arrived and most of the larger, easily accessible spots were already occupied. Bad timing, so where to?

Luckily Rog had noticed a couple spots on Google Earth so we decided to check them out. (Picture posted with sites marked.) These were clearly designated campsites with fire rings, but we didn’t find them on any of our regular camping aps. So (against my better judgement – Lol) I’m going to share the secret to two excellent boondocking spots just off Buckeye Road.

From Hwy 395 turn onto Twin Lakes Road. Turn Right on Buckeye Creek Road, and drive past Doc & Al’s Resort. After crossing the one-lane bridge, the pavement ends, take the first RIGHT onto Forest Service Road 32017F. (The “F” is important because Buckeye Creek Rd which goes straight up the hill is FS Rd 32017.) Pass the access road to private property which is clearly marked. For Site #1, as the main road turns to the left continue straight. The road curves slightly and you’ll dead end in a beautiful grassy area next to the creek with spectacular views of the Sierras. The site is private and large enough for most rigs. Scout ahead to make sure you can get turned around or are comfortable backing out.

For Site#2 (where we stayed), follow the main road to the left. A couple hundred yards further there is a lovely site on the right under a huge Jeffery Pine for shade. The site is large enough for any rig and we had plenty of room to get in and out easily. There is a fire ring and excellent views here too. This site is also very private, you cannot see the other boondocking spot. The stream (actually a diversion from Robinson Creek) is a little shallower here and we dubbed it “Riley’s Creek” since he claimed it as his own before we even had the rig set up. 😊

Here are the coordinates for Site #2: 38.216232, -119.320048.

Note: The road dead ends a little way past the second site at a chain gate and “Private Property” sign. There is room to turn around a car/truck, but not a larger rig. Be sure to scout and make sure a spot is open or it might be tough to get turned around. There are a couple of bumpy spots along the road, but nothing that concerned us in a 33’ Class A.

You’re about 2 ½ miles from Buckeye Creek Hot Springs and maybe 8-10 miles from Travertine Hot Springs. Of the two, Travertine was our clear favorite.

We had no Verizon coverage at our site.

Site Quality

Teddi & Roger would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

Los Angeles, CA
132 reviews
“Beautiful area with a creek and hot springs”

Reviewed 8/28/2017

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 0
RV Length: 28' (Class C)
Overall Rating

This was a great spot to camp. The road driving in was about 2.5 miles of gravel road that was a little washboard in areas but really not that bad. We easily could have driven our rig in with the car on the back and not had any problems.

There are many spots to camp. Plenty of spots that could hold a larger rig as well. Its up to you where you want to camp. On the way in before the bridge there are a lot of shaded areas. After the bridge there is a couple of large turn out areas up to the hot spring turn out. You can camp in any of them.

This place was really pretty, with Buckeye Creek and Hot Springs right there to play in. There were no amenities here. There was Buckeye Campground down the road about a mile that did have a trash and toilets, but this was a pay campground.

There was no cell or wifi service where we were camped, but Kelly did get a few calls and emails out where we came in at, where the paved and gravel road meet.

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glasgows_onthego would stay here again

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Teddi & Roger
Teddi & Roger
33' Trop-i-cal T330
Honda Element
196 reviews
Go Around the Bend: We’re in Hot Water Now!

Serendipity. What a gal! Things don’t always work out quite like you’d planned, sometimes they work out even better.  Our destination on Tuesday, 5/8, was a boondocking spot near the Buckeye Creek...

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