M.C.C. North Slope

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About M.C.C. North Slope

Hipcamp host A. Mark
Hosted byA. Mark
* Listing best viewed on computer not mobile phone** Please review our Campground Rules before booking at mcreekcamp. com/campground-rules***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, Read more...

* Listing best viewed on computer not mobile phone*
* Please review our Campground Rules before booking at mcreekcamp.com/campground-rules

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 already 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.

-Most 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.


These sites are suitable for individuals, couples and groups seeking the most privacy.

-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. This tent site will not fit extra campers.

-Site 3 is McCormick Creek Camp’s most remote, largest and private site at the top of the hill, and currently has No Campfire/Grill. It is approximately 18x26.

-CHECK IN: 2-6pm, CHECK OUT: 12pm

* 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.

Fires are allowed
Firewood provided, Fire ring, Fire ring w/ grill, Communal fire ring
Potable water is not available
Bring your own water
Pets are not allowed
Have a question? Send A. Mark a message!
  • 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: 9 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Jeremy

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
-Firewood provided

It was a little less private than the north slope site, but a nicer site overall so we were happy. Will definitely be back.

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Hipcamper Anita

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.

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Hipcamper Ramon

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.

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Hipcamper Dan

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.

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Hipcamper Parker

Great site. Stayed here over the fourth of July at Site #1 on North Slope. Highly recommended for anyone trying to get out to the Redwoods.

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Hipcamper Charlie

Wonderful spot, Darrell was very nice and helpful, would highly recommend. Redwood Ring for a more communal feel, North Slope spots for more isolation.

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Hipcamper laura

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.

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Hipcamper Will

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).

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Hipcamper Andrea

I just returned from a stay at North Slope camp site #3. It is at the top of the hill surrounded by trees and greenery. There are no other sites up there, so it felt quite private, and it gets shady and cool in the evening. The camp attendant was wonderful - so helpful. The one drawback is that you can hear when the YMCA camp on the other side of the hwy has their morning wake up call. It definitely brought back memories of camp when I was a kid. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable. weekend.

Hipcamper Luke

I stayed at the top (#3) of the campsites. It was a very private spot. Highly recommended. The owner will help you to bring your bags to up there when check-in and check-out so you don't have to worry. Pretty close to the other state parks. If you live in the Penninsula, you must check this out. This would be the most conveniently located campground where you can book at the last minute.

Hipcamper Tim

It was a well kept campsite and far enough spaced out to not see the other campsites. We were in site 1. Appreciated the amenities: our stuff was delivered so we didn't have to carry up a short hill. Shower and toilet. And even firewood and a fireplace provided. My one complaint is that insurrections on hipcamp said we can purify water there but once we got there camp host Daryl recommend highly against it. Water is from creek at low elevation so even with purified had a bit of a funk.
so we had to drive back into town which wasted another hr which could have been prevented with clearer instructions. Otherwise pleasant quiet stay close to SF, which was hard to beat.

Hipcamper Samantha

Beautifully maintained campground with hipster feel. We were at North Slop Site #2 which was very small, but enough room for the 2 of us. No poison oak in our area, but abundant throughout the site and some of the other lots. Firewood provided but be aware - it may be wet so come prepared. We spent almost an hour laying in the community hammock underneath the redwoods. Awesome!!

Hipcamper Megan

What a treat! Was a nice, beautiful, spacious space with friendly, helpful staff and was fairly inexpensive too! Was a really sweet way to escape from the city. There is tons of hiking nearby and was quiet and peaceful.

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