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Love this place! Great views with beach access. Clean restrooms with showers. One negative thing is you are right next to a highway. Scenery is so nice you end up blocking out the noise. At night all you hear are waves breaking on the beach
We loved our stay here for a birthday trip! The sites are large and can fit multiple tents. There are picnic tables and fire pits.
Easy walk down to the "town" of Two Harbors for a Buffalo Milk drink or across the island for views on the South Side of the Island.
The sites are reasonably priced but you do need to have a boat ticket to take the ferry over and back. Book early if you can, especially during the Summer.
The Big Santa Anita Canyon Loop on Mount Wilson offers dog friendly free camping immersed in thick mountain woods with babbling creeks and numerous waterfalls. The trail is dotted with one of a kind cabins but the trail camps are as primitive as it gets. Start your hike at the Chantry Flats pack station, don't forget to pay for parking, and be prepared to filter your own water. This is a gorgeous place to put in a few miles, get a little dirty, and feel like you are miles away from it all without even leaving LA.
Pro tips: There are bears in the area so hang your food and keep your campsite clean. Bring your own toilet paper. Parking fills up within an hour on weekends so get there as soon as the parking lot opens at 6am. Finish your hike with burgers from the pack station they really hit the spot!
Spent the night here and it's not bad at all. The night I went there was a retreat or something that played music through 11pm.
The walk to the lake from this site isn't too bad; it's quiet nice. Around the lake you'll find some short hikes.
If you've ever want to just get away and go unplugged for a day, is highly recommend this place considering it's under $15/night.
Sundown by 6pm for us!
If you're looking for primitive dispersed camping, this is probably not your spot.
If you're camping with kids, it doesn't get much better than this! We stayed at campsite #58 which we felt was very large are private. Will definitely come back.
For our purposes:
- Dog Friendly: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Kid Friendly: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Clean facilities, flushing toilets and hot showers, well maintained sites.
- Very affordable
- Friendly staff and atmosphere
- Recently paved streets (perfect for scootering, skating, biking)
- Great playground for children
- Easy and fun "Story Trail" hike for children. The hike features a new book every month, each page is mounted to a placard along the trail.
- Nice creek for kids to explore
- Close to town if you need a quick drink, lunch, or shopping.
- Traffic noise from nearby roads (not terrible, but reminds you that you're not fully engulfed in nature.
- No alcohol (not an issue for us, but may be an issue for some).
- No hammocks or anything hanging from trees.
- Dogs 100% must be on leash at all times. If you're a dog owner, they do patrol the park frequently and your dog must be leashed.
This is a very clean and well maintained park with a lot of amenities.This place is very family oriented and the staff is very nice. This location is close to good shopping and great dining options.We stayed in spot 2118 and it had a nice view of the bay.Be fully aware that these spaces can be very tight, overall we will stay again
Crystal Cove State Beach campground is located within a 10min walk to the beach. Unfortunately you have to go under the busy/noisy Pacific Coast Highway to get there. There's a great historic area that's worth checking out. There are a variety of campsite throughout the park from RV to tent; all of them have great views. There's also an abundance of hiking trails.
I only gave it 4 stars due to cost and the noise from PCH
Cell Coverage: Excellent
Cost: $55 - $75
Nice campground super clean and friendly!