Motorcycle Camping in California

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For the past couple of weeks, Travels with Harley has talked about Motorcycle camping, and if you have been following our blog, you will have all the tips you need for a successful motorcycle camping trip, but you still need somewhere to camp. After some research, Jim and I discovered some of the best places in California for Motorcycle camping.

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Big Sur

Jim and I love Big Sur and have spent plenty of time there; however, we have never pitched a tent. According to other H.O.G. members, Big Sur has a motorcycle camping site that is just five miles down a little dirt road, which certainly keeps the tourists away. The campsite has awesome views of the Pacific Ocean and fire rings, but best bring your own water, as there isn’t any available. Also, be prepared to take your trash out and bring you own wood as it is illegal to gather it at the campsite. The sunsets are phenomenal and something that everyone should see at least once.

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Death Valley Saline Valley Hot Springs

Travels with Harley have talked about the incredible motorcycle road trips in Death Valley, but now we hear it is an awesome place to camp as well. The campsite is about 50 miles from any paved road giving campers two ways to get in, the south, and the north passes into Saline Valley. The North Pass was recently graded, but the south still remains grueling and will test your riding skills. Be prepared as it is a long way in if you have any problems. Make sure that you check out the Saline Valley Hot Springs and don’t forget to pack your necessities and bring plenty of water. Because of the heat, the best time to go is in the winter.

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Joshua Tree Hidden Valley

Another winter motorcycle camping spot that you won’t want to miss is Joshua Tree, Hidden Valley. If you want to enjoy the high desert you will love the campsite, and although it’s remote, it is well worth it as it is the most picturesque in the Joshua Tree Hidden Valley campsite, just make sure you watch out for rattlesnakes. Even if you camp during the winter, they are still plentiful in Joshua Tree.

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Nelder Grove Campground Western Sierras

If you love the giant redwoods in California, you will not want to miss the Nelder Grove Campground. You can get to the campsite by traveling down a forest service road that is dotted with Sequoia stumps that were left over from logging in the 19th century. You can actually set up camp around the stumps. Best of all, the Sequoia Grove is walking distance from the campsite. Be sure to walk the Shadow of the Giants Trail. The best time to travel to the campsite that has clean toilets and water is during the summer.

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Motorcycle camping can be lots of fun, as long as you are prepared. Make sure that you check out the Travels with Harley Camping Tips.

Happy motorcycle camping!

Tips for Motorcycle Camping Trips

Motorcycle Camping Trips

Motorcycle Camping Trips are something that I would love to try. However, if you follow the Travels with Harley blog, you will know that Jim isn’t so fond of Motorcycle Camping Trips, but seeing as summer is in full swing, we thought we would share some great Motorcycle Camping Trips tips before you head out on the road.

Don’t Spend a Fortune

Motorcycle Camping TripsIf you have decided to try Motorcycle Camping Trips, don’t go off and spend a ton of money on the latest gear and equipment. Start slow, plan a short trip, and pack light. Buy or borrow enough equipment for an overnight stay at a location that you are familiar with. If you end up hating Motorcycle Camping Trips you will be stuck with all of your expensive camping gear.

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Planning is everything

Just like our Road King, most motorcycles have very little carrying capacity. Make sure that you take what you need and leave the rest at home. Remember, Motorcycle Camping Trips are really backpacking on a motorcycle so making a checklist is imperative. During the planning stages, make sure that you check the weather as well.


Check and Re-Check

Motorcycle Camping TripsMake sure that you are familiar with your camping gear before you hit the road. Set up your tent, make sure you know how the stove works and prepare something before you head out. Try sleeping on your pad and bag before you go on Motorcycle Road Trips. Keep an inventory and checklist the morning of your trip to make sure you don’t leave anything at home.

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Never overload your bike on Motorcycle Camping Trips. Travels with Harley recommend that you store your heavier items on the bottom and as forward to your rear wheel as possible. Pack your motorcycle the day before you leave and do a test-drive.

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Match your Campsite

People who venture out on Motorcycle Camping Trips know ahead of time where they will be staying. If the site that you have your eye on takes reservations, make them. Most campsites are fully booked a month or two in advance. If you have never been on Motorcycle Camping Trips book a campsite that has running water, toilets, and showers. If you are experienced when it comes to Motorcycle Camping Trips, you can rough it, but make sure that the place you are headed allows motorcycles. Also, make sure to read the reviews for the campsites that you are considering.

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Of course, there is much more to share when it comes to Motorcycle Camping Trips and we plan on telling you all about it in an up and coming Travels with Harley blog.