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Old 08-08-2008, 05:23 PM   #1
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Pacific Coast questions

In September we are planning a trip along the coast from Marin County to as far as we can get in Oregon before it's time to come home to Colorado.

About 4 or 5 years ago we drove up the coast in an SUV. We noticed there were a lot of beaches and sandbars where rivers or creeks joined the ocean. There were often RV's, tents and cars on the sand. Are these a first come, first served thing, parks, public or private lands? One post I read somewhere made it sound like it was illegal, but not much enforced.

Any recommendations about places to stay, places to avoid along 1 and when we run out of 1, 101? Sometimes we may want just a place to stay, others, a place to look at the ocean. Are the state parks in Cal. and Oregon reasonably priced and do they have hookups? Hookups aren't a necessity every night, but it's nice to know what is in our future.

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Old 08-08-2008, 06:22 PM   #2
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My wife and I made part of this trip about 6 years ago in a popup. I remember most places had hook up for at least electric.. Starting on highway 1 here is the list of campgrounds we stayed at, all on the beach except for redwoods np.
You can look them all up online....

West-Union landing SB

Redwood NP

then into oregon

Humbug mtn SP, our favorite

Beach side state recreation site. OK
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:56 PM   #3
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There are only a couple beaches in Oregon where the general public is allowed to drive out onto the sand. You can generally pitch a small tent out on the sand and spend the night if you wish and generally wont get hassled.

All of Oregon's beaches are public and open to everyone. There are some places where you wouldnt want to pitch a tent though. Such as Oregon Dunes national park. Might find a sand rail dropping out of the sky onto your tent at some point during the day. lol.

There are a ton of parks, both privately and publicly owned to stay at. I have found South Beach state park and Beverly Beach state park both to be very nice. I do not care for Ft. Stevens state park at all. It has always been a mosquito infested mess when i have been there.
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Gene,

There are lots of state parks along 101 in Oregon. We stayed three nights at Bullard's Beach State Park just a few weeks ago and thought it was very nice. They do have sites with full hook-ups if you need them. Bullard's Beach is about an hour north of the CA/OR border near the town of Bandon.

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After watching all those programs on Discovery about how the northwest is going to have earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanos erupting, maybe we should stay home.

But, we're not. Keep the suggestions coming.

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Not so much on that stuff, but a lot of rain, I grew up around Seattle...
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There is a private park right on the beach at Brookings. Turn left towards town. A state campground is just up the road. Have a good look at the State parks website.
South Beach was nice. Ft Stevens was ok in april.
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Not so much on that stuff, but a lot of rain, I grew up around Seattle...
We know about rain in the NW. I grew in with less rain, but on the other coast, now we live about 40 miles from you and have similar TV's.

After I started this thread, I starting looking at the websites for Oregon and Cal state parks. The Oregon website is a lot easier to figure out, though you can't book through the site, but can call. The Cal site reservations are a private outfit that charges enough to make private campsites competitive. I'll keep noting positive and negative recommendations. Thanks for the input.

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Yeah, we do live close we will have to meet up one day...
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Quite a few of the Oregon state parks offer online reservations, but some require a phone call and a few are first come/first served. September tends not to be bad for mosquitoes. I just stayed at Fort Stevens about 2 1/2 weeks ago and didn't have any problems with mosquitoes. Beverly Beach State Park was another great spot last year.
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On your way up the coast, take some time to drive thru the "Avenue of the Giants". Its on 101. I think it is one of the most beautiful places in California.
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Do not try this with an Airstream!

Thanks, nutz. We did that several years ago. My wife wanted to take a picture of me driving through a tree—there's one somewhere near there you can drive through. So we took our Sequoia, paid $3, and went in. That passage looked really small, so I waited until a fairly large truck went through. It may have been a Tundra which was just about the same size. So, I folded in the mirrors and started through with Barb and the camera waiting for me. I was about half way in and I noticed the passage wasn't absolutely straight. Also a bunch of guys were watching and talking as though they thought I'd never make it. So now it became a testosterone challenge. I wondered how Barb got me into this. I made the slight course correction to the left and crept through waiting to hear metal compressing. I made it, not sure I could do it twice with that SUV. All those guys looked a bit disappointed I hadn't gotten trapped.

I was very impressed with myself. I parked, got out, and waited with the guys for a fool with a big truck or SUV to try it and get stuck. No one did, bummer! Later I checked out the SUV. There were some faint scratch marks on one of the door handles on the right side and on the luggage rack. I wasn't sure whether I was a lucky fool or a hell of a driver.

The Avenue of the Giants was pretty impressive, but I'll never forget that tree. Barb sure gets me into some strange things! It was her idea to buy an Airstream too…

Also in Northern California is the "Lost Coast". It's a very windy road over the Coast Range to get in and out, but the isolation is wonderful. I have no idea if there's anyplace for an RV there and don't plan on going there this time anyway.

There are a lot of parks in the redwood area, some state and some federal. How are the campgrounds around there? I thinking camping amongst the redwoods would be cool. Having been along this coast before with an SUV, we're really looking forward to going back with the Safari.

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Gene, my favorite place to stay there is "Richardson Grove State Park" It is one of the most beautiful place along the avenue, at least it was last time I was there. NUTZ
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I grew up going to Richardson grove state park every year. Went up there recently to find that they closed down the little store and replaced it with a forestry display.Thats ok.. loved those ice cold ice creams on those hot summer nights. I agree its one the most beautiful places in calif.. but becareful as you negotiate your way through the campground. Its very tight and winding. You pretty much have to drive the rear wheels of the trailer around the redwood trees. On a long combination take it slow. The trees have plenty of evidence of people that took it a bit too fast.
Have a great trip! I live in Marin so i often think about the route your about to take..

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