Hipcamp host Joanne E.
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The property is on one of thehighest peaks near Loma Prieta, at 2,950 feet elevation with 360-Degree views of the Pacific Ocean from Pebble Beach to Davenport. Due to being above cloud cover, there are new amazing cloud formations and views to be expected, every day. It is asacred land that hasn't been touched by many people and feel like a National park as there are no

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The property is on one of the highest peaks near Loma Prieta, at 2,950 feet elevation with 360-Degree views of the Pacific Ocean from Pebble Beach to Davenport. Due to being above cloud cover, there are new amazing cloud formations and views to be expected, every day. It is a sacred land that hasn't been touched by many people and feel like a National park as there are no neighbor in sight, also looking down upon Nissene State Park, which is alone is a 10,000 square feet area. You can also see Capitola's Lover's Point and the Santa Cruz boardwalk at a distance.

We're in a high wildfire region and so only very small  camp fires can only be created close to the house, in small contained area, between November to mid-April. The burn barrel in site #1 can be used between the months of November to February. IF you wish to use the fire-warming pit you're advised to bring a tank of propane.

There are some pretty hot days over the summer so plan on bringing lots of extra drinking water and fans. It can also get very windy on some days and be prepared to stake down your tents really well, just in case.  

Also, please note the following: the last 20 minutes of the drive have potholes requiring you to slow down to 10 MPH. Once you get higher in elevations and get excited by the epic views opening up, slow down and enjoy nature, you will arrive soon enough! If you are afraid of heights, you should know that you will be driving on a two-lane road on the side of mountains and so this type of adventure might not be for you.

Dogs are welcome, but we've had some issues with people thinking their dogs aren't aggressive but they are or thinking they aren't barkers but they are or not cleaning up after them...

1) Must play well with other dogs and humans 2) Must not be yappers 3) Must clean up their waste 4) If you let them off leash, you are responsible for keeping them safe from snakes 5) We maintain the right to ask you to leash any pups that disturb the land or our other guests

What to bring

Quick list: sleeping bags for all tents, pads and pillows (for BYO tents), sun protection, WATER (we provide non-potable only), food and food items, flashlight or lantern.

Standard camping supplies. We suggest the following:

Container and drinking water. Drink more water than normal! // Sleeping bag (s)-including for the tents with bedding // Sun protection. Aloe. // Layers for cold nights and mornings. // Closed-toed shoes. // First aid kit. // Cooler/ice/utensils/plates for food. We provide some supplies but it’s good to be self-sufficient in case we run out. Keep food in your car, not your tent or the bus (unless you like mice and flies). // Baby wipes always useful. // Trash bag (we are pack-in, pack out...we are off-grid). // Lantern (unless you are staying in the bus) or flashlight.

Distances

Santa Cruz Boardwalk: 90 minutes // San Jose Airport: 65 minutes // Nearest grocery store (Summit Store): 35 minutes // San Francisco Airport: 2 hours // Palo Alto: 90 minutes // Big Sur: 2.5 hours // H17: 45 minutes

Noise 

This is NOT the place for you if you're coming from the city looking for a place to party. This is for nature lovers, quiet gatherings, star gazers and wildlife watchers. You're welcome to consume legal substances and enjoy yourself, but loud and disruptive guests are not welcome. Noises carry far...it's so quiet you can hear everything. If you have very sensitive hearing I recommend ear plugs for sleeping. 

Can we have a fire? 

The fire ban is law, not our rule, and is enforced by satellite and helicopter.  We have a propane stove for cooking or you can bring your own propane-based items. The communal propane fire ring is not being used right now, as it can get very warm at night (80+ degrees). 

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, as long as they are 100% non-aggressive and not barkers. Pick up after your furry friends with waste bags! Be aware there are snakes in the area. The resident husky puppy runs free, so they must get along with other pups.

Where are the nearest hiking trails?

Uvas Canyon State Park is about a 5 minute drive from the property. It is a 2 mile hike to waterfall loop. To get there go straight instead of turning right onto Maymens on the way up or go right out of our driveway and right after you pass the Maymen’s flat sign. Park anywhere away from driveways and walk around the gate to the left. 

Also: Saint Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve, Belgatos Park, Los Gatos Creek Trail, Jones Trail, Priest Rock Trailhead. 

Where is the nearest beach?

Twin Lakes State Beach, Waddell Beach, Seacliff State Beach.

When are quiet hours?

10p-8a. People live here for the peace. Please be mindful of your volume or unfortunately we will have to ask you to leave. You do not need to lock your vehicles here but if you do, please do not use lock/unlock functions that BEEP during quiet hours. You can hear it for miles. 

