Marion Mountain Campground

Banning, California

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From L.A., the ride to Marion Mountain Campground on I-10 through “The Inland Empire” (aka “Land of Swirling Gases”) is, at best, horrifying. Persevere, though, and head up CA 243 from Banning, and, in a few short minutes, you’ll be in a different world. You’ll come up out of the chaparral into the pines and peaks. What a contrast!
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The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California

by Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai (Menasha Ridge Press)

From L.A., the ride to Marion Mountain Campground on I-10 through “The Inland Empire” (aka “Land of Swirling Gases”) is, at best, horrifying. Persevere, though, and head up CA 243 from Banning, and, in a few short minutes, you’ll be in a different world. You’ll come up out of the chaparral into the pines and peaks. What a contrast!

©  Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Banning
Season: May-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Idyllwild-Pine Cove
Topo Map: Marion Mountain Campground Topographic Map
Guide Book: The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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4/10/2011

Great county park with short trails leading to longer trails. Check out Cedar Trail which starts in the park but you can hike all the way to Lake Cuyamaca (additional 5 miles each way).

10/4/2009

This is a great campground with spacious campsites. We had a beautiful shade tree on ours, underneath which we could pitch two tents. There was an outdoor amphitheatre that we sang songs and gave speeches at, just for fun. The ranger on duty was extremely friendly. We did a loop hike off the campground and the only reason I don't give the place 5 stars is that the scenery is still quite scarred from the 2003 fires. Once the greenery fully rebounds, this place will be a five star gem. We drove into Julian both days too.

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