Esther Y.


Los angeles, CA

Joined August 2020

Great campground near town

Tucked away just a skip and a hop from the town, Pine Knot is a great camping spot for those that don’t want to be too far from exploring all the attractions of Big Bear. Despite being close to a developed area, the campground still feels like a getaway in the woods. Sites are well spaced out for the most part. Would recommend finding a site at the back of the campground (higher # site) if you want a more privacy. I stayed at site #47 and it was nicely set back. Snow summit is also a stones throw away. The Camp host kept the grounds tidy. Bathrooms with flush toilets and a sink were a nice surprise. Even with the fire ban, still enjoyed a great stay in the woods!

Gem outside Zion

Review of Kolob Campground (private campsite), Booked on Hipcamp. 

My cousin and I had a fantastic camping trip at Kolob Campground. Campsite #4 was great with privacy and direct lake access. No bug/ mosquito issues when we went in September. Weather fluctuated from 70s in the day to 30s at night. High elevation of 8100' makes for a great escape of summer heat. Sitting and hiking along the reservoir was peaceful and idyllic. Nighttime stargazing and sunrises were great! 

Lots of nearby sites to visit as day trips. Lava Point is a nice view point worth stopping by on the way. We also detoured up to Cedar Breaks National Monument which was a beautiful place to see the sunset. It's basically a mini-Bryce canyon without crowds. Plus, the pup was allowed on the Sunset trail, an easy, paved 2mi trail. Would recommend taking the 15 fwy back if you go for sunset to avoid any mishaps or wrong turns on the bumpy, unpaved Kolob terrace backroads. Zion NP Kolob Canyons road is also a nice place to check out on the way.

Nice Hike in Campground

Hiked in 2 miles from trailhead to the campground. Trail crosses with PCT. Nice views of mountain range. Probably much busier when gate is open and cars drive in.

Camping near Santa Barbara

I frequently stop by here on my drive up to the Central coast. This is a family friendly campground with lots of choices for camping -- tents, RVs, Yurts. Nice area to have access for lakeside fun. The area does get very hot during the summer with sparse shade.

Group event camping

Stayed here for 2 nights during the 2019 Pursuit Norcal Event (outdoor adventure camp for adults). Due to the nature of the event, we were very close to other campers but the site itself had a lot of tree cover, shade and probably awesome camping at any other time. There is open field adjacent that was used as the event hub. Location was near trails to rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking.

Large family friendly campsite

Enjoyed 1 night camping here. Campground is HUGE -- sites overlooking the ocean, lake or tucked away in the woods. Most of the sites have good amount of privacy. Stayed in site #110 with peek a boo views of the ocean. Got a little rowdy overnight but the rangers were able to quickly fix the situation. Jet noise was not an issue for us… they were few and far between and just sounded like "passing thunder." Bathroom facilities well-kept.

Nice campground as a Launching point to Olympic NP

Camped here for 2 nights as we explored Olympic NP. It's a bit far from the western portions of the NP but still plenty to explore for daytripping in the area. Our campsite #82 was overlooking the bay and a bit quieter than the other sites. Bathroom facilities were nearby and relatively well-kept for a busy summer season. Showers were also a nice bonus ($0.25 for 3 minute token). Very family friendly site. Easy walk down to the bay during low tide where you can find crabs, clams, oysters, snails and all sorts of water critters… Very enjoyable stay!

Great campground in the Mt Baker Wilderness

As there aren't too many established campgrounds on the way to Artist Point, this was a great find. We got lucky to find a site open during COVID camping craze. I really enjoyed staying this site as we were located right next to the rushing river. Lots of trees and shade. Stayed at site #5 which was nice and large, BUT very close to site #7 … They would be best used for group camping together. Grounds were clean and well maintained. Bathroom was just a few steps away and also kept clean. Enjoyed this site!

Dispersed camping in the desert

Came  here to hike Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon. Before the trailhead there are lots of areas for dispersed camping. It's an unpaved road that can be challenging to drive in at times, so would recommend 4x4 high clearance vehicle. Overall a nice remote place to camp out in the desert!

Trailhead Camping

Great camping spot right next to the trailhead! Come early as many backpackers will camp overnight here before starting their multi day hiking trip. There’s a small store/ cafe here.

Nice Hike in Campground

Hike a short 2.5mi to get to the campsite. 20 campsites with picnic tables and fire rings (when allowed). No other campers when I was there off season. Very green and lots of great vistas along the ridgeline on the hike in.

Van Camping near Baker Lake

Had a great time van camping here! Campground is small and near the main road but not too much noise from traffic while camping. Most sites are next to the creek. Grounds are densely wooded with berry bushes all around. Our site #6 was closer to the main road and right next to the vault toilets, but even then, no major issues to detract from a great stay in the woods. Would highly recommend reserving ahead of time during the summer weekends as it gets booked up. No cell reception out here. Lots of great trails in the area. For a short, family friendly and interpretive trail, check out Shadow of the Sentinels, only about a 0.4mi loop.

Happy spot

Definitely one of the now "not so hidden" gems in the area. Popular with climbers, this spot is a great spot to explore and also set up a dispersed campsite. Drive the Movie Road Trail, 17 miles through the gnarly landscape. Nearby Whitney portal, it's a great spot to get views of Mt Whitney and the sierras. LOVE this area!

Great RV park

The location can't be beat! It sits right along the bike path with open ocean views. Site is well maintained and has a small community feel. Great spot where many locals go to enjoy the beach.

Great location!

Best part about the RV park is its location, right next to the dunes! The RV park is clean and well maintained. Sites are spaced close together but no major issues with noisy neighbors. Nice little dog run. Family friendly. We went during COVID time so many of the community areas (playground, showers) were closed, but didn't detract from an enjoyable getaway.

Good for dirtbikers/ ATVers

Several open spaces. Not much shade. Good for those accessing off road trails. Road coming in is unpaved but manageable for most vehicles.

Great Campsite near Carrizo

Lots of campsite choices along the ridge with beautiful expansive views of the plain. During springtime, the wildflowers are beautiful. Site also has unique glamping options. Booked on Hipcamp. Owner is accommodating and sells firewood. Would recommend visiting during the cooler months as it's an open plain, but there are nice hand built pergolas at the picnic benches for some shade.

Van Camping Newhalem

Great experience camping here. Sites are large and allow some privacy from neighbors with the dense trees. Lots of shade. Bathrooms not the cleanest, but luxurious to have flush toilets, sink and mirrors. Books up quickly during busy summer months. Recommend visiting the town of Newhalem and checking out Ladder Creek Falls Trail. **For an extra special treat, go on this trail after sunset when the falls lights up with energy generated by the power plant :)

Great Campsite

Very nice campsite with views of meadow. Lots of trees allow for many shaded sites. Most sites allow for privacy. Can get loud at night but mostly a chill campsite. Campfires allowed during time of visit which was great! Freeman Creek Trailhead nearby, hike ~8mi RT and see George Bush Sequoia.

Nice Campground with great views

Nice hike in campground (can drive in when gate is open). Not too many people around so you can snag a great spot with awesome views. This site is along PCT, so will likely meet some weary long distance hikers.