Time to watch them California Condors soar at the high elevation Pine Mountain Campground. These remote and spacious sites will offer peace and solitude (and if no one is camping with you, a chance to get in touch with your wild side). If you need some inspiration, there are trails nearby that are great for wildflower and wildlife viewing.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans
No. of sites
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No RV hookup
Horseback riding
Wildlife watching
Wind sports
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling

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Hipcamper Jessica
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I'm so glad that Rose Valley and Middle Lion campgrounds were packed the weekend we went camping, because that led us to Pine Mountain! To get to Pine Mountain and Reyes Peak, you drive up a skinny winding road up the mountain. Beautiful views! Wouldn't recommend driving to the campsite when the sun isn't up. We loved how spacious the camp sites are. Plenty of trees for hammock hanging. Lots of exploring to do around the campground. The only negative thing we experienced was an abundance of flies. It is the outdoors, after all! The bug spray we brought didn't phase them. The only thing that seemed to help was smoking them out by burning pine needles. They probably won't be as bad when it cools down.

Hipcamper Jake
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If you're a climber who loves bouldering... this is your spot!

Hipcamper Nicole
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Like another camper, I found this one by surprise when Reyes Peak was full. PROS: Plenty of free firewood from fallen logs, big camp sites, tons of trees perfect for hammocks and bird watching. CONS: wasps/bees live strong here—the one bathroom was always full of them; in early May it was still freezing at night, like freezing freezing, and it doesn’t accommodate people with disabilities. The bathroom is not accessible at all (there’s a huge step to get in), there are no accessible nearby trails, and it’s really sandy. To get here, you need to drive 30 minutes at 15 MPH up a *very* narrow road. Not recommended for people afraid of heights or trailers. :)

Los Padres National Forest
Phone Number
(805) 968-6640
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34.638° N, 119.327° W
Unknown price
Tent / Van: 6 Sites
(Up to people per site)