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Nice short bike rides up and down hills. Kids loved it!

Great camping for newbies

Sweet Oaks winery campgrounds has 16 sites available for both tent camping and RV’s (no hook-ups). It’s pretty close to grocery stores and big box stores just in case you forgot some gear/supplies. They have a beautiful well-kept property with super-clean restrooms (no showers). They do have a water hose for you to fill up your tanks or Jerry cans. They didn’t allow campfires due to high fire danger though. You’ll have to bring your own fire pit setup if they ever allow them in the future. It was a beautiful walk around the vineyards but there are also hiking trails nearby. It’s off a road suitable for road bikes but there are also mountain bike trails nearby. They have equestrian activities also available for guests. We were able to get our tin top Eurovan to fit on one of their tent sites which offered a beautiful view of Temecula valley. The wine tasting room was closed due to the pandemic but you can order wine online and they will deliver to your site. One more thing, we counted about 8 hot air balloons as we had breakfast!

Secluded!

We drove into the campground on a Friday night and were surprised to see that the 5.5mi dirt road was on the side of the mountain and had a lot of ruts. We were driving a Prius Prime with low ground clearance, so it took us nearly an hour to get down to the campground from Hwy 120. Others driving a truck and a Chevy Suburban passed us pretty quickly during turnouts.

Though 4WD or higher ground clearance is not required, I would recommend it! Otherwise, be prepared for a slow drive down to the campground.

Campsites are free, and the facilities are pretty bare bones (you have a picnic table, a fire pit, and a bear box at each site plus a single toilet at the campground entrance), but we got excellent views of the stars and were the only group at the campground. I definitely recommend this campground if you're looking to get away from everything and everyone.

Other than the unexpectedly difficult drive down (for a sedan/Prius), we all enjoyed this campground. We will be returning in a more appropriate vehicle in the future.

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Do you like rock climbing? Do you like beautiful views? This is the place where you can camp, wake up in the morning drink coffee. walk less than 100 yards and go climbing.

Rock Climbers Galore

Lots of history at this campground for rock climbers. I ended up at this spot during the off-season when it wasn’t too busy so not many people were here. The layout is community style which makes it good for meeting folks who are climbing. Met someone who was biking and we did a road loop around the park.

Amazing

We backpacked to Rancheria camp and stayed for 2 nights.  It's about 6 miles from the trailhead, and an incredibly gorgeous hike.  It was pretty hot when we went, and a little hazy from wildfires, but still totally worth it.

The camping area itself is pretty big.  There were a few other groups camping while we were there, but we hardly knew they were there.  The river access was close by, so we could filter water.

We took a day hike to Tiltill valley, and it was so beautiful there.  Highly recommended.

There were a lot of bugs, so for the first time ever I used my bug net and was very thankful I had it on this trip.

Hike-in sites are great

We stayed here for a weekend at one of the hike-in sites in the Chamise area.  We were the only ones in this area, and had a decent view of the lake.  We even managed to make a path down to the water from our site, so we could swim.  Lots of good trees around for hammocks.

The hike-in sites were relatively close to the parking area, so not a huge hike, though a little steep.  We probably brought too much stuff, so it might have been a little easier if we pared down a little.

Overlooked but don't miss it

The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir isn't the most popular part of Yosemite, but it's a great spot. There are a few backpacking options on the north side of the reservoir, so choose the route that best suits you. Be prepared to climb, but water is abundant.

Yosemite

You're staying in Yosemite Valley, one of the most beautiful places in the world. We stayed a couple nights in the tents, and it was fine. They're close together, but it's nice to have a "room" instead of just a tent. The bathrooms and showers were nearby too. Be sure to enjoy the countless miles of trails and epic views.