Our journey to this campground started after a failed attempt to camp at Sequoia National Forest. On our way to the forest, the air was so thick from the SQF complex fire that we turned around and stopped at a parking lot near Taco Bell to plan our next move. After a lunch of packed sandwiches and a quick search on Apple Maps, we head towards McGill Campground in Mt. Pinos.
The road to the campground itself was superior to spending my 23rd birthday in the hustle and bustle of Orange County. On our arrival, we were pleasantly surprised to see that we could camp at any spot that was not reserved for our planned trip. Each camp site has a little sign that says what days the camp site has been reserved, and if you happen to arrive on a day that the site is not reserved, you can use the spot. So we chose campsite number 18.
Upon getting out of the car, the smell of the pine trees immersed my nasal canal and I felt an immediate sense of joy to be outside. There is nothing like smelling mother nature. I went over to pay for the campsite near the entrance and conveniently that campsites hosts happened to be there to accept my payment. We payed $30 to stay two nights with two cars.
Each campsite has a bonfire pit with a fire stake, a family sized bench, and is surrounded by beautiful pine trees. We chose a site near the bathroom. Word of advice: try to choose a site away from the bathroom, or don’t choose site number 18! In the morning/daytime, the smell of the pit toilet rises through the chimney looking thing, and the camp site did smell like mother nature indeed. When the wind pushed the smell away from our site, the smell completely disappeared, but if it didn’t the smell is quite overbearing. Despite this, the bathrooms were kept relatively clean and the site had a beautiful view of the sunrise through the trees. If we walked further, there is a little ridge where the sun rises. If you can get the camp site, you should. There is also a beautiful hiking trail on the site where you are walking through the trees.
Overall the site was awesome, and I would definitely go again. Maybe for my 24th birthday!