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Unread 06-05-2013, 01:05 PM
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Hello all,

My name is Jeff and I am looking for a place to camp with family and friends! I live in San Diego and remember as a kid camping at a place called Los Coyotes near Warner springs. This place was full of adventure and had minimal rules. It was a fun place to relax and unwind and have a good time without having to worry about anyone coming by and disturbing us. Is there anywhere like this that still exists? I am willing to travel a few hours to find what I'm looking for! Your help is much appreciated.

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Unread 06-05-2013, 08:44 PM
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I don't camp in San Diego County in the summer because I can get the same experience closer to home in the San Jacinto's. Los Coyotes is an Indian reservation and I am not sure what they allow camping-wise. It is situated east of Warner Springs. The link above is for a NF camping area that is pretty nice--may be hot in summer and I thought there was too much poison oak when I visited. I would be fine with that, but my pups would totally run through the stuff and then transfer the oils to me and there would be a problem.

This time of year, I would suggest you drive north to the San Jacinto Mountains. I am not familiar with the conditions in the Laguna Mountains. Much of that country burned off a few years ago and the landscape may not have recovered to be as pleasant for camping.

In the San Jacinto's, we have Riverside County parks---Idyllwild, or Hurkey Creek, or San Jacinto State Park and Stone Creek SP, National Forest at numerous campgrounds and yellow post sites, as well as private--Lake Hemet.

Right now, I would get above 5,000' in elevation to be comfortable during the day. 7,000 will be cooler and cold at night. I can give you further recommendations if you need them.

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