About M.C.C. North Slope
We are closed for the season, thank you to all our first time and many repeat campers for a great 2017! Check back here or on our website (mcreekcamp) in December for some potential self check-in camping during the winter. Thanks again!
*WE ARE OPEN FOR FREE FOR FIRE EVACUEES FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2017. If you have been displaced by fire in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino, please use this code HIPCAMPLOVESNORCAL
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* Before booking, please review our Campground Rules and much more information at mcreekcamp.com/campground
Our campgrounds are rugged, beautiful and easy going. We are environmentally minded and encourage you to camp lightly. We especially love bicyclists and international visitors!
You will be surrounded by Redwood, Douglas Fir, Buckeye, Madrone, Bay Laurel, and Tan Oak. There is a diversity of native ground cover including wild rose, hazel and ferns. We have an abundance of wildlife that freely roams the land here, although most are very shy of people. Camping here is an opportunity to see Deer, Turkey, Owl, Quail, Great Blue Heron, Woodpecker, Hawk, Raccoon, Gopher, Fox, Coyote, Bobcat, Frogs, Salamanders, or even the elusive Mountain Lion…
We are located next door to Memorial Park at the base of Mount Ellen, and close to the county’s Old Haul Road, so you have access to lots of hiking and biking trails. Several beaches are just ten or fifteen minutes away. Lovely little Pescadero and La Honda have great food (warm Artichoke Bread at Arcangeli!) and cool stores.
-Campsite amenities include: clean and soft redwood chips to put your tent on, private or shared campfire pits or chiminea, and a nearby hot outdoor shower. Each campfire site has a grill, firewood, kindling, matches or lighter, water to put out your fire, a fire extinguisher, and a basic first aid kit.
-On the entrance level we have solar powered electricity, wifi and an Information Kiosk near the entrance. The Kiosk has all the information you will need including a map, a walkie talkie to check in with the host, nature guidebooks and helpful advice. You may catch some spotty Verizon/ATT cell reception up at the campsites.
-All sites are up a STEEP HILL, but we will help you carry up your gear between 2pm-6pm with our trusty 4x4 Mule. For safety reasons, no passengers are allowed. Please email and/or call if you will be later than 6pm and remember that you may have to carry your own gear up. (Please note, you are responsible for carrying your own gear downhill when you check out, so remember to camp lightly if that’s a concern. You can ask the host upon arrival to make special arrangements, in which case a $10 gratuity is suggested.)
-We encourage you to leave us a review on Hipcamp, sign our Guest Book, help us translate our signs into more languages, make friendly suggestions, and always alert us to any problems or hazards.
SPECIFIC and KEY INFO:
M.C.C. NORTH SLOPE
These sites are suitable for individuals, couples and groups seeking the most privacy.
All three sites now have their own campfire.
-Site 1 has two tent sites included in the booking, the main one with a campfire (1A) (approximately 10x20) and another smaller site (1B) (approximately 10x11) about 30 feet away, uphill overlooking the main site.
-Site 2 is about 100 feet away from Site 1. It fits a small tent on a site approximately 8x12 feet. Sorry, this particular tent site will not actually fit extra campers at this time so it is still limited to 2 people.
-Site 3 is McCormick Creek Camp’s most remote, most private and largest site, at the very top of the property. NS 3 now has its own Campfire and (non-potable) water tank. It is approximately 18x26.
-CHECK IN: 2-6pm, CHECK OUT: 12pm
-SORRY, NO PETS ALLOWED
-DRINKING WATER NOT AVAILABLE, PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN
* Please review our Campground Rules before booking at mcreekcamp.com/campground-rules
-Sorry, we do not arrange bookings or reply to questions about the campground over the phone, but are usually quick to reply online.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 3
- Accessible by: Walk
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 2 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at M.C.C. North Slope
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
We enjoyed our stay at McCormick Creek. Grateful (the camp attendant) was very clear in directions and very welcoming when we arrived. We ended up at the 'Sheltered Campfire' site:
-That site had a great fire place/pit, it was well sheltered, and had some chairs/tables/benches.
-2 min walk from the car
-Close to bathroom AND shower with hot water
It was a little less private than the north slope site, but a nicer site overall so we were happy. Will definitely be back.
Tucked in the hills near Pescadero, this property is a hillside retreat. The campsites are fairly small and can only fit one tent in each but they provide an intimate space for cooking, fires, and great conversations. The hosts were so welcoming and friendly, greeting us in matching overalls and smiles. From 2-6pm, the hosts are happy to help load your things on their 4x4 and drive it up to your campsite for you. This was helpful as it's a short uphill climb. There are two toilets and one hot water shower on the property. All are beautifully built and kept really clean! Everything on the property is solar powered and firewood is provided at each campsite! We had such a peaceful stay and was hard to believe we were only an hour an a half from San Francisco. Hope to be back really soon.
Great campsite. Darrell the host welcomed us on arrival and helped us get our gear to the site. All of the camp is nice - it is small with all sites located up a hill/mountainside in redwoods / forest.
We stayed on the northslope in campsite #1. It was the most private campsite with a great area to setup tents and a private fire pit. We saw wild turkey and a family of 3 deer.
Awesome campsite and awesome host.
M.C.C. North Slope #1 was a great spot to camp. Located on a hillside with redwoods all around - both tent sites were very level and smooth. Upper tent site big enough for a medium sized tent. Lower tent site has a small table, movable fire pit with grill grate, and seating dug into hillside. We brought our own chairs and had two tents so we put one in the seating area. Campsite was shady and isolated from most of the other sites.
The spot was great! Hosts were incredibly friendly and accommodating, and helped us get oriented to the place quickly. Spot three is a bit above the rest of the campground, so it feels really secluded. It is up quite a hill, so be prepared to walk, but it's well worth it! So many birds, and such a beautiful place to be. No campfire at this site, but I guess site 1 has one! We didn't mind, but next time might look for a campfire site. Overall really wonderful to be here, and felt much more private than a lot of campgrounds. There was so much space between sites it was really lovely.
M.C.C. is a great hidden gem for Bay Area camping. Relaxed atmosphere, a great host, and well developed amenities make it well worth the short drive down the coast or over 84. The communal campfire for the Redwood Ring sites can be nice and gives you a way to meet interesting people, but having your own fire pit is a great option if you want more privacy. Site # 3 is my favorite (though it doesn't have a fire pit as of July 2017) since it is the biggest and most private, situated at the top of the property. I suggest packing efficiently as all the sites are at the top of the property up a very steep climb. The host will ferry it up for you when you arrive, but it helps a lot to be able to pack it all away in a backpack for your way out. Looking forward to see how they keep developing the property.
No direct access to trails through the property unless you want to bush-whack through poison oak. Two parks surround the property so there are options to walk to, as well as several within driving distance. Pescadero state beach is a 15 minute drive away. If you're only there for one night, it's a nice enough area to just relax and kick back after getting setup (check in is a little late opening at 2pm).