Hipcamp host Ryan B.
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Looking to get away from it all? Look no further! This place is REMOTE! The last 5 miles from Petrolia takes at least 20 minutes and is really rugged and steep.

This is a raised sleeping platform with phenomenal views located five miles form Petrolia. There is space for several tents as well and would be great spot for a large group. You MUST have a 4-wheel or All whee


Looking to get away from it all? Look no further! This place is REMOTE! The last 5 miles from Petrolia takes at least 20 minutes and is really rugged and steep.

This is a raised sleeping platform with phenomenal views located five miles form Petrolia. There is space for several tents as well and would be great spot for a large group. You MUST have a 4-wheel or All wheel vehicle with clearance to access this site.  You are a 3 minute walk from the Lost Yurt.  There is a spigot for water, and an outhouse nearby.  There is a private fire pit and picnic table as well as a common area for all campers to enjoy horseshoes and access to a sink where you can do dishes. There are gorgeous views, and a huge view of the sky for stargazing.  It is secluded so the quiet seeps into your soul.  You will want to screen shot our directions, the map and the map of the property as you will lose service before you get here and you will not have service here.

Dogs are welcome! We have 2 dogs on the property that would love to meet and greet and hang out if your dogs are good with other dogs. If not, we can try to keep them away, but cannot promise they won't make a visit to your site. 

There are currently 3 camp sites on our 80 acres, one is about 100 yards away from your site. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 22 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Ryan a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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4 person tent

4 person tent to camp in. For an extra $15 we can set it up for you.

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Guided Meditation/Breathwork

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yoga class

Schedule a yoga class for $20/person, minimum 2 people with a certified RYT 5...Read more

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camp chairs

Rent 2 camp chairs for $5

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Rent bicycles for $10/each

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Propane bbq

You can rent a propane bbq for $10

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at The Lost Platform in California.


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Hipcamper Neil


Neil R.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2019

Me and my girlfriend had no idea what to expect. The road up you’ll definitely need all wheel drive car that can handle deep dips and some rugged off road terrain. Other than that the pictures do not do this place justice. The combination of the hospitality from Shannon, Terra, and Todd, the spiritual surroundings of nature, the Milky Way galaxy and Mother Earth have captured me forever. Speechless. Already planning on the next trip back.

Hipcamper Torryn
Torryn J.
recommends this listing.
September 9th, 2019

Talk about nights in the hills with you and the stars..this place is amazing.

Shannon has setup a nice little campsite with a platform for your tent or sleeping situation, picnic table, potable water, and a campfire ring(if it's not fire season).

It's a beautiful secluded little spot up the hill with a beautiful view and just serenity. It was the perfect little weekend away.

Hipcamper Caroline
Caroline H.
recommends this listing.
October 4th, 2019

Great tucked away place to stay! We met Shannon in town so she could escort us to the site the first night and we were glad! The road is a little rough with dips and loose rocks and gravel, so 4WD is absolutely necessary.

The site itself was very nice. Tucked under a giant tree, shelters you from potential rain, but dosen't block your view of the stars and the hills. Up at the site, there is a fire pit, large picnic table, and platform to set up your tent on. A spigot with potable water is nearby which was extremely convenient!

There are wild animals that wander the property so if you wake up early you might get a chance to catch the wild pigs or deer grazing in the area. She had a dog, Max, that loved our little dog and Max followed us most of the time while we were at camp. He became our camping companion. It was also a great place to let our little dog roam and run around.

It was a great getaway from our busy everyday lives. Expect no cell service, millions of stars, and interesting landscapes that the Lost Coast and Mattole Valley has to offer.

View from the firepit/picnic table Longest stretch of private beach nearby the propertyPlatform to set up tent on. Perfect for rainy/wet season Milky way view at night
Hipcamper Don

Unparalleled humboldt views

Don K.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2019

Host Shannon was friendly and happy to share her knowledge of the area. Campsite exceeded expectations with marvelous views and solitude. AWD/4x4 is definitely needed to make it up the steep dirt roads. 10/10 would recommend.

Hipcamper Josh
Josh K.
recommends this listing.
August 24th, 2020

Rochelle and Ryan were fantastic hosts and the platform was amazing! Loved our stay and will definitely be returning.

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Hipcamper Pearl
Pearl P.
recommends this listing.
August 31st, 2020

Lost Coast Retreats is such a special place. If you’re looking for somewhere to be truly off the grid, this is it! We felt like we had the whole mountaintop to ourselves and the stars were incredible. I’m already dreaming about going back.

Hipcamper Danielle

Words can't describe this place

Danielle N.
recommends this listing.
October 6th, 2020

If you're looking for a getaway that celebrates nature in all it's glory, then this is the place for you. My partner and I spent the weekend here and couldn't have been happier to disconnect from our phones and the noise of the city. Not a single car or person to be heard. You absolutely need a 4WD or AWD with clearance to access this site, the drive up is not for the fait of heart! Follow Ryan's directions and you'll find it.

The views were incredible and the platform is big enough to fit a single person or slightly larger tent. Ours didn't quite fit but we made it work for a couple of nights. There's flat ground that down the hill from your tent and still apart of the site so you could also pitch the tent there. However, there wont be shade. There's also an amazing garden just behind the platform (we were told to pick any veggies we wanted) and there's an outhouse close by. Lastly, there's potable water on site.

Our pictures will speak for themselves when it comes to the view. One important thing to note is that you cant drive your car up directly to the platform. You'll have to carry your equipment up a couple of small hills so my suggestion would be to pack light or bring something to help you carry your things.

Great hosts and a great site. We will definitely be back for a longer stay soon!

Chillin on the swing bench taking in the viewTaking in the viewSunset on the ocean sideGolden grass shimmering
Hipcamper Jackie

Perfect, private camp site

Jackie B.
recommends this listing.
July 28th, 2020

It's like a dream to stay here. Well worth the drive and trek up the mountain! Yes, I'm confirming like other reviews you must have a 4x4 (can't speak to AWD) to get up here. We rented a 4x4 SUV just for this. You can spend a day on the Lost Coast Trail (hour away), or go an hour east to Humboldt Redwood State Park (<90 mins away). We spent a day relaxing on the property, too. Ryan is so kind-hearted and a caring host. He was happy to give us great tips on how to explore the LCT. We were grateful to disconnect from the toxic internet and online distractions here - I wouldn't change a thing! We met deer, quail, even what we think was a Northern Saw-whet Owl one night, joining us in the glorious oak tree above our tent. This is a camping trip we will always remember and hope to visit again.

Hipcamper Michelle


Michelle S.
recommends this listing.
August 2nd, 2020

Oh my goodness was it hard to leave this spot! The view from the platform is even better in person. The property has several places to hike / explore. Ryan and Rochelle live in a yurt further down the hill from the campsite. They are wonderful hosts, and it was nice to know they were close (although other than arriving and leaving I didn’t hear or see them much). This is truly a spot where you’ll feel alone and in peace to soak up every drop of the beauty all around. Ryan provided great directions to arrive, and even though I had no service and am not the best at directions, I found the spot by following his step by steps. He had a great tip to go a more scenic route to arrive, and also recommended a couple hikes on my way back out. Thank you! While I went alone with my pup, the spot is large enough to hold a big group. Ryan and Rochelle have a truly magical spot and anyone who is able to stay here will be blown away. I am already planning my trip back.

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