Welcome to your pristine outdoor escape atop Serene & Majestic Palomar Mountain. We sit at 3600' on a 67 acre Mountain Ranch in the Cleveland National Forest. Set up camp in sprawling designated areas, surrounded by hundreds of Oak Trees in an untouched part of Palomar Mountain. We are some of the few remaining original structures on Palomar. Cozy, Private, Great for group
Welcome to your pristine outdoor escape atop Serene & Majestic Palomar Mountain. We sit at 3600' on a 67 acre Mountain Ranch in the Cleveland National Forest. Set up camp in sprawling designated areas, surrounded by hundreds of Oak Trees in an untouched part of Palomar Mountain. We are some of the few remaining original structures on Palomar. Cozy, Private, Great for groups as well! Camp Host Available 24 Hours a Day. Outdoor Showers, bathrooms, yoga deck, BBQ grill, hike trails and more
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Sunset hike at 6:30 pm Saturdays
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I was expected better for 60 acre..
My expectation was to have better landscape...dirt everywhere...field was not much keep on...when you pay that much I guess it is for the privaty but keep in your mind some campground around definitely keep on...the direction we’re not clear...5.6 miles off road with and teardrop...you better know where are you going...the people who runs the place are super cool...I guess I was expect something more glamping...I did find them thought Hipcamp app...looks pretty cool but...I am more wondering about the fact anybody could open up there space field and charge that much...I love palomar mountain...I m a photographer...need quiet time...
Important: read this before going
There were a lot of pros and cons to this camp. However, many of the cons are things that wouldn't be so if we were properly informed before going. Our stay was for two nights, and we stayed in two campsites there, the reasoning for which will be explained below. If you are planning on coming here, you will greatly appreciate reading the below information, and if this is being read by a staff at Harrison, it might be wise to include some of this info into your camp bio or in the confirmation email to prospective campers: First of all, the views from the drive up and once we were there were spectacular. Some of the best scenic views of the entire valley that I have ever seen, as well as one of the best sunsets I've ever watched. We never really interacted with the host, however, there was a grounds keeper there who was awesome. I don't think we ever got his name, but he was really friendly and helpful. Very calm, inviting, and welcoming to us, the grounds keeper could often be found driving around the camp in a small tractor checking in on all the guests. He also helped tow us out of a rut in the dirt when we got stuck, and re inflated our tire for us when we got a flat. Super cool, laid back, relaxed dude, always seen wearing a rice farmer hat and what looked kind of like the attire of a monk. The other great thing about this camp was that it was pretty remote and entirely off-grid, while also have fully functional toilets, shower, and good cell service. However, that being said, there were a lot of things that we found were not explained very well in our reservation confirmation or on the Hip Camp site. First of all, if you are going to come to this camp, I highly suggest bringing a car with 4WD and good tread on the tires. The road mapped for you takes you up this winding mountain road. A large portion of the road is dirt, steep, and very uneven. Other parts of the road are "paved" but only just so. The road is still uneven, cracked, and littered with massive pot holes. We spent the entire six mile road up the mountain moving between 1-5 mph to ensure the car wasn't destroyed (we were driving a toyota highlander). Apparently there is a back way of getting here that has better roads, but we were not informed of it until the groundskeeper told us. Once there, the roads running through the camp are full of ruts and loose dirt and very hard to manage without 4wd. The groundskeeper even told us he has to tow out at least one car per week with his truck. I'm not saying its impossible without 4WD, (we saw a few sedans up there) but I would heavily advise against it. Once there, the camp is charming, very much reminded me of a "Neverland Lost Boys Camp". Lots of random stuff here and there like silk acrobatics set ups and large yoga tents, though also looking slightly neglected. Despite a required reservation, the camp is for the most part first come first serve, so you want to get a good site, get there early. And when I say a good site, I truly mean some sites are quite significantly better than others. From what we could see, there are two types of sites at this camp. Those with a view on the mountainside, and those without a view farther into the mountain. The view campsites are pretty great, (depending on the season and weather) they can have fire pits, and have what they call the "Forever View", a view that seems to stretch on forever. These sites are pretty large and have great open flat spaces for tents, cars, food and campfire areas. There are even wood picnic tables. However, if you get an inner site without a view, it's completely different. The view sites seem like relatively well established sites, but the inner ones seem like they were a random after thought. The inner sites are dug out of the mountain dirt. Like literally dug out, not with machinery, but with a shovel by hand. So the spots are much smaller and sloped and uneven. In fact, we even had to dig out our spot and level it to make it more manageable. Each site is left with a shovel for exactly this purpose I'm guessing. We were told that we could have a fire, but we would have to dig out a fire pit, and that we would have a table, which was a beat up plastic fold out table. When we asked where the table was supposed to go, a random somewhat level patch of dirt on the mountain side was gestured to. We therefore had to dig out a level portion of ground to set up a cooking area, as well as level out a fire pit area so that we wouldn't fall down the hill when sitting around the campfire. Because of these reasons, we moved camp from an inner site to an outer site once people cleared out the next day. Additionally, the amount of bugs here is horrific. During the day, you are constantly being swarmed by flies, gnats, and wasps, and in the evenings there are these bean sized beetles that are everywhere as well as mosquitos. I would highly suggest coming with bug spray and maybe some netting if you are really bothered by Bugs.
