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Coastal Camping

CAMPGROUND CLOSED, due to a road closure

Los Padres peaks Big Sur Walk-In Campground: a large common parking lot is closest access to all the campsites. Less than 20 miles south of Carmel, several miles off Big Sur Hwy. 1, take Palo Colorado Road deep into the mountains. This is not a thru street; it is pretty curvy and narrow; campground dead ends the paved road, almost 8 miles into the northern portion of Los Padres National Forest.

Nice views from the two campsites near the hillside, others camps are located past the outhouse in the forest. This backpackers style campground is set on the very north edge of the Los Padres National Forest in the famous Big Sur coastal area. It is situated deep in a forest, away from the ocean shore on a densely wooded hillside. If you are seeking to camp away from the crowds, in the sunshine away from coastal fog, this could be a decent option. Prewitt Ridge, further south, is the best primitive, free camping, well above the clouds - but that requires a long dirt road drive.


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The drive up to this campground is slow go, on a one lane winding road. It is private property for most of the way up with plenty of shady wooden cabins lining the road.

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Campground Reservations

Bottchers Gap Campground
Camping Big Sur

Most of the campsites here are walk in style, but don't worry the hike isn't far at all. This a great place to set base camp for the weekend. Do nearby day hikes into seclusion, set up hammock underneath a shady oak or take a short drive to visit the Big Sur Coast.

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