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Old 03-11-2010, 09:43 AM
 
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I think someone else has mentioned this already---make reservations, like yesterday--especially for the national park campgrounds.

There's only one on your list that I know from first-hand experience and that Kimball in Oregon. It's a site with, as the Oregon State Parks call it, "primitive" camping. Basically bare spots with a picnic table...no rv hookups that I remember. As it's located just off Highway 97, one of the main north/south routes to Cali, it can get busy in the summer. Be sure to reserve a spot there.

Good fishing there.
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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Yea I was wondering about topanga state park. We picked there because of it's proximity to downtown LA. however, on the website it only speaks of hike to camping spots, which may not be ideal. Anyone have any insight on this?

And yea I'll be calling well in advance to reserve spots at popular campgrounds

Thanks guys
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Yea I was wondering about topanga state park. We picked there because of it's proximity to downtown LA. however, on the website it only speaks of hike to camping spots, which may not be ideal. Anyone have any insight on this?

And yea I'll be calling well in advance to reserve spots at popular campgrounds

Thanks guys
Most of the 'trails' are fire roads.

I've never been impressed with the place - but I like either camping right on a beach, or in the pines. Topanga is neither. YMMV, though!
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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Yea I was wondering about topanga state park. We picked there because of it's proximity to downtown LA. however, on the website it only speaks of hike to camping spots, which may not be ideal. Anyone have any insight on this?

And yea I'll be calling well in advance to reserve spots at popular campgrounds

Thanks guys
I think Leo Carrillo is probably about as close as you're likely to get to downtown and still be in a decent campground. I can't even think of any other campgrounds that are closer to downtown L.A. There probably are some, but none come to mind.

I found this link about camping close to L.A. Basically, it covers beach camping, but anything else is pretty far away. I think it might help you choose where to camp:

Any good campsites near Los Angeles? - Yahoo! Answers
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:36 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Do Hostels for Camping in big cities (or CouchSurfing.com). The daily trips into the city (from campground) can take a HUGE part of your precious few days BTDT (Boston, Montreal, NYC, Washington DC, ).... Being from BC, you will kiss the countryside when you leave LA, ...after driving 2-3 hrs to find countryside...(trustme). Do 'retreat' to a place like Griffith Park, or Forest Lawn (cemetery) while in LA, it can give you a breath of fresh air amidst the urban jungle.
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