Indian Flats Campground




 Indian Flats Campground

Highway 79 & Lost Creek Rd.
Reservations:     No reservations. First come, first serve.
$12/Night for single unit, $5/Night for extra vehicle
Open Season:    
Tentatively June 1st - March 31th
Vehicles 15 ft. max.
Vault Toilet (3)
Operated By:    
Forest Service

Indian Flats Campground is a 17-site campground in the Cleveland National Forest near the Pacific Crest Trail. The campground lies at a 3,600 ft. elevation and is highly secluded.  You will get great views of Lake Henshaw and the Palomar Mountains. There is a short trail from the campground to the East Fork of the San Luis Rey River, where you will find shallow pools and a seasonal waterfall.  Here is a website that covers the seasonal waterfall and short hike to it.

Campground closure:
Indian Flats Campground closes for the months of April and May in order to protect the habitat of the endangered arroyo toad during its active season. The specific closure dates may vary from year to year, so check with the national forest before making a visit in the spring.

Personal Experience:
  I am putting this spot up merely for the 7 mile, winding drive up the mountain.  I have not camped here although I may one day.  The drive is serene enough and an ideal spot to watch the sunset if you have ventured up to Warner Springs for the day. This is a great drive to clear your mind and just enjoy nature all around you.  You will be out in the thick of it with no reception so make sure you come prepared with food, water and emergency supplies in case your car breaks down!  There is an endless backyard for hiking and exploring too.  Who knows what secrets lay in these hills!  I must note that I have only explored this area in the winter so I cannot speak of what it is like in the summer.

Look out for this sign and then start driving up the hill!

Warner Springs

Get ready for a long, windy drive straight up the mountain!

Indian Flats Campground

This is actually the base of the campground which was not open for camping when we visited.  You can still explore if you want though:
Indian Flats Campground

My imagination goes wild looking at those rocks.  Imagining the natives climbing them, what secrets they found while exploring and also overlooking their land:

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

There are a ton of interesting rocks out here and an abundance of quartz!
Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Looks like someone else was drawn to the same spot we were!

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

What's it spell?  I see dyke :P

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

This sunset seriously got CRAZY!  Wait it out til the end is the moral of the story.  Right when we were getting ready to leave the sky got ten times crazier!

Indian Flats Campground

There was a mystic air all around us:

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Not only was this my first lenticular cloud sighting but also the first time I have seen a stripe through a cloud.:

Indian Flats Campground

The sky kept changing at a rather rapid pace.  Every minute was a new scene:

Indian Flats Campground

There was even this layer of pink peeking through the clouds east of us.  Magic everywhere!

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground

Indian Flats Campground


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