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Offline Rixtoy

California Campgrounds open?
« on: May 11, 2021, 02:57:39 pm »
I am rough mapping daily segments on the ACA Pacific Coast Tour to get an idea of daily mileages, climbs and lodging options.
Planning on riding 7 days and then taking a day off - campgrounds on riding days - motels on off days.
It has gone pretty well through Oregon, but I am finding many of the hiker/biker sites in California North of San Francisco for a few hundred miles appear to be closed (COVID).

Does anyone know, in general, if the California campgrounds might be open later this summer into fall? The dates I have been looking at are starting in Vancouver last of august and into the last half of September in NoCal and finishing in SanDiego the 2nd week of October. Maybe I am just starting too late.

Thoughts? Can't do it with $200+ coastline motels every night.


Offline CMajernik

Re: California Campgrounds open?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2021, 04:20:40 pm »
We check this site when looking for CA state park information. Type in the name of the state park and you'll be directed to a specific page. https://www.parks.ca.gov/
Carla Majernik
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Offline Rixtoy

Re: California Campgrounds open?
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2021, 05:02:04 pm »
I did that and it is marked "Not Available" as are others.
My question is does anyone know how long that may be in effect?

Offline ssriess

Re: California Campgrounds open?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2021, 03:21:40 pm »
I did the CA coast last October and even though some campground were officially closed (from Covid and the raging wildfires), I was able to stay at all my planned places as a biker. One closed campground I was the only one there except for the host, the camp host said I could stay and didn't even have to pay - still had a shower to! 

Offline Rixtoy

Re: California Campgrounds open?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2021, 05:13:27 pm »
I did the CA coast last October and even though some campground were officially closed (from Covid and the raging wildfires), I was able to stay at all my planned places as a biker. One closed campground I was the only one there except for the host, the camp host said I could stay and didn't even have to pay - still had a shower to!

Just what I wanted to hear . . .
As always, flexibility is key, but worst case I can throw down behind a church or something, eh?

Now, about those climbs . . .

Offline ssriess

Re: California Campgrounds open?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2021, 06:31:03 pm »
It can be pretty desolate in places, I was going to hide off the road in the woods if I couldn't find a campground, luckily I never had a problem. I did the Arcata to SF section and I didn't find the climbs too bad at all. Leggett to Hwy 1 was the biggest sustained climb I believe but not too bad if you make that a shorter day.