Clear Creek RanchHosted by Terri
About Clear Creek Ranch
Clear Creek Ranch is a sparkling gem, nestled in a rugged canyon in the Shasta Region. Upon entering the property, you are greeted by crystal clear rocky mountain creeks, expansive meadows, and pine speckled trails. There's miles of trails to bike, deep pools of blue water to float, and rushing waterfalls. It truly is an opportunity to have your own piece of paradise for the night (or two)! This is a solitary experience that is far from the maddening crowd.
Much of this property is on the Kutras Ranch, and legend has it, the property was actually won in game of dice! It has protected behind locked gates since the gold rush, and opened for the exclusive use of The Fly Shop (pretty much the coolest fly fishing shop in the nation) in 1989.
Campgrounds in Clear Creek Ranch
1. Upper Falls
Have you ever wanted to have your own private waterfall? Or ever dreamt of sleeping in a redwood lined wall tent? Well, this is your chance! At...
Sasquatch Meadows (named after the man, or "thing" himself) features two private campsites, which are nestled in a grove of pine trees. You can...
3. Upper Cabin
This is the most secluded cabin of the three. It is a carbon copy of the Lower Cabin with all its amenities. While the access to much of this beat...
Sasquatch Meadows (named after the man, or "thing" himself) features two private campsites, which are nestled in a grove of pine trees. You can...
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
The campsite is amazing! It seems like the property owner is still making improvements that aren't listed in the amenities. There's a picnic table as well as a folding table (that we used for cooking). The tent has 4 cots, we moved two of them together to make somewhat of a 'queen' sized bed. The bathroom is to die for, it is spotlessly clean and has a flushing toilet, sink, and mirror.... and smells like fresh wood! There's also a large basin sink outside of it for doing your dishes. I noticed a large boxed up propane cooking stove on the side of the tent, so maybe the owner is building a kitchen area? FIVE STAR CAMPSITE FOR SURE!
This is the best campsite I’ve ever been to. It’s amazing to be in a place that remote. The diversity of the experience is incredible - with the swimming hole, waterfall, woods, open space to see the stars, and even a flushing toilet! I wish Hipcamp nothing but success.
Sasquatch meadows is well worth the trip! The drive in is 20 minutes on a steep dirt road. They just put in a new bathroom and are building fire rings. We chose to sleep under the stars. Be sure to check out upper falls. Also be aware of bears.
Freakin' amazing! Loved everything about this site - the canvas tent with cots, the deck, supplied propane grill and extra tanks, flush toilet plus an extra sink outside the bathroom to wash dishes (and far enough away from the camp to keep the critters away). And it's hard to say enough about the creek and waterfalls. We were there on 100* days and the short walk (30 seconds) to dip into the cool creek waters was spectacular. Slippery and rocky around the creek so water shoes encouraged. But it is absolute paradise. Met the owner Chris and manager Robin and they were great. Couldn't be nicer guys. You're way out there so nice to know somebody is around. Speaking of, the gravel road to get to the camp takes a good 30 minutes of slow driving
Sasquatch Meadows is a magical experience! The drive is long but worth it. Make sure you do the 10ish minute walk to Upper Falls! That's where the magic is. Just follow the road back towards the fork. Oh, and don't forget to star gaze in the meadow!
The bathroom was great and the camp spot was nice, but the swimming hole... Oh man, that swimming hole was magical! I almost forgot! When we were headed back, the way was not as clear and we took a wrong turn. Maybe a few exit signs would help. Overall it was a wonderful trip for the kiddos and I. Thank you!
Overall it was great! It’s in way more of a pristine condition than public places. The owners are awesome, they gave us helpful pointers and were very friendly. The site itself was great, there’s a lovely open meadow, and the creek is in such close proximity. My son loved the turtle in the swimming hole! Wildlife there is amazing.
Definitely more expensive than your average camping experience, but worth it completely.
