Moto Camping in Crystal Lake

Moto Camping in Crystal Lake

Location: Crystal Lake Campground

Cost: $12/day - $5/day for extra vehicle (Cash only)

Elevation: 5,539-feet 

You'll find peace and quiet only a little over an hour away from Downtown Los Angeles. Crystal Lake Campground offers 36 campsites and a few cabins. The area has picnic tables, vault toilets (that means non-flush/waterless toilets), parking, lots of shade, and fire rings. This is a first come first served spot so it fills quickly during the weekend. I got there on Thursday at noon and there were plenty of campsite available.

The campground has four loops, A through D. If you want to be close to the local Cafe, loop A and B are the way to go. Crystal Lake Cafe is a small and very peculiar spot that seems to have everything you can possibly need, except for alcohol hehe. If you want to be a little more isolated, like I did, go to loop D. To get to it, go up the road and take a left before you hit the dead end, which is also a parking lot, you'll see a small sign directing you to the campsites. 

The ride up there is absolutely gorgeous. The blue of the mountains in the distance is breathtaking. Watch out for wildlife! I ran into a least five little furry fellas and they don't move as fast as the motorcycles do hehe. I also encourage you to stop and take photos along the way, you won't regret it.

Now, since you've shown interest, let me brag about my tent a little. The Moto Tent, made by Lone Rider, not only shelters you from the elements but also offers a cozy haven for your precious motorcycle. Picture this: a convenient garage space, accessible from both sides, ensuring effortless closure come nightfall. And the storage? It's beyond generous. Inside, a variety of mesh pockets, perfect for organizing your essentials.

Now, here's the real kicker – two doors for swift access to your bike, meaning you never have to step out of your sanctuary to grab something from your saddlebag. Oh, and did I mention its height? At 5'2", I can stand upright inside, a true luxury in the world of camping. This, my friend, is not just camping; it's glamping at its finest.

The outer tent is made from ultralight and UV-resistant Rip-Stop polyester fabric and it's fully waterproof. The sleeping area is equipped with 3 doors, each one equipped with a mosquito net, and rain flaps to cover all zippers and keep the rain out. Here's a sketch with the dimensions of the tent:


I won't deny that once the tent is out of the bag it can look incredibly difficult to set up, but the color-coded system Lone Rider designed is brilliant. The MotoTent is held up by only 3 collapsable poles made from aircraft-grade aluminum. They are of course color-coded for an easier and faster setup, 2 red ones for your bike and a black one for you. So, if you want to take your moto camping experience to another level, spoil yourself and your motorcycle with this tent!

Total weight: 6.42 kg / 14.15 lbs (including poles, outer tent, inner tent, ground pegs & ground sheet) - It's heavy but worth it.

Packed Size: 24"x8" (~60x20cm) Note: Packed Size in my experience is more like 21"x11", but I'm a reckless packer hehe

Price: $599.99

Contents:

  • Inner & Outer tent, preassembled together
  • 2x longer poles (red), 1x shorter pole (black)
  • 18x Ground pegs
  • 1x SOS Groundsheet
  • 1x Rainproof carry bag

Disclaimer: I do not make any profit from selling this tent or promoting it. I genuinely like it. That's it! Any thoughts of comments? 

 

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Testing :) I can’t wait to launch this website.

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