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user 5190667
San Jose, CA
Post #: 7

I just moved here from Chicago not too long ago so I don't know the area well yet. I have a friend coming out and he wants to do an overnight camping trip. He's coming in August. Any suggestions for a good overnighter within 3 hours of the Peninsula?

user 12803381
Burlingame, CA
Post #: 2
Hi Sue.

Take a look at the Emigrant Wilderness. The trailheads out of the Pinecrest area are close by--and although they have a permit system, there's no quota. Chewing Gum Lake and Y Meadow Lake are nice easy overnighters.


San Francisco, CA
Post #: 47
3 hours of the Peninsula?
Honestly, if you and/or he haven't done Yosemite yet, that's simply one of the gorgeous places in the world, and unless traffic is bad, it is a little under three hours.

If you want something oriented towards the Pacific Ocean, A night spent at Point Reyes is a win to the north, or Big Sur to the south.

Hit those highlights, then start delving into the lesser-known treasures.
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