Walk-in campsites are scattered judiciously in the pines along the edge of these small Sierra lakes, miles from the nearest store or gas station. They come with peaceful water views but without frills—frills like, say, tables, flush toilets, or trash cans (pack it in and pack it out). Bring a canoe and paddle your gear to claim one of each reservoir’s small islands as your own mini kingdom for the weekend. Or Try the no-reservation campground ($22) at Spicer Reservoir on the same turnoff from State 4.
Stanislaus National Forest, California
Forest Service Road
Stanislaus National Forest, CA