All great suggestions, but I would not expect to avoid crowds right now. I was up in Monache week before last and it was PACKED on a Thursday at noon. Every spot was taken. On prior trips I’ve never seen more than 5-6 other groups up there. Ditto for any camping in the Mammoth area. You may be able to shake the crowds by going into Coyote Flats. Camping seems to be the way many are choosing to escape afrer weeks of being forced to stay at home.Given the time of year:
- Big Bear yellow post sites
- Coyote Flats
- Monache Meadows(Haven’t gone but planning to at the end of the month)
- Up 395 with plenty of spots but cooler near Mammoth and further North
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I just drove through that area on Friday and it was 111º. Not sure I'd recommend camping out there right now.Anzo-Borrogo. I lived in Escondido for a few years while I was stationed at Naval Base SD and I camped there many nights to get away from the city. Some great trails in that area too. Don't forget to stop for one of "Mom's" Apple Pies on your way there. I actually have a book that lists all the SoCal trails with turn by turn (based on odometer mile) instructions.
I'm not rich,nor a celebrity but I do own a 4wd and can't remember seeing junkies in campgrounds. If I was a junkie,proximity to the cities and adulterants would be closer I'll concede. We normally hibernate in summer and looked forward to after Labor Day when things formerly slowed down some. This year? I doubt it. Too many folks out of work and on the dole.Ha Ha...but really, needle folks generally don't go camping and don't own 4WD vehicles, unless they're extra-fancy Hollywood types, in which case they stay at campgrounds that only rich people know about!
Dude, your report depresses the living crap out of me... but matches what I’ve been hearing. There’s gotta be *someplace* left that all the drone-wielding, soy-latte toting vegan Youtubers haven’t found?!? Sh*t.I just drove through that area on Friday and it was 111º. Not sure I'd recommend camping out there right now.
For what its worth, I have spent every single weekend for the last 3 months exploring all my favorite places in central and so Cal, most which require modified 4WD to get to, and ALL of them have been PACKED with people. I mean EVERYWHERE. And any 'out of the way' places that no one used to know about are now packed with drone-wielding, soy-latte toting vegan Youtubers with a Subaru and a RTT. Do I sound a bit cynical? yea... The internet & Gaia have made map-reading a non-essential skill and all the "secret" spots can be figured out with a little time on Reddit. Anywhere you go is going to be unusually crowded, particularly now with Covid when so many people aren't working (whether or not they are being paid). If I was in Pomona, I'd be heading for the trails up in San Bernardino National Forest - check out the Holcomb Valley area. There are some cool spots to dry camp out there, but you wont be alone, even mid-week.
And yet, at the same time we members here inadvertently become part of the problem, as we continue to respond to others’ inquiries about cool places to go on outings...and share our secret sweet spots with them.Dude, your report depresses the living crap out of me... but matches what I’ve been hearing. There’s gotta be *someplace* left that all the drone-wielding, soy-latte toting vegan Youtubers haven’t found?!? Sh*t.