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Old 08-22-2014, 06:12 PM   #1
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So Cal, Southern California Boondocking?

Any good, safe spots to boondock in the Los Angeles Area?
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:11 PM   #2
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me too! but I think that we need to go north!
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There are the national forest areas surrounding LA and the desert, but neither could be considered in LA.

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Bill,

Do laws permit boondocking on national forest land?
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I am up in Idyllwild, CA and there are no "legal" places that I have found up here. There are some "Yellow Post" sites but you need to reserve those. There may be some other places but be very careful about Rattle Snakes this time of year!
Now there are some places in the desert but you would also need a permit for those. Last I checked those permits were very inexpensive say $180/year but the areas are restricted by BLM. Not sure how hard they are regulated though.
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Check with the Angeles NF and San Bernardino NF rangers.

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Is boondocking, in general, in metro areas, a feasible thing to do?
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:57 AM   #8
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Boondocking in LA, Detroit, NYC, Chicago is putting your life into someone else gun finger. Pay the price for safety and go into a RV Park
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There is always the Wallydocking option.
One night stays in a Walmart parking lot.
You do have to check and see if it's ok in the city you are wanting to stay in, some CA area's do not allow it.
In the LA area, I also think an RV park is a good idea though.
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I researched this extensively as I have just gotten into the game in the last year. I really avoid campsites if possible. In general, you cannot boondock in a National Parks nor most State Parks. National Forests, yes. I have been up to Sequoia National Forest several times, and have a lovely secret spot which is off the grid, near an old logging road, yet still accessible to tiny store and local attractions. I really suggest trying out this area.. its not a terrible drive, you don't have to go too far off the grid, and its beautiful.

No real true boondocking in LA, but as said there are some primitive campsites In Angeles NF and San Bernardino which basically have a fire pit and nothing else, which is usually enough to scare off the masses.

I have been to Idyllwild as well and love it, but haven't been able to find an area to boondock yet.

Boondocking in Metro areas is quite easy, if you go to Walmart.. as mentioned. Otherwise, no..
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I have been to Idyllwild as well and love it, but haven't been able to find an area to boondock yet.

Boondocking in Metro areas is quite easy, if you go to Walmart.. as mentioned. Otherwise, no..
We live up here in Idyllwild. There are some places to "camp" but they are in the forest and require getting a permit to use them. Fires in these yellow post site and remote camp grounds are not allowed currently because of the drought. I would guess that camp fires in most of the local forests around here have the same restrictions

You really should check to see which of the Walmart stores you can spend the night. There is a book that lists all of the Walmarts and another that lists the ones that you cannot stay at. From what I understand it is more the municipality that restricts this. I do know of one Walmart near us that makes sure you don't spend too many nights at because some people were living in their parking area.
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We live up here in Idyllwild. There are some places to "camp" but they are in the forest and require getting a permit to use them. Fires in these yellow post site and remote camp grounds are not allowed currently because of the drought. I would guess that camp fires in most of the local forests around here have the same restrictions

You really should check to see which of the Walmart stores you can spend the night. There is a book that lists all of the Walmarts and another that lists the ones that you cannot stay at. From what I understand it is more the municipality that restricts this. I do know of one Walmart near us that makes sure you don't spend too many nights at because some people were living in their parking area.
Do you have any spots in Idyllwild to recommend?
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not really since we live here. We have used the Thousand Trails Park because we are members and like hook-ups.
I will say that there are allot of dangers up here with rattle snakes coyotes and even bobcats. There have been campers and their dogs that have been bitten this last year, think the dog died.
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do you want Southern California or LA

Urban areas, with high real estate values and crime, won't have much if anything in the way of boon docking. But south of San Diego, I saw a parking lot right on the beach that allows camping. You need to have a self sufficient camper with a toilet, even though there is a public rest room. NOT sure if they still let people stay there, and NOT sure if it is still free
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