Is check-out time flexible?

Yes, depending on the arrival time of the next guests. 

Is check-in time flexible?

Yes, but keep in mind it’s very hot in the Summer until mid-afternoon. We highly recommend you check-in before dark. Most people who try to come late never find us. The latest check-in time is TEN PM, because a) quiet hours start then and it is not fair to wake up our other guests and b) we have been working all day in the sun and are in bed around then. 

WIFI?

Nope! Reconnect with nature, disconnect from the grid.

Cell service?

Some/limited. Verizon and ATT are strong. TMobile spotty. Sprint is terrible. Just in general, but especially here. 

Cooking? 

A propane cooking stove is available for communal use by the retreat center. There is a pot and pan and salt and pepper. You may also bring your own propane-based cooking apparatus.

What kind of critters are around?

Mountain lions (rarely spotted), rattlesnakes, flies (no skeeters), lizards, lots of birds, crickets, butterflies, scorpions, wild mice. We have had very few sightings of the dangerous ones, but they do live in the area. 

Weather

This is a mountain micro-climate, which means it is unpredictable at times but in general during the summer months it is HOT from 10a-4p and you will want to adventure elsewhere before returning to your camp when it begins to cool off. Nights have been pleasantly warm (think Hawaii without the humidity). Unseasonably foggy days are possible and wind storms are possible, though rare. In the fall/winter you will need to bring a 4 season tent. Though on the colder side, Fall and Winter are actually the most beautiful time of year here because of the EPIC sky colors and textures.

Do you host events?

Yes, we offer event and wedding services. Contact for a custom quote.

You will not want to go up and down the hill multiple times. Please plan your daily food/activities and plan to arrive when you're done adventuring for the day. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans
6 sites
Up to 3 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Max length 20ft
No hookups
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Joanne a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 50% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Climbing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Billion-Dollar View in Gods Country in California.

Desert
Forest

The vibe at Billion-Dollar View in Gods Country

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Hipcamper Andy
Andy F.
recommends this listing.
May 26th, 2018

Stunning views from the top of the hill. It's a bit of an adventure to get here (make sure to follow the directions provided) but it's worth it. A number of different places to pitch your tent with really beautiful sunsets and sunrises. The host is super friendly!

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Hipcamper Joanne
Response from Joanne, the Host, on May 27th, 2018

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos you took on the site and it was a pleasure having you as a guest. All the best in your artistic endeavors.

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Hipcamper Adam
Adam B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 1st, 2018

This location is perfect. The views are spectacular. I'd like to keep it secret for myself!! Joanna was friendly and let me choose where to camp. She brought us food in the evening and even offered us to sleep inside if the weather took a turn for the worse. Which it didn't. I hope I get to return.

Hipcamper Joanne
Response from Joanne, the Host, on May 1st, 2018

You were the perfect campers and I look forward to seeing you again. Thanks for the constructive feedback of flattening out the area and as well. I will bear it in mind when the opportunity arises to do so. All my best.

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Hipcamper Tyler
Tyler C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 21st, 2018

What an amazing place! The drive up to Joanne's place is pretty sketchy if you don't have a 4x4, we were driving a small rental car and there were many times I thought we'd burst a tire.. But once we got up there it was definitely worth it :) Joanne is lovely, super friendly and welcoming, she offered us hot drinks and full access to her bathroom etc when we got there and the following morning. She allowed us to choose where to camp on the whole of her land, all of which has incredible views of the mountains. Throughout the night it was absolutely silent which was glorious. This is honestly a beautiful spot and Joanne is so generous to share it!

Hipcamper Joanne
Response from Joanne, the Host, on July 9th, 2018

Dear Tyler, I hope you trip back to the UK left you with many good memories of this special country that shares so many common points in history. Good luck on your math studies!

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Hipcamper Peter
Peter W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 22nd, 2018

Great place for a weekend getaway.

Hipcamper Marc
Marc G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 20th, 2018

Loved every minute spent in this wondrous setting curated carefully by the artful owner.

Hipcamper Joanne
Response from Joanne, the Host, on July 9th, 2018

Marc, you and your sons were the best. Keep on practicing mindfulness and gratitude. The world needs more people like yourself in it. Sincerely, J

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Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan O.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 20th, 2018

A great property that's worth the long ride up the bumpy road. Joanne is friendly and welcoming. The campsites themselves are works in progress and could use a little more love but overall, this place is awesome with plenty of space to explore and enjoy epic views.

Hipcamper Joanne
Response from Joanne, the Host, on May 27th, 2018

Hi Ryan, thanks for the honest review and I'm pleased to share we completely leveled the spot you stayed on and most of the others. Looking forward to having you return!

