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Old 08-06-2017, 02:19 PM   #1
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Hwy 101 and Hwy 1: S OR, N CA, and Point Reyes

Hello All,
We are picking up our new Escape 21 at the end of this month!

Our first adventure (beyond a couple of short, local, get-to-know-our-new-trailer outings) will be down to Point Reyes in central California. I'm seeking suggestions on places to stay (campgrounds as well as boondocking) and things to see/do as we head south, on Hwy 101 FROM southern Oregon, then Hwy 1 along the northern CA coast. Also would appreciate any cautions/warnings of things we should be aware of as we take our trailer along Hwy 1. We are also looking for suggestions on campgrounds/things not to miss in the Point Reyes area itself.

Thanks very much for your help.

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Old 08-06-2017, 02:48 PM   #2
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Not sure how far south you cut over to 101 but my favorite route from 5 to 101 is through Drain and Elkton to Reedsport. Beautiful drive!

When you get to the Prairie Creek redwoods on 101 (N. Cal) there is a bypass called Drury Parkway. Take it. I almost always see elk there (also on the road above through Elkton) and it is a lower elevation- the other goes up and over on 101.

Get reservations for campgrounds now.

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Old 08-06-2017, 03:06 PM   #3
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Thanks Bobbie54. Would be great to see elk.
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Old 08-06-2017, 04:11 PM   #4
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Ck caltrans road conditions for sr1....for the construction/slides.

Division of Traffic Operations - Road Information - California Highway Information

Heading S you are on the cliff side as opposed to the Mt side. Turnouts along the way.
Depending on how far S you are going....problems in Big Sur area.

We've stayed at Pelican Pt RV park in Half Moon Bay. Sheltered out of the wind with beach access..if you want to go for a walk
Safe travels.
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Old 08-06-2017, 04:21 PM   #5
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MacKerricher State Park in Ft. Bragg on Hwy 1. Great place, busy on weekends, get your rezzies now. Campsites in the 80s-90s on the beach side are the best. And only 6 mi. from Mendocino.
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:17 PM   #6
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How are you entering California from southern Oregon? Via 101? Just past Scotia is California State Highway 254, the "Avenue of the Giants", which parallels 101 and takes you through the very magnificent redwoods. Not to be missed. Humboldt Redwoods State Park is along this route. Book now! If you're jumping onto Highway 1 at Leggett, be certain to check road conditions, we've had lots of slides last winter and they're just now repairing a lot of them.
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Old 08-06-2017, 07:06 PM   #7
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Yes, santacruzer, we are entering CA via 101 from Oregon so will definitely checkout Humboldt.

THanks to Bruce for tip on macKerricher Sounds like a great place.

And thanks to reetired and Bruce for suggestion to check out road conditions.
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Old 08-06-2017, 07:15 PM   #8
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We also liked Prairie Creek CG. A quiet place and you can take a bumpy drive (no trailer) or long hike to the beach.
The road from Leggett to Rockport is memory making. It's downhill, narrow, very winding and the locals don't care. It took a while but it was kind of fun! We were very relieved to see the ocean.
There is a good coffee shop/diner in Point Arena.
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Old 08-06-2017, 07:38 PM   #9
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We live in Santa Rosa and picked up our 19 foot in May, 2015, just over two years ago. We came down I-5 and visited friends and relatives in Seattle and Portland before heading to the coast from Grants Pass on Rt 199 to Rt 101. We stayed in Redwoods NP at Mill Creek Campground. The Redwoods are great if you have a few days to explore. We then went home from there. With our prior trailer, a 16 foot vintage Aristocrat, we camped in Humboldt Redwoods SP at Burlington campground, which is very nice but the turns there are sharp within the campground. But this park is also great as others have said. Also Prairie Creek SP is great.

Alternatives to MacKerricher SP are Russian Gulch SP and Van Damme Beach SP which we like better.

Since we live in Santa Rosa, we have not camped at Point Reyes as it is a convenient day trip for us but I have heard good things about Samuel P Taylor state park. We have camped in Bodega Bay at Bodega Dunes State Park several times. In the same area, you might also try Doran Beach county park or Salt Point state park. You won't find connections at the state or county parks along the coast. Northern CA state parks generally don't have connections but they have flush toilets and showers. You can find connections in southern CA state parks.

In Point Reyes, we like the Point Reyes Lighthouse (whale watching), Chimney Rock (see the elephant seals), Drakes Beach, Abbotts Lagoon. For towns, see Point Reyes Station.
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Originally Posted by linheu View Post
Thanks Bobbie54. Would be great to see elk.
When you get down into the Prairie Creek Redwoods you'll see the famous Roosevelt Elk. They are the largest of the four North American Elk subspecies. We saw them right along the
road in the park. Should be late enough that you'll see calves and the Bulls may or may not still be in velvet.
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