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Old 02-18-2013, 07:18 PM   #15
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Redwood Meadow campground in Sequoia National Forest. It is across the road from the Trail of 100 Giants. Beautiful scenery amongst the trees, plenty of wild birds and the morning alarm clock was a herd of cattle being driven by cowboys & cowgirls. Another great campground is on the south rim if Yosemite Valley - Bridalveil Creek campground (NPS). Great hiking and much quieter than in the valley.

I can't vouch for RVing in the Redwood National & State Parks, I've only backpacked to Miner's Ridge but it is the most beautiful place I have ever been. Fern Canyon is a great hike.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:12 PM   #16
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Yes, we loved staying at Bridal Veil CG in Yosemite. Visitors should be sure to drive to the end of the road to Sunset Point to see Half Dome turn bright and rosy from the setting sun. It's breathtaking! If you feel brave, take a dip in the creek at the back of the CG - talk about breathtaking (literally).
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:06 PM   #17
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many places in CA...
Eastern sierras are stunning. The Tioga pass area just on the east side of the Yosemite park entrance is Saddlebag lake. thats first come first serve. there by Thursday am should get you a spot. or Tuolumne meadows in the park, half of it if first come first serve. if you get to the kiosk by about 7am on Thursday am you should get a spot.
regarding reservations in the parks, there's always cancellations. Last summer I got one of the best spots in yosemite valley a few weeks before my planned arrival.
In tahoe, i agree with above post about Fallen leaf lake. There's an entertaining bar/restaurant on the beach near it called camp richardson. if you need hookups for a night, go over to the NV side of S shore to Zephyr Cove resort. Lots of cement, on a busy rd, but across the street from a nice beach with cocktail servers (if you're in to that). On the N shore, Donner lake is a great convenient spot, if you can get a site.
If you end of planning Tahoe to the Tioga pass area I have lots of info and experience with it. Just PM me.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:51 PM   #18
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Thanks to everyone for your fantastic suggestions. Now I just need to buy that Airstream!
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:09 PM   #19
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Wright's Lake......but don't tell anyone that I told you. We've been trying to keep this place a secret for 25 years....but someone told. Ya gotta be an early bird to get ressies for this one. It's located 8 miles north on Kyburtz on US 50 on the edge of thee Desolation Wilderness.
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Wright's Lake......but don't tell anyone that I told you. We've been trying to keep this place a secret for 25 years....but someone told. Ya gotta be an early bird to get ressies for this one. It's located 8 miles north on Kyburtz on US 50 on the edge of thee Desolation Wilderness.
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Thanks.....but hard not to get a good photo at Wright's.

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We recently stayed at Half Moon Bay State beach. What a nice camground. We can't wait to go back. It is dry camping with a dump site at the campground. It's a stones-throw away from the beach. The bathroom facilities were clean with nice, hot coin-op showers.
We heard that they campground will be shutting down temporarily in March so they can add water and electric hook ups.
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Thanks.....but hard not to get a good photo at Wright's.

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Neil,
I assume Wright's Lake is dry camping? Is there a dump site near by? Do their sites accommodate large trailers?
I love your pictures!
Wright's Lake is officially on 'the list'. It is exactly what I dream about. I wouldn't mind staying a week there, but a week might not be long enough.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:18 PM   #24
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I assume Wright's Lake is dry camping? Is there a dump site near by? Do their sites accommodate large trailers?
I love your pictures!
Wright's Lake is officially on 'the list'. It is exactly what I dream about. I wouldn't mind staying a week there, but a week might not be long enough.

Yes, it's dry camping. We have adapted to staying up to 2 weeks at a time. A generator to recharge with. We use the clean chemical pit toilets when we can, (trailer potty for night time visits). Also a 'blue boy' should we top our b-tank. Grey water 'can' go into a gopher hole. Nearest dump station is 8 miles away. Further for supplies including gas. So stock up before arriving. We usually plan a convertible ride to Lake Tahoe which is just on the other side of that mountain in the pictures. I've seen a few large moho's and 30+ foot trailers there but there is a couple of low and high center spots in the road in. All roads in are paved. I recommend the west road in rather the road from Kyburtz. That road is steep and windy for the first few of the 8 miles to Wright's. The road (Ice House Rd) in from about 15 miles west of Kyburtz on US 50 is best if you are towing. No cell reception (there is a 'cell phone hill' with a short hike) and with some sites you can zero in on a TV satellite. Canoeing, kayaking and swiming in the lake is fabulous. Elevation is 7000' so the season is short. July 4th to the end of October or the 1st snowfall. We like August and September as the skeeters are more tolerable then. Reservations are open the weeked after the 4th of July through Labor Day. Sometimes you can get a site during the week days. Weekends are totally full all summer. The campground is US Forrest Service managed.

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All of the suggestions so far are great.

When we went to the Rosebowl in January, we stayed at the Malibu beach RV park for a day on the way down. The view was not too shabby...

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We've camped all over California, and enjoy the state parks, national parks and especially the national forest campgrounds. We've stayed in most of the sites mentioned and agree they are all wonderful. I'd like to add two spectacular "secrets," not often mentioned:
- Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, with ocean, forest, creek and meadow experiences, and their own elk herd.
- Calaveras Redwoods State Park, with two groves of the largest trees on earth and very nice campsites.

And for a completely different experience, explore Volcanos National Park, with lava tubes and fascinating history.

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Big sur. anywhere along the coast between San Simeon and Monterey is the best camping
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anywhere on hwy 1 Big Sur, north to Bodega Bay, Sonoma county, Mendocino
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