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primitive camping at montana de oro

Hi and thanks for reading.

I'll be going on my first trip to the Central Coast later this month. I've been researching it and like Montana de Oro for its isolation and supposed beauty. However, I want to primitive camping (I hate campgrounds). Apparently you can do this, but I can't find any maps showing exactly where the sites are, and I assume that there are designated sites along the trails.

Any insight on this? Maybe just a link to a good park map showing the sites (parks.ca.gov has nothing).



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1. Re: primitive camping at montana de oro

You might have found these sites, but from the State Parks site they do link to the Coastal Records Project which has pictures of the entire California coastline. Here is the picture of Spooner's Cove:


This site from the Central Coast Tourist has a map to the primitive campgrounds:


Montana de Oro appears to have two types of campgrounds - primitive and walk-in environmental. It appears to me that primitive means grouped campsites with outhouses. and these are east of Spooner's Cove. I don't know what you don't like about campgrounds, but I think the walk-in environmental campground will provide more isolation. but I couldn't find where those were.

Here is a topo of Montana de Oro:


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2. Re: primitive camping at montana de oro

I believe the map the previous poster links to is just the regular family campground, not a primitive campground. The parks website says MdeO has both family camping and environmental campsites. In my experience "environmental" sites are sites which are a short walk from where you park your car, less than half a mile usually, close enough so that you can walk back when you run out of firewood or beer. They may be isolated single sites, or they may even be old car campgrounds that have been converted to environmental sites by having everyone park near the entrance and walk to their site. What colinaz wants is a "backcountry" campsite. These, in CA state parks, are usually small campgrounds along the trail, that might hold up to a dozen sites, so you will still have neighbors, but not slamming car doors or generators or (hopefully not) boomboxes.

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3. Re: primitive camping at montana de oro

Hi; Did you ever get to Montana De Oro? What did you think and where was your camp? Was camping there last week end for 3rd time. Very mellow. Ran up to Los Osos for a Starbucks each morning. And they call that "primitive".

Harry and Son

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