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Best tent camping. your car-camping guide to scenic beauty, the sounds of nature, and an escape from civilization / Southern California :

by Patterson, Charles Falk [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Birmingham, AL : Menasha Ridge Press, An imprint of AdventureKEEN, [2018]Edition: 5th edition.Description: x, 175 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781634040464; 1634040465.Other title: Southern California.Subject(s): Camping -- California, Southern -- Guidebooks | Camp sites, facilities, etc -- California, Southern -- Guidebooks | California, Southern -- Guidebooks | Guidebooks | GuidebooksSummary: "Offering essential details on facilities, reservations, fees, and more, as well as accurate, easy-to-read maps and color photos, Best Tent Camping: Southern California will lead you to the 50 best campgrounds in the state for car campers" -- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p> Perfect Camping for You in Southern California </p> <p>The Golden State provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic and diverse campgrounds in the country, from desert camping in Death Valley to glacier camping in the Sierras. But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy? Which are the best for first-time campers? Charles Patterson has traversed the entire region, from the Mexican border to coastal Malibu to the rugged Sierras, and compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you to the perfect spot!</p> <p> Best Tent Camping: Southern California presents 50 private, state park, and state and national forest campgrounds, organized into four distinct regions. Selections are based on location, topography, size, and overall appeal, and every site is rated for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, safety and security, and cleanliness--so you'll always know what to expect. The new full-color edition of this proven guidebook provides everything you need to know, with detailed maps of each campground and key information such as fees, restrictions, dates of operation, and facilities, as well as driving directions and GPS coordinates.</p> <p>Whether you seek a quiet campground near a fish-filled stream or a family campground with all the amenities, grab Best Tent Camping: Southern California . It's a book for tent campers who like quiet, scenic, and serene campsites. This guide is a keeper.</p>

Includes index.

Revised edition of: The best in tent camping, Southern California / Charles Falk Patterson and Bill Mai. 4th edition. c2010.

"Offering essential details on facilities, reservations, fees, and more, as well as accurate, easy-to-read maps and color photos, Best Tent Camping: Southern California will lead you to the 50 best campgrounds in the state for car campers" -- Provided by publisher.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Southern California Campground Locator Map (p. iv)
  • Map Legend (p. vii)
  • Preface (p. viii)
  • Best Campgrounds (p. ix)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • The Coast (p. 9)
  • 1 Catalina Island: Two Harbors Campground (p. 10)
  • 2 El Capitán State Beach Campground (p. 13)
  • 3 Fremont Peak State Park Campgrounds (p. 16)
  • 4 Kirk Creek and Plaskett Creek Campgrounds (p. 19)
  • 5 La Jolla Valley Hike-In Campground (p. 22)
  • 6 Leo Carrillo State Park Campground (p. 25)
  • 7 Malibu Creek State Park Campground (p. 28)
  • 8 Montana de Oro State Park: Islay Creek Campground (p. 31)
  • 9 Pinnacles Campground (p. 34)
  • 10 Point Mugu State Park: Sycamore Canyon Campground (p. 37)
  • 11 Point Mugu State Park: Thomhill Broome Campground (p. 40)
  • 12 Reyes Creek Campground (p. 43)
  • 13 Topanga State Park: Musch Trail Camp (p. 46)
  • The Desert (p. 49)
  • 14 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Arroyo Salado Primitive Campground (p. 50)
  • 15 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Blair Valley Primitive Campground (p. 53)
  • 16 Joshua Tree National Park: White Tank Campground (p. 56)
  • 17 Mid Hills Campground (p. 59)
  • 18 Red Rock Canyon State Park: Ricardo Campground (p. 62)
  • 19 Saddleback Butte State Park Campground (p. 65)
  • 20 Vallecito County Park Campground (p. 68)
  • The Northern Sierras (p. 71)
  • 21 Atwell Mill Campground (p. 72)
  • 22 Buckeye Campground (p. 75)
  • 23 Cold Springs Campground (p. 78)
  • 24 Dorst Creek Campground (p. 81)
  • 25 East Fork Campground (p. 84)
  • 26 Fairview Campground (p. 87)
  • 27 Four Jeffrey and Sabrina Campgrounds (p. 90)
  • 28 Horse Meadow Campground (p. 94)
  • 29 Kern Plateau Dispersed Camping Area (p. 97)
  • 30 Lower Peppermint Campground (p. 100)
  • 31 Minaret Falls Campground (p. 103)
  • 32 Moraine Campground (p. 106)
  • 33 Princess Campground (p. 109)
  • 34 Quaking Aspen Campground (p. 112)
  • 35 Rancheria Campground (p. 115)
  • 36 Redwood Meadow Campground (p. 118)
  • 37 Saddlebag Lake Campground (p. 121)
  • 38 Tillie Creek Campground (p. 124)
  • 39 Trapper Springs Campground (p. 127)
  • 40 Trumbull Lake Campground (p. 130)
  • 41 Twin Lakes Campground (p. 133)
  • 42 Vermillion Campground (p. 136)
  • 43 White Wolf Campground (p. 139)
  • The Southern Sierras (p. 142)
  • 44 Dark Canyon Campground (p. 143)
  • 45 Hanna Flat Campground (p. 146)
  • 46 Heart Bar Campground (p. 149)
  • 47 Laguna Campground (p. 152)
  • 48 Marion Mountain Campground (p. 155)
  • 49 Palomar Mountain State Park: Doane Valley Campground (p. 158)
  • 50 William Heise County Park Campground (p. 161)
  • Appendix A Camping Equipment Checklist (p. 165)
  • Appendix B Suggested Reading and Reference (p. 166)
  • Appendix C Sources of Information (p. 167)
  • Index (p. 169)
  • About the Author (p. 175)

