San Diego Group Camping

San Diego Group Campgrounds

campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
El Prado Group Campground 4000′ 100+ pines vault piped Pine Valley
Falcon Group Campground 4000′ 60+ pines vault piped Lake Elsinore
Horse Heaven Group Campground 4000′ 60+ pines vault piped Pine Valley
Indian Flats Campground 3000′ 10+ oaks vault none Warner Springs
Crestline Group Site 4800′ 40+ pines vault piped Palomar Mountain
Wooded Hill Group Campground 5000′ 100+ pines vault piped Pine Valley

Agua Dulce

San Diego Mountains

Cleveland National Forests Campgrounds for large groups. Reservations required. Picnic tables, toilets & campfire rings.

Indian Flat
Indian Flat, off Hwy 79. Warner Springs, CA

Tejon California

Tejon Pass / The Grapevine / Tejon Ranch

tejon poppies

Interstate 5 California (Kern & LA County)

Tejon is the largest and oldest privately owned ranch land in California. It spans from the northern slopes of the great central valley to the tops of the oak sided mountains. The Tejon Pass 4144′ elevation, is Interstate 5. The golden state freeway zooms by connecting north Los Angeles to the Central Valley…. at 80mph. Watch for CHP near here. It’s easy to go down hill at 90 and not even realize it.

The old portion of this mountain pass is known as the Historic Ridge Route, and many overgrown miles can still be traveled on the back road. Off road and motorbike trails join up with old sections of crumbling highway between Lake Castiac and Pyramid.  The artist Christo erected 1760 yellow umbrellas along these hillsides between Gorman and Tejon, back in 1991. Awesome wildflowers bloom throughout Tejon, Lebec to Gorman each spring from late March thru May.

Angeles National Forest is on the east side of the freeway w/ Castiac Lake and Los PadresNational Forest is on the west side, with Pyramid Lake. Back roads camping and total seclusion is prime pickins in this region, if you have a decent map and are willing to drive a little

Family campgrounds, RV astronomy sites, 4×4 camps on dirt roads, off road parks, walk in campground to alpine meadows, ridge line forest camps, backpacking, horsepacking, mountain biking, hiking. Numerous campgrounds can easily be found by driving 30 minutes from the “Frazier Park Mountain Road” exit off the freeway. Most folks aim for Mount Pinos, but the whole Los Padres forest is devine.

The fort location was established by the U.S. Army in 1854 and was designed to protect Native Americans. Restored adobes and museum feature exhibits on military life and local history. They also hold living history events performed by volunteers in costume. The park has a number of 400 year-old valley oak trees. Mister Peter Lebeck was killed by a grizzly here and there is even a tree to prove it.

Tejon photos

Fort Tejon Uniforms

Originally uploaded by danamight

Tejon Industrial Complex: This is the first large scale development in a master planned laid out by the privately owned Tejon Ranch Corporation. Another trucker stop on the opposite side of the freeway is already underway. In-N-Out Burger, Starbucks, McDonalds, IKEA distribution center, gasoline @ the bottom of the Grapevine. 30 miles south of Bakersfield & just down the hill from Lebec.

towns nearby –

Angeles National Forest Map
Angeles Forest Map
Los Padres National Forest Map: South
Los Padres Forest Map: South

Gorman Gold

Headed to Kern River ?

KERN COUNTY RD 184 = LAVAL ROAD: Wheeler Ridge. This is your freeway exit northbound if you wanna bypass Bako city traffic, on the way to Lake Isabella & Kernville.

Gas up in Lamont, it’s cheaper on the north end of town. Great little taco shops abound. Best bypass thru the farm belt to the Sierra Nevada.

Coastal Lakes

California Coastal Lakes

California’s north coast has plenty rivers and creeks, but minimal lakes for camping.
Here are the few we found –

San Francisco Bay Area reservoirs & lakes w/ camping include —

California Central Coast has only a few Reservoirs, which allow camping –

Almanor Resorts

Lake Almanor and Chester are a central hub of outdoor summer and winter recreation in NorCal. Snowy Mount Lassen can be seen from Almanor, and it is a popular spot for vacation cabins. Numerous campgrounds and dozens of recreation spots surround the lake. Some spots are busy, while others are vacant. A paved bike path winds thru pine forests along the western shore of the lake, and many dirt back roads leads to primitive camps, creeks and rivers. Most campgrounds are closed during winter months, due to heavy snow.

