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Norcal Campers is an adult camping group appealing to folks who camp from their vehicle rather than from a backpack. Many of us camp in tents, while others utilize vehicles ranging from SUV’s to trailers and motorhomes of various sizes. While we welcome people of all ages, history has shown that most of our active campers are of retirement age. We focus on camping in the western states and northern California in particular and include “civilized” places like state and national parks, but also remote campgrounds with little to offer beyond a vault toilet. Most trips will be appropriate for anyone, but all campers must be self-sufficient; we assume no responsibility for your safety or well-being as we only serve to help coordinate things. By joining you agree to hold the group and all fellow members harmless of any responsibility or liability for whatever befalls you on a trip. Everyone is responsible for booking, and paying for, their own campsite, shared with others if mutually agreeable. Many of us enjoy getting together to share a libation but if you like to drink to excess and party please join another group. Pets are generally welcome, subject to the regulations of the campground being visited. Many of us camp outside of this group but sometimes company is welcome and there is a high likelihood that you will make and cherish lifelong friends as well as enjoy the security that a group can sometimes provide. Lastly, if you have an interest in leading a trip contact the “Head Camper” for assistance and authorization. Members can share information on Facebook at: facebook.com/groups/1645476912418551.

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Convict Lake, Inyo National Forest along Hwy 395

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GPS Address at the Resort near the campground: 2000 Convict Lake Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Linda and I hope you can join us for another High Sierra get-away week at beautiful Convict Lake campground. The campground with 86 sites is situated near beautiful Convict Lake at an elevation of 7,600 feet.

Convict Lake is located south of Mammoth Lakes and north of Crowley Lake. This scenic area is popular for picnics, fishing, hiking, and boating, and includes a boat ramp, campground, store, restaurant, and a resort with cabin rentals and horseback rides.

A paved nature trail gives easy access to the east side of this beautiful deep blue lake at the base of spectacular Mt. Morrison. Many benches along the trail encourage you to stop and enjoy the view. The paved nature trail extends from the outflow of Convict Lake to the picnic area on the south shore of the lake. A hiking trail continues around the lake and connects to the wilderness trail near the lake inlet. The wilderness trail begins on the north shore near the marina and continues beyond the far end of the lake up Convict Creek.

Website: Information and campground map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recreation/recarea/?recid=71907&actid=50

Facilities: Vault toilets, drinking water, campfire rings and picnic tables are provided. Single units are limited to a maximum of 2 vehicles and 6 people. A pay phone, restaurant, boat rentals and boat ramp are located at a nearby lodge.

Each family is responsible for their own reservations, equipment, and meals. We will gather around the campfire each evening after dinner to share stories. Bring your own chair and beverage. I plan to hike and/or paddle every day. Lunch will often be on the trail or beach.

Reservations can be made 6 months FROM YOUR ARRIVAL DATE at:
https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234311 or phone:[masked].

The campground fills up in the summer. I recommend reserving your site NOW. You should reserve early to ensure getting a site, $28/night and accepts Senior passes for 50% discount.

Recreation: Hiking is popular, allowing access to high alpine lakes and other destinations through spectacular hikes. Anglers will be happy to know that the Lake boasts stocked populations of Rainbow and German Brown trout. Boat rentals available at the Marina, which also has a wonderful restaurant, café, and small store. We plan to hike or paddle every day.

Artists: Linda will be sketching, painting, nature journaling, and you are welcome to join her, do your own art work or just hang out with her.

Directions: Located about 11 miles south of Mammoth Lake Rd, along highway 395.

Find us: Campsite: # 61

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Mammoth Lake area, Inyo National Forest along Hwy 395

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GPS Address at the Visitors Center 2510 Main St, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 is about ¼ mile before you get to Sawmill Rd. See directions below.

Linda and I hope you can join us for another High Sierra get-away week at beautiful Mammoth Lakes area. This scenic area is popular for picnics, fishing, hiking, and boating, and includes a campground with stores and restaurant within easy walking distance.

Old Shady Rest Campground is in the Eastern Sierra, next to the town of Mammoth Lakes. This campground has 47 campsites. Drinking water and pit toilets are available. 14 Day stay limit. Each site is equipped with a bear locker. Campsites are in a mixed Aspen and pine forest. Gift shopping, groceries, and restaurants are within walking distance.

Website: Information and campground map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=20428

Facilities: Vault toilets, drinking water, campfire rings and picnic tables are provided. Single units are limited to a maximum of 2 vehicles and 6 people. A pay phone, restaurant, boat rentals and boat ramp are located nearby.

