The Best in Tent Camping - Southern California: A Guide for Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos

The Best in Tent Camping - Southern California: A Guide for Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos

by Jane Huber, Bill Mai

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897325813
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Series: Best in Tent Camping Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Bill Mai spent his childhood summers camping with his family. A resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he lived in California for many years where he wrote screenplays.

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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 Legendxi
Map of Campground Locationsxii
The Coast
Andrew Molera State Park10
Fremont Peak State Park13
Kirk Creek/Plaskett Creek16
Malibu Creek State Park22
Manresa Uplands State Beach25
Montana De Oro State Park28
Morro Bay State Park31
Point Mugu State Park34
The Desert
Arroyo Salado42
Culp Valley45
Little Blair Valley48
Mesquite Springs51
Mid Hills54
Saddleback Butte State Park57
Vallecito Regional Park60
White Tank63
The Northern Sierras
Atwell Mill68
Big Pine Creek71
Buckeye Flat74
Cold Springs77
East Fork83
Four Jeffrey/Sabrina89
Horse Meadow92
Lower Peppermint/Camp 6 Fire Safe Area95
Minaret Falls98
Quaking Aspen/Peppermint107
Redwood Meadow113
Shake Camp116
Tillie Creek119
Trapper Springs122
Twin Lakes125
White Wolf131
The Southern Sierras
Dark Canyon138
Doane Valley141
Hanna Flat144
Heart Bar147
Marion Mountain153
Paso Picacho156
William Heise County Park159
Appendix ACamping Equipment Checklist164
Appendix BSuggested Reading and Reference165
Appendix CSources of Information166
About the Author175

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