Guidebook

Find the Perfect Family Getaway in the Lakes Basin

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with this perfect family-friendly getaway itinerary.

Greg Heil

Description

California's Lakes Basin region offers an unexpected haven filled with incredible recreation opportunities and gorgeous views, hidden deep in the Sierras. This basin is chock full of crystal-clear alpine lakes flanked by towering walls of granite. The exposed rock walls rise up to form towering mountains, with the spine of the Sierras soaring high above the entire milieu.

The Lakes Basin might be the perfect spot for a family getaway. The region is blessed with a large array of easily-accessible campgrounds for a fun, affordable family adventure. Most of these campgrounds are positioned on the shores of one of the lakes, providing easy swimming access for the kiddos. 

If you’re looking for an adventure, dive into this guidebook for a selection of easy, family-friendly adventures in the Lakes Basin. From a gorgeous waterfall to beautiful lake hikes, and even an idyllic spot for a paddle or a swim, this guidebook will help you plan the perfect family getaway!

Frazier Falls
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Frazier Falls

0 - 1 hrs
1.7 km
15 m
15 m
One of the most popular sights in the Lakes Basin.
Easy
Private
Smith Lake

Smith Lake

3.3 km
109 m
109 m
One of the quickest lake hikes in the Lakes Basin.
Moderate
Private
Upper Salmon Lake

Upper Salmon Lake

Downieville
1.6 km
An idyllic spot for an afternoon swim or paddle.
Easy
Private
Bear Lakes Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bear Lakes Loop

1 - 2 hrs
6.6 km
192 m
192 m
Dip your toes into Lakes Basin hiking!
Difficult
Private