Skillman Horse Camp

Date Received: 7/18/10

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Submitted By = Marie Grisham

Park/Location = Tahoe National Forest
Campground Type = horse camp
Public or Private = Public
Location = On highway 20, approx 14 miles east of Nevada City, CA

Potable Water Available = yes
Horse Water Available = yes
Telephone = no
Restroom = yes
Showers = no
Firepits = yes
Picnic tables = yes
Bear Proof Containers = no
Camp Host = not in camp
Corrals = some sites, see below
High ties = can use trees
Store = 9 miles
Trailer Access = 1 (1/easy - 10/difficult)
Trailer Parking = 1 (1/easy - 10/difficult)
Trails Level = 1 to 7 (1/easy - 10/difficult)
Rider Level = 1 to 10 (1/beginner - 10/very experianced)

Dogs allowed in camp = yes, must be leashed
Dogs allowed on trails = yes, must be under control

Other Info =
Fee = $26/night, $5/night for extra vehicle (as of 8/14)

Reservations Required = yes
Reserve Through = www.recreation.gov
Contact Phone =


Our campsite #10


Example of corrals and tables, site #13


shaded trails, well marked

More Info:

Very nice horse camp. Located right off Highway 20 so there is some road noise but you get use to it pretty quickly. It is set up nicely in a large loop with 16 sites, sites 2-6 are group camps (on one side of the loop) but remaining sites are for individual camping. All sites are shaded in the trees.

Most individual sites are very large and can accommodate more than 1 trailer. Four sites (not all) have 2 corrals. On each side of the loop there are two water faucets with potable water and one vault restroom, no showers so bring solar showers. There are several water troughs throughout the campground. Trailer access and parking is very easy.

Park ranger comes by twice a day to check folks in and collect fees if necessary. Some drop-in sites are available if not previously reserved through Reserve America.

Sites 7, 9, 13 & 15 have 2 corrals but you can bring in more if needed. Can also high-tie to trees (please use a tree saver and don't tie ropes directly to trees). Most sites are pretty level some have a slight incline. See below for more information on each individual site.

Trail access is directly from camp to the Pioneer and Hallelujah trails with indirect access to many more. All the trails we rode were in good condition and pretty well marked with trail color and type of access allowed. You can download a map from Gold Country Trails Council at www.goldcountrytrailscouncil.org. I would recommend a GPS for all wilderness riding just in case. NOTE: Off road motorcycles are allowed on some trails so just be aware of it. (Not on Pioneer or Hallelujah trails)

The closest small store/deli for ice, drinks, etc. is 9 miles away near Scotts Flat. There is also a restaurant (5 Mile House) with pizza, etc. at the same location. Gas and larger grocery, etc stores are in Nevada City, approx 15 miles.

Site Info:

Site 1: no corral, table & fire ring, near restroom, at entrance to campground andcould be noisy due to road

Sites 2 - 6 are group camping

Site 7: 2 corrals & 2 hitching rails, Table & fire ring, Near restroom, Water across road from restroom

Site 8: No corrals, 1 tie post, Table and fire pit, Next to water, Across road from restroom, On a slight incline

Site 9: 2 corrals, 2 hitching rails, Table and fire ring and fire pit, Very slight incline, Near water & restroom, Large enough for 2 rigs and extra horses

Site 10: No corrals, 2 tie posts, Table and fire ring, Fire pit , Fairly level, Approx. 200 feet from water, Large enough for 2 rigs and room for 4 5 portable stalls

Site 11: No corrals & no tie posts or hitching rails, Table & fire pit, Very slight incline, Possible pull through for smaller rig, Trail head at this site so lots of horse traffic through site

Site 12: No corrals or tie posts, Table & fire pit, Fairly level

Site 14: No corrals or tie posts, No table, Near water

Site 13: 2 corrals, Table and fire pit, Across road from water,

Site 16: No corrals, 1 hitching rail, Table & fire pit, Near water

Site 15: 2 corrals & 2 tie posts, water trough next to corrals, Table and fire ring, Large enough for 2 rigs, Level, Water approx. 300 feet

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