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Northern California Camping | 3 Great Regions with Free Camping

Northern California is full of spectacular places for you to explore on your next vacation. With so many places to choose from, it’s hard to narrow down where to go! We’d like to offer some suggestions for your next California adventure, starting with some great Northern California camping spots.

Enjoy some breathtaking sights at Mt. Shasta

northern california camping near Mt. Shasta, California

Mt. Shasta, photo courtesy of

First up is the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Mt. Shasta is a must-see for your Northern California camping trip. The volcano is the 5th tallest peak in California, and sports an array of activities for explorers to partake in. Hiking, backpacking, fishing, mountaineering, and mountain biking are only a few of the great things to do at this location! Since Mt. Shasta is part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, you won’t want to miss out on the other activities in the area. Not all campgrounds in the park have full amenities, but with or without them in a Lost Campers campervan, you’ll be set for your trip! Our campervans come equipped with almost everything you’ll need to camp out. Check out our list of included amenities here!


Castle Crag is a must-see destination 

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Castle Crag, photo courtesy of

Next up is the beautiful Castle Crag State Park. Castle Crag is in the same area as Mt. Shasta, so when yo’re in the mood for a change you don’t have to travel far to find new and exciting places to explore. Castle Crag has about 28 miles of hiking trails to trek, and even has areas to go fishing! The park sports 76 campgrounds, many of which have full amenities. The trails in this park are excellent for hikers of all skills- beginners to experienced! You’ll definitely want to spend some time in this State Park during your Northern California camping trip.



You won’t want to miss out on Six Rivers during your Northern California camping trip

northern california camping in Six River National Forest

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Last but certainly not least, Six Rivers National Forest. Located closer to the shoreline, this National Forest is truly a sight to behold. The National Forest is home to several botanical areas that are natural habitats for many rare and endangered plant species. This forest is only about a 6 hour drive from the Bay Area! A perfect place to start your adventure, or pass through as you’re headed back into town. Six Rivers has plenty of trails to hike, scenic routes to drive, and plenty of other activities to do while you unwind in the beautiful scenery. A Lost Campers campervan can provide the most convenient way to enjoy this gorgeous forest.




Get your quote today for the best deal around on any campervan in the Western United States. Your Northern California camping trip will be an adventure to remember for a lifetime!

3 Great Summer California Camping Spots | National Forests

3 Southern Californian National Forests for You to Enjoy!

This summer head on over to California for some unique camping experiences! California has an amazingly diverse selection of environments for you to choose from during your stay. Whether you want to have an ocean view or be surrounded by forest – or even head out to the desert, California has what you are looking for. We’ve selected a few great National Forests for you to visit during your summer California camping getaway.

Summer California Camping #1:

Los Padres is Your Stop for Amazing Views

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Los Padres National Forest, photo courtesy of

Located about four and a half hours north of Los Angeles is the Los Padres National Forest. Los Padres encompasses a large portion of the California coast, and is home to an amazing variety of plant and animal life. Los Padres can offer you a unique experience whether you’d prefer to be near the beach, or up in the lush forest. Los Padres even has desert areas in it! Spend your time hiking the numerous trails, or check out the variety of watersports or climbing activities the park has to offer!




Summer California Camping #2:

Stay Close to Los Angeles at Angeles National Forest

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Angeles National Forest, photo courtesy of

Just outside of Los Angeles itself is the beautiful Angeles National Forest. You don’t have to go far for the city to give way to natural forests that have been preserved for local wildlife to thrive in and humans to pay visits to. Angeles National Forest is full of things to do and sights to see. Aside from the many hiking trails, visitors can enjoy swimming and even fishing. Summer California camping is sure to be full of surprises at Angeles National Forest. With a great forest located just outside the city, there’s no telling what kind of adventures you’ll have.



Summer California Camping #3:

Sequoia National Forest is a Sight to See

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Sequoia National Forest, photo courtesy of

Last but certainly not least is Sequoia National Forest. As its name indicates, Sequoia is home to the world’s largest trees. They are a sight you do not want to miss! With plenty of hiking trails, you’ll be sure to get your fill of the forest’s breathtaking environment. Stay cool during your summer California camping trip under these beautiful trees. A Lost Camper’s campervan can get you there in no time. Sequoia (and King’s Canyon) have plenty of scenic driving routes to take- no need to worry about packing up your entire campsite! A campervan from Lost Campers has all of your gear in one easy to move place. Sequoia National Forest is only about a three and a half hour drive from our Los Angeles depot.