Oh yeah -- I had read Ben's comment about the long windy road, so we clocked the milage from the property gate to the site and it's about 5 miles, so although you definitely feel like you're getting lost or will never arrive, eventually you do! If you keep an eye on your odometer you can know when to start getting really excited :)
Pure seclusion makes for the most relaxing time at the upper cabin! The swimming right beneath the cabin was perfect. The sink has running water for washing dishes. There is a water cooler inside for drinking. There was a great propane grill we brought outside to grill with. Bring your own propane. The solar panels allow the cabin to have lights at night. The outhouse outside has a running toilet that was super clean and pleasant to use. There is an outside shower but we did not use it. We suggest bringing your own sheets since the ones in the cabin get dirty with dust and bugs.
Hello there. We are staying at Sasquatch Meadows and is there a hiking trail that we could go to before we check in?
Upper Falls is a very remote, off the grid campsite on a beautiful ranch, full of trees, meadows, and a stream that runs throughout the property. We fell asleep to the sound of our own private waterfall. It was a very relaxing, peaceful experience. We also enjoyed checking out the historical sites as we passed through French Gulch.
"The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself." - Oscar Wilde
I suppose it's best to start from the beginning....the path which travel occurs, weaves through lakes, forgotten townships and an abundance of beauty. "4WD recommended" however, we made it (alive) with a Fiat500, up and down the unpaved road to the quiet sanctuary of Sasquatch Meadows.
Upon arrival, the camp was well maintained; cut grass, practically new picnic table (w/other folding tables - possibly left behind from other adventurers) and the "perk" of a new-ish lavatory (flushing toilet w/a washing basin outside).
The campsite poured into the meadow with paths spilling into your private brook.
I wish I had the words to describe the blankets of stars that surrounded the meadow at night and the calm of silence however, you'll just have to experience it for yourselves.
Things you'll use;
- A sense of adventure with the confidence of driving off-road (in a fiat people!).
- Sun screen & Bug spray.
- Waterproof shoes & floaties; the river is heavenly and spills into a mirid of swimming holes however, the rocks are slippery and the floaties just bring-on-the-fun.
I would recommend at least two days for this venture, there is just too much to enjoy.
Finding the site was a little trickier than we expected thanks to a misplaced Park Here sign and some site selection confusion upon arrival. Our confirmation had us booked in site #2 but the directions directed us to site #1. There were already guests at site #2, so we just set up camp in site #1. Site #1 is the more private of the two sites, so we didn't have a problem with this.
The site itself is relatively compact, with just enough space to pitch a five-person tent. Be aware of the abundant poison ivy and poison oak. It is everywhere and put a damper on exploring the surrounding bush. The mosquitoes are something fierce in the afternoon and evening. We sprayed ourselves with deet from head to toe and still walked away with a couple dozen bites each after just one night. Strangely enough, they were worse at the campsite than the water.
Restrooms are located in a simple outhouse with a flush toilet. There are two sinks that provide non-potable water. This was a nice surprise. The restroom was recently ravaged by a small animal that shredded whatever toilet paper remained into confetti. This, and the overflowing paper waste bucket, could definitely have used a cleaning by the landowners.
Going further afield, there is a great swimming hole right by Sasquatch Meadows, larger and deeper than the swimming area at Upper Falls. We also made the journey to Upper Falls and had the area to ourselves for a couple hours. A very peaceful spot with a couple flat rocks seemingly made for lounging (and yoga!). Other campers saw a rattlesnake on the path leading down to the falls so be aware.
Upper Falls is a beautiful location for camping. The falls is less than a minute away from the campsite and is truly breathtaking. Finding the gate entrance was a little confusing (don't use the map coordinates because it takes you to a different location entirely) and I recommend bringing an SUV since the drive was difficult in a normal sedan (lots of rocks scraping the under carriage ). Bring bug spray and/or a bug repellent candle!
We spent one night at Upper Falls and had a great time. I definitely wouldn't drive that road in anything less than a 4x4 vehicle, though. The waterfall was gorgeous, but beware poison ivy/oak and bring lots of bug spray.
