YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Certainly one of the most iconic United State's National Parks is Yosemite. Beautiful meadows beneath uniquely sculpted walls of granite, mirroring lakes and unbelievable waterfalls make this a crown jewel of the High Sierra. Tent camping is available at multiple campgrounds in the park but I personally prefer Camp 4 because of its historic significance to rock climbing and its location in the valley. Camp 4 is a TENT ONLY campground. Tent camping at Camp 4 is first come first serve for $6.00 per person, per night.
Important : If you are planning on camping without a reservation arrive early! Around 6am is a safe bet. Camp 4 fills up very quickly so be there early making sure to have a good spot in line for a high chance of obtaining a site. All party members must be present and in line together, with ID's and cash for payment.
1.) Top of half dome (Difficult : 15.6 miles. Permit required.)
2.) Mist Trail (7 miles)
3.) Panorama Trail (9 miles)
Big Basin Redwoods state park
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains is California's oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods. Hiking trails within Big Basin offer towering coastal redwoods and beautiful waterfalls with a lush forest floor. While hiking be sure to keep your eyes open for banana slugs, newts and salamanders located in damp areas of the forest. Camping costs $35.00 a night per tent site and there are well maintained bathrooms with showers available for a couple dollars in quarters.
1.) Berry creek falls loop (9.5 miles)
2.) Skyline to the sea trail (27 miles)
3.) Creeping forest trail (2 miles)
On California's northern pacific coastline is the city of Mendocino. Multiple State Parks are located along Highway 1 from Little River to Fort Bragg providing many places for beach camping and recreation. Abalone diving is a very popular activity here and these coastal towns provide great places to enjoy restaurants, coffee houses, and shopping for travelers . First come first serve tent camping is available for $35.00 per night.
1.) Fern Canyon Trail in Van Damme Beach State Park (8 miles)
2.) Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
3.) Mendocino Headlands Trail (4 miles)