Sunset Campground in Crystal Basin Recreation Area offers fairly spacious sites with great access to Union Valley Reservoir. A great place to camp.
Stayed here for free during “Labor Week” 2010 as a staging for backpacking the following day. We fished at the dam of Union Valley Reservoir and spent one night here. Wasn’t too bad.
A friend and I took a dispersed camping trip and what I’ll refer to as super ultra-lightweight backpacking. The location? the Southwest end of Union Valley Reservoir in Crystal Basin near Kyburz, CA off highway 50.
Desolation Wilderness is located north of Hwy 50 on the way up to Tahoe. It offers miles and acres of subalpine awesomeness with hundreds of lakes, trails, and heaps of granite. One of my favorite spots to backpack.