The water wasn't working for us and it looked like it hadn't been off for some time. Overall, a great experience.
Very secluded, which is nice. Lots of bugs so dont forget your off spray but there's a toilet and running sinks at your site. Waters are gorgeous and I wish I was there to explore a little longer. We met the property manager on the way out so THERE ARE HUMANS CONNECTED TO THIS PLACE! Don't be scared. Meeting him on our way out made me feel better about stayijg there again in the future.
We enjoyed this site - it was very secluded. Nobody was there, we had the place to ourselves, such a treat! The meadow was perfect for stargazing. We put our air mattress in the middle of the meadow and had a wonderful evening of clear sky and warm temp. The stars were great. Lots of mosquitoes in the area - it is critical to spray every exposed part of your body. We used a non-deet spray and it worked fine. The creek access here is limited. There's one nice spot but there's nowhere to really sit and hang out. The bathroom/outhouse is wonderful. Flushing toilet worked great and was clean. Sink and good mirror. Big sink on the outside served well for washing dishes. The whole area was very clean - not a speck of garbage.
This site is very special! The falls were absolutely gorgeous and the swimming and fishing were fabulous. I was content to hang out all afternoon at the falls, sunbathing on the big flat rock area and swimming in the crystal clear water. I was thrilled to see all the butterflies and lizards. We also saw several small snakes. The mosquitoes are terrible in this area but we were successful with a repellent spray (Coleman SkinSmart Deet Free Odorless which I would buy again). The bathroom/outhouse at this site is quite a distance from the tent cabin - I counted 150 steps, so it's not the right site for everyone. The path to the bathroom building is flat terrain but goes through a thistle patch. The path is narrow and the thistles brush against your pants or legs. It wouldn't work to push a wheelchair down that path. The bathroom is great - flushing toilet works well and the sink and mirror were nice. It's clean and had no bad odor. The tent cabin itself was great, although a major flaw is no flap or door. Someone attached shade cloth to the opening but there's still enough space for bugs to fly in. We were able to rig a tarp to cover the opening which worked ok, but a canvas door flap would be much better. The tent was great with no rain but it would definitely not be waterproof. The cots were in excellent condition - 4 adult cots and 1 child size cot. 2 of the adult cots are bigger and can accommodate a large man. We slept fine! There was no grill/stove as someone I think had mentioned. The area was quiet and secluded and beautiful ....I found it very relaxing. Not being able to have a campfire is disappointing but I can understand the owner's point of view on that. We will likely return to this spot someday! One more thing - the gate into the property is very difficult to open and close. It was not easy for my very strong husband.
What an incredible site! The swim spot is incredible and trekking up/down the river is an adventure if you're into that kind of thing :)
Would definitely recommend bringing a stove as you can't use the fire pit in the summer time because of fire danger.
Also make sure to bring some bug spray as the mosquitoes can get a bit nasty at night, it's actually better down by the water than by the campsite/table.
I also highly recommend visiting the water at night, we saw beautiful newts swimming and a few frogs hopping around.
Absolutely beautiful! The swimming hole is so peaceful.
One note on directions: when you get to the fork that says "upper falls" to the left and "sasquatch meadows" to the right, you follow the road to the right towards sasquatch meads and it says "park here" immediately. Do not park here. Turn down the road to the right and continue down. You will see the camps. It wasnt clearly marked to continue down the road and we were confused. we stayed at the first "park here" sign for a while looking around and finally decided to drive down the road. Good thing we did!
GORGEOUS!! Your own swimming hole, a meadow to set up your tent in, and some stunning waterfalls about a 10 min walk up the road. And the stars were unreal. It would have been nice to have a little bit more signage, we arrived at about the same time as the campers who were staying at the other site, and we had both set up our tents in the wrong place before we realized that the actual campsites were a little further down a road to the right of the main meadow. Also it would have been nice to have the sign for Upper Falls include how far up the road it was. But definitely coming back here with friends!
