We camped here in Late November. It was definitely cold at night, so bring proper equipment for near freezing temps.
We brought our dog with us and she had a great time. There are TONS of awesome trails around to walk, hike, or bike.
I would recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to the spot depending on which route you take. If you follow the google maps directions, the road is a bit rough in spots.
If you are following the paved road and see a dirt road called “tunnel road” you can take a right on that and follow it to the recreation area.
There are tons of spots to camp.
We did not have a fire due to high fire danger and wouldn’t recommend it without the proper permits and fire conditions!
Overall this was a wonderful campsite!
We found this great dispersed site (free US Forest) just off the Tunnel Road sign for the Mt. Figueroa campgrounds. There is a dirt road that takes you there but it looks like you might need AWD/4WD during rainy seasons since the road had some deep ruts. We came when it was dry season in a 2WD Eurovan w/ regular street tires.
We camped at the end of October (high temp was upper 80s, low temp was lower 60s) and there were still many flies so be sure to bring netting or repellant. The slightly unlevel site offered a great sunrise view as well as a sunset view over Sawmill basin.
We didn’t see any other campers around us. Even though we camped by the side of the dirt road, no one passed us the whole night.
Coordinates: 34° 44’ 0.480 N 119° 59’ 26.850 W