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Most of the sites don’t have shade (I’m not telling my favorite site number 😁), and they are sort of close together. That said, I still like going here. There are 3 different camping loops that seem to have their own personality. They have a kids playground, and a splash pad for the warmer months. (That would be in loop B, though everybody has easy access).There’s also a lot of grass areas to play on. The park does allow fires in the fire pits, of course. And the lake does have fish, so if you’re a fisherman you’re going to love this campground.
This is a great place a for a quick get away. Close to the city but far enough away from the lights. There is a ton of stuff to do here. Fishing, kayaking, hiking, water slides, disc golf, bike trails. The RV spots are beyond huge! We will be back soon.
Lots of sounds and sites to explore!! The spaces all had water and fire rings with tables. Bathrooms and showers were decent and relatively clean…showers do cost 25 cents for 2 minutes!
Our family had a great time camping at site number 23 in San Mateo campground. Electrical and water hook ups, a great view, and a lot of space to enjoy this one of a kind Campground. Your camp ground receipt permits you to drive down to San Clemente State Beach and park feet from the water with no extra charge. Great mountain biking Just off the main road. Having an E bike allows you to zip back-and-forth to the world famous Trestles ￼￼Surfing beach, or you can park on the main street and walk in about a quarter mile to this beautiful beach. This camping area is a couple of miles across from the Marine base, and when we arrived there was some live artillery training during the daytime. At first we thought there were thunderstorms in the area🤓
Giant oval loop with camp sites all along both sides. Rv sites, tent sites and equestrian (horse) sites. Paved road is good for bike riding. Behind my Camp site was a few different hiking paths. Restroom buildings have water, toilets, and showers. It says to bring quarters for the showers but they were free. Each site is typical… Picnic bench, fire pit, and metal grill. No gathering fire wood, gotta buy it at local grocery or gas station. $20 a night. Lots of families with kids. Feels really safe here. Saw the park rangers driving around and the front has a gate guard who checks you in. Also only 10 minutes away from city.
Wanted to camp near Trestles and this seemed like a better option than the Bluffs. The trail to the beach takes about 40 minutes each way. A few times we drove to the bottom of the road and walked from there instead (15 minutes). Feels a little overpriced at $40 a night. Quiet campground.
After agreeing with somebody who had an RV they said we could keep our tents pitched on the site then 3 days later the ranger came and demanded that we paid for staying there when the person that we are staying sharing the site with you had already made an agreement and it had already been paid for an RV and tents and as far as I know they cannot receive two different payments for one site that's cheating but other than that we had a great time the flies we're kind of crazy mosquitoes mosquitoes were pretty crazy but that goes with the regions of camping we didn't try this place yet with an RV but we will despite what happened to his last time at some point
Nothing too crazy/special about the campground, it has your basic needs and just minutes away from the city.
This campground is at the trailhead of a popular trail and gets crowded during the weekends. I do not recommend camping here if you’re looking for peace and quiet, the site are right next to the road and you’ll hear a LOT of noises from hikers all morning.
We recently tent camped here for 5 days, space 138. Since we were here, Sunday - Friday, we didn't get any weekend crowds, and the days we were here, it seemed more 1-2 night use in the spaces around us.
There are pay per use showers, and flush toilets, that were both clean and had plenty of TP.
I think the wood bundles were $8 from the Ranger stop, but we had bought some in San Clemente before hand.
the long hike to the beach is fairly easy, but long, at least 30 minutes walking on a dusty trail. but it was better than trying to find parking.