About Cozy Up To The Redwoods
Our forest home is directly adjacent to Fall Creek State Park, a 2,500 acre forest with miles of quiet paths. This site is perfect for hikers who value uncrowded trails and privacy. There are acres of redwood trees to cozy up to, both on our property and in the park. You can even go ahead and hug one. We won't tell.
We have towl primitive, flat tent camp sites nestled in a glorious grove of Redwood and Doug Fir trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
**Please note the tiny houses in the photos are our homes, and not available for guests**
The quiet is what makes this place special, so we do not allow any amplified music from any source (including an iPhone). Please make sure everyone in your party understands and agrees to this, and please do not put either of us in a position that we have to ask you to turn music off or down.
On tent site 1, there is room for up to 4 separate tents, (depending on their size). This site is under a canopy of high Redwood and Doug Fir Trees. This site is great for groups of 6-10 people, though we have had couples camp here happily, too. Site 1 is completely shaded and slightly more visible (but with more ample flat space) than site 2.
Tent site 2 is perfect for 4 people, though we have had groups of 6 stay comfortably. It is in a meadow surrounded by 15 foot Redwood saplings, one of which which has been shaped into a shaded "room" that you can use to pitch a tent or relax. The fire ring and picnic table are surrounded by wildflowers which attract the docile honey bees from our hives, butterflies, and bumble bees. Site 2 is less ample than site 1, but it is more private. Since this site is in a meadow, you also have full sun during the day and a sky full of stars on clear nights.
You and/or your group would have whichever site you choose to yourselves. You can drive your vehicle right up to both sites, and there is plenty of parking.
We can also accommodate camper vans & very small RVs that are no more than 20 feet long. The road to our forest home is steep and windy, so trailers are not advised.
We are close enough to town to be a base for exploring the surrounding mountains and beaches, and remote enough to feel like you are really getting away. If you are planning a trip to the San Francisco Bay area, we are just under 2 hours south of the Golden Gate Bridge. We are about an hour west of the San Jose airport.
The camp site is located near a ridge top in the Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the central California coastal range. We are immersed in the trees here, including giant old-growth redwood stumps. There is a spring-fed creek on the property to visit, lots of private forest to explore, and special places with peek-a-boo views of the surrounding mountains that are perfect spots for meditation (or napping!).
There is fresh water from our spring available available for refilling water bottles, as well as a sawdust toilet on each site - each loo has a pretty incredible view, and we provide paper and supplies to get tidy after. Each site has a picnic table that seats 4 and straw bale seating.
A greenhouse shower with hot water is a short hike up the hill. We provide Dr. Bronner's Soap & Tea Tree Tingle shampoo for your use while you are here. There is no electricity at either site.
Expect relative privacy and quiet, as you and/or your group will be sharing our 20+ acre retreat with a maximum of 10 other guests (on another site) and your hosts. Fire pit, picnic table, and an ample and comfortable outdoor living room are steps away from the tent sites. We provide you with firewood we have sustainably harvested from fallen trees on our land.
The drive up to the site is 2.5 miles up from the San Lorenzo Valley to close to the top of Ben Lomond Mountain. The road is curvy, steep, scenic, and paved until you get to our place, where it becomes gravel. The drive makes it feel remote, but you are only about 10 minutes from our small mountain town center on the valley floor, where there is a full-service grocery store, gas station, coffee shop, feed store, restaurants, and bakery.
We are within a 25 minute drive to the main unit of Henry Cowell State Park, Roaring Camp, the historic towns of Boulder Creek and Felton, the UCSC campus, and the Pacific Ocean.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 2
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Response time: Within 24 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Cozy Up To The Redwoods
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Only an hour and a half out of San Francisco and we found ourselves completely secluded, surrounded by towering redwoods on a mountaintop. Juko met us at the bottom of the hill--where her mountain yoga studio sits--to lead us up the windy road to their 23-acre property. Jerry and Little Dog greeted us, and the three took us on a tour of their tiny houses, greenhouse shower, and campsite, and told us all about the adventures that brought them to this place. The site is totally private, complete with a fire pit, comfy chairs, a rustic dining area, composting toilet, and a trampoline. The weather was so fantastic we didn't need a tent fly (or even sleeping bags.) Highly recommend this magical mountain getaway.
FABULOUS! We had a wonderful time. Juko and Jerry were really welcoming and shared generously their heaven in the redwoods. The place is beautiful, both wild and well equipped (sofa, fire pit, trampoline...). The shower is just awesome. Our hosts made our stay very special, chatting with us by the fire pit. We can't thank them enough. We will definitely come back and warmly recommend Cozy Up To The Redwoods.
My wife and I came up for a quick trip just to get a break from city life. It was an unusually warm weekend in the bay area but up in the woods it was pretty awesome.
