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    where to camp

    I am looking for a place to do some camping and riding this weekend. I was going to go the Montana de Oro up near Morro Bay but the sites are all booked up. I would like to go to Mt. Pinos but it looks like there is still snow on the trail.
    Does anyone one have any suggestions for a place to camp and ride in SoCal this weekend. I am in Santa Barbara and would like to keep it within a few hours drive (gas is to damn expensive).

    Oh and there will be some non-riders and some beginner riders to consider.
    The Revolution will not be motorized...especially at $5 per gallon.

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    Sorry I can't help you with a place to stay, but for the beginner rider and the non-rider, the Bluff trail is an easy hike, or ride. It is beautiful!

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    Is Figueroa Mtn & Little Pine (Oso) area too "neighborhood" for you? There's easy (& more difficult) mtb'ing, as I'm sure you know. Oso campgrounds fill up, but almost nobody goes to Figueroa.

    Two weekends ago we were in Anza Borrego and it was BeeYOOtifuL!!! Free camping anywhere, if you're ok w/ primitive. Mtb's not allowed on ST there but 500 MILES of essentially deserted jeep trails to explore-- we had a lot of fun riding various trails, not constant sand but you DO have to get used to long patches Blair Valley area esp. nice for beginners as it's fairly flat. However, starting to get VERY WARM during the day,
    gotta ride early and then find shade or a Borrego Springs cafe. You might want to check out Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, good late spring choice as it's higher & cooler than AB http://www.cuyamaca.statepark.org/trails2.htm I haven't been yet, but it's on my list. Camping info http://www.cuyamaca.us/

    Closer in, Snow Summit isn't open for mtb'ers yet. But there's Green Valley/Running Springs area w/ quiet campgrounds-- dirt fs roads & some Nordic Rim xc trails might be good for mtb'ing now. http://www.rimnordic.com/

    How about Idyllwild? Camping & riding is a big thing there, nice little community too. I couldn't find an active web cam-- snow should be mostly gone, tho.
    http://www.idyllwild.com/

    Wherever you go, have fun!

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    Find a place to throw your sleeping bag, get in it and go to sleep. Here we call that camping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Peru
    Find a place to throw your sleeping bag, get in it and go to sleep. Here we call that camping.
    touche
    The Revolution will not be motorized...especially at $5 per gallon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyDi
    Is Figueroa Mtn & Little Pine (Oso) area too "neighborhood" for you? There's easy (& more difficult) mtb'ing, as I'm sure you know. Oso campgrounds fill up, but almost nobody goes to Figueroa.

    Two weekends ago we were in Anza Borrego and it was BeeYOOtifuL!!! Free camping anywhere, if you're ok w/ primitive. Mtb's not allowed on ST there but 500 MILES of essentially deserted jeep trails to explore-- we had a lot of fun riding various trails, not constant sand but you DO have to get used to long patches Blair Valley area esp. nice for beginners as it's fairly flat. However, starting to get VERY WARM during the day,
    gotta ride early and then find shade or a Borrego Springs cafe. You might want to check out Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, good late spring choice as it's higher & cooler than AB http://www.cuyamaca.statepark.org/trails2.htm I haven't been yet, but it's on my list. Camping info http://www.cuyamaca.us/

    Closer in, Snow Summit isn't open for mtb'ers yet. But there's Green Valley/Running Springs area w/ quiet campgrounds-- dirt fs roads & some Nordic Rim xc trails might be good for mtb'ing now. http://www.rimnordic.com/

    How about Idyllwild? Camping & riding is a big thing there, nice little community too. I couldn't find an active web cam-- snow should be mostly gone, tho.
    http://www.idyllwild.com/

    Wherever you go, have fun!
    Hi, thanks for the ideas.
    Ya Oso is too neighborhood for me. Its really hard to get motivated to camp 30 mintues from your house plus i can ride out there on weekends that I only have one day to play. I thought about Figueroa, maybe next time. I ended up finding a spot at Morro Bay SP about 7 miles from Montana de Oro SP so we'll be camping there. I here the riding is nice.

    I went down to Cuyamaca SP last month. I was very impressed. What trails we rode were pretty fun. Nothing extreme but some nice singletrack. Alltough the weather was bad and it was below freezing at night, we froze our butts off. The only problem is the distance. With LA and OC traffic its about a 6 hour drive from Santa Barbara.

    I'll have to check in to the other places you mentioned. So many trails to ride and so few weekends.
    The Revolution will not be motorized...especially at $5 per gallon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KONA_in_SB
    touche
    OK... lets get this past us....

    Try Bootleg Canyon? I know people have camped there and the riding is epic. It may be a little far (Boulder City, NV) but it is way worth it! Info is here>>>

    www.bootlegcanyon.org

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    Im assuming that you are using www.reserveamerica.com

    I like San Simeon State Park (50 miles north of Morro Bay). It's developed and 1/4 mile from the beach.
    Crawling uphill is a skill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentak1
    Im assuming that you are using www.reserveamerica.com

    I like San Simeon State Park (50 miles north of Morro Bay). It's developed and 1/4 mile from the beach.
    How is the riding there?
    The Revolution will not be motorized...especially at $5 per gallon.

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    Kernville

    It looks like you made your plans already but Kernville is great right now. Everyone comes up here to ride Cannell but there is tons of other stuff around here. Cannell is not open yet because of snow but everything on the Greenhorn side is good to go the the stuff in the valley is not too hot yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KONA_in_SB
    How is the riding there?
    I've never ridden around there. Morro Bay may be a better choice since they have the Morro Bay State Park.
    Crawling uphill is a skill!

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    have you thought about sycamore canyon?

    Not far from SB. Right next to the PCH in Ventura County. I doubt if there is any space left, but worth calling them. I drive there from LA all the time just to ride the singletrack. Hiking only trails and beginner trails.

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