Hipcamp host Mackenzie O.
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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

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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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
1 bookable site
RV hookups
Electricity
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 13 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No showers
Pack it out
Picnic table available
No wifi
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: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Loggers Camp in California.

Forest
Lake
Swimming hole
Waterfall

Places to see near Mendocino Magic

MacKerricher State Park
MacKerricher State Park
16 miles way Explore
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
23 miles way Explore
Russian Gulch State Park
Russian Gulch State Park
26 miles way Explore
Richardson Grove State Park
Richardson Grove State Park
28 miles way Explore
Van Damme State Park
Van Damme State Park
30 miles way Explore
Navarro River Redwoods State Park
Navarro River Redwoods State Park
34 miles way Explore
Mendocino National Forest
Mendocino National Forest
38 miles way Explore
Hendy Woods State Park
Hendy Woods State Park
41 miles way Explore
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
52 miles way Explore
Clear Lake State Park
Clear Lake State Park
59 miles way Explore
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
60 miles way Explore
Salt Point State Park
Salt Point State Park
75 miles way Explore
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
81 miles way Explore
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
87 miles way Explore
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
93 miles way Explore

The vibe at Loggers Camp

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Hipcamper Max
Max A.
recommends this listing.
May 27th, 2018

Mackenzie was a great host and the campground felt very safe with a great sense of community. Mackenzie was very helpful and resourceful during our conversations. Definitely a 5* recommendation!

Hipcamper W
W B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
June 29th, 2018

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.)

Magical:
- 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.

Camp pasta! Cooked at the Lanai and brought back to Logger's Camp to eat.The two other areas/paths leading away from Logger's and towards the creek.Very grateful for this tree blocking the harsh summer sun!Cooking pasta and meatballs at the Lanai, using their pans
Hipcamper Alesia
Alesia D.
recommends this listing.
July 1st, 2018

Great atmosphere all around!!!

Hipcamper Luna K.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2017
Hipcamper Ezekiel G.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2016
Property
Mendocino Magic
State
California
$90/night
1 Site