Hipcamp host Mackenzie O.
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Bear Mountain site is a secluded area that used to be a lookout over a hunting ground.  Campers are not permitted to bring cars up to this campsite.

The site overlooks the gorgeous Buddha Canyon with sweeping views of Cahto Mountain. This campsite is also a


Please read through all of the provided information, including our “Rules and Safety” and “Pricing” pages.

Bear Mountain site is a secluded area that used to be a lookout over a hunting ground.  Campers are not permitted to bring cars up to this campsite.

The site overlooks the gorgeous Buddha Canyon with sweeping views of Cahto Mountain. This campsite is also a wedding ceremony platform used by many happy couples as they exchange vows during the summer wedding season.

Bear Mountain is located one mile up a gradual fire road – about a 20 minute hike, so pack light!  Park your car in the main lot and use hand carts to bring your gear to the site (please don’t forget to return the carts!).  

There is no grill or fire pit at Bear Mountain Camp due to fire concerns. In the interests of fire safety and minimizing critter intrusions to your campout, please only use a small camp stove on the picnic table provided (not on the platform). As with all of our campsites, we ask that you pack out all waste and do not leave any food items out at this space.

Currently reservation requests for this campsite are set for 3 campers. When booking the site for more than 3 guests please edit your request to reflect accurate headcount information in advance of your arrival. Additional campers are $30 per adult nightly. If you would like to organize a larger campout for groups 10+ in number please email contact @ mendocinomagic.com

***A NOTE ABOUT FIRES: Some campsites at Mendocino Magic have a firepit, but occasionally during the summer months the state bans fires for campers. There is NO fire pit at Bear Mountain Camp. We will keep you posted about the status of fires on the property when you book your reservation. Since we would hate to take campfires out of the camping experience, we have started the #onefire campaign to keep campers happy with a fire at our communal cooking area at the lanai, where on Friday and Saturday nights there will be a fire for all to enjoy. During a fire ban, please do not start a fire up at any camp's fire ring - guests who do so will be asked to leave without a refund.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 13 guests per site
Moderate walk
No ADA access
Pets allowed
No campfires
No toilet
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Mackenzie a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 30% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Natural features you'll find at Bear Mountain Camp in California.

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Hipcamper Brian
Brian C.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2017

What an awesome location for a campsite. Nestled atop a hill surrounded by lush green as far as the eye can see, you'll be pretty content here. Feel free to set up shop right in the chapel area - it makes for some great flat ground.

While the listing says walk-in, you should have no problem rolling up the hill with 4WD to make for easy set-up. This place rocks.

Awesome chapel scene atop a hill with gorgeous views.Bear Mountain CampAwesome chapel scene atop a hill with gorgeous views.Nice little rock climbing bonus right by camp.
Hipcamper Kaitlin
Kaitlin L.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2017

I really enjoyed Medocino Magic the weekend of the meteor shower (Aug 11-13). We reserved the stay up at Bear Mountain Camp and the scenery was lovely. Mackenzie allowed me to drive up in my explorer to unload everything then park down the hill in a gravel spot, which was so helpful! There were about three (two good and one slanted) spots for pitching tents. The two flattest spots were a larger flat area, then a smaller one (1-2 person tent). You can always have the option of setting up on the platform itself for the flattest area, but we set up our kitchen there instead. This spot was real camping the nearest port-a-potty was about a 5-10 walk down near the lake. So be prepared to go in the woods (bring your mini shovel), we just walked up the hill into the trees and bushes, and watch for the random spots of poison oak! There is also no running water, so we brought 3 five gallon containers of water for 4 people. We had plenty remaining after a two night stay for both drinking and cleaning, we probably could have lastest another day and half on what we had left - just an idea of perspective on how much to bring if you stay here, or I believe they have drinking water station if you need to refill them. On bear mountain you aren't allowed to have a camp fire, due to the very dry surround grass - so be safe, and SMART and use your camp stove with little to no winds on the platform. Also, bring a machete, our friend lucky brought his and we were able to cut back the pokey star thistle and other dry weeds with pesky stickers. Bring a large trash bag and know that you will have to dump it in town. No there aren't any bears, Mackenzie warned us of birds/squirrels taking things if left unopened so we brought an ice chest and then a large sealed bin to store food. Didn't have any issues at all with critters. Just mosquitoes, bring your repellant, they are the worse at night!
The only Con to medocino magic was the price. $30 PER person PER night really did shy people away from joining our group unfortunately. The rate seems a bit extreme in my opinion for this type of camping. Yes you get your own nice secluded spot, and access to the lake, both wonderful. I just wish the price was lower and would be more of a flat rate per night, with a max amount of people instead of being based on a head count. What if I just wanted to go by myself one night? This drops my rating a little.
Overall had a great time, be prepared for some very windy afternoons, we had to tie down our shade structure, as gusts (from the coast we assume) started around 11am and latest till about 6pm we did all our cooking morning and evening when it was died down, thankfully. The temp for us dropped into the mid 50s at night and was a mid to high 80s in the afternoon. The lake water temp was absolutely perfect. They have (rather well used) kayaks and paddles and paddle boats to borrow while on the lake. They only had three paddles for about 5-7 kayak/canoes though so be prepared to wait for one to return or paddle with your hands. A paddle board would have been awesome!!! There was a small dock island to swim to and jump off in the middle of the lake, it was very clear and clean water (except the start of the muddy edges of course). Wear your sunscreen though, the slight elevation (we were from east of Sacramento) makes an impact of the sun rays. At night, be prepared to experience some of the finest star gazing. The milky way is very milky and bright here! Give it a shot, we will be back - hopefully they have a returning discount, and don't be afraid to contact the property owner Mackenzie, she was SO helpful answering any concerns/questions.

Hipcamper Raba
Raba A.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2019

It was our second time at Bear Mountain and we had a wonderful time. It’s a secluded, beautiful camping spot that is close to the lake.

Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah M.
recommends this listing.
August 17th, 2020

Our group had so much fun! We loved that our site had a shaded area and swimming in the reservoir was a definite highlight.

Hipcamper Aina
Aina B.
recommends this listing.
August 30th, 2020

Just what we needed coming from the city. It was secluded and such a beautifully peaceful place. We are definitely coming back we absolutely loved it. Thank you.

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Hipcamper Alice

Beautiful trees with a serene lake

Alice T.
recommends this listing.
September 8th, 2020

I enjoyed my week long camping trip at Mendocino Magic. It is a beautiful property and Mackenzie (host) was very welcoming! I was able to hike, swim, easily drive into town for food. It was a great experience and I feel grounded. :)

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