Mandy E.

Bend, OR

Joined August 2018

Great LA Getaway

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!

Feel like you're miles away without leaving LA

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!

Beautifully seated on the North Umpqua River but has highway noise

There are several campgrounds in the North Umpqua area that make excellent base camps from which to explore. Island campground is centrally located smack in the middle of Highway 138 which hosts a plethora of uproarious waterfalls. The campground is directly on the North Umpqua River and has pit toilets serviced year round. There is a $10 fee per night and bringing backup toilet paper of your own is highly recommended in the off season. Highway noise can be heard from the campground but the close proximity makes it easy to drive off and explore the area.

Top of Catalina Island, not by the beach

This is the highest elevation campground on Catalina Island. Don't expect to be by the beach. Bison frequent the area so give them their space. Outdoor showers only but sites all come with tables, bear boxes and potable water is available. Beautiful place to spend the night.

Great views but crowded

If you are hiking the TCT this is the stop that provides you with coin-operated showers, restaurants, a tiny grocery store, hand dipped ice cream, and a bar with outlets to charge your devices. The campgound is a short walk away from the town but tends to be crowded and noisy. However there are lobster to catch in the harbor and plenty or great spots to swim. Potable water available.

Best Stop On the TCT!!!

Most ppl skip this lil gem on the TCT but its my personal favorite. The water is clean and great for snorkeling and the campsites all have amazing views of the cove. Water is available and you can have firewood delivered right to your site. Small, remote and peaceful. Wish I'd stayed another night.

Very Remote and SO worth it

This is the final campgound on the Trans Catalina Trail and one of my favorites. Reservations are required and you'll need to purchase water and firewood in a locker since it is walk in only and trust me you won't want to try and carry it. Also be sure to utilize the bear boxes even though there aren't any bears. The birds there are relentless and will poke holes in everything including water jugs if you turn your back for even a second. They even know how to get into unlocked lockers. But the exploring and sunsets are hard to beat. Just be prepared for lots of wind and rocky ground.

First to Review
Beautiful spot for a quick weekend getaway or overnighter

This is a hike in only spot (3miles) and special permits are required but it is a beautiful lake with great fishing. Sites are first come first served but there are several established campsites around the lake complete with fire pits and lake views. Summit Grizzly peak for an epic view of the lake and mount Jefferson. Mosquitos are abundant June-July. No amenities, bring or filter your own water and pack out all your trash.

Primitive but great surf

This campgound is as basic as it gets with outdoor showers and chemical toilets. Located next the the 5 freeway and train tracks you'll have to put up with a lot if noise. But if a fun surf spot is what you're after you wont be disappointed. I camp here every year and always have a great time. I see dolphins frolicking in the waves almost every year and you can even dip into town for supplies or a pizza. One freeway exit over from a world renowned surf spot this is one of my favorite campgrounds in Cali. But be warned it is a long walk to the beach and if you are allergic to bees they hangout in and drink from the sinks and showers.