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Hipcamper Sandra
Sandra C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 10th, 2018

From the moment of arrival, my dogs and I felt welcomed and cared for. Joanne is a thoughtful hostess who is constantly working to make guests comfortable and happy as KOTS evolves. She has put so much of her warm, artistic self into this beautiful site. The site name is 100% apropos: my overwhelming memory is of falling asleep looking up at more stars than I even thought you could see at once.
The approach is rugged but was completely manageable (I had a bit of an advantage being in an SUV with 4-wheel drive but I still had to go cautiously slow for the last several miles at least). My GPS did NOT get me all the way there, and I was grateful for Joanne's directions. I know nobody prints the directions any more--but my advice is, print the directions!
Serenity and respect are central to this camp's culture. Because it is such an open space and removed from noise pollution, every voice or car door slam carries far in the night air. Joanne takes feedback seriously--small group sizes and considerate behavior are enforced. Even so, as a sound-sensitive person, I might take earplugs next time to get even better sleep.
The terrain is gorgeous and the views grab your heart. From a logistical perspective, it's also hilly, rocky and dusty My blind older dog did fine, but I had to be careful to minimize how much he had to go up and down the hill when scoping out a potential campsite. It was very hot when we arrived mid-afternoon. Joanne looked after us and made sure we were hydrated and had shade. There are some shady spots in the camp and some shade umbrellas. Next time I might take a canopy to set up.
It's rattlesnake season and although we didn't see any, we were told that a few had been spotted around the camp. Curious adventurous dogs (or blind, shade-seeking dogs) need to be watched with extra care.
The dogs and I didn't venture down the mountain to enjoy any trails or beaches this time, but the peace and great company (and STARS) were all we needed this time. Since my younger dog usually needs to burn energy, I'll be planning a hike or a beach visit before or during our next stay. Joanne has several recommendations for nearby activities. I have to admit I wasn't keen to go back down and up the long, winding rocky road this time around.
This was my first Hipcamp experience and I couldn't have asked for a better one. Thank you Joanne <3!

Hipcamper Joanne
Response from Joanne, the Host, on June 10th, 2018

Sandra, you were a terrific guest and an all-around wonderful Human being. It touched my heart about how you look after your blind dog and provide a safe environment for both Shane and Buddy, wherever you go. Glad you tested the waters with camping now and you're off to a good start! Best of luck on your trip to Kansas. Safe travels, Joanne

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Hipcamper Chris
Chris L.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 28th, 2018

This site is a house on the top of hill with a few areas that are kind of cleared for a tent but have no related campsite amenities. No place to sit, cook, etc... The site is extremely steep and rocky so not the easiest to move around. It basically seems like the owner cleared a few spaces to make some extra money but didn’t really think through all the necessities needed to charge the prices she did. Even the toilet was a joke....1 shared port-a-potty (RV style) that was positioned in FRONt of the campsites. The view is nice but the the site is a joke. Suggest other places for the $.

Hipcamper Joanne
Response from Joanne, the Host, on June 28th, 2018

Many regrets for not being here on the day you stayed a month ago and for allowing the over-bookings in my absence. That particular weekend you stayed brought the 100% satisfaction rating down to what it is now--sadly, albeit rightfully so. Since that weekend all sites have been flattened more with plenty of private spots. Only 4 sites are now allowed and 2 people per tent. The happiness and satisfaction of all of my guests always has been and will remain paramount!

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Hipcamper Emilie
Emilie B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 2nd, 2018

This place is a gem!
The view is stunning from the morning to the night. We saw 2 sunsets there, it’s the perfect location for that!
The place is very well maintained and still looks natural. The art here and there gives it character. We had a very nice spot for our tent and the place is set in a way that even if they were few neighbors (really not a lot) we could not see them so we had complet privacy. It was very calm.
The host Joanne is extremely friendly and nice to talk to. You can see she sincerely care for the people. She brought us something to drink, and made sure we had everything. She gave us advice on what to do during the day.
I will definitely go back!
The directions she gave were really accurate and we didn’t have any issue to find the place.
Campers, be ready to be amazed.

Hipcamper Joanne
Response from Joanne, the Host, on July 2nd, 2018

Bonjour Emilie, I am so glad you found us and look forward to more stays. It beats a drive to Big Sur for you and I get to enjoy good company while at it. Enjoy your tenure at Apple while remembering that there's more to life than just coding. LOL. Sincerely, Joanne

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Property
KOTS Ranch/Keeper of the Stars
State
California
$85/night
6 Sites