John Benson has provided the Panam & West-Coast cyclists with a very useful document, with a list of all Hiker-Biker sites, Youth Hostels and more useful info. Thanks John!
Here’s the document, attached.
It’s not quite what the title says and you can obviously adapt it as you wish. There are two bits to it:
1. North of San Francisco
2. South of San Francisco
I stayed with friends in SF so didn’t put options there for the city.
North of San Francisco it’s easy … there is only one HI Hostel in Point Reyes so everything else is an H/B site. Each site has 4 sections:
1. Name of campsite where the H/B is.
3. Distance from the previous camp – the first one is from the last site in Oregon, a mile north of Brookings.
4. Any extra notes e.g. the first site closes after Labo(u)r Day – 6 September.
South of San Francisco has H/B sites, HI Hostels & W/showers – the latter only where I stayed.
This time there are 5 columns – the same four as above and a new 4th column which indicates where I stopped each night and the distance I took to get there – with stops, getting lost etc.
I used a couple of hostels for breaks from camping or in Santa Monica, as a base to see LA, where there aren’t any campgrounds.
One important point to note is that North Beach Campground in Pismo Beach is no longer an H/B site and so there is a long distance between Morro Bay & Gaviota State Park (basically, 2 days cycling for the normal person). It’s $25 per site at North Beach so, if there are other cyclists, you can share a site or ask around. By Pismo Beach, there were only 4 of us running the route at the same time, unlike at other times, so this may be a limited option.
HIKER-BIKER CAMPSITES & YHAs
HIKER/BIKER SITES & YHAs NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO
|Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park||11 miles S of Crescent City||53.7km||Mill Creek Camp – closes 06 Sep|
|Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park||6 miles N of Orick||34.6km||$5 – Elk Prairie Campground|
|Patricks Point State Park||4 miles N of Trinidad||38.7km|
|Humboldt Redwoods State Park||5 miles N of Myers Flat||109km||Marina Garden Club Grove Camp|
|Humboldt Redwoods State Park||4 miles N of Myers Flat||2km||Burlington Campground|
|Benbow Lake State Recreation Area||5 miles S of Garberville||32.3km|
|Richardson Grove State Park||8 miles S of Garberville||6.8km|
|Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area||2 miles N of Leggett||22.1km||$5|
|MacKerricher Beach State Park||2 miles N of Fort Bragg||66.6km|
|Russian Gulch State Park||2 miles N of Mendocino||19.6km||Closed by 21/09|
|Van Damme Beach State Park||3 miles S of Mendocino||8.7km||$5, showers $0.50 – raccoons|
|Manchester State Beach||2 miles NW of Manchester||50.6km|
|Gualala Point Regional Park||2 miles S of Gualala||38.6km||$5, showers $0.50 – raccoons|
|Woodside Campground||8 miles S of Stewarts Point||31.5km|
|Stillwater Cove State Park||10 miles S of Stewart Point||3.2km||$5, showers $1.50|
|Bodega Dunes State Beach||10 miles S of Jenner||58.4km||$5|
|HI Hostel Point Reyes Station||$22|
|Samuel P. Taylor State Park||6 miles SE of Olema||67.6km||$5; showers 25c x 3 mins|
HIKER/BIKER SITES & YHAs: SOUTH OF SAN FRANCISCO
|Half Moon Bay State Beach HB||4 miles W of Half Moon Bay||10.1km||42km||$7; Showers 25c = 2 min|
|Santa Cruz HI||45.4km||80km||$22 members; $25 non|
|New Brighton State Beach HB||8 miles SE of Santa Cruz||12.3km|
|Sunset State Beach HB||20 miles SE of Santa Cruz||18.2km|
|Vets Memorial Park HB||3 miles SW of Monterey||5.2km||90.5km||$6|
|Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park HB||2 miles S of Big Sur||50.6km||78.5km||$5; Showers 25c = 3 min|
|Kirk Creek Campground HB||4 miles S of Lucia||43.7km|
|San Simeon State Beach HB||5 miles S of San Simeon||54.3km|
|Cambria HI||15km||117km||$24 members; $27 non|
|Morro Bay State Park HB||6 miles SW of Morro Bay||35.5km|
|San Luis Obispo HI||19km|
|Gaviota State Park HB||18 miles north of Goleta||136km||$10|
|Refugio State Beach HB||9 miles N of Goleta||15km||130.4km||$10; Shower 25c = 2 min|
|El Capitan State Beach HB||6 miles N of Goleta||4.8km|
|Carpinteria State Beach HB||1 mile S of Carpinteria||19.5km|
|McGrath State Beach Camp HB||3 miles S of Ventura||39km||97.6km||$10; Shower 25c = 2 min|
|Leo Carillo State Beach HB||10 miles S of Port Hueneme||33km||Wifi Tokens|
|Sycamore Canyon & Cove HB||Point Mugu State Park||8.4km|
|LA – Santa Monica HI||52.2km||97.4km||$30 members; $33 non|
|LA – South Bay HI||43km|
|Hungtington Beach WS||52.6km||90.1km|
|San Clemente State Beach HB||3 miles S of San Clemente||27.1km|
|San Elijo State Beach HB||4 miles S of Leucadia||1.9km||Wifi|
|San Diego – Downtown HI||San Diego||40.9km||66.5km||$28|
|Mexican Border, Tijuana||US-Mexico Border||30km|
You can also download the above as a PDF file here for easy printing: JB-Hiker-Biker-Sites-Hostels-USA.