PLEASE NOTE: Camping at Jackalope Ridge does recommend a FOUR WHEEL DRIVE vehicle. Low clearance vehicles may struggle with the terrain, although 2-wheel drive trucks have made the trek. However, should you want to camp here and do not have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, there is an open area to park and hike in. Be prepared for an approx 2.5 mile hike in with some solid elevation
PLEASE NOTE: Camping at Jackalope Ridge does recommend a FOUR WHEEL DRIVE vehicle. Low clearance vehicles may struggle with the terrain, although 2-wheel drive trucks have made the trek. However, should you want to camp here and do not have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, there is an open area to park and hike in. Be prepared for an approx 2.5 mile hike in with some solid elevation changes.
Jackalope Ridge is conveniently located approximately 1 hour north of Los Angeles, and is located just off of the 5 and 138 freeways. This 22 acre property bordering the Los Angeles National Forest is perfect for a weekend getaway to explore and unwind in the wilderness. Do not be surprised if you do not see another person while you are there. Once you arrive at the property, you will notice that it is perched high a top of the highest point in the area. It has spectacular 360 degree views. In the distance you can see miles and miles of the Angeles National Forest, mountain top ridges, chaparral, manzanita and even juniper. The camper that is located on the property is yours to use, but some prefer to just pitch a tent. The property elevation of 4100 feet makes for more desirable weather, and surprisingly great cell phone reception. But please prepared for wind and seasonal heat/cold.
To get to this property you will need a vehicle with four wheel drive, or adventurous hip-campers can hike to the property (approx 2.5 miles). There is 3.4 miles of dirt road with multiple dry creek crossings to get the site via 4x4 (top of the mountain - second ridge). It can take up to 20-30 minutes to drive to property from the freeway exit. We do not recommend making the drive at night unless you have already been to the property. It is very easy to get lost at night so please ensure you will arrive well before sunset. We also do not recommend driving/hiking to the property after heavy rains. We have had campers make it in low clearance vehicles, however, others have struggled with traction in the sand due to having to drive through washes. Please be advised that road conditions can change with weather and usage.
Jackalope Ridge is a great camp site featuring hundreds of miles of hiking, mountain biking and motocross trails. Only a few miles from the Pacific Crest Trail, this area of the Los Angles National forest is famous for some of the best high desert flowers in all of California. Try to book when the moon is full and low and be prepared for an amazing fantastic star show! The site is un-hosted so you have complete privacy.
The property features a camper, firebox, table, outdoor chairs, and a compost toilet to do your business. Please note, the site has no power, but there are a numner of solar lights around the property. The camper contains board games, books, kitchenware and other goodies to make your stay more enjoyable. Feel free to use the "take a can, leave a can" policy.Please be sure to pack out ALL trash and supplies.
While we do our best to keep mother nature out of the camper, it is likely that you will see their presence. The grounds are home to many beautiful creatures (deer, coyotes, ground squirrels, owls) and is fantastic for bird watching. Since the property is un-hosted, you may find wood mice droppings or insects inside the camper when you arrive. We recommend that you bring your own clean linens/sleeping bags if you plan on sleeping in the camper, but it is recommended that you bring your own tent and just use the camper to get out of the elements.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Hundreds of miles of off roading trails, property boarders the los Angles National Forest.
Natural features you'll find at Jackalope Ridge in California.
Nearby the property are caves with barn owls in it.
Beautiful chaparral forest close to Los Angeles CA
Short drive to Pyramid lake, quail lake
The vibe at Jackalope Ridge
Places to see near Jackalope Ridge - (4WD Req'd)
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
360° views of mountains and sky? check. a little off roading adventure to get to the site? check. Everything noted on this listing is spot on so make sure you read every word. You will most definitely need 4WD to get to this site. It can get a little tricky at some points but once you make it and get through the gate, the views alone are all worth it. Perfect place to unwind and be one with nature. You are completely isolated and it feels so nice. There are chairs and a lounge perfect for sitting back and taking in the majestic views. Games, a kite (which being on top of the mountain you get a lot of wind so it's perfect for flying one!), binoculars, even a sleeping bag are all provided in the camper. The camper has a little table and seating area which is perfect to settle down and eat on. There is also a bed in the camper but note to the wise, bring your own bedding. We would even highly suggest bringing your own tent because as the listing notes, some creatures may find themselves in the camper and we definitely found two little mice inside. There is also a firebox and firewood to make a nice little fire for the chill that creeps in as the sun goes down. Also there is a toilet! Just a little walk down a path and it is perfectly nestled within the bushes for coverage. Yassen is great with communication and provides detailed info and directions on getting to this remote place so make sure you save all that beforehand as service can be spotty through the trail. This site is a perfect combination for a little adventure and respite all together so take it all in and enjoy.
