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Monday, March 16, 2009


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Our Opinion: Recommend. This large regional park has spacious sites and good hiking, in the midst of an urban area.

Date of Stay: March 15th through 18th.

Weather During Stay: Springtime! Lows at night were crisp, in the 30’s; daytime highs in the mid 70’s. Beautiful.
Site Description: Our site is a large pullout along the side of the campground road. A school (high school?) is next to us at the border of the park, so it is quiet at night but lots of “kid noise” during the day. All sites are paved, with large concrete patios surrounded by grass. BBQ grill and sturdy picnic table at each site. FHU with 50 and 30 amp electric.
The campground is gently rolling, with lots of green grass and trees. Most of the 42 RV sites are pull-outs, but some are back-ins. Not all are level, but most are quite long; all are fairly spacious. Many of the pull-out sites have multiple utilities for groups of two or three. Several restrooms (with showers); plenty of trash cans. Tent camping sites are available in a separate area. Dump site available. All sites can be reserved at http://www.sbcountyparks.com/. Maximum stay 14 days in 30.

Rate: FHU RV sites are $27. Senior camping rates are available Monday-Thursday, $23. We paid the full rate for Sunday night, the senior rate thereafter - plus a $5 fee for making a reservation.

Phone/radio/TV: Verizon service is good on both the aircard and phones. Lots of trees mean you need to pay attention if your TV satellite is roof mounted. On the antenna, we have four digital stations, all PBS. NPR on 91.9.

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain: Rolling hills, lots of trees, green grass and lakes. Elevation 2,600 feet. This large, regional park is in a busy urban/suburban area, with a school next door and homes nearby. Views from the campground are of other campers, the surrounding hills, and the school.
Lighting/Noise: No streetlights here (a good thing), but the restrooms are brightly lit at night. We were positioned so that wasn’t a bother. Noise from the neighboring students during the day. Sites near the front of the campground had considerable road noise.

Favorite Sites: All have some good, some not-so-good features. As usual, we prefer perimeter sites to the interior sites.
Hiking/Walking: Walking the loop road of this huge park is pleasant. A rather strenuous hike goes to the peak of the highest nearby hill, Mt. Zanja.

Comments: This park is a pleasant oasis in a busy urban area in the Inland Empire of California. The campground occupies a small area of the park, which includes a large lake (with fishing), swimming beach, water slides, playground, and several large picnic areas. I suspect this park is very crowded with day-users in summer. Grocery shopping nearby; 18 hole public golf course ¼ mile away.

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