Hipcamp host Stephen S.
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Spectacular secluded spots nestled high in the San Jacinto Mountains yet within short walking distance to the charming village of Idyllwild . This site requires 4WD to access on steep dirt road (or park and do a short hike in). You arrive to both sweeping views and ample camp sites to make yourself comfortable.  The site is complete with a PumpHouse and 50 gallons of well wa

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Spectacular secluded spots nestled high in the San Jacinto Mountains yet within short walking distance to the charming village of Idyllwild . This site requires 4WD to access on steep dirt road (or park and do a short hike in). You arrive to both sweeping views and ample camp sites to make yourself comfortable.  The site is complete with a PumpHouse and 50 gallons of well water, outdoor shower with hand-crafted wood bar, solar lighting, grill and almost any "off-the-grid" amenity you could imagine.  If you need something, we've probably got it at the campsite.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Pets allowed
No campfires
No toilet
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
Generators allowed
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 20ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Stephen a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Natural features you'll find at PumpHouse nestled in the wilderness in California.

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Hipcamper Laurie

The perfect mountain sanctuary

Laurie K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 19th, 2020

What an incredible weekend! Enjoyed every minute at the Pump House during our Idyllwild Camping Adventure. From the views of Lily Rock to the endless starry night sky to the charm of Idyllwild itself, this was the perfect sanctuary surrounded by natural beauty and wonder.

A quiet spot to relax and reflect.Endless blue skies.The Pump House
Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on July 19th, 2020

Thanks Laurie! There's no place more magical than Idyllwild, that's for sure. Which is why John Muir said ... "The view from Mount San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth." I certainly hope to see you again very soon at the Pumphouse for your next Idyllwild adventure. I appreciate the kind words.

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Hipcamper Neil

Blissful weekend of nature bathing

Neil G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 19th, 2020

What a beautiful and totally secluded campsite only a short walk to the heart of the village of Idyllwild. Stephen was so nice and gracious throughout our stay. He’s also a great local guide and historian who gave tips for nearby hikes, sights and restaurants. Stephen met us at his gate to ensure we could travel safely back his gravel road and that we knew about all the amenities his PumpHouse had to offer (which were many). We loved the long bar and bench picnic area, umbrellas, grill, lounging furniture and outdoor shower. Our mornings were filled with the sounds of chirping mountain chickadees and our evenings watching the deer with starry skies. This is glamping at its finest.

Hipcamper Tom

Just frickin' fabulous !

Tom C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 19th, 2020

NO - - - -repeat - - - NO noise! Nothing but wild wilderness to look upon. I NOT NOT live for ANY device -re: computer, laptop, phone, and reception for these devices is THANKFULLY very limited. I booked this get away to gain respite from the pace I MUST perform at my job. I work for a MAJOR airline and it is VERY stressful at work. I will go back to this location again and AGAIN!

Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on July 19th, 2020

Tom- You are most welcome at the PumpHouse again any time! I too enjoy the serenity and sounds of nature when I'm up there enjoying the acreage. I keep my electronics to a minimum (although the solar pack is there if you need it and for external lighting). The QUIET with the exception of birds and chipmunks is so soothing for me also. Did you know that chipmunks are the most vocal of any mammal species? I always know when the coyotes are nearby from their calls. I am certainly am grateful to have you as my very first GLAMPER at the Pumphouse. I hope you come back to visit very soon.

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Hipcamper Chelsea

Far beyond our expectations!

Chelsea J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 26th, 2020

Stephen truly went above and beyond for our stay on his private property. Upon our arrival, he met us down the road to guide us to the “Pumphouse.”

He has built a completely off-grid little oasis at the base of Taquitz Peak.

Once getting up to the property (a short drive from the paved roads of Idyllwild), he showed us around and thoroughly explained all of the amenities. He also provided awesome recommendations for food in town as well as his favorite hikes. Such a gracious and welcoming soul!