Upper Falls is really beautiful, but I would suggest coming here in the summer months only. I was there in October 2015. By the time we checked in at the checkin time, the sun had already left the swimming hole and waterfalls -- AND the water was freezing. If there was an earlier checkin and a later checkout, we would have been able to enjoy the swimming more. In the morning, we were able to swim with sun for maybe 1 hour before it was time to check out.
Pros: You will very have the place to yourself. Shady Tent site. Fantastic diving pool just 1 minute from the tent. The water in August was "bracing" - a perfect antidote to the August dry heat of the day - and, if you put your water bottles in it, it will cool them down. We actually loved the "local" pool we only went once (20 mins walk up the lane) to Upper Falls. The lavatory is new built and cleaninsh. As a previous guest mentioned a rodent must have got in and shredded all the toilet paper for its nest :-) .
Cons - For every beautiful Butterfly you will get 5 mozzies and at least 4 wasps that love your dinner. The were persistent but not aggressive. You beauty of the isolation is also the problem that you should remember to bring everything as you are probably 50 minutes from a general store. Would definitely return if we were in the area.
This place made our 5.5-hour drive totally worth it. Enough said about the private waterfall and swimming hole, the glamp-site, the luxurious flush toilet and dish sink, the neat picnic table and fire-pit (no fire though), etc. With no cell reception or electricity, it became an intimate experience for us and nature - when it's hot, we went for a swim in the clear water; when the sun set, we cooked and enjoyed a meal (our favorite hotpot); when it's dark, we talked under the starry sky, then fell asleep in the peaceful sound of the creek; and when the sun was up, we woke up with sunshine shimmering down the canvas tent. This is the life I want to live for a hundred years (minus the mosquitoes though)!!
A few most important tips:
- Bring BUG SPRAY!! (or you would be eaten alive by mosquitoes!! Jk lol.. but really)
- Bring external batteries - you would need it for navigation with your phone
- Bring a slightly thicker sleeping bag - it got chilly at night in your sleep although it's hot during the day
- Bring flashlights - you need one to go to the bathroom at night
We had a wonderful time at Upper Falls! The private waterfall truly is magical and makes the whole experience worth the trip. We brought up floats and floated in the swimming hole all day. The water was very cold and refreshing on a warm August day. The mosquitoes and flies are really bad when you are outside of the water, so bring lots of bug spray and citronella candles. They are surprisingly not as bad in the canvas tent (even though it is open---no door and many holes for them to get it). I would recommend driving a 4 wheel drive vehicle. We made it fine in a small Ford Fiesta, however if it had rained it would have been bad news. The bathroom is very clean and has flush-able toilets. Also, there a sink to wash your dishes with running water by the bathroom. The stars are absolutely beautiful at night! Overall, our trip was great, and I would definitely go back!
Sasquatch Meadows is incredibly remote. We didn't see any other campers during our stay, and had the entire place to ourselves. Be sure to bring the essentials: water, food, toilet paper, etc as there is none available on the property. There is a flush toilet which was great!
We loved this secret oasis spot so much and would definitely go back! Couple of things to note:
The drive in is LONG. Make sure you have a full tank of gas before you leave Redding just so you aren't stuck in the woods with no cell phone service;) Once we hit the ranch entrance the campsite was quite a drive (we crossed two bridges and many, many rocks!) It was longer than we thought but keep going! Your destination is magical.
As others have noted, the bugs are really bad. We survived off of one can of bug spray between 4 people for the weekend but I would recommend bringing a couple of cans along with citronella candles. Once we covered ourselves in bug spray-we were totally fine but I would imagine if you forgot to bring it it wouldn't be pleasant!
One fun surprise was the propane fire pit. Listing says no fires but this spot has a really cool fire pit connected to a propane tank. We had fires both nights and it was lovely.
