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California Adventures: Camping at Lopez Lake

After spending a week in the desert for Burning Man I was in need of a much needed trip to a place that housed trees. One of my favorite places to camp in California is at Lopez Lake, which is nestled in the hills and mountains about 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo. I’ve camped there twice before, first time was on my solo road trip and the second was on my way to Lightning in a Bottle.

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It’s a great place to visit if you have dogs and/or kids, or just if you are just wanting some time in nature. I was feeling a bit guilty for being gone so much this summer away from my dogs, so I came up with the grand idea to combine my need for forest time with somewhere where the dogs could come too. Lopez Lake is great for both. With the decision made my friend and I packed up the car and headed north (it’s about a 5 hour drive from San Diego).

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I like to camp in the squirrel campground but there are plenty to choose from, some even close to the lake. Actually, all campsites are within walking distance to the lake, I just like squirrel because it’s tucked back into the trees. Although the lake is still usable it is quite low do to the drought in California (conserve water!) but it’s also still beautiful.

Tell you what… nothing makes me happier than camp coffee and two very happy happy dogs.

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If you happen to visit I highly recommend hiking the Turkey Ridge and Blackberry Spring trails. BEAUTIFUL. You can also swim at the lake, kayak, fish, windsurf, jet ski and… if you have horses, they even have trails for your horse. I don’t have a horse but I do have a bear and a wolf, and those two are beyond entertained with all the turkeys, deer, squirrels and several different kind of bird species that live at Lopez Lake.

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I got my tree fix and am now back home and already itching for another camping adventure. Next stop? Joshua Tree in October and I’m contemplating doing a winter Yosemite trip. Anybody have any tips on Yosemite in the winter time?

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.” Get out there and explore and if you happen to be in Cali, stop by Lopez Lake for a night or two. It just might snuggle it’s way into your heart as it did mine.

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P.S. Can I interest you in a trip down California’s HWY 1 or Yosemite National Park?