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Old 10-09-2004, 03:32 PM   #1
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best place to camp between LA and SF on PCH?

I want to run from LA up to SF along the PCH in the next couple of weeks. any recommendations for a good half way point to stop off and camp?
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Old 10-09-2004, 04:02 PM   #2
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Without a doubt...Big Sur!
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Old 10-09-2004, 04:37 PM   #3
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Yes, the Big Sur is incredibly beautiful; it gets my vote. Pfeiffer Big Sur is a state campground there (that's my recommendation). There are a couple of private campgrounds there as well.

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Old 10-09-2004, 06:36 PM   #4
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About 40 miles south of Big Sur is Lime Kiln. Very similar to Phiefer at Big Sur but a little smaller. A few of the sites are right on a cove below the highway and the rest of them are ine a nice grove of redwoods. There are hot showers and a small store. A very nice short hike up the canyon to some historic brick lime kilns. It's a little pricy as camping goes if I recall, they seem to think it keeps the riff raff out.

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Old 10-09-2004, 09:52 PM   #5
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Kirk Creek is nice too. There's also some nice primitive sites up on top of the mountain near Kirk Creek with incredible views of the ocean - ask at the Forest service station for directions.
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Old 10-09-2004, 10:06 PM   #6
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yeah, if you're not into the big car-camping scene, avoid Pfieffer Big Sur, and
use one of the alternatives...

years ago, there were some primitive walkin camps at Julia Pheiffer Burns S.P,
these were just south of the beach waterfall. I honestly don't know if you
can park in their parking lot and walk out there, but they were VERY cool.

They were on top of the hill directly above the waterfall in this picture...


after walking through the tunnel under 1, turn left instead of right, and follow
the trail, and the campsites were under some cypresses, quite nicely
protected. suitable only for small mountaineering/bikepacking type tents, or
even just simple leantos. I recall they had some reservation protocol or
another, but the sevveral times I stopped there on my bicycle, they were
empty, so I just camped, and it wasn't a hassle. obviously, leaving a
motorcycle in the parkinglot changes things :)
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Old 10-10-2004, 11:40 AM   #7
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thanks for the tips. that picture of Julia Pfieffer Burns is stunning! i'd be into the smaller sites. trying to keeping it simple and off the beaten path. any idea how long from stepping off at santa monica to get up to that point? planning on doing it during the week.
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Old 10-10-2004, 02:52 PM   #8
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thanks for the tips. that picture of Julia Pfieffer Burns is stunning! i'd be into the smaller sites. trying to keeping it simple and off the beaten path. any idea how long from stepping off at santa monica to get up to that point? planning on doing it during the week.
taking 1 all the way to Kirk Creek (which I'd suggest as a more reliable camping area than those old walk-in sites at Julia Pheiffer Burns which may not even exist anymore), my map software shows 310 miles... So it kind of depends on how fast you travel and how often you stop, but probably around 6 hours. You'd shave 40-50 miles off of this by taking 154 from santa barbara through Los Olivos then connecting back up with 101, I have no idea what that stretch of road is like, however.


edit, looks like you can still camp at JPB... and you can park but have to walk the mile or so from the lot to the camping... http://www.reserveamerica.com/jsp/co.../newindex.html

you need to register at the big Pfieffer park, which is 1/2 hour north.
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Old 10-10-2004, 03:51 PM   #9
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You'd shave 40-50 miles off of this by taking 154 from santa barbara through Los Olivos then connecting back up with 101, I have no idea what that stretch of road is like, however.
That stretch of road is wonderful, slower going that the 101, but shorter. It winds up over a pass and into the Santa Ynez Valley. I have taken it several times. Best if ridden during the day. During the night, I'd stick to the 101.

Also, Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is just off of the 154 if you are into that kind of thing. I have ridden past on the way to a dual sport ride. Always people out front snapping pictures of the gatehouse.

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Old 10-10-2004, 06:32 PM   #10
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You'd shave 40-50 miles off of this by taking 154 from santa barbara through Los Olivos then connecting back up with 101, I have no idea what that stretch of road is like, however.
It's only 12 miles shorter and moves slower that the 101, and yes, not highly recomended at night due to deer. Stick to the 101 if you want to make time.
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Old 10-10-2004, 06:36 PM   #11
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I'll double the vote for Lime Kiln...beautiful spot below the highway right next to a little creek
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Old 10-12-2004, 08:13 PM   #12
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Well, in my opinion, you are all wrong!!! Wrong i say!!!

The best place to camp between SFO and LA on the weekend after 4th of July is Laguna Seca baby!!!!!!!!!

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Old 10-12-2004, 10:00 PM   #13
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Nick, in Big Sur I camped at "Big Sur Camp Ground and Cabins", a few years ago when I went to the WSB at Seca. It was great. My campsite overlooked a small river that pooled around a large rock, the kids jumped off of. I could walk a short distance down the road to bar for a little night cap, and the other way a short walk to breakfast. I'd be tempted to try the cabin now. I think I feel old.
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Old 10-13-2004, 03:15 PM   #14
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Hey Killer:

Were you camping on Fox Hill at Laguna Seca in July?

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Old 10-13-2004, 03:38 PM   #15
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Ventanna has a private camground in Big Sur. A bit pricey ($20) but tucked in the trees, clean and quite.
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