Each family is responsible for their own reservations, equipment, and meals. We will gather around the campfire each evening after dinner to share stories. Bring your own chair and beverage. I plan to hike and/or paddle every day. Lunch will often be on the trail or beach.

Reservations can be made 6 months FROM YOUR ARRIVAL DATE at:
https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233830 or phone:[masked].

The campground fills up in the summer. I recommend reserving your site NOW. You should reserve early to ensure getting a site, $25/night and accepts Senior passes for 50% discount.

Recreation: Hiking is popular, allowing access to high alpine lakes and other destinations through spectacular hikes. Anglers will be happy to know that the Lakes boasts stocked populations of Rainbow and German Brown trout. We plan to hike or paddle every day.

Artists: Linda will be sketching, painting, nature journaling, and you are welcome to join her, do your own art work or just hang out with her.

Directions: Directions: Take US 395 to State Highway 203. Head west to Mammoth Lakes. About ¼ miles past the Visitors Center, take the 1st right on Old Sawmill Road and then the 3rd left into the campground. DO NOT trust your GPS to take you to the correct location.

Find us: Campsite: # 25

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Silver Lake EAST Campground- near Kit Carson, CA, on Hwy 88

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Find us: Campsite: # 13 July 15 to 17, site #26 July 17 to 21

GPS Address at the Resort near the campground: 32161 Kit Carson Rd., Kit Carson, CA 95644

Linda and I hope you can join us for another High Sierra get-away week at beautiful Silver Lake EAST campground. The campground with 41 sites is situated at the base of Thunder Mountain at an elevation of 7,200 feet, on the north-EAST end of beautiful Silver Lake. Silver Lake covers 200 acres in a large granite basin surrounded by a forest of mixed conifers. The lake's mirror-like waters are known to reflect the colors of the sky above, attracting both hikers and photographers to its scenic shores. The Silver Lake area blooms with bright wildflowers in the summer months, delighting visitors with their presence around the lakes and high in the mountain meadows.

Website: Information and campground map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/eldorado/recarea/?recid=78522

Facilities: Vault toilets, drinking water, campfire rings and picnic tables are provided. Single units are limited to a maximum of 2 vehicles and 6 people. A pay phone, restaurant, boat rentals and boat ramp are located at a nearby lodge.

Each family is responsible for their own reservations, equipment, and meals. We will gather around the campfire each evening after dinner to share stories. Bring your own chair and beverage. I plan to hike and/or paddle every day. Lunch will often be on the trail or beach.

Reservations can be made 6 months FROM YOUR ARRIVAL DATE at: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232263
Or by phone:[masked]. The campground fills up in the summer. I recommend reserving your site NOW. You should reserve early to ensure getting a site at Silver Lake EAST campground, $24/night and accepts Senior passes for 50% discount. Silver Lake WEST, while just across the highway, is managed by the local irrigation district, (does not accept Senior Passes) does not take reservations and many of the sites are short and slope.

Recreation: Hiking is popular, allowing access to high alpine lakes and other destinations through spectacular hikes. Anglers will be happy to know that Silver Lake boasts stocked populations of Rainbow, German Brown, and Mackinaw trout. Kayak rentals available at Kit Carson Lodge, which also has a wonderful restaurant, café, and small store. I plan to hike or paddle every day.

Artists: Linda will be sketching, painting, nature journaling, and you are welcome to join her, do your own art work or just hang out with her.

Directions: Silver Lake East is located 52 miles east of Jackson, California via CA-88. From the town of Pioneer continue State Route 88 east 36.6 miles to campground on right (East side).

Nearby Campgrounds: Silver Lake WEST Campground, and Ferguson Campground. Caples Lake Campground. Silver Lake WEST campground is on the west side of Highway 88, is operated by the Local Water District, so Senior Pass do not apply at that campground.

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Half Moon Bay, Francis State Beach

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Francis Beach State Park is located on the San Mateo Coastline. It’s south about 30 miles from San Francisco.
This park is extremely hard to get reservations in. The trick is to be logged on at 8am at:
reserveCalifornia.com.
I am recommending booking a few days early and canceled the unused dates.
I am going to put everyone on the wait list and only add people who have a confirmed reservation.
Francis Beach has one of the best bike paths in CA. Also miles of beach for walking.
More details to follow.

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June Lake, Inyo National Forest along Hwy 395

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