Located in Griffith Park is proof of an old ghost story. Unchanged since 1976 where a tree fell on top of a picnic table crushing a couple to death. Read more about the story below:
Located in Ventura county this large recreation area offers camping, hiking,a dog park, and fishing in Lake Piru. The nearby rolling hills provide beautiful views. Tent camping is only $19 per night off season (11/1-2/29) and $27 per night during peak season (3/1-10/31). The campground is open 365 days a year. I would reccomend camping during the week as this location can get very crowded during the weekends and most campsites offer little shade or privacy.
At the time of this writing campfires are not allowed due to fire restrictions. Alcohol is also not allowed in the Piru Recreation area. Depending on your camping style this may be a deterent.
However Lake Piru is close to Los Angeles and near the Magic Mountain amusement park and probably more fun than staying in a hotel. During my stay at Lake Piru I even saw deer grazing in the grass. See below for more information on Lake Piru.
Just north of Gorman off the 5 freeway is the town of Fraizer Park. As you exit Fraizer Park Mountain road (5 north from Los Angeles) take a left and drive up the mountain and veer left at Cuddy Valley Road (about 7 miles) Take Cuddy Valley Road up the mountain. It is about 10 miles to the Mcgill campground. Drive further up the mountain road for stunning views and hiking trails within the Mt Pinos Recreation area. Temperature is about 15-20 degrees less than the Los Angeles basin. The scenery and views in this local forest are amazing. For more information on reservations visit:
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