Looking for some remote Southern California camping? Head on over to Cibbets Flat Campground, hide out in a grove of shady oaks, and watch crimson sunsets amidst rolling hills of chapparel. What’s more, is this campground offers access to the Pacific Crest Trail. Ahh California…ain’t she grand!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
25 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

Horse-lovers rejoice! We have trails upon trails for you and your four-legged homeboy/girl. Check out all your horseback riding...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

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Consider yourself a climber or just lookin’ to try it out? Either way, some pretty awesome rock climbing is to be had here, esp...Read more

Snow sports

Longing for a winter getaway in SoCal? We’ve got you covered. Grab your sleds, your tubes, your snowman-building materials, and...Read more


With flowing waterfalls throughout the forest, there are a bunch o’ different swimming holes for you to splash around in. Ceda...Read more

Wildlife watching

With 460,000 acres, many different critters call this place home. From mountain lions, to mule deer, bats, and grey foxes, this...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Cibbets Flat Campground.

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Hipcamper Nicole
Nicole A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 6th, 2017

Went here on a Friday morning during early May, and secured a first come first serve spot no problem (there was only a couple other people camping). There are lots of cool spots along the creek, we camped across the creek in 21 and had a huge area basically to ourselves. There's plenty of shade and trees, and shrubbery. Lots of places to picnic and hang a hammock. Later in the day more campers rolled up, but still remained largely quiet and peaceful. The drive in is awesome and there's trails around the campgrounds including the PCT. This place is a seriously awesome and underrate spot I would highly recommend to anyone. Also there is new vault toilets, running water and it's only $15 a spot!! See for yourself!
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Hipcamper Jacob
Jacob Z.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 7th, 2015

Beautiful little campground tucked away and forgotten. Very well maintained with many new features like campsite tables and new pit toilets. Just off of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and usually used by thru-hikers or those trying to avoid Mt. Laguna campgrounds.

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Hipcamper Raleigh
Raleigh B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 21st, 2015

Perfect spot for a weekend getaway. No reservations make it nice, but always a risk! Calm, quiet and serene. This is a favorite spot of mine!

Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 22nd, 2016

I like to camp at Cibbets Flat from Sunday to Tuesday. Most people have cleared out by Sunday, leaving 2 days of glorious stillness and solitude. The evenings get chilly, despite the warm days, especially from Oct-May. During summer (Jun-Sep), the temperature can be in the 90's at the high, to the low 50's at the low. Layering is key to comfort! For the cost of an overnight stay ($14, double that for a double size campsite) it can't be beat! There's plenty of hiking in the area, and access to a beautiful creek. The campground has plenty of water spigots (not potable!) and vault toilets.

Landscape behind campsite 19Stone stairs leading to campsites 19-22.  To use these sites, you must carry your equipment from your car to the campsite.  Tents only.Path to the Pacific Crest Trail, just at the top of the hill.Stone bridge leading to campsites 19-22.
Hipcamper Phyllis
Phyllis S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 20th, 2017

Beautiful campground. Very well maintained. We stayed in January and had the campground to ourselves. I believe the torrential rains and being there mid-week probably kept a lot of people away. We managed to do a little hiking between rains. We would certainly stay there again.

Hipcamper Paige
Paige B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 15th, 2017

Hidden campground and absolutely peaceful. My boyfriend and I stayed there in April and the campsites around us were empty and the neighbor we did have was super friendly! Clean toilets too! Even though it isn't far from San Diego, it was pretty chilly up there so make sure to check the weather so you can pack accordingly.

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February 8th, 2017
Cleveland National Forest
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32.777° N, 116.447° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 25 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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