We recently just got back from a trip up to San Simeon. We decided to camp. I have been to the lower campground before and decided that we would save 15 bucks and night and camp at the more primitive sites above at Washburn. Besides the Washburn seems more like real camping to me. The campsites were not primitive at all in my opinion. Each included a fire pit, table, and some have running water. The only thing that can be considered a little edgy is the pit style toilet- but they were kept really clean and not scary at all.
Our campsite was really nice.... Surrounded by trees on all sides. There are amazing views of the ocean, and the hills at this campground. We spent a lot of time just sitting by the fire taking in the scenery. Also it is a great campground for wildlife. We saw tons of animals on our trip- Turkey Vulture, Hawks, Steller Jays, Weasels, Squirrels, Deer, Snowy Plovers, and Zebra to name a few! The little squirrels come right up to you too. They are pretty cute! The only time when animal life was a little too much was late at night when the coyotes decided to have a howling match in our campground one night. That was kind of scary but they were only there for about five minutes before moving through.
There is also a really pretty hiking trail at the campsite that travels through the forest. Along the trail you pass through a forest that looks like something in a fairytale. The trail ends down by the beach.
Overall great camping- we will totally be going back!
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