We spent 3 nights at this campground and had a great time. They have a camp store right in the middle of the campground that has essentials. Bathrooms were nice. Can’t wait to go back. Walking distance to the beach. Best part.
There are three primitive sites at Crystal cove. I've stayed at two. Both Morro locations.
Lower is a 3 mile hike with a few steep grades. 13 sites an outhouse and a decent view. This one is normally supporting several groups on weekends. There is no water. Be sure to carry enough. No power, no light.
Upper Morrow is another 20 minutes worth of hiking with 20+ spots and usually no one. People tend to stop at lower.
The park is small. The perimeter loop is under ten miles. Super bike friendly, but dosnt allow any animals.
Note that there's a $25 fee
- location; easy to get to from LA County
- lots of campsites
- showers (bring quarters and the cost is $1.00 for @5 minutes
- playground and splash pad kept the youngins entertained
- no lighting in restrooms; it was somewhat difficult taking my two toddlers to the restroom to potty in the evening before we turned in
- restrooms got really nasty in the evenings; it would be nice if the restrooms were cleaned multiple times a day
- non-enforcement of quiet hours; there were a few groups that were having too much fun well past midnight and no ranger/staff around to ensure quiet hours were adhered to
- ants galore; ants, ants and more ants and they got into everything
- no fishing allowed due to toxic algae
- horrible cow dung smell permeated the air
So we just spent 4 days here in late October and the weather was 85 degrees! We were right on the water. These spots usually run 300$ plus a night at the peak season.. but the winter rate is 100.. This place has everything on site.. even a smalll store with all the essentials (kinda pricey) the showers are clean and plenty of hot water.. they have coffee in the general store.. I’m not sure I’d spend $300 a night in the summer .. but definitely $100 in the off season..
IF you get to camp here, it's a unique experience because not many campgrounds that claim to be on the beach actually ARE on the beach. They pack these sites in with ZERO privacy between each site so be prepared to get to know your neighbors. The fire pits are HUGE and so lots of room for people to fit. The sites are teeny so you may have to squeeze in if there is more than one tent - but it's all about the fun of hanging with friends on the beach. We got to listen to someone play the bagpipes at sunset which was one of the coolest moments ever!
When you can’t do a 2h hike before setting camp, but you also don’t want to camp close to your car, Millard campground is perfect. The parking lot is just behind the corner out of view. The only downside is that there are a couple of holiday houses in the surrounding forest and there is the trailer of the camp manager. Also don’t go during week ends cause families bring their kids to camp. Besides that it’s a really chill and nice camp. There is a stream of water that flows close to the campground and there are toilets (no water).
2 Yellow post sites. High clearance/4WD vehicles highly recommended. Take a rocky bouldery creek wash up into the hills. Primitive camping with a single fire pit, no table, no hookups water or bathrooms. Awesome place to get “lost”in.
Easy to get to, but fills up VERY fast. Open spaces for large group camping. Fire pits at every campground and easy to walk to hiking trail. Most of the people camping there played loud music all night. Not exactly a get away from the city.
This is a hike in campground that has stoves and a creek running through. The sites are nicely spaced and there is plenty of shade. Perfect little backpacking trip.
Much like most California Beach Campgrounds, it is very crowded with little privacy. The beach is great but it is basically a glorified parking lot
San Mateo is one of the better beach campgrounds in California, some sites have some great privacy. Of course it can get very crowded and a bit noisy but thats to be expected with trestles in walking distance! Its also very cool to be right next to the military base, and if you are lucky you can hear mortars at night!
Whenever I need to get away from LALA Land, I head up here. I grew up in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, so , sometimes , I need to kick back and recharge. Sort of going back to factory settings, as it were.
There are lots of cool spots up here and plenty of quiet. Whether you like to hike, or fish or just kick back, this is a nice little hidey hole to do it in. There is a small , 2 acre lake that is occasionaly stocked with fish. Not so often during drought, though.
There are few amenities , such as no showers no close by stores, or other distractions. There is a small concessionaire store near the Ranger outpost. It may or may not be open, depending on the fire danger and the time of year. Take your own food, water and anything else you need to regain your sanity and go up here.
Don't forget your bear canister for your food. There are bears and other wildlife that live up here year round.
Enjoy the peace and quiet and reclaim your soul.
Chino Hills State Park has a campground with a small number of spots. These hills are amazing after a good rain. This year it was a good place to see the wildflowers. Unfortunately the campground has been closed for awhile due to water line construction but should open in December 2019. There's plenty of restrooms and parking. There's also a number of hiking trails that leave from the campground. The only cell service is on top of the closest hill. Its a good spot for a quick getaway from the city.
I have camped here a few times and it is one of my favorite go to spots. I like that there is a camp store near by just incase case someone forgets their coffee mug🙄 or if you need some more firewood. The spots are inexpensive, $10 per night, most nights. There are lots of trails to hike and things to explore. It's a nice place to go when you need to get away from the city.
Feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere but so close to home! Perfect for a quick night trip. My friend and I decided at 8 pm that we wanted to go camping. It’s a first come first serve but there was only one other camper there. The fee is $20 self pay per night. Clean sites, with bathrooms, dumpsters and water.
This is a good spot to spend the night. It’s close to Ice House Canyon trail.
This is a nice quiet spot that lets you enjoy an outdoor experience. All sites have fire pits. Dumpsters are available as well. A few nice trails near. I don’t think they take reservations so it might be a first come first serve. We stayed overnight and didn’t pay for it.
Me and my girlfriend decided to go on this trail with our two doggos on a hot 95 degree day and we had such a good time the waterfall trail is nothing but shade provided by the trees foliage and the creek kept our dogs cool as they would jump in and out of the small pools we had a great time we hung out at the waterfall as it's a gorgeous spot to hang out we were also the only ones there the trail is only half a mile but we definitely took our time as it's a gorgeous trail would recommend it to anyone
San Clemente State Park is a great place to go camping and enjoy the beach. The campground is located on a bluff that offers great views up and down the coast. It's also a great place to catch the sunset.
The facilities are very clean but bring quarters for the showers. It's close to the freeway but I didn't hear anything. There were a few helicopters and Ospreys that flew over from Camp Pendleton Marine Base that made for a good airshow.