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Old 06-04-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I was thinking about going camping with my husband and 2 1/2 year old daughter.

I was thinking either Malibu Creek State Park or the Los Angeles River Ranger Disrict (LA National Forest).

I've never been to either one. Have you?

Thoughts on "family" camping? Which one is better. Specific campgrounds? (I noticed that the LA National Forest had a whole bunch of them). Do I need to make a reservation or can I just drive up (or over) there?

Ideally, I'd like a heavily wooded area (w/ some privacy), less than an hour or two away from Burbank, that has a small lake or creek running through it.

I haven't camped in years, and the only time I have camped in SoCal, it kind of sucked. We camped on gravel, near the ocean (and the highway) up by Ventura. No trees or privacy, and my husband was convinced a "magic shark" was going to jump out of the ocean and into our tent.

Any advice and/or pictures would be welcome. Thanks!
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: LA
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The problem with camping so near the city is, that it is too near to the city. What you will likely get is a bunch of inner city folks boozing it up while blasting their music all night long. Basically, it is the same as the typical weekend crowd at the beach or your local park.

You might think about driving a bit more and head for sequoia NP or Yosemite, there are places on the central coast that are pretty nice as well. In my experience, state park camp sites near the city are horrible. With recent funding cuts, several of the places are down right dangerous. Another place to consider is to head up to Big bear or arrowhead, the ghetto crowd don't seem to like the mountains as much.

But, basically you need to drive further to get away from the city.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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Ever tried urban camping? I hear it's popular in downtown.
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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I actually go to Big Bear a few times a year (and stay in a cabin), so I would love to camp there. I worry, though, that it's too cold at night. I've never been in the summer, however.

Thanks for the tip about camping near the city. Ugh. That's a real real bummer. I don't get it. Even when I was in my 20s and, myself, boozing it up with my friends while camping... I at least was respectful of the people around me! We boozed it up quietly!

I've heard Buckthorn campground was pretty good with families. And only about 25 minutes from Burbank. Anyone been there?

Yosemite is is a 6+ hour drive, and therefore not really do-able. I'd go to Big Sur first, probably. I've thought about taking the train to Big Sur with our bikes, but there's just no way we'd be able to lug our kid and all our camping stuff on bikes.
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Old 06-06-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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You can do some research on where to camp around Crystal Lake... The lake is north of Azusa. It's pretty deep into the mountain.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll...gl=us&t=h&z=15
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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The problem with camping so near the city is, that it is too near to the city. What you will likely get is a bunch of inner city folks boozing it up while blasting their music all night long. Basically, it is the same as the typical weekend crowd at the beach or your local park.

You might think about driving a bit more and head for sequoia NP or Yosemite, there are places on the central coast that are pretty nice as well. In my experience, state park camp sites near the city are horrible. With recent funding cuts, several of the places are down right dangerous. Another place to consider is to head up to Big bear or arrowhead, the ghetto crowd don't seem to like the mountains as much.

But, basically you need to drive further to get away from the city.
Seriously? I think this is blown way out of proportion.

I'd be more concerned with how quickly camp sites fill up... Is it usually difficult to get a reservation or site at places near the city?
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I actually go to Big Bear a few times a year (and stay in a cabin), so I would love to camp there. I worry, though, that it's too cold at night. I've never been in the summer, however.

Thanks for the tip about camping near the city. Ugh. That's a real real bummer. I don't get it. Even when I was in my 20s and, myself, boozing it up with my friends while camping... I at least was respectful of the people around me! We boozed it up quietly!

I've heard Buckthorn campground was pretty good with families. And only about 25 minutes from Burbank. Anyone been there?

Yosemite is is a 6+ hour drive, and therefore not really do-able. I'd go to Big Sur first, probably. I've thought about taking the train to Big Sur with our bikes, but there's just no way we'd be able to lug our kid and all our camping stuff on bikes.
I grew up near the Los Padres National Forest, I always enjoyed camping in and around there.
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:26 AM
 
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I think Los Padres is a bit too far, but thanks!

Crystal Lake sounds absolutely perfect. THANKS!
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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Frankly, I know nothing about the camping in Idyllwild, but you might check it out as well.
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:15 AM
 
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Head up around Piru or up into the Sespe.
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