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Headed up the coast from our Los Angeles depot for an epic road trip in “Christie” the campervan


We’re booking up fast for the summer season, be sure to get your quote today!

Campervan Vacation Planning During Busy Season

Why plan your “spur of the moment” camping trip in advance??

Do you want to be spontaneous and book a camping vacation this weekend?? Even last minute trips need planning. The more that do campervan  vacation planning, the less frustrated and broke you will be upon your return, especially when camping! Here are some tips to save yourself time and money while still being spontaneous!

Campervan Vacation Planning During Busy Season | Bryce Canyon Magic

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At Lost Campers campervan rentals we do try to keep vans ready on site but we unfortunately cannot guarantee availability. As the busy camping months are upon us (May – September) we prepare each day for the vans that are already booked to go out. Lost Campers has booked up faster this year than previous summers, which is exciting for us, but we do suggest calling us at  1 (415) 386-2693 or Toll Free: +1 (888) LOST-VAN directly 6 – 12 weeks ahead of time for location availability before just waltzing into our offices.

But sometimes there is some limited last-minute availability and exceptions with cancellations, new vans being added to the fleet, etc.  Best plan. Call us and speak to one of out customer service reservation specialists.

Call or Email Ahead for Your Campervan Vacation Planning Success

By calling ahead you will save yourself time as the reservations member can let you know what model we have available and what time we could get you on the road. This also helps you avoid being turned away. At Lost Campers we like to produce Happy Campers, not take the wind out of your sails for this spur of the moment adventure!

For people that just turn up they run the chance of unfortunately being turned away because of lack of campervan availability. If they are lucky enough to get a van, we do like to take some time to do a once over the van making sure it’s fully outfitted and give it a wash on the outside for their adventure. After all no adventure is official until the photos are on your Social Media! Save that waiting time for packing your favorite swim suit and outfits!

Campervan vacation planning and fun in California this summer

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Campervan Vacation Planning: Which Places to Visit in the West?

Deciding to go North or South is always a big question for spur of the moment travel. Think about your adventure and what activities you would want to do. Although campervan camping may seem like an easy trip to plan, the last thing you want is to be stuck without a campsite arranged. After a few hours of driving to reach your destination you do not want to have to drive around aimlessly at night.

Although one of the things are renters have told us many times  is that the love that there is no advertising of painting on the outside of Lost Camper campervan.  That way they can camp almost anywhere or park without broadcasting they are tourist.

Spontaneity is great! In these moments we recommend sites like to see what campsites would be available and their rates. Researching this aspect of your trip ahead of time will save you money that can go towards food and beverages. The site rates can make or break the enjoyment of a trip. The difference between a $15 per night park and a $30 per night park would cause less stress on your travel pocket book. Reserve America also shows which sites have first come first serve spaces offered. The first come first serve sites are usually larger parks that can accommodate more campers. This site allows you to “Find an Adventure” by typing in your City and Interest then it will populate a list for you to browse with their “availability details”.

These two details will be the foundation of your adventure and will allow for a better less chaotic trip for you and your fellow spontaneous friends!


campervan vacation planning at Devils Tower Wyoming

Photo courtesy of NPS

Campervan Vacation Planning Tip:  How to Reserve Your Lost Campers Campervan Rental

Lost Campers campervan vacation planning and renting with us during peak summer season of May – September does take planning. Reach out to our reservation team of Launi, Cherokii or Aspen via phone @ 1 (415) 386-2693 or Toll Free: +1 (888) LOST-VAN

or Email us ideally 6 – 12 weeks in advance. We can talk to you about your dates and availability in our 3 locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles or Salt Lake City.

Also be sure to visit our website, other blog postings or Facebook page for more camping vacation planning ideas.

Have a great Summer

Cherokii Verduzco, Reservation Customer Service