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A Guide to Camping Near L.A.

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  • Platform tents at Hermit Gulch Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Hermit Gulch Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • The campground is part of San Onofre State Beach.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at San Mateo Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Sycamore Canyon Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • California sycamore (Platanus racemosa) at Sycamore Canyon Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Sycamore Canyon Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Leo Carrillo State Park Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Leo Carrillo State Park Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Malibu Creek State Park Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Malibu Creek State Park Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Malibu Creek State Park Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Bear presence may occasionally close the campground at Millard Creek.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite along Millard Canyon Creek.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Millard Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical site at San Clemente Beach Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical oceanside site at San Clemente Beach Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • San Clemente State Beach.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Buckhorn Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Vault toilet at Buckhorn Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Buckhorn Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Coldbrook Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Coldbrook Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Coldbrook Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • View of San Gabriel Canyon from Deer Flat Group Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Deer Flat Group Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Deer Flat Group Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Little Jimmy offers over a dozen campsites with fire rings, picnic tables, and vintage backcountry stoves!- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Ever wanted to hike on the Pacific Coast Trail for an afternoon? You can from Little Jimmy Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • View south to South Fork Canyon from Sycamore Flat Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Sycamore Flat Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Mountain Oak Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Mountain Oak Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Table Mountain Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • View west to the San Gabriel Mountains from Table Mountain Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical campsite at Table Mountain Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Standard campsite amenities.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Manker Flats entrance sign.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Typical site at Manker Flats Campground.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Cedar Glen camp is an unimproved backcountry camp.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Kelly Camp is a primitive backcountry camping area.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
  • Kelly Camp.- A Guide to Camping Near L.A.
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Los Angeles may feel like it’s the epitome of urban life, but southern California’s sprawling city is in fact a great jumping off point for dozens of nearby camping destinations. Thanks to the diversity of the surrounding landscape that includes mountains, beaches, and everything in between, there’s no shortage of interesting places to sleep outside for a night or two. Residents and visitors have their pick of everything from coastal camps to high alpine sites.

With the Santa Monica Mountains and Topanga State Park to the northwest, the Angeles National Forest and Mount. San Antonio to the northeast, Santa Catalina Island out at sea, and the scenic beauty of the Orange County to the south, L.A. is surrounded by epic natural beauty.

The best way to truly experience this scenery is to fully dive in and immerse yourself in it for a night or two. Outdoor recreation is a popular pursuit in southern California, so campgrounds usually see a ton of visitors and often feature restrooms, running water, the occasional power outlet, and other amenities that will make you feel close to home.

Despite these creature comforts, don’t forget that you and your fellow campers are all visitors to these spaces. Whenever possible, minimize your impact by picking up after yourself and other humans, packing out all trash unless there is a dumpster at your campground, and abiding by all other Leave No Trace principles.

This list is comprised of some awesome campgrounds that are great places to get away from it all. They also happen to be within 100 miles of L.A., which means they are convenient as well as beautiful.

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