Looking for some stellar mountain views and solitude in Southern California? Head to Middle Lion Campground in the Los Padres National Forest outside of Ojai. The campground is surrounded by chaparral covered mountains, shaded by cottonwood trees, and is next to a refreshing waterfall and stream. There is ample hiking nearby, and the foliage is pretty epic in the fall. Up here you can look forward camping without the interruption!
The vibe at Middle Lion Campground
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I camped here a few years ago and had a terrible experience, but it was 4th of July weekend, so maybe that was part of it. On a side note, it is shady and has some decent sites, though not very private. It's also sort of hard to get to - a very windy, narrow, dirt road off the main road.