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The Best Camping in Encinitas

Looking for the best camping in Encinitas? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Encinitas. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Encinitas

  • Encinitas, California

    San Elijo State Beach Campground

    4.5
    This campground is located right next to the beach as well as next to the San Elijo Lagoon. Head to the beach during the day for a swim. This is also a great place to catch a sunset. If you want to stretch your legs and get moving a bit, you can hike around the San Elijo Lagoon to the east of the...
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  • Carlsbad, California

    South Carlsbad Campground

    5.0
    South Carlsbad Campground is a picturesque experience. Imagine gorgeous sea cliffs overlooking a lovely beach, with ample activities to pursue (or just lay in the sun and enjoy some quiet time). The most popular campsites, 1-70 and 156-222, are perched on the edge of a bluff and feature the best ...
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  • Carlsbad, California

    South Carlsbad State Beach

    3.83 mi / 23 ft gain
    South Carlsbad State Beach is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Carlsbad, California.
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  • Escondido, California

    Camp at Dixon Lake

    2.1 mi / 295 ft gain
    Dixon Lake is Escondido's best kept secret! A man-made reservoir located right next to Daley Ranch, Dixon Lake offers overnight camping, boat rentals, fishing, and hiking, along with picnic areas, a kids park, and more.  The campground is open year-round and is located next to the lake with a lof...
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  • San Diego, California

    Hike the Visitor Center Loop Trail

    5.0
    1.4 mi / 190 ft gain
    The Visitor Center Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile hike in San Diego that features river views and allows dogs. This trail allows for the practice of a variety of activities: rock climbing, mountain biking, trail running, birding, camping horseback riding, and hiking. There are shady spots available eve...
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  • San Diego, California

    Visitor Center Loop Trail

    1.42 mi / 148 ft gain
    Visitor Center Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near La Mesa, California.
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  • Santee, California

    Kubota Trail and Toyen Trail Loop

    1.37 mi / 85 ft gain
    Kubota Trail and Toyen Trail Loop is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
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  • San Diego County, California

    Camp On the Abandoned Santa Margarita Lookout Helipad

    4.2
    Starting in Murrieta, CA you don't have to venture far to enjoy a beautiful view and less light polluted skies.From Murrieta on the I-15 freeway you're going to want to take the Clinton Kieth Road exit and head west. If you're low on gas make sure to fill up at the 7 Eleven on the left corner. Th...
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  • San Clemente, California

    Camp at San Mateo Campground

    5.0
    San Onofre State Beach, best known for its famous surf breaks, additionally offers two well equipped campgrounds.San Onofre Bluffs has fire pits and picnic tables, as well as outdoor showers, chemical toilets, and an RV dump station. Swimming and surfing are popular here.Further inland from the b...
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  • Palomar Mountain, California

    Hike to Palomar Observatory from the Palomar Observatory Campground

    5.0
    4.4 mi / 718 ft gain
    Situated in the Palomar Mountains of Cleveland National Forest, Palomar Observatory Campground offers many amenities for enjoyable camping and exploring the area.  A portion of the campsites loop has been cleared of trees with level cement pads to allow campers to set up their own telescopes.  Dr...
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  • Murrieta, California

    Fishermans Camp Trail

    3.13 mi / 853 ft gain
    Fishermans Camp Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Lake Elsinore, California.
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  • Murrieta, California

    Fisherman's Camp Loop and Tenaja Falls

    6.8 mi / 1017 ft gain
    Fisherman's Camp Loop and Tenaja Falls is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lake Elsinore, California.
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  • Temecula, California

    Agua Tibia Full Loop Trail

    19.91 mi / 4639 ft gain
    Agua Tibia Full Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Temecula, California.
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  • Temecula, California

    Eagle Crag via Agua Tibia Loop

    25.25 mi / 6053 ft gain
    Eagle Crag via Agua Tibia Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Temecula, California.
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  • Warner Springs, California

    Barker Valley Spur Trail

    7.48 mi / 1145 ft gain
    Barker Valley Spur Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Warner Springs, California.
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  • Jamul, California

    Hiking Otay Mountain

    5.0
    15.3 mi / 2903 ft gain
    The trek begins on the Otay Mountain Truck Trail at Pio Pico Resort & Campground. You can either park and hike the entire trail, or drive up to a point a couple miles and park before the road becomes steep and rough. The distance on here is if you hiked the whole way. If you have a 4-wheel dr...
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