Oak Flat Campground
Angeles National Forestwrite a review Golden State Highway
Castaic, CA 91384
GPS: 34.5998, -118.7217
|Last Price Paid:||$0|
|Number of Sites:||27|
|Max Length:||18 ft|
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22 Frieghtliner Sprinter
“Sketchy, abandoned campground”
Reviewed Mar 11, 2018
That was an experience!
The campground is conveniently located near Santa Clarita, and while it's supposed to be $5, there was nowhere to pay and no one to check even if you did pay.
It is actually a cute little campground - tight spots with large boulders so you wouldn't want to come here with a large rig. There is a pit toilet but it is the nastiest I've ever seen. I have a very high tolerance for gross toilets and this was beyond anything I'm willing to use! There were several large dumpsters that seem to get emptied, but that was the only sign of any maintenance.
It was winter so I had okay solar - almost all the spots are in the trees, so it was dappled sunlight. The cell signal was very good, though. So that made working easy.
There is a great hike up to the top of the ridge through the neighboring Boy Scout camp. It was spectacular! There is also a trail down to the Golden State Highway that is fun if you need to stretch.
The thing that makes this place sketchy is that it has attracted quite a few tent and car campers, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, until one of them gets drunk and goes off on the camp. The Sheriff ended up coming out and hauling him away, but it made me even more leery of the place after that. The Sheriff did say that this was where his people end up because it's as far into the wilderness as they are comfortable going.
Surprisingly, it isn't trashy. The tent/car campers keep their sites clean. There were a lot of people coming and going. I did keep my doors locked at all times though. Just a vibe I was picking up.
Oh, and be sure to go slow on Golden State Highway coming in. There is a ferocious bump that just has some red slashes painted on it. If you're going too fast (as I was) it's hard to see until it's too late.
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Rv Chickadee would stay here again
“Interesting. May get riff raff since it's free/close to city. We sure did. Pretty much free.”
Reviewed Feb 28, 2018
I pretty much NEVER stay in campgrounds, for a multitude of reasons. This campground stay seemed harmless enough as it's cute and is free with an America The Beautiful pass. However, if you don't have one, well, nobody is checking for payment. In fact, even if you TRIED to pay, there is nowhere to pay. Likely because if there was, it would get broken into and stolen.
Why do I say this? Because it's pretty much abandoned as far as any authority goes, and, well, we had an incident. So let's talk about the logistics of this place and why that makes it not awesome, but maybe just an acceptable place to stay. (People ruined it. It could be really nice, otherwise.)
It's just north of Santa Clarita, which is an outer lying part of the greater Los Angeles area. When I talk about boondocking being safe, I am talking about boondocking AWAY from large cities. Usually, I am close to being in the middle of nowhere. However, I had to be in LA with my rig, and so this place seemed like a good place to stay while moving away from the city. It was free, and Becky had stayed here before with no issue. Still, I locked my door when I was inside, AFTER 'the incident'.
Ok, first, it's a nice location. There is I-5 traffic noise but it's not bad. There are deer. Really nice views, especially from my site. I was on a bluff and since it's winter, I had a good view of the mountains in the distance. There are bathrooms but the members of my caravan say it's one of the nastiest bathrooms they have ever seen. I just decided to take their word for it. There are trash cans here.
It's a tight campground, so you aren't supposed to be longer than X to come here. (I don't recall the length) I have a Toyota Tundra and a 24' camper. I could manage all the turns. If you have a larger motorhome, not so much. The spots are short- that's the biggest issue. I had the longest spot and COULD get in with my truck attached to my camper, but I pivot in the middle. There are large boulders lining the road and the sites, so don't think you can just stick your rear end 'in the grass' or drive over the grass and get away with it. You can't.
Sites are dirt and gravel. No issues getting stuck in wet weather. Most are fairly level. There are stone picnic tables and fire pits. There is a great hike you can get to if you walk through the boy scout camp that borders the CG. There was a trail from my site going down the hill that leads you to the Golden Highway. Steep and good for exercise.
There is also a fire station bordering the CG, FYI. What looks like an old ranger station or office is an abandoned building, full of nothing but squirrels. The driveway- it's long and ONE LANE. If you are a larger rig and you come upon someone coming out, have fun.
When you get off of I-5 and take a right, beware, there will be a pretty severe bump that you don't want to be going fast over. Go slow until you get to it- just before where the hill starts to climb. Or you're in for a nasty surprise!
What else? Verizon is smoking here as you can see the tower. ATT is also good. I could stream video using ATT so it's all good to me. Solar is not the best. I had one of the best spots for it and it is winter so there are no leaves on the trees. It will be worse in the summertime. I'd say here in this spot, I have a good 7 or 8 hours of full sun. The others here- not much full sun at all. Maybe an hour or two here or there.
Ok, here's the kicker. This place, being free and so close to a city, attracts people who are living in their cars and/or tents, living here because they can't afford anywhere else. There were about 4 or 5 during our stay. They have been here since before we got here according to another tent camper staying here. That's all good and fine, but, well, sometimes they can be... well, let me just tell you the 'fun' that WE experienced from one of them.
The day after I arrived, there was a couple that came back in after leaving in the morning (while revving their SUPER LOUD muffler-less car BIG TIME and screaming as loud as he could, "WAKE UP BIT**ES, ITS MY BIRTHDAY!!) -very nice. They came back and they were drunk. He starts screaming, at the top of his lungs, at his GF. Things I cannot repeat. Well, it got uncomfortable to say the least. Screaming ridiculousness at the girl, revving the engine and going on and on about signing the title of the car over to someone. Eventually he started shouting about "the neighbors" (Me and my 4 friends, mostly. Hardly anyone else here) and how he might just shoot them up with his BB gun.
Well, that was it for me. I called the cops. They came, thank god, (and they thought he pulled a rifle out, so THAT was scary when they drew their guns on him "DROP IT, DROP IT!!") Ugh. It was an ax.
Everyone in my caravan was all packed up and ready to leave once the cops got here unless he was arrested. Thank goodness he had an outstanding warrant, and they happily took him off to jail. YIKES.
Campgrounds. No thanks. 😂
Still, I understand this might be a 'rare' occurrence. But the cop did say that that's what this place attracts. So, if you are looking to stay here, just be prepared for some possibly undesirable neighbors. You may not have that at all. It's going to be hit or miss. Likely it WON'T happen to you, but I'm letting you know what happened to us.
The rest of the stay? Fine. No problems at all though we kept a good eye on the GF. She knew all of the other car dwellers who stayed here. We worried that Drunk Guy would get out of jail and come back. That didn't happen.
Would I stay here again? Only if I NEEDED to. We only all stayed for 5 days because the weather was not cooperating for us to leave where we were trying to go.
I still prefer boondocking, away from campgrounds. 🙂
This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com
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