The house structure is his personal space that he uses when the campsites are not being rented. There are two different campsites set up on the property - we reserved the option closest to the Pumphouse.

The shared space surrounding the Pumphouse features an outdoor shower (with hot water!), a compost toilet if you prefer over woods, a bar, an amazing grill and a smoker! There’s also a small table with bistro chairs . We brought our own chairs but there was a comfy sun lounger provided. Between the bar and the bistro table, we had plentiful eating space.

There are no fires allowed in the area for safety reasons but he has the property setup with solar powered lights - and outdoor string lights that have 2-3 hours of power.

Before going to bed, we turned off all the lights and experienced 15+ shooting stars! Upon waking in the morning and packaging up, we were able to choose from multiple hikes that were walking distance! There are also hikes on his property!

Our night at the Pumphouse was exactly the getaway we needed! We can’t wait to make a trip back!

Grilling up a feast on the epic grill! Our sleeping set up Such a comfortable hammock seat provided! Happy.
Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on July 27th, 2020

Chelsea- Thanks for all the kind words. Much appreciated. There's just so much to enjoy and explore in Idyllwild and the High San Jacinto Mountains. Maybe next time, let's do an "experience" together (while social distancing, of course). I look forward to hosting you again.

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Hipcamper Cyrus
Cyrus C.
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(Site 2)
August 2nd, 2020

Stephen was a great host! He was very hospitable and treated us like good friends. The site was nice and quiet and felt like we were far removed although, the town was a couple minutes drive and the site had running water and a gas grill making it really convenient.

PumpHouse nestled in the wilderness
Hipcamper Revery

Idyllwild hidden gem!

Revery B.
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(Site 1)
August 2nd, 2020

Hidden gem! 💎 Just beautiful!!! much needed last min appropriately social distanced getaway. We had an amazing time at the PumpHouse and will be back! Stephen was such a wonderful host!! Just an absolute sweetheart!.. super helpful, while still respecting privacy — he took the time out to meet us (even late into the evening due to unexpected delays) and made sure we found the road after dark — showed us the PH amenities and made sure we had everything we needed for our stay — the refreshing fresh water shower was a lifesaver in the heat wave!! (recommend looking at weather forecast as part of planning) . we were visited by baby owls 🦉 on the first night, the full moon through the trees was breathtaking. the land is close to town, yet feels super remote and private. guests at the other site also had access to the PH and we didn’t cross paths at all.. still felt very private. Stephen was always accessible and provided local tips, guidance and amenities as needed. we forgot our little camping stove for coffee, but luckily the fancy propane grill also has a gas burner on the side for boiling water for coffee in the mornings. felt like somewhere between glamping and full on camping. exactly what the dr ordered! can’t say enough (and don’t want to say too much so it stays a hidden gem ;) Overall 5 stars — highly recommend!!

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Hipcamper SUZANNE

Idyling in the wild @ the pumphouse

Suzanne F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 3rd, 2020

We camped at site 2 at the “Pumphouse” which was very large and very private. This is a gem of a site as it gives the feeling of being deep in the wilderness, when you are just on the outskirts of Idylwild. Extremely quiet and an incredible view of the moon rising over the opposite side of the mountains. Close to many trails & wilderness galore ... great for star gazing too! There is an option to use the spring water shower that is installed at the communal pump house, which we gladly did. Stephen was an excellent host, extremely helpful, courteous and great local knowledge ...

Saturday evening moon rise Watching the moon rise ...Dog heaven Views all around
Hipcamper jus
Jus B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 4th, 2020

awesome stay!

Hipcamper Maude

Great spot!

Maude S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 11th, 2020

Amazing place to stay with friends. Particularly great if you might be new to camping since you get all the beauty of nature--stars, views, coyotes howling at night--and you are only a ten minute walk into town should you have forgotten something or just love the little town. The kitchen set up was super helpful and made it so easy to cook and enjoy yourself. Great spot.

Property
Idyllwild Camping Adventure
State
California
Country
United States
$85/night
2 Sites
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