Our lot was just right for us. There is a good walking trail right nearby that we walked for hours. They provided firewood and at night it was very quiet and peaceful. Our hosts were great and we would definitely come up again when we feel like making another getaway.
I did get attacked by mosquitoes pretty good (my wife was unscathed), but to be fair I opted for "organic" bug stray which wasn't more than cedar oil. My only advice would be to come slightly more prepared than I was.
Absolutely idyllic! Easily one of our best camping experiences. Juko and Jerry were the most amazing hosts, and their property is magical. We have been to a few sites now and these guys are far and away the best in terms of preparation and welcome. The campsites were beautiful, flat and private. Fire pits and tables were available and the toilets were far better than what you find at a state park. The area was wonderful, and we went into Ben Lomond (5 mins) one night for dinner and to Santa Cruz (25 mins) one day for beach and boardwalk. We will definitely be back and could not recommend strongly enough that others visit. Thank so much, Juko and Jerry!
My husband and I had the best time camping here. We wanted to get away from the hubbub, and this was just the ticket. Juko and Jerry were so kind and thoughtful and took care of our every need. They provided firewood, a private sawdust toilet, picnic table, comfy chairs, and a raised firepit with a grate perfect for cooking. There are 2 sites, and we stayed in the smaller one, which is a bit more private and has a little "room" in the trees perfect for lounging. And you must try their greenhouse shower! Best shower I have ever had, probably. :) They are also right up against Fall Creek State Park, and is great for a stroll in the redwoods. We cannot wait to go back. Thank you Juko and Jerry for a marvelous weekend!
We had a wonderful time staying at Juko and Jerry's! Site #2 has a trampoline, perfect trees to hang hammocks, patio furniture, a fire pit w/ cooking top and a private, composting toilet. The trees are absolutely stunning and the site is very quiet. Easy access to hiking trails and an easy drive away from downtown Santa Cruz. We highly recommend!
Juko and Jerry were wonderful hosts and we fear that we may not be able to beat our camping experience with them!
Juko met us at the bottom of the mountain to guide us up their driveway. It's a good 10 minutes up but was not too difficult. She gave us a tour of the property, explained its history, and gave us tips on where to pitch our tent and where to hike. The area is very quiet and private so we had the trails all to ourselves!
After a few hours of reading and enjoying the redwoods, Juko and Jerry came by and also helped us get our campfire going (we're total noobs at this so their help was super appreciated!) We all sipped Juko's home-infused Kentucky bourbon, shared stories, and were lucky enough to hear her play her handpan.
I don't think our trip could have been more perfect. Note that Juko teaches yoga at a studio just down the mountain, I was able to attend one of her classes and loved it!
Juko was as terrific host. Meetup process was at an easy to find public location, and then she accompanied us on a slow drive to her beautiful campsite. Setup was a breeze, and Juko was very upfront about the provided amenities and constraints of the site. She was helpful, patient, and very welcoming. Good and timely communication. We ended up having a beer with her the second night around the campfire as she gave us a brief history of her campsite and her story. The site was clean, well maintained, and even had a full service shower and included firewood. Terrific stay, would camp again. A++++
The campsite is gorgeous - set directly in the trees and very quiet. Juko made us extremely welcome, both when we arrived and throughout our stay. We had a wonderful time hiking in the state park next door and relaxing in the beautiful forest. Definitely recommend! Thank you Juko for a wonderful weekend.
Our small group of 4 had more than enough space in this cozy spot 30 minutes from Santa Cruz. Juko and Jerry were extremely sweet and helpful throughout the process and made sure we had everything we needed for our stay (firewood, trash/compost/recycling, running water, sawdust for the sawdust toilet, maps, hiking tips). The weather was perfect so we slept without a tent fly; there are few things more magical than waking up beneath a canopy of Redwood Trees! We would highly recommend it!
We had a wonderful time at this camp spot. We were a group of 8 and there was plenty of space for us and our 4 tents along with the provided trampoline, outdoor couch and chairs, table and fire pit. There are tons of tall trees which makes it feel like a private forest. The other site was out of sight from where we were, there were people there but we couldn't hear them at all--much more private than state park campsites.
Juko and Jerry were very friendly and welcoming. They checked in to make sure we had everything we needed, and were just lovely people all around. They also provided all the firewood we could want. The greenhouse shower (with hot water) is a special spot full of plants and smells amazing. It'a bit of a walk from the site but no big deal. The sawdust toilet was right on our site.
Just a 5 or 10 min walk from the site we could access a trail into the state park where we went on a lovely hike. If you're looking for a unique, peaceful and beautiful place to get away and be in nature, you can't go wrong! Thank you to Jerry and Juko for their hospitality. :)
Awesome camp site under the redwoods and a very friendly and down-to-earth host!
