We were camping for 1 night and boy, was it crowded! Each and every group was fighting for the "wagons" to haul stuff up the hike-in campsites. Some groups even got aggressive with me and my husband for not "returning" the wagon to them. They even threatened and verbally abused us and a few other campers.
There was a large group of guys who had booked the campsite 29, and they were cooking biryani well beyond 1 am, and were drinking and running about noisily. Post midnight, a few campers asked those guys to keep it down but to no avail. The rangers are pretty much useless. When some of us filed a formal complaint with them, they didn't do anything about it.
Overall, this was a less than average experience. There's a reason that this campground so close to the Bay Area is popular with the larger groups. But best avoided.
Great camping in the mountains of Santa Clara county. Very secluded. No cell service. Miles of Great hiking
Nice little place. RV sites are basically parking lot with 4' strips of grass in between, But it was March and mostly empty. Tent sites are hike in up hill and nicely spaced in the woods. Wagons on site to get your stuff up there. Ranger was useless. you need codes for the gate after 7pm, the showers, and the RV dump and they don't volunteer that info, you have to ask.
Great walk-in campground so close to home in the South Bay Area (albeit walk is slightly uphill). Some campgrounds have tables and others don't - some are too close to others but the higher up hill, you're closer to the trail heads. The campground is just past a public park and sometimes on Saturday's (like our trip was), there is an outdoor wedding at part of the park (you can only faintly hear the celebration). Overall, perfect for even just a 12 hour getaway.
very nice spot if you don’t mind hiking in
First of all, I did not realize before arriving that the tent sites are walk-in (my fault). That made it difficult to find, but probably not if you know that before. There is a parking lot for the tent sites near the RV sites, and there are plenty of carts to take your gear to your site. I kind of like this setup since it makes it feel a little more remote and you don't get bothered by cats constantly passing your site. We didn't explore the whole campground, since we were in site 5 and were there for such a short time (just a jumping off point for the Skyline to Sea Trail), but the part we saw is spectacularly beautiful. The campground is full of magnificent redwoods with a creek passing right through. The sites each have a picnic table and a very large and roomy food locker. The bathrooms are close and well maintained. The park itself was very pretty and peaceful. We immediately saw a group of 4 deer lounging in the grass upon entering. I wish we could have stayed longer, but I will certainly be back!
This is a nice camping away from the car experience. It's a short walk up a paved path from the parking to the campsites. The park provides carts to help with hauling gear, and storage boxes are provided at the site, near the picnic table. The bathrooms are nice, too. The camping is situated in a dreamy redwood forest, but be aware that there are Lyme-carrying ticks in the area. A really neat camping experience so close to the South Bay Area.
Getting there: Getting to the park is fairly easy compared to other parks in the Santa Cruz Mountains like Big Basin. There is an entry fee of $6 per vehicle if you park in the lot. The lot was full and cars were waiting when we left. If the lot is full and your not towing a bunch of stuff or kids you can also access the park via road parking and the gates (if you park in front of the gate you will be ticketed/towed).
Campsites: All the campsites provide a picnic table, a bear box, a grill, and fire pit. There are shared restrooms with plumbing scattered all over the place so one will always be within a short walk.
The Park: It's nice. Dogs are allowed on leash. Lots of Redwoods but to far inland to see the ocean or anything. Even during the summer it gets enough of a sea breeze and has enough shade to stay cool.
What to do: Go out on some hikes, there are about 15 miles of trails. If you hike 2 days and stay 1 night you can easily hike the park out. Trails start steep and then mellow out once your on the ridge line.
*will add my pics later.