Best Camping in Oakland

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

  • Hike the French Trail and Stream Trail via Skyline Blvd

    The French Trail and Stream Trail via Skyline Blvd is a 7.8 mile loop with lots of ups and down, perfect for trail runners, hikers, and dog walkers. The trail is well-shaded, and is accessible year round. Parking can be found at the Skyline Gate S...

    7.8 miles 1781 ft gain

  • Camp on Angel Island

    Thousands of years ago, this island was a fishing and hunting ground for the Miwok Native Americans. It has also been an outpost for the U.S. Army and a cattle ranch. Now, it’s one of the closest places to escape from the hustle of San Francisco ...

  • Camp at the Rob Hill Campground

    Rob Hill Campground is a hidden treasure, located at the Presidio’s highest point above Baker Beach amid a beautiful eucalyptus grove. The campsite welcomes groups of all kinds and is also home to the Camping at the Presidio (CAP) program, which p...

  • Camp at Kirby Cove

    Yes, you can camp just over the Golden Gate! Kirby Cove Campground has 4 overnight campsites and 1 picnic area for day use. The campground is set near a coarse-sand beach and offers amazing views of the Golden Gate, as long as it’s not a super fog...

  • Camp at Juniper Campground in Mount Diablo SP

    Mount Diablo's summit in Mount Diablo State Park rises to 3,848ft, with Juniper Campground in Mount Diablo SP is at approximately 3,000ft in elevation.  Juniper Campground overlooks the valley below and some of the San Francisco Bay.  Reservations...

  • Hike the Donner Creek Trail

    The Donner Creek Loop Trail is a moderate, 5.2 mile loop hike. Just outside of Clayton, California, this hike is perfect for Bay Area residents. The trail is open year-round, and the waterfalls are particularly impressive in the winter.  This trai...

    5.2 miles 1322 ft gain

  • Active Overnight in Marin

    When you think of singletracks and camping (because that's what we all do), most don't think of San Rafael, located in central Marin County. But, the next time you're planning on an adventure to cross the Golden Gate and head North, consider visit...

  • Camp at Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve

    This old Naval Base is now home to, well, almost nothing. As a weekend volunteer trip, myself and about 50 others got a little dirty creating 3 new campsites for you and your friends!During the day, the island has hikers exploring everywhere, but ...

    1 miles 20 ft gain

  • Hike the Morgan Territory Regional Preserve Loop

    This regional preserve is perfect for day hikes. There are also designated campsites and even a backpack campsite. Horses and dogs are welcome in the preserve.There are many different clearly marked trails that one can choose from. A good 4.5 mile...

  • Camp at Mt. Tam's Pantoll Campground

    Need an escape from SF, but can't seem to find an available campground, then head to Pantoll Campground in Mount Tamalpais State Park. If you get there early on friday (or even better Thursday afternoon), you should be able to lock down one of the...

  • Camp at Bootjack Campground in Mount Tamalpais State Park

    Bootjack Campground is located within California's Mount Tamalpais State Park. There are a couple of campsites within the park, but if you are driving on the Panoramic Highway from Mill Valley, this will be the first campground you pass.  The fee ...

  • Camp Out in the Steep Ravine Cabins

    Although these cabins are bare bones, lacking both water and electricity, they couldn't put you in a better spot for views of the Pacific Ocean. From your cabin, you can enjoy amazing sunsets, possible whale watching, and access to trails like the...