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Tell us: What’s your favorite L.A. campground?

A dirt path through a field of wild grasses, flowers and weeds
The trail to Musch Trail Camp in Topanga State Park.
(Jaclyn Cosgrove / Los Angeles Times)
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In late November, I prepared myself for one of the most common pastimes of any nature-loving Californian.

I got up early and trekked a dozen steps over to my laptop, where I quickly logged onto Recreation.gov to secure a campsite near Yosemite National Park — for Memorial Day weekend. It’s the kind of vacation that requires you to book it six months in advance, when coveted camping spots become available.

Reservations are often booked up 6 months in advance at some of the most sought-after camping grounds. What’s a procrastinator to do? Consider some of L.A.’s best first-come, first-served sites.

May 30, 2024

This is the reality of camping in beautiful California. It requires intense planning, often far in advance.

Luckily for those of us in L.A. County, many of the campgrounds in Angeles National Forest are first-come, first-served. That means that if you hop in your car on a Friday afternoon with your cooler, tent and camping gear, there’s probably an empty campsite waiting for you.

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I recently featured nine of about 30 such campgrounds we have to choose from in L.A. County. I’d love to hear about your favorite spot. Maybe I included it in my list. Maybe you’re thankful I didn’t. Maybe, just maybe, you’re willing to share in the form below.

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