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Old 06-25-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Redwoods or Ocean no Reservation Camping

A friend is heading up towards Santa Cruz in a few weeks and wants to do some camping along the coast or maybe up in the coastal hills/mountains between Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz/Watsonville. Being that their planning is a little late, they need no reservation camps but need to be able to access with a car, not 4x4/offroad capable.

Any advice?

I have already mentioned Kirk Creek, since it's one of my favorites. Also mentioned Limekiln already. Both of these suggest, but don't require reservations.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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Pismo beach!!!! Air down. He'll be fine.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:47 AM   #3
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Pismo beach!!!! Air down. He'll be fine.
Yep, their Volvo should do fine in the dunes there.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:07 AM   #4
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Nacimiento Fergusson Road has some other primitive camping options and great views. I have seen a volvo up there before.
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Andrew Molera state park is first come first serve. The campsites are hike in, but only about 500 feet from the parking area.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:39 AM   #6
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Andrew Molera state park is first come first serve. The campsites are hike in, but only about 500 feet from the parking area.
VERY COOL place rob, hidden jem on the coast. Bathrooms,NO showers. Volvo friendly

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:56 AM   #7
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A couple I just met said they stayed in a first come first served just south of San Simeon. San Simeon S.P. Washburn loop. Pit shitters. Water faucet. No showers. Said the place was EMPTY!
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:59 AM   #8
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We were up in that area along the coast this time last year, he can pretty much tent camp almost anywhere. State or National areas.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:57 AM   #10
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He might try, if he has an iphone, the Campwhere App. It has a fairly comprehensive list of public (not privately owned) CGs, addresses w/contact phone numbers. To me it looks to be a pretty cool app & looks like a nice way to wander around and then in the afternoon look for the evenings destination.
At this time I haven't used it on the road but that will change in a couple weeks when I head north looking for starbucks and campgrounds.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:00 AM   #11
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He might try, if he has an iphone, the Campwhere App. It has a fairly comprehensive list of public (not privately owned) CGs, addresses w/contact phone numbers. To me it looks to be a pretty cool app & looks like a nice way to wander around and then in the afternoon look for the evenings destination.
At this time I haven't used it on the road but that will change in a couple weeks when I head north looking for starbucks and campgrounds.
I just checked it out. But doesn't appear to be one for CA.
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Version 2.6

Is the above what you looked at?
What I'm looking at seems to cover North America.
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Is the above what you looked at?
What I'm looking at seems to cover North America.
I've had the app for quite a while. Works in California, but it doesn't seem to be available anymore via iTunes. That said, if one goes to the iTunes App Store and just search for "campground", about 100 similar apps show up.

It's a good idea.
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Montana de Oro is worth checking out.

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