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Old 06-03-2012, 03:24 PM   #1
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California Coast Boondocking?

Heading out from Hood River, OR tomorrow for a little wandering.

Any suggestions on staying on the beaches under my own power? The last time I trekked down the coast on my bike I was chased out of any spot within ten miles of the beaches and wondered if anyone had advice for a Newbie on staying within breathing room of the beach and away from crowds?

Hope I get to meet some of you along the way.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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This is a blog from a fellow Oregonian traveling in CA right now Bodega Bay...looks lovely!


Enjoy your trip. We hope to make a similar one down the coast this summer


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Old 06-04-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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If you pick up 1 at Leggett and head out that way, you'll find some nice State Parks, some on the beach. Not sure about boon docking. The closer you get to SF, the busier and if you've never driven Hwy 1 from Leggett south, then be prepared for taking it easy. There are lots of curves but manageable if you aren't in a hurry. Good time to visit Mendocino Botanical Gardens in Ft. Bragg. Beautiful drive, regardless.

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Old 06-04-2012, 07:27 PM   #4
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Check out Kirk Creek. Seriously, Google it. Most scenic. I haven't stay there yet, but I'm dying too.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:45 PM   #5
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Hi, I am a fan of the Hood river area. My fav brewery Full Sail Ale LOL. If you get down south of San Francisco on Highway 1 or 101 be sure to visit Avila Beach. There are some sites along the beach past the down town area toward the Power plant. Hard to get into in summer, but great boon docking. Let me know if you are in the area. Get together for some great local wines.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:00 PM   #6
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California is not like Oregon!! we drove all the way down to LA at the beginning of July once. The week before the 4th. hard to find a place to camp and there are not as many state parks like in Oregon. I would start in the Redwoods and then work your way down.

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Old 06-04-2012, 10:24 PM   #7
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If you go far enough South there is a FANTASTIC county beach in Ventura. It's Rincon Beach and is just a very long stretch of black top along the Pacific Coast. The county has lined off over 100 RV spots in parallell parking, I'm guessing the spots are about 50' long. There is a drop box with envelopes and the charge is $26 for 24 hours.

It's well worth the $26, it's a $10,000,000 view and you can stay for up to seven days if I'm not mistaken. I've stayed there about four times - first come first serve, no reservations and if you leave you loose your spot. Fills up on weekends but is easy to grab a spot during the week and there really are a lot of spots.

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Old 06-06-2012, 01:46 PM   #8
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Hi. If you do drive as far south into Ventura and Los Angeles County, the Rincon Parkway is nice however it's usually pretty difficult to find an open spot in the summer, and impossible on the weekends.

A nice alternative is Thronhill Broom State Beach, at a little less money and not the direct salt spray that so prevalent as the Rincon where the surf break is always directly on head on the beach, making for a lot of spray. Thronhill is also a little closer to L.A. County and a few miles from Malibu.
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Don't miss Port San Luis (Avila Beach) between Pismo Beach and Morro Bay. State Park, camping on the edge of the beach, perfect! It is first come first serve but there are normally spots in the over flow area where you can wait for a spot right on the water. Avila Beach is a dog friendly beach so if you have a dog they will love it. Even the restaurants bring out water bowls for fido!

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