I loved this little place so much I wanted to live here. We ran into the owner and a couple of guys working the land during our stay and all were incredibly welcoming and kind. If you have a weekend to make out of it and are down for an adventure this place is A++
This site is ideal for those who you want to unplug completely. You lose cell reception more than 12 miles from the site, just before the historic town of French Gulch. The drive is in very scenic. As soon as you hit Whiskeytown, the landscape is an immediate mood setter. Roll the windows down and enjoy the curvy roads, it's about an hour to cover the 35 miles from Redding to the camp. The road is windy and pitches up and down, tons of fun to drive. From French Gulch to the gate at Kutras Ranch, it's ~7.5 miles. Stop to wave to the locals and respect their 'SLOW DOWN' signage, it's worth it and everyone we interacted with was super friendly. You need two people to operate the gate, one person to stand on it while the other swings it. We have a Subaru Outback and it made quick work the of rough terrain on the road in. As others have noted in their reviews, it's 5 miles from the gate to this site. The road is well marked. The site is perfect laid out. Sufficient room for the camp kitchen and picnic table. Close proximity to the gas fire pit. The tent gets morning shade and afternoon sun. The tent is rustic and the bugs are MANY and STRONG, so be prepared that you're outdoors and have a plan to deal with that. The cots were great, kids loved them. It sleeps four but with so much extra space. The gas fire pit made us miss the smell of a wood burning camp fire, but it's safer and easy to use. The outhouse is about 2mins walk and extremely nice. Flush toilet, sink for dishes, and well ventilated. My wife really appreciated that part of the site. The wildflowers in the meadow are worth the walk around. It was hot on our trip, so we used the swimming hole a couple of times. Kids enjoyed the rushing cold water and our pug was happy to dive in. We ran into the campers from Sasquatch Meadows, that site accesses the swimming hole by going through this Upper Falls site. That was a bit surprising, we had been so unplugged and isolated that when other humans showed up it surprised us a bit. Very friendly people, we just didn't expect to see them. Wildlife abounds in this area. We saw deer, slugs, crawfish, lizards, and even a rattlesnake. The latter was a definite shock while I was on a trail run. I was cruising along the beautiful rock roads and dirt paths, dropped down into one of the meadows by the second wooden bridge, and the serenity of my peaceful jaunt was broken by the audible warning of his rattle. Sunbathing on the trail and camouflaged by his skin matching the dirt, I did not see him until I heard him. We both gave each other a wide birth. Took me a minute for my heart rate to recover, but that's part of being outdoors. Caution and respect means it all ended well. We loved this site. Terri and Chris were great hosts, minimal interaction was perfect for us and we had everything we needed. If you want to get completely out of touch, this is your place. NorCal at its' finest, set deep on Trinity Mountain Road.
This is probably one of the most amazing campsites that I've ever been to. Nothing beats the privacy and nature immersion that you get here. We were lucky to have the entire meadow to ourselves. Next to the site you can swim and it turned out to be a great spot for floaties. Also, whatever you do, don't miss on the Upper Falls. We spent a whole day floating there and it was magical. As camping in the woods goes, make sure to bring bug spray. You don't really notice the mosquitoes that much during the day, but during dusk they were definitively more present.
You also have the convenience of having an actual toilet in an enclosed bathroom. Make sure to keep the door closed to avoid too many flying bugs hanging around inside. The host recently added a gas fire ring, which was nice, but make sure to bring some chairs to sit around it.
This is a very remote campsite. You'll have to drive over 20 minutes in a steep dirt-road. You also won't find any groceries stores for at least 40 minutes (including the dirt road) so come prepared and bring tons of drinking water.
We'll be definitively coming back to this spot!
We really enjoyed our stay at Sasquatch Meadows. It was amazingly peaceful and quiet, with the lovely sound of the creek adding to the atmosphere. A nice deep swimming hole just steps away. The brand new bathroom was an added plus! Wow! I think we were really blessed because no one else was there and looks like possibly three sites close by.
Don't miss seeing the upper falls! Excellent place to hang for awhile but it's through some ones camp:( we will absolutely try to stay at upper falls next time and won't mind if you are coming through to check it out!!