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Beckwourth Peak High Camp: Things to do for Families

From sporty adventures to laid-back pastimes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Beckwourth Peak High Camp. Whether you’re looking to embark on exciting excursions or simply unwind amidst nature’s splendor, this haven promises unforgettable experiences for the whole family.

Sample 3-day Itinerary

  • DAY 0
    • Grab a Pizza at Mountain Pizza on the way through town. Pull in and enjoy it on your deck or hike up to the ridgeline for a sunset view. Snuggle into your cabin with board games and watch the stars through the big windows.
  • DAY 1
    • Enjoy some morning rays and breakfast on your deck, then head out for a few hours to a nearby lake. Sand Lake is easily accesible by car and is shallow for young kids. Or check out a picnic site at Packer Lake, which has a swimming platform and a lodge for ordering food and milkshakes
    • Stop at Frosty on your way back through Portola to pick up old-school burgers and fries. Then enjoy the view while the kids play yard games and finish off the night with smores over the firepit.
  • DAY 2:
    • Grab a coffee at Nicole’s Deli and start your day at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, where kids can enjoy hands-on exhibits and maybe even a ride on a vintage train.
    • Head over to Graeagle for a mid-morning round of mini-golf and an leisurely afternoon at the Brewing Lair in Blairsden. The grassyhillside and outdoor yard games are a hit with the kiddos.
    • Return to High Camp to grill and enjoy an evening around a campfire, between Beckwourth Peak and Smith Peak.
  • DAY 3
    • Enjoy a morning hike up towards Beckwourth Peak. If the adults are feeling like an adventure, the trail will take you to Beckwourth Peak and way beyond. If you’re looking for a relaxing leg stretch, here’s a route through the aspen and up the ridge.
    • After packing up, enjoy a relaxing lunch at the headwaters Cafe in Portola. The owners have made a delightful patio and made-from-scratch menu.
    • Safe travels home and we’ll see you next time!

Other Family-Friendly Activities

  • Swimming at the Portola Public Pool
    • Enjoy the local pool and surrounding park for a small fee.
    • Open Noon-5pm Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sundays & Mondays.
  • Fishing at Lake Davis:
    • Pack your fishing gear and head to Lake Davis for a tranquil day by the water. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a first-timer, the lake offers a serene setting to cast your line and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
  • Discover Plumas-Eureka State Park:
    • Immerse yourself in the Gold Rush era by visiting Plumas-Eureka State Park. Wander through historic buildings, explore the mining exhibits, and take a guided tour to learn about the fascinating stories of this once-thriving mining community.
  • Picnic at Portola City Park:
    • Grab some local goodies and have a picnic at Portola City Park. With lush greenery, playgrounds, and open spaces, it’s the perfect spot for a family outing or a leisurely afternoon with friends.Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Historic Downtown Portola. Explore local shops, grab a cup of coffee at a cozy cafe, and soak in the small-town atmosphere.
  • Graeagle Stables
    • Check out their daily trail rides or riding lessons. Gold Lake Pack Station & Stables also offers packages to young riders.
  • Graeagle Mill Pond
    • Enjoy swimming, boat rentals and sun bathing.