Panoche Hills

BLM

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Panoche Access Rd.
Firebaugh, CA 93622
831-630-5000
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GPS: 36.7125, -120.8625

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 1112 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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2 people have reviewed this location.

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Dave'n'Kim
Rio Dell, CA
27 Keystone Cougar 5th wheel
2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck
29 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: N/A

Dave'n'Kim would stay here again

“BEWARE CLOSED APRIL – OCTOBER for vehicles!”

Reviewed May 22, 2017

Overall Rating

We had high hopes of utilizing this place for a convenient free overnight stop on our way home to north California. The Good News was, the 12ml road from the I-5 is excellent, newly paved. But the Bad News was - the dirt road up the hill to the campground was blocked by a gate with a sign stating “No Motorized Access, April – October”. This was due to fire risk. So we didn't actually stay here at all, so cannot comment on the 'campground' itself. NO phone signal here.
And if you want to use the nearby Mercey Hot Springs as a back-up, prepare to pay $55 per person (for the hot springs) plus $10 for RV camping: they don’t do RV-camping only.

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Nakisa at Viewfin...
Santa Cruz, CA
29 Keystone Cougar Xlite 28SGS
2015 Ford F-150 Ecoboost
21 reviews
Days stayed: 2
“Off the grid camping”

Reviewed Mar 28, 2016

Overall Rating

We chose the spot on the right side of the road, where Panoche Access Road is still an improved gravel road, and a dead end road just forks to the left. There is a trail from this spot going down into the valley (I believe this is road P2), and you can see the scenic overlook from the campsite. For bigger vehicles there are not too many options, but a smaller van or trailer can probably find a nicer spot.

Panoche Hills attracts lots of target shooters, which would not be so bad if they all cleaned up after themselves. We found lots of shells, beer cans, plastic.
If you travel here, take the road coming from the north (Fresno county), which does not have the potholes of the southern San Bernardino county part. You're off the grid here, cellphone reception is very poor.
The hills are beautiful in spring, lots of wildflowers. It is close to Mercey Hotsprings, which is a nice place to go soak in natural hotsprings. Mercey Hotsprings is quite pricey for what is offered, but the atmosphere is good.

If you do go, visit the Panoche Inn for a cold beer and peanuts!

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation:
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
Pets:
  • pets

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