Hipcamp host David K.
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The Grounds:

20 acres of nature to explore, set up camp and or kick your feet up and listen to an array of birds greet you in the morning. After dark, stargaze while listening to the soothing music of rustling leaves. 

This city escape is where Cahuilla and Kumeyaay Native American tribes once roamed. The rocks in the outdoor space have grinding holes (mortars) once

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The Grounds:

20 acres of nature to explore, set up camp and or kick your feet up and listen to an array of birds greet you in the morning. After dark, stargaze while listening to the soothing music of rustling leaves. 

This city escape is where Cahuilla and Kumeyaay Native American tribes once roamed. The rocks in the outdoor space have grinding holes (mortars) once used for food preparation by the tribes.

Wildlife:

The location is also home to wildlife animals such as, deer, wild turkey, blue jay, falcon, hawk, woodpecker, roadrunner, humming birds, horse, and many more.

PLEASE NOTE: The property has a home and on the grounds. The railroad is located right next to the home. If one chooses to camp near the home other guests may be present. If one chooses to camp near or in the valley there will likely be no guests near by. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
1 bookable site
Access
Other
Group sizes
Up to 4 people per site
Potable water available
Spigot, pump or well
No fires
Bring your own camping stove
No toilet
Pack it out
No pets
No showers
Pack it out
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send David a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 1 month out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Julian Backcountry Retreat in California.

Forest

Places to see near Julian Backcountry Retreat

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
6 miles way Explore
Cleveland National Forest
Cleveland National Forest
16 miles way Explore
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
18 miles way Explore
Palomar Mountain State Park
Palomar Mountain State Park
26 miles way Explore
San Bernardino National Forest
San Bernardino National Forest
34 miles way Explore
Cabrillo National Monument
Cabrillo National Monument
45 miles way Explore
Mount San Jacinto State Park
Mount San Jacinto State Park
54 miles way Explore
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
74 miles way Explore
Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park
79 miles way Explore

The vibe at Julian Backcountry Retreat

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Hipcamper Katie
Katie C.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2018

I had a really beautiful trip here. I arrived in time to join David and a friend in meditation. The property is really serene - super cool old train tracks that go thru the property.

There is a deck area at the back of the property where I set up my tent - there was a seating area and great view of the stars at night. Wild deer ran through the property often, just so many of them!

It's primitive and you'll have to go to the bathroom in nature, but it is private. There's a little bit of a walk to the camp site, not super far - just a heads up so you can try to bring everything in one or two trips down.

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Hipcamper Imogen
Imogen A.
recommends this listing.
August 6th, 2018

Great location close to Julian and all it has to offer. Lovely views from the property and beautiful night skies. Not much flat space for camping but David directed us to a great spot. The basic wild camping set up was perfect for us and we'd definitely stay here again.

Hipcamper William
William V.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2018

The location was amazing for nature lovers. We got to see wild turkeys, deer, and other amazing animals up close.

Hipcamper Samantha
Samantha C.
recommends this listing.
October 7th, 2018

The camping here was really a neat experience. Since we left after work on Friday we didn’t get to the property until after dark, but we were still able to find the deck pictured in photos from other guests. We chose to park at the bottom of the drive and opted for the valley view. The view we woke up to did not disappoint! It’s a little bit of a walk from the parking spot to the platform that was big enough for our tent, but not too bad. It looks like they’re in the process of expanding and building a series of small glamping cottages on the property, so we were a little confused as to where to set up our tent when we arrived. We assumed that since we found the wooden deck, chairs and hammock pictured by other guests that the deck was an appropriate place to set up, even though there was a new tent cottage being built adjacent. At any rate, it’s a great place with lots of privacy and a lovely morning view!

Hipcamper Heather
Heather P.
recommends this listing.
October 8th, 2018

Awesome spot for viewing wildlife. Wouldn’t hesitate to return!

Hipcamper Alondra H.
recommends this listing.
November 14th, 2018
Hipcamper Lorin W.
recommends this listing.
November 10th, 2018
Hipcamper Leah A.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2018
Property
Julian Backcountry Retreat
State
California
$28/night
1 Site