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Old 03-10-2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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camping help please!

hey i was planning a camping trip in a couple weeks with the lady just to get away for the weekend im looking for a nice secluded camping area (were tent camping) preferably mountains, trees you know that kind of setting i live in orange county but im willing to drive 3 or 4 hours at most does any one have any good places???? help would be greatly greatly appriciated thanks guys

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Try the Big Bear area, like the Fawn Skin area. A lot of area trails, Camp sites, as well as SECLUSION for those Special Evenings of Star Gazing.
Born an Raised in So. Cal, and for what your looking for, it really can't be beat.
On top of every thing else, THEY just discovered a Pair of nesting Bald Eagles that
have a Chick in the Nest. First one in over 50 years. The Chick won't be leaving the
nest for at least the next 70 days. So take your Camera.

Any of the Locals can point you to the Nest.
ENJOY, as I guarantee you will.

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thanks a lot for sure looking into that!
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they dont make finding these places easy i just wanna drive up unload and relax haha
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This was my favorite place to go as a kid growing up in San Diegp. There is a hiking trail to watch the sunrise. If the weather is clear enough, you will be able to see the oean from there.

County of San Diego: William Heise County Park
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One of my favorite sites in seven oaks near Angeles oaks going up to big bear. The stream stocked with trout is ten feet behind my tent.
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This was my favorite place to go as a kid growing up in San Diegp. There is a hiking trail to watch the sunrise. If the weather is clear enough, you will be able to see the oean from there.

County of San Diego: William Heise County Park
how quiet is it there
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One of my favorite sites in seven oaks near Angeles oaks going up to big bear. The stream stocked with trout is ten feet behind my tent.
how do i get there great looking jeeps by the way
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how do i get there great looking jeeps by the way
It's off of hwy 38 going to big bear.
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I always liked the high desert.. the stars and prolly northern lights at this time with the solar flares.. Plaster city. Julian is nice creeks and mountains with some seclusion for primitive camping.
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Here are Directions if you decide on Big Bear. The Trail it shows is 3N14, at it will take you all the way down the back side of Big Bear should you decide you would like. The map is from Fawnskin at the Lake to 3N14, and shows the entire route.

There are DOZENS of Camping options all along this Trail, Following the Trail will
take you down to Deep Creek, Silverwood Lake, and into Victorville. From the top to the Bottom is about a 1 hour drive, approx 16 miles long and it's NOT an EXTREAM Trail, maybe a 2.
You'll see lots of Deer, and might get lucky and Spot a Brown Bear.
If the link works below that is. if not, you can always get a Map at any of the Ranger
Stations in Big Bear or Fawn Skin, or ask anyone where 3N14 is.
I'm sure you can find your way to Big Bear and Fawnskin, so here's a Map
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Fawnskin, CA to 3N14, Big Bear, CA 92356 - Google Maps
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Here are Directions if you decide on Big Bear. The Trail it shows is 3N14, at it will take you all the way down the back side of Big Bear should you decide you would like. The map is from Fawnskin at the Lake to 3N14, and shows the entire route.

There are DOZENS of Camping options all along this Trail, Following the Trail will
take you down to Deep Creek, Silverwood Lake, and into Victorville. From the top to the Bottom is about a 1 hour drive, approx 16 miles long and it's NOT an EXTREAM Trail, maybe a 2.
You'll see lots of Deer, and might get lucky and Spot a Brown Bear.
If the link works below that is. if not, you can always get a Map at any of the Ranger
Stations in Big Bear or Fawn Skin, or ask anyone where 3N14 is.
I'm sure you can find your way to Big Bear and Fawnskin, so here's a Map
from there.

Fawnskin, CA to 3N14, Big Bear, CA 92356 - Google Maps
Thanks man I might actually End up doing that it sounds Like a good little trip and if there are good campsites a long the trail it sounds perfect.
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I guarantee you won't be disappointed. If you don't get there this time, save the link
for another time. Even if it's just a day trip to check it out, for your next Camping Trip.

Good Luck and ENJOY.
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hey i was planning a camping trip in a couple weeks with the lady just to get away for the weekend im looking for a nice secluded camping area (were tent camping) preferably mountains, trees you know that kind of setting i live in orange county but im willing to drive 3 or 4 hours at most does any one have any good places???? help would be greatly greatly appriciated thanks guys
there are 4 campgrounds open year round in big bear. check out holcomb valley camp, was there a few weeks ago place was empty
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there are 4 campgrounds open year round in big bear. check out holcomb valley camp, was there a few weeks ago place was empty
Your correct, also a nice place. I've been there also, getting there from the
3N14 Trail, located on 3N16. I couldn't even begin to guess just HOW MANY
Camp Grounds are located just within a 5 square mile area, must be Hundreds.
I know you could go every Weekend for a year, and never stay at the same place.
It's really the ONLY place I miss in California since leaving the State.
But I gotta say, WE have a lot of Great Places here in Colorado also.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:26 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the help guys really appreciate it. Can always count on the forum.
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Here are Directions if you decide on Big Bear. The Trail it shows is 3N14, at it will take you all the way down the back side of Big Bear should you decide you would like. The map is from Fawnskin at the Lake to 3N14, and shows the entire route.

