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Old 05-06-2009, 05:18 PM
 
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I haven't been up to the mountains yet, no...haven't even explored San Gabriel yet.

And I once drove down from SF but it was so foggy, we couldn't even see the water at Big Sur. And it's so expensive there, I wouldn't get a hotel there. If you know of any great camping spots (Big Sur or elsewhere) where I could plunk down a tent..that would be sweet.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:45 PM
 
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I haven't been up to the mountains yet, no...haven't even explored San Gabriel yet.

And I once drove down from SF but it was so foggy, we couldn't even see the water at Big Sur. And it's so expensive there, I wouldn't get a hotel there. If you know of any great camping spots (Big Sur or elsewhere) where I could plunk down a tent..that would be sweet.
Yeah, bummer you hit the fog. It has been pretty sunny this year. But the fog is a *really* cool time to hike amoung the redwoods.

As far as camping goes that is a great way to do Big Sur in an affordable way. Check this link out for camping - Big Sur Camping.

Another good tip is that a large section of Big Sur is a part of the Los Padres Nation Forest. So you can pretty much car camp for free if there are no openings at the campground. I took my son for a little overnight camping a couple of weeks ago and found all the sites full. So we found a beautiful lookout pullout just south of Lucia and basically slept in our van right here:








A ranger came by to talk with us in the AM to check out what we were doing. When I explained we were there to take pictures and enjoy the area he said great - no hassle at all. Of course I am sure there are limits as to what one can do there in terms of pitching a tent. I don't know if they still let you do that on the beach.

Derek
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:53 PM
 
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The Los Padros National forest between the 1 and 101 is really nice. There are also some very remote camping grounds there. There is an old Spanish mission - Mission San Antonio - somewhere there. I once took a trip out there. I drove on a narrow mystery blacktop, stop by a brook that was ice cold in the middle of summer. Then I found myself on top of a mountain, in the forest, surrounded by tall pine trees, and with a great view of the ocean.

Further south there is vine country and a couple of lakes.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:57 PM
 
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You could also take a road trip through the mountains north of LA. I took this picture on a rainy day along Bouquet Canyon Rd.

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Old 05-07-2009, 03:12 PM
 
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You could also take a road trip through the mountains north of LA. I took this picture on a rainy day along Bouquet Canyon Rd.
That's very nice country back there. Good pic.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:33 PM
 
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I just drove on Kanan-Dume Rd back from Zuma Beach and there was some tall shrubbery all along the road with bright yellow flowers. It smelled real good too.
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:23 PM
 
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Yeah, bummer you hit the fog. It has been pretty sunny this year. But the fog is a *really* cool time to hike amoung the redwoods.

As far as camping goes that is a great way to do Big Sur in an affordable way. Check this link out for camping - Big Sur Camping.

Another good tip is that a large section of Big Sur is a part of the Los Padres Nation Forest. So you can pretty much car camp for free if there are no openings at the campground. I took my son for a little overnight camping a couple of weeks ago and found all the sites full. So we found a beautiful lookout pullout just south of Lucia and basically slept in our van right here:








A ranger came by to talk with us in the AM to check out what we were doing. When I explained we were there to take pictures and enjoy the area he said great - no hassle at all. Of course I am sure there are limits as to what one can do there in terms of pitching a tent. I don't know if they still let you do that on the beach.

Derek

Those are amazing pictures. I wonder if you can pitch a tent there...I drive a civic coupe
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:38 PM
 
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The Los Padros National forest between the 1 and 101 is really nice. There are also some very remote camping grounds there. There is an old Spanish mission - Mission San Antonio - somewhere there. I once took a trip out there. I drove on a narrow mystery blacktop, stop by a brook that was ice cold in the middle of summer. Then I found myself on top of a mountain, in the forest, surrounded by tall pine trees, and with a great view of the ocean.

Further south there is vine country and a couple of lakes.

do you have any weblink for more info on that?
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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To the poster who says Laguna Beach is like any other SoCal beach, I say, you must have never been there. It is by far, the most unique beach in SoCal. Look at these pics. Definitely worth the drive.
















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Old 05-08-2009, 09:12 PM
 
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do you have any weblink for more info on that?
Los Padres National Forest
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