From the aromatic pine woods and cascading streams of the southern Sierra Nevada to the starkly beautiful desert landscapes of Death Valley, The Best in Tent Camping: Southern California is a guidebook for tent campers who like quiet, scenic, and serene campsites. It's the perfect resource if you blanch at the thought of pitching a tent on a concrete slab, trying to sleep through the blare of another camper's boombox, or waking to find your tent surrounded by a convoy of RVs. Whether you are a Southern California native in search of new territory or a vacationer on the lookout for that dream campground, this book will help you unlock the secrets to the best tent camping that Southern California has to offer.
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Fremont Peak State Park is deliriously beautiful in April and May, when the spring grasses are green and feathery, and the flowers are blooming. It's a great place to go when the coast is socked in with fog. Climb to the peak and look out over the richest farmland and the richest marine area in the world.
The drive up to the park from San Juan Bautista is alternately lovely, chilling, and lovely again. At first, you take a winding, old country road out of the valley and up into oaks draped with mistletoe. Then you burst into Road Warrior country. On the left is the Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, where off-road enthusiasts bring their vehicles. It's a land of tire-ripped hills and torched brush. Scary. But persevere and you arrive at the mountaintop to enter Fremont Peak State Park with its oaks, pines, and incredible views.
The camping here is primitive and best suited for tents. All the sites are roomy, grassy, and shaded by oaks. There is potable water, and each site boasts an incredible view of Monterey Bay. How-ever, it is best to avoid the area in the summer, when Gavilan Peak is overrun by nasty, little biting flies.
Table of Contents
|Map of Campground Locations||xii|
|Andrew Molera State Park||10|
|Fremont Peak State Park||13|
|Kirk Creek/Plaskett Creek||16|
|Malibu Creek State Park||22|
|Manresa Uplands State Beach||25|
|Montana De Oro State Park||28|
|Morro Bay State Park||31|
|Point Mugu State Park||34|
|Little Blair Valley||48|
|Saddleback Butte State Park||57|
|Vallecito Regional Park||60|
|The Northern Sierras|
|Big Pine Creek||71|
|Lower Peppermint/Camp 6 Fire Safe Area||95|
|The Southern Sierras|
|William Heise County Park||159|
|Appendix A||Camping Equipment Checklist||164|
|Appendix B||Suggested Reading and Reference||165|
|Appendix C||Sources of Information||166|
|About the Author||175|