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Topanga State Park: Musch Trail Camp Beauty 4 / Privacy 2 / Spaciousness 1 / Quiet 4 / Security 2 / Cleanliness 4 Just minutes from Los Angeles, go camping in the bohemian backwoods of Topanga Canyon. Key Information Location: Trails leading to Musch Trail Camp can be found at Trippet Ranch: 20828 Entrada Road, Topanga, CA 90290 Contact: 310-455-2465, parks.ca.gov Operated by: National Park Service Open: Year-round Sites: 8 Each site: Picnic table, fire ring Assignment: First come, first served Registration: Self-registration if park entrance station is closed Parking: $10 per vehicle per day at Trippet Ranch Facilities: Toilets, running water Fee: $7 Elevation: 1,310' Restrictions: Pets: Prohibited Fires: Strictly prohibited Alcohol: No restrictions Centered in the foothills of the bohemian hipster enclave known as Topanga Canyon, Musch Trail Camp is one of the Santa Monica Mountains' best-kept secrets. Of all the campsites detailed in this book, Musch Trail Camp is the closest, as the crow flies, to the big city of Los Angeles. Don't let that turn you off, though; Musch Trail Camp gives you a wonderfully unfiltered dose of Topanga Canyon's natural wonders and scenic beauty. There's a reason people pay big bucks on Airbnb to rent yurts and humble dwellings to stay in this place. It has its own special brand of magic that anyone can appreciate, even if you don't eat raw foods or do yoga. For years, Musch Trail Camp has stayed off the radar. In fact, few Topanga Canyon residents even know about it, despite it being right in their backyard. This can be attributed to the campground's small size--there are only 8 sites--and, the fact that you'll need to hike in a short distance to reach the sites. However, these two factors don't explain everything. Perhaps it's simply hard to believe there could be a campsite so close to civilization. In the public psyche, camping in the Santa Monica Mountains is almost exclusively limited to Malibu Creek State Park. Once your skepticism goes away and you start to believe this campground is a real place, pack your stuff and go camping accordingly. Once you park your vehicle at Trippet Ranch (see directions on page 48). It's just a short walk from the parking lot via the Musch Trail. Once you've arrived at Musch Trail Camp you'll find picnic tables, bathrooms, and running water. It's one of the smallest officially sanctioned campgrounds in California, but also one of the sweetest. Miles and miles of great trails to hike, some of Topanga's best, are easily accessed from Musch Trail Camp. Eagle Rock shouldn't be missed. You can get there by taking the Musch Trail northward from the camping area. After a few switchbacks, this singletrack terminates at East Topanga Fire Road, where you'll turn left and reach Eagle Rock after a short, moderate ascent. Fortunately, all of the major trails in this area are visible on Google Maps, so navigation is simple. Or you can simply hang out and take it all in. Musch Trail Camp is situated above much of Topanga's residential properties, so from the right vantage point, you might not see any sign of civilization as you stare out above the oak trees. You can camp here year-round, but spring and early summer are probably best. In April and May, you'll be greeted with mild temperatures and full-bloom flora everywhere you look. In late summer, the warm-dry Santa Ana winds start to blow, making for night temps in the low 80s. Winter has its own delights, but temperatures can drop below freezing at night, so be prepared with appropriate clothing and sleeping arrangements. The area has a few natural hazards to be aware of. Poison oak is common in shaded areas all over the Santa Monica Mountains. Get acquainted with the appearance of this nefarious vegetation, and avoid touching it at all costs. This plant is particularly dangerous when it loses its leaves in the fall and winter. In these seasons, avoid anything that looks like a brown twig sticking out of the ground. You should also be on the lookout for western diamondback rattlesnakes, particularly in summer and fall. These docile, beautiful, yet highly poisonous creatures aren't aggressive when unprovoked, but they can deliver a very nasty defensive bite if accidentally trampled on. If the unthinkable happens, seek medical attention immediately. There's also a very small population of mountain lions dispersed over the Santa Monica Mountains, but they're almost not worth mentioning. These big cats are so elusive they almost don't exist. Unless you're a deer or rabbit, you have nothing to worry about. Groceries can be had at either of Topanga's markets--Topanga Creek General Store (141 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290) or Fernwood Market (446 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290). For anything else you might need, whether it be hippie jewelry, vintage clothing, incense, yoga lessons, fine art, or fancy dinners, look no further than the Topanga town center, roughly located at 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290. Those apt to enjoy such attractions could easily get lost here, forgetting all notions of camping. Topanga Canyon is a magical place, with a trippy, unique vibe that sets it apart from nearby, comparably stuffier, snobbier neighborhoods like Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, and Brentwood. At Musch Trail Camp, you can experience all of Topanga's charms for pennies on the dollar. Do yourself a favor and visit this place. It's well worth it. Getting There From Los Angeles, drive east on I-10 until it ends and becomes CA 1 (Pacific Coast Highway). Driving west, stay on CA 1 for 5.8 miles until you reach CA 27 (Topanga Canyon Blvd.) and turn right. Drive into Topanga Canyon for 4.7 miles, then turn right on Entrada Road. After 0.7 mile continue hard left on Entrada Road at the three-way intersection. The entrance to Trippet Ranch will be on your left, 0.4 mile from the intersection. The address is 20828 Entrada Road, Topanga, CA 90290. GPS Coordinates: N34° 06' 11" W118° 35' 02" Excerpted from Best Tent Camping: Southern California: Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization by Charles Patterson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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