I had a great time at the top of the world site! I took my friend here for her first camping experience. We both brought tents to sleep in to enjoy the starry night, yet my friend moved inside the camper in the middle of the night due to the wind, she said it was very comfortable and had a nice view in the morning. This is a great, remote spot to book if you want to escape the city. 4WD definitely necessary, I took my jeep grand cherokee and made it without a problem. There is a nice wooden table to eat at and counter area to cook outside. Yassen also has really everything you could need in the camper, yet I did not need to use much as I brought all my utensils and items for cooking. I did borrow some mugs for coffee in the morning. I did not notice any critters in the camper. Yet my friend and I did hike in front of the two chairs, and I came across a very large rattlesnake taking in the morning sun. So if you hike around, keep an eye out. I actually ended up leaping and sprinting away from the snake, and in that moment dropped my phone right next to the snake. Luckily there is cell service at this campsite, so I was able to use Google's Find My Device to retrieve it, but it was a mini adventure for sure.
This site is great for those with a sense of adventure and a suitable vehicle. As described by the host, it definitely needs a 4WD drive vehicle to get there. We used a Subaru Outback and had no trouble (Yay for X-mode) although we did choose to get out and eyeball a few places before going ahead. The detailed directions provided are both necessary and excellent. The camper is pretty basic and we did not use it because we wanted to camp out in the open under the stars and this location is great for that purpose. We also liked the various seats placed for viewing in different directions.
The views are spectacular. The camper and outdoor furniture are a bit run down but totally usable and a nice step up from the typical campsite picnic table. We hiked along the dirt road in both directions from the site. Didn’t see another human for 72 hours while we were there. A true getaway. Thank you Yassen for opening up this incredible experience to the public!
Our return trip did not disappoint. The new open air bathroom is very well done. I’ll say it again... that road might be the best part of the trip. Great place to go unwind and not see a soul. No bugs so you can Sleep under the stars.
I really enjoyed Yaseen’s campsite. You need 4WD and it wasn’t that hard of a trail — my Wrangler took it like a champ. The directions were spot on, just make sure you pay attention to the road markers/land marks.
As for the site & camper, everything was above and beyond what the ad describes. Although we didn’t use them, the camper is equipped with many useful tools one would need for camping — dish soap, hand sanitizer, cookware and more. There was also was plenty of firewood stacked up to burn in the small firebox provided.
I didn’t want to bring a camp stove so having the propane cooktop in the camper was perfect. There is also a nice outdoor table just as pictured in the ad — perfect for setting up a cooking prep space. The little dining area inside the camper was great to have as well.
Normally I sleep in my Jeep however the camper was so cozy and since I had my own bedding, I opted to glamp and stay inside. It was just about as comfortable as one could ask for. Basically I loved it!
Staying here was pretty wild, but very cool.
It was quite and adventure getting here, but it was pretty worth it.
The whole road getting there was bumpy and definitely off road!
A pretty good way to escape the city for a weekend.
Jackalope Ridge is a great spot to get away from it all. Beautiful panoramic views from every angle. We opted to tent camp and couldn't have been happier. Our dog loved the wide open spaces (although, there's some steep drop-offs around the property, be careful). We had some rainy / windy weather throughout the weekend, which is to be expected, so come prepared for your forecast! Chip provided spot-on directions and we got up to the site no problem (with 4WD). There's some good exploring to be done in this area if you're a hiker / adventurer.
Would recommend to a friend and will definitely be back!