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Old 08-22-2012, 01:19 PM   #1
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Camp near San Francisco?

I was hoping to get a few suggestions for reasonably priced (under 20 - preferably free) camping within a days ride from San Francisco. We dont need any amenities, I just want the place to be relatively private and to stink pretty. Any suggestions close to this are really appreciated thanks.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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17th Edition
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Series: Moon Outdoors
ISBN-13: 9781598807523
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I was hoping to get a few suggestions for reasonably priced (under 20 - preferably free) camping within a days ride from San Francisco. We dont need any amenities, I just want the place to be relatively private and to stink pretty. Any suggestions close to this are really appreciated thanks.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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$35 and pretty close:
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=469

Kirby Cove is awesome but hard to get into: $25
The online res system says they have a space sunday and monday night this week.
http://www.recreation.gov/campsiteCa...O&parkId=70972

Memorial Park in the hills to the south, amongst some of the greatest motorcycle roads around: http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/...tcurrchannel=1

Those are within an hour or so. Depending on what you consider a "day's ride" there's a whole lot more.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:29 PM   #4
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This one is a day's ride north of San Francisco, and forces you to ride Highway 36.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:28 PM   #5
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Yes, maybe I was bit ambiguous by saying "days ride".

Funny I have camped maybe 15 miles of Grizzly Creek as the crow flies. A bit further than I had hoped, but I imagine thats what you have to do get cheap camping in California.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:49 PM   #6
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butano or portola redwoods state parks in the santa cruz mountains have camping, and a very nice couple hours ride from SF. not sure what the camping fees are. they are both in hte middle of motorcycle heaven.

also, big basin state park has camping in santa cruz county and henry cowell. there's a pile more.

most state park developed drive-up campsites are like $35, while walk-in can be a bit to a lot cheaper depending on where. drive-in spaces generally require reserviations, many places have walk-in first come first serve.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:29 AM   #7
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I have 20 acres near Gilroy, about 70 miles south of SF. Plenty of camping area, BBQ facilities and pit toilet. Very secluded and quiet, (except for the birds). You are more than welcome to camp a few days, no charge. KLRocket and attest to the serenity and remoteness.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:53 AM   #8
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I have 20 acres near Gilroy, about 70 miles south of SF. Plenty of camping area, BBQ facilities and pit toilet. Very secluded and quiet, (except for the birds). You are more than welcome to camp a few days, no charge. KLRocket and attest to the serenity and remoteness.
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Then they're just an hour away from:

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo-$6.50/person
3080 Rio Road Carmel, California 93923
(831) 624-1271
http://www.carmelmission.org/
9:30am - 5:00pm Monday – Saturday, 10:30am - 5:00pm Sunday

http://img.tfd.com/wiki/3/32/MissionCarmelSEGL2.jpg




Point Lobos State Natural Reserve – $10/vehicle, free parking outside park along CA Hwy 1
Route 1 Box 62, Carmel, CA 93923 (on CA Hwy 1, between Riley Ranch Rd and Allen Rd)
(831) 624-4909
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=571
Winter Hours: 8:00am - 1/2 hour after sunset, Daylight Savings Time Hours: 8:00am - 7:00pm

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Old 08-24-2012, 09:29 AM   #9
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If you'll be coming from the north, Sonoma County has campsites at Gualala Point (w/ several walk-in sites that are often open mid-week . . . other than perhaps the weeks preceding and following Labor Day weekend), in Bodega Bay at Westside or Doran (Mariposa camp is tent only, others for RVs), and in Santa Rosa, there's a cute little campground at Spring Lake Park (west side of town, next to Annadel State Park, which does not have camping), within walking distance of restaurants and coffee shops. There's also some campgrounds along the Russian River, but my #1 choice would be to call Brad at the Rio Nido Roadhouse and see if he'll let you camp out in the back yard of the roadhouse. They have a pool and a locked parking area in back and host a couple of ADV events each year.
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:39 PM   #10
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another nice campground in the santa rosa/sonoma area is Sugarloaf State Park... but its likely as expensive as the other state parks (used to be cheap, now at $35/night, ouch)

BTW, I personally avoid campgrounds that are right ON the west coast, everything is cold clammy and salty in the AM, bleah. a couple-3 miles inland and up a couple 100' elevation, and its a totally different climate zone.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:06 PM   #11
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Lost Coast

Awesome cheap camping on the coast in the Lost Coast about 1/2 day North of San Fran.

Check it out here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=820196

Lots of great campgrounds along hwy36 - one the best motorcycle roads around!

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Old 08-24-2012, 02:06 PM   #12
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Double check the camping at Sugarloaf before committing. It was one of the parks closed for the budget BS and IIRC reopened for day use but not camping. If it is open- its a nice place.
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Awesome cheap camping on the coast in the Lost Coast about 1/2 day North of San Fran.

Check it out here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=820196

Lots of great campgrounds along hwy36 - one the best motorcycle roads around!

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The Lost Coast is a LONG haul from San Francisco.
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:35 PM   #14
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Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin.

There's also Olema Campground, right on Hwy. 1. A little further up the coast, consider Hendy Redwoods in Philo, you're probably 2.5 hours north of SF via 101 or a pretty awesome 5 to 6 hours down 1.

There's also a campground up in the Marin Headlands, that's pretty quiet. If you're more adventurous, try camping on Angel Island. You'll be camped in the middle of SF bay with an amazing view of the bridges and city. Take the ferry from Tiburon. Bring supplies. There's a bar on the island, but food can be kind of limited. A full moon night is the way to go. You're going to have to hump your stuff in from the ferry terminal.
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:53 PM   #15
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Samuel P Taylor is $35/night, Olema is like $40. both of those are quite a bit more than the OP said he wanted to spend.

hmmm. Kirby Cove is right outside the GG Bridge, I didn't realize there was a campground htere, $25/night per http://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisi...ervations.htm#

man, thats gonna be cold, foggy, and salty in the AM tho. could be really really windy too. its also a 1 mile steep hike down from the parking lot, so your bike is left all alone up above. hmmm.
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