Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-01-2020, 10:47 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Seattle
Posts: 6
Seattle to Yosemite No. CA Coast Boondocking recommendations please

Good morning. We have a 3 night camping reservation in Yosemite (This mo). My preference is to drive South along 101 and Boondock (cooler temps). My friend wants to travel more interiorly (Lava beds Natl Mnmt and Lassen Ntl Pk). I have a 22’ 2WD ‘06 Sprinter. It can handle some gnarly roads but I dont Really want to jeopardize losing the original Norcold 7CF fridge (It’s not in the budget to replace....i will be taking the yetti cooler just in case though).
Any boondocking recommendations for the No CA portion of the trip would be appreciated.
Thanks all and stay healthy and safe!
__________________

Queenie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2020, 12:29 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Fitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 945
Be aware that as you get closer to CA, staying anywhere along the coast other than an established campground becomes increasingly more difficult with lots of “you can’t stay overnight here” restrictions.

Which entrance/exit to Yosemite are you planning to use? Are you planning to be anywhere along 395 on the east side of the park?
__________________

__________________
“Flint” - 2016 SMB Sprinter 4x4 144" RB 150S w/ PH
KN6BJX
Fitz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2020, 06:12 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
BrianW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 3,435
I believe Oregon Highway rest areas allow overnight parking if you get in a pinch.
BrianW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2020, 07:34 PM   #4
Site Team
 
BroncoHauler's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern New Mexico
Posts: 9,276
Quote:
Originally Posted by BrianW View Post
I believe Oregon Highway rest areas allow overnight parking if you get in a pinch.

IIRC, the Oregon rest stops have hot water too. A rest stop rarity in my experience, and very welcome on cold Winter days.


Herb
__________________
SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.
BroncoHauler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2020, 07:59 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
BrianW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 3,435
I’ve also seen plenty of overnight (or even long term) parkers at the north end of Santa Cruz, as well as off Hwy 1 north of Monterey near Seaside.
BrianW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2020, 10:45 PM   #6
KDB
Senior Member
 
KDB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Posts: 144
Quote:
Originally Posted by BrianW View Post
I’ve also seen plenty of overnight (or even long term) parkers at the north end of Santa Cruz, as well as off Hwy 1 north of Monterey near Seaside.
I would definitely advise avoiding any of the 'long term' spots at the north end of santa cruz. Those have become pretty transient and sketchy. Well north of santa cruz, say 5+ miles and you can find lots of turnouts, however. Van friendly with great views. I'd recommend staying north of Davenport. Turnouts are right next to the highway so they'll be pretty loud. Some turnouts are bigger than others.

North of Davenport near Pigeon Point lighthouse is a road that closely parallel's the highway just north of the lighthouse and essentially dead ends into the driveway of the lighthouse as you head south. If you head there you'll find it. The driveway of the lighthouse takes you back out to the hwy. It's a good spot to stay overnight and hides the vehicles from the highway well. Sidenote: Some large parties may or *may not* have been thrown there over the years. It provides excellent beach access with the lighthouse on the tip of pigeon point just a few hundred yards to your immediate south. It's an active lighthouse so if you don't have solid curtains that will be a problem.

Costanoa KOA and seeing those grounds is also worthwhile and accepts vans. Ano nuevo elephant seal colony is right there. That's worth a visit. In general, there's great coastal hiking and beach exploring all around the lighthouse down to ano nuevo and beyond down to waddell creek. Highly recommended.

Another close option is the dirt road just south of the Costanoa entrance on your left as your heading south. It's across from the lighthouse a bit south and on the mountain side of the highway. It takes you up to the chalk mountain trailhead a few miles up. THat's a great hike if you're into it. Provides some incredible views. Otherwise the road just up from the hwy on the way to the trailhead is a good spot to stash camp. It'll get you away from the highway where it's a bit quieter.

It's my home turf so fun to share! The stretch between San Francisco and Santa Cruz is a great section of the California coast. Each of the California sections are all quite unique. Wherever you land, enjoy!
__________________

KDB is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×