Camping Close to the Beach
2 hour drive (if no traffic) from Palm Springs
Requires carpooling since we have only 8 vehicles
I was racking my brain to find a Southern California Costal Beach camping spot that didn't have a train or freeway running through it. I found one that is close to the beach via trail (1.5 miles each way) or by car.
PS the trail starts at the camping group
San Mateo Group Spot.
Sunday, June 28 to departure by 2 pm on Tuesday June 30 no I could not get a Friday to Sunday. Very popular spot.
BEFORE SIGNING UP
1. To lock in Full payment of $115 per person for members and their guests. Kids are welcome at $75
NOTE: if your membership has expired fee increases to $150
Fee includes your parking and firewood I will supply.
2. No SOLO DRIVERS since we can only have 8 cars. IMPORANT
3. The site fits 40 but we are going to take 16 to 20 depending on carpooling.
4. Hot showers (coin operated) at campground
5. This trip is a all weather adventure-rain, fog, heat you never know in at the end of June.
6) Check in is at 2 pm not earlier
7) Quiet Time is 10 pm
8) There will be some families on this trip. Count on Adrain being with us.
9) Bring whatever size tent you wish. We will have the room since we will not fill up this space.
10) San Clemente is only 10 minute drive so grocery stores, dining are all close by.
11) If you sign up I will be asking you for full payment and who are you riding with or are you a driver looking for someone to ride with you. I can't take any money or lock you in without first working out carpooling. I will connect people as quickly as possible. It is only a 2 hours drive from Palm Springs.
DONT HAVE A TENT OR SLEEPING BAG...I can rent a tent for $15 and a sleeping bag for $10 to you.
A Review of the area
Bathrooms were clean enough, the showers required token. It was quiet at night. There is not an ocean view, cuz you're a little over the top of the hill from the ocean.
Reservations at this campground include access to San Onofre State Beach, so if you stay a night, you can surf in the evening, and then you can have access the entire next day. I rode my bike to Upper Trestles, and I drove to San Onofre. Both spots had good waves, but the crowds are heavy with a mid-summer 3-6 foot swell.
There were a lot of rabbits running around, and it seemed most spots had families staying in them. I saw kids riding bikes and skateboards around the campground.
Quiet Time 10 pm
For sure if the waterfall is still running we will go to Tenaja Falls as we depart on Tuesday morning. It is a short hike and worth the viewing.
The hiking trail to and from the camp and beach is 1.5 miles 200ft elevation gain and drop each way
There are several trails in the local hills and beach I am still pondering.
Beach is a surfing beach