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Summer Camping Spots

Sweet dreams are made of sweet places to pitch a tent. From the wilds of Tahoe to redwood seclusion on the Sonoma Coast, even in San Francisco, here are three ways to get your summer camp on.

Week 07.18.2019
Regions Northern CA

Tahoe Trio of Lakes

Camp at Loch Leven Lakes in Tahoe

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Three alpine lakes, superb views, and shoreline camping for soaking it all in … Loch Leven Lakes is pure Tahoe wilderness. This 7.2-mile out-and-back in Tahoe National Forest is great for a long day hike, or a weekend of adventure camping among this trio of crystal waters. The…
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Have You Conquered Concord?!

Concord Hikes, Bike Rides, and Other Hidden Gems

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Guided Hikes on Mount Diablo Go on a guided twilight hike on Mount Diablo for a quieter (dare we say intimate?) experience. Book early for the famous later summer Tarantula hike! Beauty from the Bicycle Seat Bikers can select from the Quick & Dirty Guide to the East Bay’s Best…
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Pomo Pitch

Hike-in Camping at Pomo Canyon on Sonoma Coast

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Secluded camping under the redwoods and by a creek … now that’s a good pitch! Get to it at newly re-opened Pomo Canyon Environmental Campground, an absolute gem within Sonoma Coast State Park. This walk-in only, 21-site campground has hillside options and spots closer to the…
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San Francisco Nights

Camp in San Francisco at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

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Date night in the city: Don’t end it with “Your place or mine?” Try camping at one of six bayside campsites at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. Opened in 2018, the sites are located on Sunrise Point, aptly named for being one of the first locations to get beams of the…
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    Lookout for This View!

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    Ah, Good Point

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    Sleeper Hit

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    Duck, Duck, Goose!

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    Shealor Stunner

    Robust mountains, striking slabs of granite, and deep green pine reflections make Shealor Lake near Kirkwood resort a jewel of the El Dorado National Forest. Reach this alpine oasis on a 1.3-mile hike.

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    Peak-a-View!

    Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the entire country and the seventh deepest in the world. For one of the very best perspectives of this shining blue beauty, hike up to Garfield Peak.

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