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Offline jillmcin

cost of campgrounds on west coast?
« on: June 16, 2005, 10:17:27 pm »
Can anyone tell me the campground costs in Washington,
Oregon, and California? I am thinking state or municipal
camps, and whether they still have special sites for cyclists.
Are states now requiring  reservations for us??

My knowledge is quite dated.

Offline Dan_E_Boye

cost of campgrounds on west coast?
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2005, 01:03:14 am »
I have found that in Oregon campsites range between $10 and $20 per night.  They are on the more expensive side on the coast.  Some places have special sites for bikers and hikers.  You will need to research which ones do.  Don't count on cheap unless you dive-in.  I was suprized to find that the campsites I found in the Cascades do not have special rates for bikes.    

Offline billbluetandem

cost of campgrounds on west coast?
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2005, 08:33:06 pm »
The state parks along the coast in Southern California charge reasonable camping fees--I think about $15/night--but good luck getting a place on a weekend in the summer.  Some campgrounds have "Bike and Hike" spaces, but often these are occupied by homeless people.  Also, there are no state parks along the coast from north of Malibu to southern Orange County, about 90 miles.

There are some state and county parks a little inland that can provide nice alternatives.  They may not be as crowded; a few have biker/hiker spaces.

Offline LobodeSolo

cost of campgrounds on west coast?
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2005, 08:17:40 pm »
The campgrounds cater more to cyclists as you head South from WA to CA. This was my experience when I did my West Coast tour in 1986. In California the biker/hiker rate was $1.00 a night!!!! No reservations are required as the purpose of the campsite is to always have a spot available for self powered travellers.
  The sites would vary from a piece of grass to picnic areas after 8PM. Every state campground on the coastof OR and CA had these available  I have since travelled back to the coast and car camped in many of the same campgrounds. The B/H sites are still there but I forgot to ask the rate. I discovered if you are close to a town as you move South, homeless people sneak in and that can be worrisome as a flashy tent might look pretty appealing..but the only place I was concerned was in Carpenteria CA.Of course this was 20 yrs ago and the homeless numbers have grown Make sure you always pay as I'm sure the rate is nominal still and I would hate to see the privelege taken away.Have Fun

Offline valygrl

cost of campgrounds on west coast?
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2005, 04:24:11 pm »
Most (not all) state campgrounds on the west coast have hike/bike sites, which cost $4/person.  The book "Cycling the Pacific Coast" by Kirkendall & Spring has locations of campgrounds as well as services and elevation profiles.  Available at Amazon and REI.  Have fun!