Almanor Lake, California Camping
Almanor Lake, California Camping

Listed below are a few camping resorts found along the shores of Lake Almanor, California. All facilities cater to tent camping as well as RV camping; lake fishing, boating, water skiing, wake boarding, kayak rentals & most outdoor recreation.

Almanor Campground
Hwy. 89, 7 miles south of Hwy. 36
West shore of Lake Almanor

Big Cove Resort
422 Peninsula Dr.
Lake Almanor CA

Big Springs Resort
2655 Big Springs Road
Lake Almanor, CA
530 596-3390

Camp Prattville
2932 Almanor Dr. West
Lake Almanor CA

Canyon Dam RV Park
29581 Highway 89
Canyon Dam, CA 95923

Forest Park RV Campground
Canyon Dam, CA 95923

Lake Cove Resort & Marina
3584 Highway 147
Lake Almanor CA

Lake Haven Resort
7329 Highway 147
Lake Almanor CA

North Shore Campground
Lake Almanor
Chester, CA
530 258-3376

PG&E Campground
Rocky Point Road (Hwy 89 & Hwy 147 jct)
Canyon Dam CA 95923

Paul Bunyan RV Park
443 Peninsula Dr., Lake Almanor

Plumas Pines Resort
3000 Almanor Dr. West
Lake Almanor CA

Vagabond Resort
7371 Highway 147
Lake Almanor CA

Whispering Pines RV Park
Highway 89
Canyon Dam CA

See also Butt Valley Lake and Lassen Camping for less crowded, smaller camping lakes nearby in NorCal

Angeles Campgrounds

Camping Los Angeles – Angeles Crest Camping

Angeles Crest Hwy CA 2

campground elev spots veg toilet water notes
Appletree Campground 6,200′ 8 pines vault piped Big Pines Hwy
Basin Campground 3,400′ 15 CLOSED
Bear Campground 5,200′ 15 vault no
Big Rock Campground 5,000′ 8 vault crk sm RV, 4WD
Blue Ridge Campground 8,000′ 8 pines vault no May-Nov, sm RV
Buckhorn Campground 6300′ 40 pines vault no May-Nov, sm RV
Cabin Flat Campground 5,300′ 12 vault no CLOSED
Cienaga Campground 2,100′ 12 oaks vault no May-Dec
Coldbrook Campground 3,350′ 22 vault piped sm RV
Cottonwood Campground 2,600′ 22 vault no
Guffy Campground 8,300′ 6 vault no May-Nov, 4WD
Horse Flats Campground 5,700′ 25 pines vault no April-Nov
Jackson Lake Campgr 6,100′ 8 pines vault summer May-Dec
Live Oak Campground 2,000′ 7 oak CLOSED
Manker Flats Campground 6,000′ 21 flush piped sm RV
Messenger Flats Camp 5,500′ 10 pines vault no Corrals, April-Nov
Millard Campground 1,900′ 5 oaks vault no Altadena, Chaney Trail
Monte Cristo Camp 3,600′ 19 oaks vault piped RV, Hwy 2, N3
Mount Pacifico 7,100′ 7 pines vault no May-Nov
Mountain Oak 6,200′ 17 oak flush piped May-Nov
Peavine Campground 6,100′ 4 vault piped Big Pines Hwy
Prospect Campground 2,100′ 22 CLOSED
Rocky Point Camp 3,400′ 3 vault summer
Sage Campground 3,400′ 4 vault no Cheseboro Rd
Sawmill Campground 5,200′ 8 vault no sm RV
Soledad Campground 2,000′ 6 CLOSED
South Fork 4,500′ 21 oaks vault no May-Nov, sm RV
Spring Camp 4,700′ 3 vault no Rincon-Shortcut Route
Spunky Campground 3,300′ 10 vault no
Streamside Campground 2,500′ 9 vault no poison oak
Sycamore Flats 4,200′ 11 vault summer sm RV
Upper Shake 4,400′ 18 vault no May-Dec.
Zuni Campground 1,700′ 10 vault no

Chilao Campground

tunnel angeles crest

nearby towns –

Angeles Maps – hiking, OHV & mountain biking –