Hipcamp host A. Mark L.
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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


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

* Listing best viewed on computer, not mobile phone*
* 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.

-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.
The sites is up a STEEP HILL, but we will help you carry your gear upon arrival (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.


This site is suitable for individuals, couples and groups seeking privacy and the most convenience.

-McCormick Creek Sheltered Campfire is a single site with room for 2 tents, one large and one small, right next to each other. It is up a steep hill, about a 2-4 minute walk from the entrance and parking lot (about 500 feet).

The sheltered campfire, built from native siltstone, has a rustic table and bench, hand built from our own native Oak and Redwood.

There is a hose with non-potable water.

-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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Walk to listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Kitchen available
Showers available
No potable water
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send A. Mark a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 2 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wind sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at M.C.C. Sheltered Campfire in California.

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The vibe at M.C.C. Sheltered Campfire

Places to see near McCormick Creek Camp & Gardens

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Hipcamper Aeron
Aeron G.
recommends this listing.
May 25th, 2016

Close by Pescadero but being deep in the hills feels like a world away from the coast. Short hike up the mountain to this super comfortable site. Great campfire space for grilling dinner or toasting marshmallows. We were even visited by coyotes in the night. Great setting, adventure, we plan on being back!

Hipcamper Shaun
Shaun S.
recommends this listing.
June 20th, 2016

Great campsite situated at the base of the redwood trees. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, but also respectful of our privacy. They were kind enough to haul our gear up the steep trail with their atv "mule". Super relaxing spot under the sheltered campsite. Tons of shade provided by the redwood canopy, but can hike up the hill for a little sun. We would definitely go back to McCormick Creek again!

Hipcamper Beth
Beth B.
recommends this listing.
August 27th, 2016

The Sheltered Camp is a sweet spot amongst redwood trees! The tent space is was enough for two tents and wood chips were a great added cushion for sleeping. It is a bit of a steep, but short hike up to the Sheltered Camp, but definitely worth it. The outdoor shower was amazing if you really feel the need to rinse off after a hike. This is a great spot for a weekend getaway to go hiking, check out Pescadero and the beach. I will definitely come stay here again soon!

Hipcamper Olivia
Olivia F.
recommends this listing.
May 22nd, 2016

This is a gorgeous, secluded campsite. Lovely people, hot showers, wild flowers, and huge redwoods. We were camping with three tots, and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating.

Hipcamper Sachiko
Sachiko I.
recommends this listing.
June 5th, 2016

We enjoyed the fire pit so much. The stuff were very helpful and friendly. It was very clean, too!

Hipcamper Joost
Joost S.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2016

Had a great stay here with my 6 year old son. The campground and the shelter make for a very comfortable place to spend the night. We spent the morning in nearby memorial park, exploring the trails and wading in the creek, and the continued on to the small town of Pescadero with a great rocky beach. I highly recommend McCormick Creek and will certainly return.

Hipcamper Joe
Joe M.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2016

Great Campsite. Shelter and fire area were wonderful. The owner even brought us some extra wooden furniture he built so we could sit around the fire. Highly reccomended, and conveniently close to memorial park.

Hipcamper Rachita
Rachita R.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2016

I camped here with 4 other friends, and the sheltered campfire was a great choice! The staff was kind enough to haul all our things up to the campsite as we followed behind (short 3 minute walk uphill). The site has a bathroom, hot shower, fire pit (provided with wood and paper), and a bench with 2 small side chairs. They have space for 2 4-person tents side-by-side on some comfy wood chips, which made our over-nighter that much better. Definitely recommend!

Sheltered camp in the middle of redwoods M.C.C. Sheltered Campfire
Hipcamper Lucy
Lucy T.
recommends this listing.
September 18th, 2016

Sweetest campsite! William is a wonderful host! Our son never wants to leave. We can't wait to book again ASAP! We didn't get to try the shower but I've heard it's fantastic.

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