These 19 yellow post sites are individual camping sites. Each campsite will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. No reservations.
Each site is limited to a maximum of 8 persons at any one time. There is limited parking at these sites for 2 vehicles. Amenities includes 1 picnic table and 1 fire ring. There are no restroom facilities. There is no drinking water.
Campfire permits are required for any type of fire use - campfires, or stoves. Campfires may not be allowed certain times of the year. Click here for current fire restriction information.
Sand to Snow National Monument Yellow Post sites 17-19 are near the well-known Pacific Crest Trail that stretches from the Mexican border up to Canada.
Most of these sites are shaded by pine trees and a few are near seasonal Coon Creek.
Where are the Sites?
These Yellow Post Sites are reached via forest road 1N02 off of Hwy 38 between Barton Flats and Onyx Summit. 1N02 is a dirt road and not recommended for low-clearance vehicles.
Camped Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.
There are many spots designated for camping, and some that look to have been cleared out for unofficial use. After spending a 3-day weekend, I can see why. Nearly every spot was full when I arrived, and all the official sites were taken.
All during Friday and Saturday vehicles came up and back down the road looking for space. The campsites are very close to the main road so traffic is both seen and heard. By Sunday, however, everything cleared out to a near ghost town of a few long-term rig campers.
The road is mostly flat and decently wide. There is a fair amount of dips, bumps, and rocks, but even a 2WD car can maneuver well enough going slow and driving around the larger rocks.
The sites are nicely shaded and very clean. The main trail makes for a nice, scenic place to hike. The plants and critters are fun to look at. I even had a rattlesnake try to visit during dinner, so be mindful.
We stayed the night on June 10th and by the time we came back on the 11th around 6pm all the sites were filled. The road is pretty rough but I was able to manage it in a 2006 Toyota Highlander. Would definitely recommend camping here it’s super quiet and a nice distance from big bear lake !!
There are 19 sites. Most rigs should be ok up until about site 14. The lower the number, the easier they are to get to. After 14, it's about 3/4 of a mile until 15. 15 and 16 are totally isolated and get plenty of sun if you have solar. 17-19 aren't as isolated but are still fantastic sites.
I prefer 19 because it's the farthest out, most difficult to get to, and has a decent cell signal (although 1-15 have a good signal as well on Verizon). I'm in a 2WD truck Camper (05 Tundra) so when I say hardest to get to, it's still pretty easy. As long as you have ground clearance, you're good. My friend made it to site 15 in a mini Cooper.
Anyways, they're all great sites and I'd highly recommend them.