This campground is tucked furthest in Mendocino Magic, with a secret lagoon near an old loggers cabin from the 1930s which has since become a spectacle for photographers. Shady and conveniently isolated, you will hear frogs at night, crickets, and your campmates' gasps as a shooting star streaks across the night sky.
Extra people are welcome and it will be an additional $30 per person per night to be paid upon arrival.
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Loggers Camp
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Is Mendocino Magic magical? It's okay. We had an okay time with some definite highlights and downsides; it depends on what you're looking for as to whether I'd recommend it. I'm putting the downsides first just to get them out of the way:
Not so magical:
- We let them know we'd arrive at 9pm, but encountered a locked gate with a code and a gate with a phone number that didn't work. Luckily I had enough cell service to pull up the Hipcamp email and call the host directly, who gave me the code and a quick run-thru of where to drive. But there was a lot of guessing over the weekend and I asked a lot of questions to figure out what to plan/pack for.
- The website says "fire/smoking in approved places only" but doesn't mention that the only approved place is apparently at the lanai (central common area.) So even though you might have a private secluded campsite, you're going to be hiking or driving back to the middle area any time you want a fire. You *might* be able to get away with a camp stove, but we went on a red flag weekend so even that might not be advisable and you might end up just cooking on their industrial stove at the lanai. (Save your knuckle hairs, bring a long lighter!) There's something to be said for the typical State Park experience of rolling out of your tent and having one fire ring per site. This feels a little more like an old Boy Scout camp that's gone private and now managed by a family.
- The creek that runs the length of the property is quite shallow and marshy (at least when we went in June), so running out of bug spray means you'll get bitten at least a few times.
- I feel like the place could be as magical as the beautiful photos seem, if more upkeep and maintenance was done on the buildings and paths, and more communication was provided up-front. (There's a map posted at the entrance, and maybe I was supposed to receive something when I arrived, but I still did a lot of guessing and improvising.) There are half-finished projects all over and it seems like a place with great potential, but right now I think the magic is gonna be what you and/or other guests bring to it (plus the couple kayaks which were thoroughly enjoyable. One wonders what happened to the half-dozen kayaks abandoned around the pond edge?)
- Porta-potties were present, but nearly full. (Hand sanitizer provided nearby was appreciated.)
- The host was very prompt and nice when answering questions beforehand. Ideally that info would be provided on the website so I didn't have to bug her.
- The reservoir for swimming, kayaking, and fishing was probably the highlight of the trip, even though it's a hike up to get there. Investigate the paddle situation before hiking if possible since there are more kayaks than paddles. Bring all your own fishing stuff, prepare for relatively tiny fish and catch-release only. (Though, another camper said they caught a 4-pounder. I myself was looking at a palm-sized fish straight in the eyes from my kayak.)
- Our dog had a TOTAL BLAST and other campers were super friendly and helpful... even if they often seemed just as out-of-the-loop as I was.
- The kitchen/lanai/grill area had a lot of stuff available, so while you should still pack enough for yourself if you forget something it might not be the end of the world. The two fridges were very appreciated.
- Butterflies to wake you up and humming insects to sing you to sleep. Great sunsets and star views. Beating the heat by gliding over fish and algae forests in the kayak was great.
- Cute bunnies
- Big fire pit with a (detached? broken?) adjustable grill and dead branches placed nearby for kindling
- A few park-style charcoal grills
- Running (reservoir?) water at the lanai for washing and fire control
- Loggers Camp itself was quite secluded aside from the once-or-twice-daily cars driving past the "foot traffic only" gate up to the plateau. Camping under the tree and setting up a one-person hammock was a solid choice despite record temperatures.
- The website suggests parking your car up front, but campers said it was OK to keep at at the site; rather than hike back and forth constantly we just drove, not really a problem unless you're trying to fit three tents into the site at which point you couldn't turn around. Unclear whether that's technically allowed or not.