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.
- 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: More than 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!