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Old 09-01-2015, 06:07 PM   #1
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Any boondock tips for big sur??

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We are taking our 25 AS to big sur. We have a couple days without reservations and I was wondering if anyone has experience boondocking in Bog Sur?
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:29 PM   #2
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If those two days are weekends... Maybe after labor day youll find a campground. I don't believe you'll find any boondock sites. An option is the monterey city park up on the hill in a pinch. Pretty cool little place. Google it.


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Old 09-02-2015, 09:15 AM   #3
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I see you're from Santa Rosa, so I assume you're already pretty familiar with the geography of Big Sur: a lot of really steep hills. Whatever flat areas I've seen have long been occupied by various public and private interests. I think I would have more luck looking for boondocking sites in Manhattan, but I'll be following these posts with interest to see what turns up!
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:59 AM   #4
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Haha thanks. You are probably right
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Old 09-02-2015, 11:12 AM   #5
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The Santa Cruz marina has an RV park that so far seems to go pretty under the radar. If you don't already know about it they don't exactly advertise. The only problem is getting ahold of them to make a reservation....which is probably why they're never fully booked. Just a suggestion.
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Old 09-02-2015, 11:16 AM   #6
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Try Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

We hit the Big Sur area one time hoping to find a spot, but had no luck; everything was booked. However, we were able to camp in the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park parking lot. Turned out to be one or our best spots (and most secluded) ever.

The park ranger we spoke to said that they let self contained units in (most have your own toilet at a minimum if I recall correctly) after 5PM. You need to be out prior to 9AM the next morning. You park in the parking lots; not at a camp site. We were the only ones there and had a great experience.

You are limited in your time that you can stay and there are no campfires allowed, however it worked out great for us. If you can't find a camp spot in the area, this may be a good fall back plan.

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Old 09-02-2015, 11:34 AM   #7
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Could't agree more with Pheiffer, fantastic spot.
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:13 PM   #8
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There arem nice campgrounds south of Big Sur in Cambria, Cayucos, and Moro Bay.
There is a place in Big Sur, you can look it up on line, that rents airstreams as rooms to camp in. They might have room. There is another place that rents yurts, Mongolian tents, maybe they would let you stay on their property. There is a campground at San Simeon also.
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This is in addition to the very good recommendations above. As always, your mileage may vary, and you are subject to the laws of "good seamanship".

The area is Los Padres NF, and officially you can camp nearly anywhere in the NF unless its posted "No Camping". Three roads provide access that I know if for boondocking (dispersed) camping:

1) Naciemento Road. Just north of Kirk Creek campground (check for walk-up available sites and take it if you can), a good paved road that can be steep at times but passable towing a 28ft Airstream. No killer sites, but in a pinch you can use a turnout to sleep in on this road. At the top you can go to Cone Peak (no good sites or turnaround on this road) but it has been burned out. Or you can head for Prewitt Ridge, but the road becomes scary after less than a mile. I chose not to take my trailer down there. But if you can get down the road after about 14 miles the view at Prewitt Ridge is Nirvana.

2) Plaskett Creek Road. Just south of the campground (if you can get walk-up camping here - take it). Do not take this road with an Airstream. I drove it to near the top and needed to turn around in my SUV- too scary and rutted. If you have clearance and/or really big b$%%s, then the view will be Nirvana at the top.

3) Los Burros Road. At Treebones resort. Well maintained, potentially steep and I drove it in the dark in my little Ford C-Max so no clearance issues. Once you get to the top the landscape opens up with many potential sites. And views to boot. Nirvana again. What I recommend is to unhitch at the bottom, and scout it out and lay a claim to a site when you get to the top.

There are also turnouts on CA-1; technically you are not supposed to camp overnight but are worth a try. If the CHIP or Monterey County sheriff boot you out, then good!

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"There are also turnouts on CA-1; technically you are not supposed to camp overnight but are worth a try. If the CHIP or Monterey County sheriff boot you out, then good!"

I meant to say if the DON'T boot you out, then good!
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Well if you're already heading as far south as Morro Bay you're welcome to our spot at Pismo Creek RV in Pismo Beach...we aren't using it at the moment
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"There are also turnouts on CA-1; technically you are not supposed to camp overnight but are worth a try. If the CHIP or Monterey County sheriff boot you out, then good!"

I meant to say if the DON'T boot you out, then good!
We spent a single night in these, twice, when we were out there several years ago. The advantage to being small.

Just pulled in, parked for the night......and, ohhhhhh the view in the morning.



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Kirk Creek is on a rise right on the ocean. It is a US Forest Service managed campground. 50% of the sites are first come first serve BUT you have better be their EARLY in the day as folks line up out along Hwy 1. I see why too as Kirk Creek is a beautiful spot. Not all the site are trailer friendly....mostly tent campers. We arrived before 9am on an August morning and there were 2 spots just opened up of which 1 would accept our 26' Trade Wind.

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