Cozy up to the redwoods is the perfect title for this camp site. It is isolated and far from the other site (there are only two) and it is surrounded by redwoods. There is a picnic table and bales of hay for seating. There is also a firepit provided with two outdoor chairs. My son enjoyed roasting marshmallows. They provide their own chopped wood to use to prevent any disease coming into their 20 acres of land. Juko even helped us carry some firewood to our site.
Speaking of Juko, she was awesome! My husband and I felt comfortable with her right from the start. She met us at her yoga studio off of Hwy 9 so that we can follow her to their home since you cannot find their location with your GPS. They live along the Fall Creek State Park, which was awesome. It helps to have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to go over the dirt road and gravel. Thank goodness we had an off-road suv. She introduced us to Little Dog, their Chihuahua and Jack Russell mix. Our son got along with her right away. Juko walked and showed us around and she reminded us of the dos and don'ts from her welcome email. Even with her busy schedule as a yoga instructor, studio owner and a psychologist, she made sure to check with us every now and then.
They compost and recycle almost everything, which I think is great, so prepare yourself for the composting toilet which is hidden among baby redwoods. I've never used one before so I had a fun experience. My 1/2 year old son and I didn't have a problem using it but my husband did, who's a city boy. In fact my son liked using it and loved pouring the wood chips in... hehehe.
Our 9x8 family tent fit just right on the site and they did prepare other areas for smaller tents. Since it's been raining a lot this year, there is a plethora of mosquitos so prepare yourself for that. We arrived there around 4pm and we got bit while Juko was showing us around. We forgot to apply the lotion repellent before we got there. There are only a few early in the morning and late at night. And the night sky is so beautiful with so many stars. The peace and quiet will make you feel like you're the only ones there.
Aside from the mosquitos, this is an awesome camp site if you're looking for that isolation, the peace and quiet and the beauty of the redwoods.
We had such a great stay with Juko and Jerry. They were warm and welcoming, and the site was amazing - all the necessities, plus some great perks like a comfy sofa with a view. We had 4 adults, a 7 year old, and a 2 year old, and every one of us had a great time. The shower is so great you'll be talking about it for weeks.
My boyfriend and I camped here for two nights for the last leg of our road trip up the central coast, and we loved it here. Juko and Jerry and lovely people and excellent hosts. Our campsite was surrounded by tons of trees and other vegetation, so that it felt truly secluded, and yet it was physically close enough to Juko and Jerry's home that we felt secure. There was a fire pit with tons of free firewood, a picnic table and a series of little "forest room" clearings among the trees, one of which has an awesome sawdust toilet in it. Don't be afraid! I'm a total city girl and I loved that thing. It's like a forest throne. Definitely be sure to fully cover your waste with sawdust each time. If you do, there won't be any flies at all. Their private road gets you exclusive access to the hiking trail in the beautiful and huge state park right next to the property. The village of Ben Lomond has everything you'd need, in terms of grilling supplies, cafe if you forgot pack coffee stuff, etc. I wish we could've stayed longer, and will definitely come back if I'm ever in the area again.
Juko and Jerry's place is a little slice of heaven, and they were such fantastic, welcoming hosts. Our group of 5 had 3 tents and we fit comfortably on the upper area of site 2, and used the bottom area as our 'living room'. There was a secluded composting toilet, stocked with toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and a spray bottle of water. They provided us with ample firewood. And the greenhouse shower was an absolute treat!
Juko and Jerry were amazing! It was easy to communicate with them before our arrival and they were very kind and accommodating. My two friends and I loved the site and location. It was spacious and we loved looking up and around us at all the trees.
Juko and Jerry were very welcoming and checked in on us during our stay. They are such warm, beautiful souls! All three of us are eager to camp at their place again!
Thank you! <3
Juko and Jerry were as warm and welcoming as if we were old friends staying for a visit. The site was clean and beautiful. I would recommend your strongest bug repellent for evening and early morning, though. With that in place, we had a marvelous time. It was a great location for seeing the wonders at nearby state parks and still close to a local market for supplies. My kids especially loved the trampoline. Really, we all did. Best way to see the redwoods is lying on the trampoline and looking up. Awe inspiring. This was our first experience with a composting toilet. We were all pleasantly surprised at how clean and un-smelly it was. The greenhouse shower was unique and refreshing. Highly recommend this spot!! A truly special place!!
We had a fantastic time camping at Jerry & Juko's! We loved the luxury of having such a secluded and quiet space, private composting toilet, gorgeous greenhouse shower, and some really lovely hiking trails within a few minutes walk of our campsite. Juko and Jerry were gracious and kind hosts. We would definitely go back and highly recommend!
