Bass lake is the bomb. Its maybe a little more than 3 hours, but the lake is huge, and camping was really nice. I went during the week and got a group site with like 8 people. No one was around, nice and quite and the lake is awesome. You can bring your own boat, or rent them but of course the price is super high. Its a boring drive through like los banos and chowchilla, but its about 30 min to yosemite.
Also big sur is super close and by the beach, dont know if it allows dogs though.
Well three hours from San Jose will get you a long ways out. I'm all the way up here in Nevada City, and I can get to my Brother-In-Law's house in San Jose in three hours. I'd look up some of the State parks and even Forest Service stuff.
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We are considering a trip as well this june and were looking for something close to SF. I found a place in the hills above Oakland called Anthony Chabot which is a campground near Lake Chabot (Fishing). There are not any jeep trails but miles of mountain bike trails. They are also dog friendly and the reviews I read seem pretty good so it might be worth checking out. You can reserve campsites in advance as well through reserveamerica.com
I live close to Chabot, trout fishing can be very good there. June can still cool in the evenings so, pack some jackets. There is also a rifle range down the road if you care to stop over there. another place that would be warmer is Lake Del Valle in Livermore ( about 20 odd miles east of Lake Chabot)
Are you really coming up here from Fontana???
big basin in the santa cruz hills are really good camp sites... as for wheeling hollister hills are from what im told the best in the area to go wheeling... all within an hour and half from south san jose..