Glory Hole Recreation Area, Angels Camp, California

For the next couple of months, my husband and I have decided that we want to try to go camping in Northern California at least once a month for as long as the weather allows (and seeing as we are in California, I am hoping it will be until the end of October!!)  So, being the spontaneous family we are, we took first chance we got which was last weekend, April 22nd – 24th 2016 and our first stop was Glory Hole Recreation Area, Angels Camp, California.

Now I am not going to lie, we strategically chose the Glory Hole because what it’s name represents in slang terms.  How awesome is it to be able to honestly say, “I have pitched a tent in California’s Glory Hole?” Ummmm…. maybe it is only funny to my husband and I… but I couldn’t get enough of it LOL.

Ok, enough getting side tracked -here are my top 5 reasons why you should go camping at Glory Hole Recreation Area, Angels Camp, California:

  1. The drive up to Glory Hole is amazing.  Every town that you pass on your way up to the campsite, whether is be Murphys or Sonora, represent the exact picture of what I thought towns looked like during the gold rush.  It feels like you went through a time machine without even realizing it.
  2. They have easy walk-in campsites that are totally worth the 3 min hike.  If you want to get away from everyone else, make sure you book for campsites 88 or 89 as they are the furthest away from the parking lot.
  3. You will most likely be the only people camping there since there is basically no water left in the lake.  When you pull into recreation area, the second or third thing that you will notice is there are boat ramps that lead straight into grassy areas.  It is clear as day that this lake has not been maintained as some others during the drought here in California.  Since there are not many swimming holes left, it actually gives way to the campsite to be completely yours for the taking.
  4. You can find miles and miles of hiking trails on the park property itself.  Not saying the only place that you are able to go hiking in Calaveras County is Angels Camp but it was for sure the most private place we went hiking.  Some other places we checked out were Dragoon Gulch (very busy but beautiful), Natural Bridges Hiking Trail (breathtaking but if you have a dog with you, it is not pet friendly) and Mercer Caverns (it is a guided, paid tour but worth it – totally kid friendly as well).
  5. Perfect for a 2 night romantic get-away! Many of us are super busy and don’t make the time to go enjoy the great outdoors because all that work should be done for longer than just 2 nights.  I disagree, I think that the 2 night get-away is mandatory every now and then especially in small towns like Angels Camp.  Loved it, had a great 2 days but don’t feel the need to go back.

This is only our first stop on a summer long of camping adventures.  Every trip we take will be shared here with the top 5 reasons your should or should not visit these places.  Get excited for the next update on our outdoor adventures!


Question: Any advice or recommendations of where we should go next?




2 thoughts on “Glory Hole Recreation Area, Angels Camp, California

  1. Pitching a tent in California’s Glory Hole, must be very.. Glorious?

    Great pictures and I’m from Northern California so it’s cool to add to another amazing place I want to travel too!

    1. It really is a great place to camp! So beautiful and one that I would never have found previously. Can’t wait to share the other places we are going to be camping at this summer!

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