This is our most visited place/favorite campground in the Park for several great reasons. There's some world-class climbing rocks, from an easy technical 5.1 to as serious as most any climber can do. Watching climbers here is also fun, especially on Intersection Rock and several within a five min walk of the campground. Taking time-lapse images of climbers using their headlamps after dark is challenging and rewarding for photographers.
There are several fine hikes from here. The most popular is a short (1mile) Hidden Valley loop, a five min. walk from the campground. More flowers and plant varieties here than most places because it is sheltered from winds and naturally catches available water. Good for plant photography. Easy to follow path, with picnic tables outside the tiny valley in the parking area.If you take ONE WALK in the Park, this should be it. Other off-trail hikes are easy to difficult (boulder scrambling) files in most any direction from the campground. Just pay attention to your direction and energy levels.
It is a short drive to Keys Ranch (ranger-led tours), Barker Dam, the Wonderland of Rocks and some other great walks.
CAMPING is basic in about 45 sites, for $10 per night. Spectacular rock surroundings. Most of the sites are separated from others, but some are immediately next to others, great for groups of friends who want to be together. There's a weekend morning Coffee Gathering where campers and other climbers can meet up to plan climbing for the day. The campground can get FULL, especially in the Spring (March and April), but show up in the morning (8-9am often works for us) and you'll likely get a site from someone who is leaving if you hang around a bit.
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