If the bugs, wild pigs or lack of privacy doesn’t scare you off this campsite is a great place to go camping in the Pinnacles Make sure you bring a flashlight or a headlamp for the nearby strange caves and look up in the sky and you may even see a condor. Only a handful of sites offer privacy and quietness. The rest of the campsites feel more like a shared campsite or a parking lot campsite. And they even have a pool but I would not camp next to it. For privacy I would reserve 17, 35, 36, 49, 57,58, 60, 61, 66, 67, 68, or 71. For more information contact the campground at (831) 389-4462.
Located in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, home of largest native grassland remaining in California. If you hike to the top of Painted Rock you will find a 55 foot rock with Indian Pictographs. If you arrive in the winter you will be able to see the Sandhill crane. Soda Lake is the nesting area for this large bird that can have a wingspan of up to seven feet. For more information call the Bureau of Land Management at 661-391-6000.
Home of the Little Caliente Hot Springs located one mile northeast of the campground. There are four tent sites and no camping fee, however an Adventure Pass is required. For more information call the Santa Barbara Ranger District at 805-967-3481.
Close to Mt.Baldy in the Angeles National Forest. If you are seeking a challenging hike you may hike seven miles to the top of Mount Baldy at 10,064 feet. At the top you will experience awesome 360-degree views. If you are looking for an easier hike try the 2 mile hike to the San Antonio Falls. This eighty foot waterfall is a beautiful sight. There are 21 sites for tents. For more information contact The San Gabriel River Ranger District at 626-335-1251.
Providence Mountains State Recreation Area
The main attraction at this campground is the nearby Mitchell Caverns. Reservations for the cavern tours are accepted by calling 760-928-2586. Several short hikes can be found nearby. For views of the Marble Mountains try the Nina Mora Overlook Trail. Try the Crystal Springs Trail for better views. There are six sites for tents. Reservations for camping are not accepted. For more information call the Mojave Desert Information Center at 661-942-0662.
Mt. San Jacinto State Park Wilderness Walk-in Camps
At 8,516 feet this is one of the most amazing views in Southern California and to get there you must take a tram. From the Tram you must hike about two miles to one of the two camps, at 9,100 feet. If you are even more daring you can hike to the summit of Mount San Jacinto at 10,834 feet (7-8 miles one way). Mount San Jacinto is the second highest peak in Southern California. On clear days you can see 100 miles including Nevada, Mexico and even the Channel Islands. A $5 Wilderness Permit is required for camping or hiking and it can take up to 10 days to receive by mail. The Tram Ride is not free. For more information call Mount San Jacinto State Park at 951-659-2607. For Tram Rides call 760-325-1391 or visit www.pstramway.com.