Awesome time! Absolutely loved it here. This site is perched on the side of a mountain. It over looks a massive valley. You have to drive up a windy dirt/paved road the leads you to the entrance of the ranch. When we arrived we were greeted by Vicki and her two employees. They were very hospitable and showed us some spots we can camp at, which was pretty much anywhere. They were just as excited as we were to be there. We ended up camping with a beautiful view in a secluded area on the property. We camped in tents but there are yurts on the property as well as two houses you can rent on Airbnb. They have bathrooms and showers with hot water for people who don’t love to get dirty. There was plenty of firewood around camp and we even asked to borrow a table which they allowed us to. We would definitely go back.
The ranch is in the most beautiful micro-climate on the mountain! The forest is beautiful and kept us nice and cool. The ranch has many oak trees providing shade as well. It isn't too far from the city but it feels very remote in the best way. Vicki and the other staffers were super nice and helpful - they gave us firewood and pointed out the spring water spigots. They helped us find a good spot for our tent with a firepit. The only thing that I didn't expect was the amount of other people camping - more than I expected but we still felt far enough away from the other sites and it was Memorial Day weekend. There are lots of ants but they didn't bother us. Overall it was a wonderful spot and we would definitely go back! To the reviewers who complained about dirt...maybe camping isn't for you...
Home away from stay-at-home
We just got back from our weekend at the ranch and miss it already! Our site was perfect for our small family (mom, dad and two year old), nice area to build a fire and right near a well of spring water. Staff went out of their way to make it more comfortable for us. Dylan dropped by and set up a shade over our tent since the spot was very sunny during the day. We didn't even ask for that! Nico was wonderful at pointing out all the public facilities - shower hut (minimal but clean!), aerial swings and my personal favorite - the yoga deck! I went out our second day to stretch out after a night of sleeping in a tent, following a little trail to a deck built into a little cluster of trees, facing out onto a vista. The fog was heavy at first, but I was content to do my practice with just the birdsongs and tree rustles. Outside yoga is awesome. But about halfway through, i looked up - this is so cheesy, but TRUE in mountain pose of all things, to see that the sun had pushed back the fog revealing a truly epic mountain view! Magic I tell you! We went on a few day hikes close by which were lovely and had such a peaceful retreat from all the sad and scary stuff happening in the "real world" these days. Thank you so much VIcki! We can't wait to return.
Rustic but gorgeous view!
Beautiful view from the top of the mountain! Most of the sites were pretty “rustic” and needed some TLC but we arrived early and were able to find a nice site near the main house but still tucked away and felt private. Bathrooms were very nice, as were the showers! Loved the outdoor shower option as well. Mosquitos and fire ants were pretty gnarly but hopefully that gets better with more site maintenance. Overall, we would stay again but probably in the winter when the bugs and heat weren’t an issue!
We had a great time staying with Vickie at Harrison Serenity Ranch! She was very responsive before the trip and left us alone to have a great weekend to ourselves once we were there. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was incredible (veryyy sunny and warm). The only downside was the campsite. I was under the impression that it was much more private and we wouldn't have people camping next to us, however that wasn't the case. I booked with the intention of no one being near us because I know we can tend to be up a little later and unfortunately we had some annoying boobs camped next to us that wanted to call it a night at dinner time. Other than that we had an amazing trip. Definitely recommend bringing some sort of bug repellent as they are fierce. Thanks again for the stay Vickie!
Such an amazing little weekend escape! Vicki and the other hosts were so accommodating (They provided us wood and a shovel, and even built us a picnic table!). The space and views were gorgeous. Would definitely recommend
Vicki, Dylan, and Nico make Harrison Serenity Ranch a welcoming, personable retreat, an oasis amid old oaks far above the valley floor. The sites are all good ones, spaced far enough apart to feel some privacy. Some of them have spectacular views, and almost all have shade options. One of the happiest surprises for us was a clean communal bathroom area with flush toilets and indoor showers (some sites are closer to porta potties, but all of them could access the larger bath). It's a dog-friendly place, and we found the dogs and their people mostly well-behaved. The whole place has a relaxed and friendly vibe. We enjoyed the guided hike to learn more about the history of the land, which had once been the property of Nate Harrison -- look him up, interesting story. A word of caution: the drive to get to the ranch includes several miles of bumpy, narrow gravel roads with intense switchbacks. Bring all-wheel drive if you can and take your time, because the destination is definitely worth it! We're already planning our return.