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Old 07-13-10, 07:34 AM
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dispersed camping in Golden Gate national recreation area?

Does anyone have any beta on dispersed camping in the headlands to the north and south of San Francisco in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area?

i suspect camping is illegal, just wondered about the practical side to staying out overnight in the rec area, if anyone has any beta.

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I thought that was pronounced "data"?
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There are four small campgrounds in the Marin headlands area north of the Golden Gate:
http://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisi...activities.htm

No fees, but reservations are required.
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I'm fishing so felt a fish reference was apropos Thanks, prathmann.

Hoping for any other information on the viability of S24O type low profile dispersed camping in the golden gate national recreation area.

Mt Tam state park as well.

I'm a big fan of dispersed camping, just trying to get a read on how convenient it is to do trips outside of san francisco and wondering about the viability of it in and around the highlands of the GGNRA or Mt Tam state park.

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As a wayward youth, I had pretty good luck finding 'dispersed camping' locations among the unattached damsels at the Silver Peso Saloon, in Larkspur - which is pretty close to Mt Tam.
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Originally Posted by NoGaBiker View Post
I thought that was pronounced "data"?
Rock climbers who are trying to appear cool say "beta" (= "info").
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i almost spit oatmeal on my monitor that was so funny, truman!
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Not "dispersed" especially if you mean that as a synonym for stealth, but a good destination for an overnight trip is Sam Taylor State Park. They have a "Hike & Bike" area where no reservations are accepted or needed in a beautiful stand of redwoods.
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Wait... "Dispersed" = "stealth"; "beta" = "info."

Did I just get old?
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cool, Samuel Taylor looks like its not even 20 miles from the golden gate bridge? excellent. I hadn't considered the scale of the terrain there, i was picturing that area as further out of the city. I still need to get a DeLorme guide!
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If you do scrounge around for a spot do it with some daylight as there's a lot of poison oak in the Marin headlands.
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pantoll has a hike/bike campsite on tam. china camp in san rafael's a bit further, but some nice views, good dirt trails, and has a hiker/biker site. i also believe angel island has a hiker/biker site, but you'd have to ferry over. $3 for for state hike/bike sites here, so almost free. night riding in the marin headlands is legal. if you haven't ridden any dirt from sf golden gate/marin headlands/mt tam/tam watershed you'd be surprised how much open space there is. just get lost w/a good map, you'll always be within 10-20 miles from any town.
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if i remember corectly, betaing is a secondary process... so are you asking for secondary information or first hand information, which would be alpha... google?
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hopefully, tertiary sentiments.

just hoping someone has done some dirtbaggin' it around there, and if people have done any dispersed camping there. a lot of administered lands allow dispersed camping, i was hoping someone would identify if its kosher in the golden gate nat'l rec area to the north or south of the city.

sounds like poison oak is about the worst to be expected. if night riding is legal it sounds like i could find a secluded overlook, kick back, and do some stargazing until dawn. but the bonifide camping sites sound good too, i can always ride by and check in to see if any are available.

thanks all for the good infobeta.

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Originally Posted by NoGaBiker View Post
Wait... "Dispersed" = "stealth"; "beta" = "info."

Did I just get old?
yes
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Originally Posted by NoGaBiker View Post
Wait... "Dispersed" = "stealth"; "beta" = "info."

Did I just get old?
The answer depends on the delta between your age/my age.
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Nice IYHA Hostel in GGNRA in Marin county, camping becomes optional .

get to talk to other travelers too..
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I dispersed camped in Muir Woods National Monument near the park buildings. The following day I stayed in the Point Reyes National Seashore Youth Hostel. The Point Reyes hostel was much better.
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Granted, I have not lived here long, but I get the impression that as long as you are not causing trouble they pretty much let you do what you want...at least compared to where I come from (East Coast and Europe)
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Originally Posted by Bekologist View Post
cool, Samuel Taylor looks like its not even 20 miles from the golden gate bridge? excellent.
And a fast 20 miles, at that! If you take Sir Francis Drake back, it's all on bike paths or bike lanes on gloriously-paved side streets. Samuel P. Taylor's hiker/biker area is one of my favorites of all the sites I stopped at from Portland to Santa Barbara!
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