Wonderful stay at a special place! Mother nature has a way of embracing you into her arms and reconnecting you to all that is essential. Juko & Jerry has created a space where you can truly reset your nervous system. We stayed in the middle of a meadow with a clearing just absolutely perfect to see the stars. Thank you Juko & Jerry for sharing your lovely land, the heavenly greenhouse shower, your inspiring stories, and your warm smiles.
We stayed at juko and jerrys for a weekend retreat as a group of 6 women. Upon arrival we were given a thorough tour of the grounds and learned about the past present and future! Of the place we were staying. Highlights of the location include an outdoor shower in a greenhouse, an in ground trampoline, a yoga studio deck, a climbing tree, the peace and quiet, and easy access to the park via a trail alongside the property. Both juko and jerry were very accommodating and welcoming, even meeting us in town to be sure we were able to find the land. We wish we could have stayed longer and hope to come back soon.
We were more than pleased with our friendly and communicative hosts Juko & Jerry. A pleasant experience all around from the second I booked the reservations through to departure. Our dog loved the freedom and privacy of the forest around our camp site. This trip exceeded all my expectations. I would recommend Juko & Jerry's redwood forest camping to all my friends and clients with a 5 star rating. Absolutely exceptional!
Juko made our first two nights in Cali such a pleasure. Her property is truly special - tucked away and quiet, but accessible to all the fun things to do in the area (beach, hiking, swimming holes, bars & restaurants, etc.). The campsite was perfect - a flat area right next to the fire pit with chairs to lounge in and admire the stars. The amenities of a compost toilet & outdoor shower made our experience exactly what we were looking for- rustic camping with a touch of extra convenience. The outdoor shower was my favorite part of the site - it's inspired me to build one myself!
Both Juko and Jerry (& little dog!) are such friendly and welcoming people that made us feel very comfortable. We would absolutely head back here!
What a fantastic campsite! Juko, Jerry, and Little Dog were all so warm, helpful, and welcoming. There are two campsites, a larger group site and a smaller more private site. We stayed in the larger site complete with a trampoline, picnic table, bales of hay for benches, firewood, a firepit, sofa, and a composting toilet. Juko met us at her yoga studio and took us to the campsite from there. It’s tucked away from main roads and is encompassed by large redwood trees. She provided excellent directions and instructions for making the most of our time there. If you choose to explore outside of the campsite, you’re right next door to Redwood State Park and only 30 minutes from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. There are also cute little shops about 10 minutes from the site, including a Bigfoot Museum (!!) and grocery shopping.
The greenhouse shower is wonderful and private. We saw several deer grabbing breakfast right outside of it!
Overall, Juko is a wonderful host and we’ll definitely be back! If you’re looking for a more private camping experience with all the amenities, this is it.
Juko and Jerry's spot was AMAZING. My 4 friends and I are not big time campers so we decided to go somewhere where we could park the car easily next to our camp site. The site was perfect, it felt like we were so far away from humanity yet we were still able to shower in an incredible greenhouse and use the sawdust toilet right on site. Juko gave us a quick run down of the land before we settled in which was so helpful, she is an inspiration in every sense and her little dog, named "Little dog" was so sweet. The site is right next to a trailhead which we were easily able to access for a short and long walk/hike. The site included chairs, a fire pit, hammock and trampoline! - Everything we needed to have a great time. Highly recommend this campsite to others!
Juko and Jerry's place is the perfect escape. Our campsite was amazing-it sits amidst towering Redwoods and offers a fire pit, two cozy chairs, a picnic table (with umbrella) and both shade or sunny spots for the tent. The quiet was ideal. We enjoyed hearing the birds, crickets, and other local wildlife while we reflected on life. We also were able to hike in the adjoining park and sit by the stream and just enjoy nature and appreciate living in this moment. Juko and Jerry were fabulous hosts, who not only made sure we had what we needed, but provided us with the positive energy we hoped to find in our short get-away. I hope to return soon.
Juko and Jerry were amazing hosts! Camping usually involves a lot of logistics, but their experience in hosting campers made the process super smooth and easy. Our check-in was chill and relaxed (we were running late and they were super flexible) and the camp site was stocked with plenty of nice conveniences that you wouldn't find at a typical camp site (firewood, hot shower, etc.).
There were hiking trails to check out just minutes away, and stores accessible via road in case you forgot things (though Juko and Jerry saved the day for us twice, with salt and a can opener). The stars at night also just look amazing. The ambiance is truly lovely, the camp site was obviously built with lots of love and care, and is right in the middle of picturesque nature!
This review is long overdue .We had a wonderful time at cozy unto the redwoods. Juko and Jerry were the best hosts ever. We were stuck mid hike in the redwoods after sunset without light or water. Juko hiked by herself into the park to come find us . Thank you !!!
The campsite was very relaxing and right at felt creek.
We definitely recommend this to anyone looking to have relaxing weekend