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Clean and friendly folks

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!

very beatiful

You should stay here for several days.

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.

My favorite road!!!

This rod is hands down a campers fairy tail. There are over 100 campsites along this road all first come first serve. The PCT comes through this section of mammoth so there are, and I’m not kidding, hundreds upon hundreds of campsites. As you drive along this road, every 10 seconds you will pass a dirt road. Each dirt road has multiple campsites! Don’t get discouraged if one person is at the beginning of the road, that’s often the only people out there!

Beautiful

A gorgeous spot for the middle of the woods! The creator site up the scenic route is 10x better!

Beautiful!!

Amazing free campsite!! It’s our favorite campsite to this date. So many memories were made here and so many more will be made! Best hidden gem!!

(36.5825719, -118.1129572)

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.

So Beautiful!

This campsite is gorgeous - it is located within a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains. The host was wonderful and helpful and the campsites are very well spaced.

This location does not have hook ups, I could not find showers, and the bathrooms were not the greatest (no hand soap, very cold… not the worst though:).

I did get two bars on my phone (T-Mobile). This is a perfect place to stay if you like a little more seclusion and less bells and whistles! The best part was the view!