Jonathan G.

Pro

San Diego, CA

Joined October 2020

Good spot with lots of hiking

The only place you can camp in Mission Trails which is a huge nature area with five peaks and many networks of trails. There's something for everyone. The camp itself is good and has standard facilities

Epic hike

Kalalau is one of the best backpacking trips in the country. Please be respectful of the land and of others. The first part to the beach can be crowded with day hikers but the crowd thins out after that. Great views all the way!

Tropical paradise

I love Kauai so any place camping on the garden isle is great in my book. Snorkeling is good around here and be sure to hit the Kalalau too.

Good surf, close to town

We had a group of five here for a weekend of tent camping, and it was great. The campground is small which means everyone is fairly close together but everything is nearby. Head down to the water for surf!

Easy getaway in the city

Bonelli is a great quick escape for short trips. The lake is fairly small, but you can do some watersports. Enjoy a walk around the waterfront too. It can get crowded though.

Great surf, military camping

Note that you do need to be military or have a connection. If you do, you're in luck! There's great surfing, and the campground has good facilities

Remote but easy to get to

What a fantastic getaway! The Channel Islands offer some of the most remote camping, and it's easy to do. Plus, the weather is moderate, and you don't have to worry about wildlife much. You do have to carry your gear from the boat to the site, but it's very manageable even if you have coolers, full-size tents, etc. You don't need backpacking gear for this camp. Make yourself comfortable for the trip, and be sure to explore the many trails on the island. There are green hills, secluded beaches, and stunning cliffs to check out.

Great spot near Julian

Julian is a great destination, and having a nice campground so close is really nice. We had a few spots between our group, and they were all good for our tents. Some were shadier than others (one spot was pretty exposed), and the facilities were nice.

We also happened to be camping when an astronomy group was there so it was cool to look through their telescopes and enjoy the starry skies!

Overlooked but don't miss it

The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir isn't the most popular part of Yosemite, but it's a great spot. There are a few backpacking options on the north side of the reservoir, so choose the route that best suits you. Be prepared to climb, but water is abundant.

Yosemite

You're staying in Yosemite Valley, one of the most beautiful places in the world. We stayed a couple nights in the tents, and it was fine. They're close together, but it's nice to have a "room" instead of just a tent. The bathrooms and showers were nearby too. Be sure to enjoy the countless miles of trails and epic views.

Beautiful

Remember that you're at elevation so it can get cold at night even in the summer. Twin Lakes and all of the surrounding Mammoth area is gorgeous. You'll have plenty of hikes to choose from, go fishing, or hit the slopes (biking during the summer and snowsports in the winter).

Cell service for ATT wasn't very strong so take some time away from the rest of the world. You can run into town for reception and wifi if needed.

Great location on the river

It was packed over Labor Day weekend, but the spots are spread out enough. Get a spot closer to the water since there is more shade and the river can drown out some of the noise of the highway. I don't recall any showers, and the bathrooms are pretty basic pit toilets. You're just down the street from groceries and Truckee though.

Be sure to bring tubes or something to float down the river! The water was cool and the best way to beat the heat.

Excellent views

Cheap camping with five star views! Potable water spigots run most of the year (bring a filter for the creek too), and the bathrooms are basic but do the trick. There isn't much shade, but it's accessible - just a few miles off 395. Sites come with a fire ring and picnic table.

Quiet, peaceful, beautiful

There's nothing quite as special as camping amongst giants. Spots are spaced out and plenty big for rigs (24' for us). There are easy trails across the Avenue of the Giants, longer hikes in the area, and visitor info next door. Unfortunately, the closet town is Fortuna about half an hour away. It is a beautiful drive, though, and camping here is a must for anyone.

Great park off the 5

We had to evacuate due to fires, but we got a spot here and scored. The facilities were great. Clean bathrooms and showers, fire pit, pool, and a lot more. We only spent one night here, but a lot of families seemed to be here for much longer. It's a great place to keep the kids entertained and give adults some time to relax.

Right off the highway, lots of wineries

An easy and accessible RV park. The dog area isn't much, but the bathrooms near the office are nice. The bathrooms in the back weren't quite as nice. Spots are close together like any RV park, but you can tap into full hookups. Price was great too. Be sure to check out a winery or two!

Great spot on the lake

Spots are spaced out, and the bathrooms are good. Camped here in early September, and the weather was great. Enjoy a walk around the lake, or head out onto the water for wakeboarding.

Scrambling galore

It's camping in J Tree. What's not to like? Cell service in the park is pretty spotty at best so take time to enjoy the landscapes and starry nights. Always bring lots of water to the desert.

The pit toilets do the trick, but bring shade and maybe a solar shower.

BLM. What else can you ask for?

It's free camping so be respectful and clean up after yourself. That said, there are no facilities so pack it in and pack it out. The road going in isn't too rough, and you'll likely find makeshift fire pits. Work with what is already there instead of making making a mess. Bring your own shade too.

Great option for J Tree

Although it's technically in the park, you'll need to drive over to one of the main entrances for park access. Still, this is a great option. The horse stalls are on the north end of the camp, and there are a few loops. It's desert camping so bring your own shade and lots of water. The weather was great in October, and there is a short trail on the west end of camp (plus lots of other in the area to explore).

We had an RV so I can't speak to the bathrooms.