Overall our experience was good. We did our homework on the different sites and were able to get one fairly private. In general the sites do not have much privacy. Some are pretty open with little shade as well. We didn’t have a big problem with noise like some reviews we read complained about. There were some families with kids that were having fun, but that’s to be expected. The camp host/ranger was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely keep this as an option for future local camping trips.
The trees and its surroundings make this place beautiful just have to watch out and not piss the bees off. When we were there it was nice and quite. Great place to camp.
The camp host wasn't very polite when we pulled in. The camp sites we're pretty open and there wasn't much privacy. The campground was clean and although it didn't have much above and beyond the basics, it served as a decent spot to get to the hiking trails and into the town.
I was really excited to head out to this campground/ site because it was a close drive from my home, but far enough away to get up in the mountains.
My sister, her 3 kids, and 2 dogs jumped into the car and headed out towards Idyllwild, CA. Though this is techincally condisdered Pine Cove, CA, it is only about a 10 min drive away from the adorable town of Idyllwild! The campsite had room for 1 car, and was allotted 8 people. A long picnic table and a campfire ring with a grill opition! We set up a hammock in the front, a slack line on the side, and a dog run behind our campsite! We took the kids on the nature walk and they loved it! Big brother read the signs about the pine cones to his little sisters! We went into town as well and bought a big bundle of local fire wood at Mountain Mike's off Cicle Dr. for only $10. ( The best firewood ever ) We mostly just hung out at the campsite for the kids to run around and be kids! They made some friends with some neighbor campers, so all 5 kids ran around having the time of their lives!
- Close to Idyllwild
- Clean site(s)
- Clean bathrooms
- Camp hosts were very nice
- Fire rings w/ grill
- Picnic Table
- Non potable water faucets
- Privacy between sites on the back side ( where we stayed )
- Hiking trials out of the campground
- Nature walk off the campground
- Dumpsters for trash
- No bear bins ( but there was not too much of a warning for the bears there )
- The bees ( the ones that like your food )
We stayed here last summer. It was out first camping trip to Idyllwild. The drive up to the campground is very pretty. We loved stopping in the town and checking out all the little shops. The campground itself was only about a ten min drive from town. There is a nice check in area just before get into the campground. The rangers are very friendly and helpful. The campsite is gorgeous. Has a mixture of tall pines and manzanita trees. There was plenty of shade at our campsite which was a site that had lot of pine trees. The bathrooms are nice; they are vault but they are cleaned out regularly so there is no smell. The surrounding area around the campground has lots of trails to go hiking on. The campground is also dog friendly. We stayed in Campsite #43 which was close to the bathroom. But it also meant everyone was cutting through our site to get to it; even in the middle of the night. Next time we will choose a spot further from the restrooms. Overall had a great trip here.
As a climber, I spend a lot of time at campgrounds. I'm still not sure what makes this campground so special, but I'm in love with it. It's a quaint, beautiful little area of wilderness. The individual sites feel very private. It's pretty easy to come by a site, even late at night. If you stay when the moon is pretty full, no need for headlamps, because there are no larger trees in the immediate area to block the moonshine. Facilities are always in very clean condition. Only downside is that the sites are pretty close to the road, so while you can't see it, you can hear the cars