There are DOZENS of Camping options all along this Trail, Following the Trail will
take you down to Deep Creek, Silverwood Lake, and into Victorville. From the top to the Bottom is about a 1 hour drive, approx 16 miles long and it's NOT an EXTREAM Trail, maybe a 2.
You'll see lots of Deer, and might get lucky and Spot a Brown Bear.
If the link works below that is. if not, you can always get a Map at any of the Ranger
Stations in Big Bear or Fawn Skin, or ask anyone where 3N14 is.
I'm sure you can find your way to Big Bear and Fawnskin, so here's a Map
from there.

Fawnskin, CA to 3N14, Big Bear, CA 92356 - Google Maps
Those campsites u speak of... Do u need a permit at all or have to pay?and can you have a open fire At all? Camping for me has to have a camp fire of some kind.
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Those campsites u speak of... Do u need a permit at all or have to pay?and can you have a open fire At all? Camping for me has to have a camp fire of some kind.
Seven oaks allows fires year round
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:06 AM   #19
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Fires are allowed in most Camping areas provided you follow ALL Fire Safety Regulations.
Such as the use of Fire Rings etc. Sometimes there are Fire restrictions in effect,
depending on all sorts of conditions, ie, Smog / Wind / Temps / Dryness, etc.
REMEMBER ~~~ WE'RE talking about California here !
A simple phone call to any of the Mountain Fire Agencies prior to any planned
camping excursions should provide current info.
Most sites are FEE FREE, and should you decide you really want to Venture way
out in the Back Country and experience what the Pioneers were all about, then
yes, a Permit is required for that. But that's just more so "THEY" know where /
what area your planning to venture into. ( guess for that Search & Rescue /
Recovery, should you, as a Flat-lander, get lost. )
All so, venturing to the Back Country is not necessary, as Most Camp Sites are
isolated, with narry a sole about, your surely bound to be alone with just your
Group anyways. (except on major Holidays, it might get a little tougher to be
really alone, but can still be done.)

I agree with you also that a Fire is part of Camping, as is, leaving the Trailer,
MotorHome, HairDryer, Shaver back in the REAL WORLD. I mean, your going
Camping for Crying out Loud. If you can't go without it, don't go, save the $$$
and Camp in your Driveway.
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Fires are allowed in most Camping areas provided you follow ALL Fire Safety Regulations.
Such as the use of Fire Rings etc. Sometimes there are Fire restrictions in effect,
depending on all sorts of conditions, ie, Smog / Wind / Temps / Dryness, etc.
REMEMBER ~~~ WE'RE talking about California here !
A simple phone call to any of the Mountain Fire Agencies prior to any planned
camping excursions should provide current info.
Most sites are FEE FREE, and should you decide you really want to Venture way
out in the Back Country and experience what the Pioneers were all about, then
yes, a Permit is required for that. But that's just more so "THEY" know where /
what area your planning to venture into. ( guess for that Search & Rescue /
Recovery, should you, as a Flat-lander, get lost. )
All so, venturing to the Back Country is not necessary, as Most Camp Sites are
isolated, with narry a sole about, your surely bound to be alone with just your
Group anyways. (except on major Holidays, it might get a little tougher to be
really alone, but can still be done.)

I agree with you also that a Fire is part of Camping, as is, leaving the Trailer,
MotorHome, HairDryer, Shaver back in the REAL WORLD. I mean, your going
Camping for Crying out Loud. If you can't go without it, don't go, save the $$$
and Camp in your Driveway.
Great thx alot for all your info!
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If you don't want someone breathing down your neck, then check out the yellow post campsites, most are single sites some are double and all are remote. You must get a fire permit for fires but for tent camping they are nice.

Google Map of Yellow Post Camp Sites -Big Bear

This link will show GPS coordinates so with a GPS you wont have any problems finding them.

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If you are willing to drive 5 hours you could go to Mineral King in the Southern Sierras.This is an incredible place but may be to high for April. It is out of Three Rivers and is very remote.
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If you are willing to drive 5 hours you could go to Mineral King in the Southern Sierras.This is an incredible place but may be to high for April. It is out of Three Rivers and is very remote.
Ya I was planning a longer trip in the summer so I'll for sure check this place out thanks a lot
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Well, if you are going to do a longer trip I cannot stress enough Cedar Grove in Kings Calyon National Park. I have been going there almost annually for over thirty years and I never tire of the place. The best campground is Sheeps Creek, Sentinel can be extremly noisy in mid summer. You will be camped the Kings River, a wild river that has not been stocked with trout for forty years, yet the fishing is fantastic. The hiking is incredible and there are a few 4x4 trails in the area. There are publications about the Sierra that descirbe them. Everyone I have taken there becomes a regular. It is Yosemite without the crowds. I will be there mid August.
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I vote for the Big Bear area too, it has a lot of really nice campgrounds that are full of nice big trees. There is on campsite at Big Bear that is right on the lake though it has more traffic passing by than others like Fawnskin do. Fawnskin is easy to get to and just a few minutes off the main highway.
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Thanks everyone for your help if any of you go to a new place come back to this thread and let us know how it is

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