Shaffer's High Sierra Summer Camp

"The best memories of my childhood were being at summer camp. I wanted my daughter to have a great camp experience too, one that would help to create great memories for her. With all of the distractions (electronics!) it's important for me to be able to give my daughter an experience without phones, iPads or computers so that she could take in nature, participate in activities and be present while building friendships. We now lovingly refer to camp as Electronics Rehab!!! The fact that my daughter asked to stay 4 weeks instead of 2 next summer says it all. Thank you Shaffer's High Sierra Camp for being the camp that my daughter loves going to create her own "best childhood memories.” - Jo K., Valley Village, CA
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Shaffer’s High Sierra Camp is nestled in California's beautiful Tahoe National Forest, 45 minutes north of Truckee (toward Quincy) on Highway 49. Located on the banks of the North Yuba River at 6,200 feet (2000 meters), the Camp is next to the scenic Sierra Buttes and the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Click here for a map and directions.

The Lakes Basin Recreation Area starts just 10 minutes away from Camp, so you’ll be close to waterfall banner portover 70 pristine mountain lakes and countless hiking and biking trails, including the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail, and, for mountain bikers, the equally famous trail used for the Downieville Downhill Classic mountain bike race.

The Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches some 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada, passes through the area. You’ll be able to hike a stretch during our ascent to the top of the Sierra Buttes. A 12 to 14 mile (19 to 22 kilometer) stretch of the trail from Jackson Meadow Reservoir to Sierra City is one of the potential backpack routes for campers in our sessions of two weeks or longer.

From the observation tower at the top of the Sierra Buttes, you can see over a hundred miles on a clear day, all the way to Mt. Lassen! The trail is excellent so that just about everyone can participate.

For the ultimate in mountain biking, the renowned Downieville Downhill route is also nearby. If you can show us that you’re ready, we’ll take you to the 7,200’ (2,195 meters) level of the Sierra Buttes where you’ll start your 14-mile (22 kilometers) trip, descending an incredible 4,000’ (1,200 meters) through back country and along rivers that haven’t changed much since gold miners were prospecting 150 years ago!

If you want to learn more about the area, here are some interesting links:

You’ll see that Shaffer’s High Sierra Camp is in a truly unique location. Make us your camp of choice and you’ll have fun!


Accredited by the American Camp Association Member in good standing with the Western Association of Independent Camps Operated under a Special-Use Permit on land under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. We provide services, accommodations, and privileges regardless of race, color, religion (including religious dress and religious grooming), sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition or information, genetic information, family care status, military caregiver status, military status, veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws. Persons are employed on an equal basis to operate, maintain, or construct facilities for public use.