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Camping/ hiking trip during shutdown

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Camping/ hiking trip during shutdown

Hi everyone,

We were planning a trip to Sequioa this week but it looks like that unfortunately won't happen. Can anyone suggest some state parks to try instead? We are flying in and out of LAX and have a car booked but would prefer to keep the drive under 5 hours. We love hiking and tenting and would love a place we can explore for a couple days. We are going from Thursday to Sunday. Any help would be appreciated! I'm so overwhelmed with all the state parks and I'm not familiar with the counties and how far they are from LA. Thanks!

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1. Re: Camping/ hiking trip during shutdown

Here is the state park website. It should help you to start planning. It is pretty user-friendly.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/

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2. Re: Camping/ hiking trip during shutdown

Anza-Borrego is California's largest state park and would be a wonderful place to explore if the National Parks are still closed.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638

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Thank you Puter! I just find the website so overwhelming with so many options it's making my head spin! Plus I'm not sure where all the counties are in relation to Los Angeles. I'm sure we'll figure something out!

Edited: 07 October 2013, 21:01
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4. Re: Camping/ hiking trip during shutdown

On the home page of that site there is a map with numbers. (CLick on "home" at the top of the screen. ) If you click on a number it will let you find the state parks in that county or area.

The numbers nearest Los Angeles are 4,5,6,7 and 12. Number 3, which is Central Coast, is not too far away for a visit.

Good luck.

Edited: 07 October 2013, 21:46
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5. Re: Camping/ hiking trip during shutdown

keep in mind that the greatest number of campgrounds in the state are on national forest land and are administered by concession. Nevertheless they are mostly or entirely closed during the shut-down. That leaves private campgrounds and the state parks, which are a cut above the national forest camps. State parks tend to be in prettier spots anyway, but the shut-down is probably diverting campers to them.

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6. Re: Camping/ hiking trip during shutdown

Don't count out privately owned campgrounds. These websites may help you to locate all types of campgrounds:

http://camp-california.com/

http://www.rv-clubs.us/rv_campgrounds.html

http://www.rvparkhunter.com/page2.asp

http://www.koa.com

I would book ahead as they may be busier than usual!

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7. Re: Camping/ hiking trip during shutdown

You say you are flying into LAX -- from Canada? And you would like to camp somewhere with a tent, in place of Sequoia? Not more than 5 hours drive time. I assume you have your tent and camping equipment with you?

We like Idyllwild, California. Here is a link to campgrounds in the mountains near Idyllwild, CA located east of Los Angeles approximately 2 hours w/o traffic. Take 91 EAST through Riverside, CA, then pick up 60 EAST to Banning, CA, then take Highway 243 SOUTH out of Banning, CA. This road is twisty but don't despair -- I have driven it so many times I could almost drive it in my sleep!

Here is that helpful WEB LINK:

http://www.idyllwild.com/camping.html

I remember Dark Canyon Campground as a pretty campground with a little creek running alongside. Might be only a trickle this time of year. For distance reference, Dark Canyon Campground is probably 8 miles from Idyllwild, CA where you can get groceries, etc.

Idyllwild, CA is a mountain village kind of place -- half tourist destination place especially on the weekends, and half meat-and-potaoes working town, meaning there might be a lumber yard next door to art galleries and botiques.

Edited: 07 October 2013, 23:27
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8. Re: Camping/ hiking trip during shutdown

My husband is also trying to find some suitable campgrounds in answer to your question. He asked me what I know about Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, north of San Bernardino.

My response: It's a lake, it has water in it, located in a brushy area with a few trees (emphasis on the word "few") Elevation is around 3,000 to 3,500 feet as I recall. It doesn't ring my bell.

My previous post mentioned camping near Idyllwild, which is at 5,000 to 5,500 feet elevation and is in pine forests with some brush. Lake Fulmor is in the Idyllwild vicinity within driving distance.

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