Miranda Pine Campground

Los Padres National Forest

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Miranda Pines Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA
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GPS: 35.0353, -120.0373

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 3
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 3757 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

juliansij would stay here again

“Scenic but gusty”

Reviewed Apr 23, 2017

Overall Rating

We stayed 2 nights at this campground.

It's a rough and windy 10 miles from Highway 166, on Sierra Madre Rd. The Forest Service closes the road during wet weather. There were a lot of large rocks in the road, so I'd recommend a high clearance vehicle (mine has 8.5 in), but 4WD isn't necessary.

The campground is on top of a mountain, which offers great views of the San Rafael Wilderness and the Caliente mountain range. It's far from any hiking trails. For that kind of thing, you'd have to continue along Sierra Madre Rd toward McPherson Peak or drive down Pine Canyon Rd, which intersects with the former near the campground. The campground, which sits around the 4000' elevation mark, is surrounded by pine trees (hence the name) -- a break from the relative chaparral of the area.

The campground was mostly clean, but with a few shotgun shells and pieces of trash lying around. The toilet -- which is outdoors, with three walls for privacy -- was cleaner than I'd expected. Bring toilet paper. One of the picnic benches is falling apart but still usable.

Being on a mountaintop, you can expect a lot of wind. This made setting up a tent, cooking and starting a fire difficult, but not completely impossible. Make sure to stake your tent down well. The wind chill also makes the campground much cooler than the surrounding area. The views from Miranda Pine, however, make up for this. Each of the three sites has its own scenic view.

The wind is loud at night, but there wasn't any other noise to speak of. We went on a weekend and had the campground to ourselves.

Our cell signals at the campground fluctuated. Both Verizon and AT&T alternated between having no signal, a voice-only signal, and 4G, without any sort of pattern.

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Verizon Extended

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