On the US 395 route from Reno towards Alturas there is a roadside rest area, and just to the north of that, the BLM Ramhorn Springs campground. The rest area is on a grade and is rather a squeeze for an RV. The campground is on the other side of the summit and a bit easier if you don’t miss the turnoff. The BLM website has a picture of Anita from the SNU scouting out the campground.
“From Susanville: Travel north on U. S. Highway 395 approximately 45 miles. The access road is approximately 2.4 miles north of the California Department of Transportation Roadside Rest Area. Turn east (right) onto BLM Road 26000. Travel approximately 2.5 miles. The campground will be adjacent to the road on your left. BLM Road 26000 is an unimproved dirt road that can become impassable as a result of wet weather. The road is passable by vehicles pulling trailers but can be rough and dusty.” (BLM)
The Bay Area Equestrian Network knows about this little campground, too. Their page on horsecamping at Ramhorn Springs provides a campers viewpoint of the area and some of the trails nearby. There is a coral at the campground suitable for maybe three horses. Hopefully the SNU won’t decide to rally there the same weekend a horse club does as happened at Scout Camp at Fort Churchill!
This is ‘way out in the sticks’ camping. 45 miles from Susanville and maybe twice that from Alturas. Past Shinn Mt at 7562 feet to the east is the Smoke Creek desert. To the north, past McDonald Pk (7931 ft) and Cottonwood Mt (7332 ft) is the Warner wilderness and Surprise valley. “The country is basically lava, juniper, sand, sagebrush and a lot of canyons.” (BAEN) –
Ten campsites, 1 vault toilet, and a coral don’t leave room for a big gathering. But that sounds about right for the SNU bunch.