Hipcamp host Sandy G.
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Views and solitude at a site untouched by time, a true Sierra backcountry experience.

Oakley Ridge is a private nature preserve of fragrant sage, scrub oak, blue oak, and digger pine that supports diverse wildlife from horned lizards, butterflies and numerous insects, to raptors, bobcats, foxes, mule deer and black bears.

CAUTION! A vehicle with 4WD or AWD --  an

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Views and solitude at a site untouched by time, a true Sierra backcountry experience.

Oakley Ridge is a private nature preserve of fragrant sage, scrub oak, blue oak, and digger pine that supports diverse wildlife from horned lizards, butterflies and numerous insects, to raptors, bobcats, foxes, mule deer and black bears.

CAUTION! A vehicle with 4WD or AWD --  and EXPERIENCE DRIVING OFF-ROAD -- are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The last 5 miles are steep and not paved. Vehicles without extra ground clearance will bottom out, and most pickups cannot get enough traction. If you get stuck, AAA will not tow a vehicle on this road. SAFETY FIRST! If you start up the road, and find that it is not wise to continue, I will honor your CANCELLATION.

Choose your own camp site anywhere on the 80 acres. I’ll be handy, but only if you need me. Otherwise, you probably won’t see anyone during your stay.

Located near the crest of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains at an elevation over 5,000 feet. Spectacular views of the Walker Basin, winding Caliente Creek canyon, and giant boulders protruding from rugged granite hillsides.

The elevation and distance from urban areas provide a spectacular night sky view, with wide field and deep sky imaging capability. For photographers, the evening light is exceptional. Miles of hiking, including access to the world-class Pacific Crest Trail.

Pet the horses. Amalia, born wild in Nevada, still hardly knows what a fence is. She roams free at Oakley Ridge and the adjacent public BLM lands with her herd sister, Dot. They get along fine with children and dogs.

Responsible off-roading, with access to the national forest.

All this within 3.5 hours of Los Angeles, 2 hours of Bakersfield or Lake Isabella.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, trailers
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
No kitchen
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Back-in site
Max length 37ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Sandy a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Mountain bike, miles of challenging routes

Hiking

World-class Pacific Crest Trail, 45 minute hike from Oakley Ridge

Horseback riding

Two gentle, pettable horses, with pony rides for even the youngest, most inexperienced rider, under the immediate supervision o...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Miles of dirt roads, and access to national forest

Wildlife watching

Diverse wildlife from horned lizards, butterflies and numerous insects, to song birds, raptors, bobcats, foxes, mule deer, bear...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Oakley Ridge Nature Preserve in California.

Desert

"High desert" temperatures may change as much as 40 to 50 degrees in a single day, because of the thin air.

Mountainous

5200' at camp site

The vibe at Oakley Ridge Nature Preserve

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Hipcamper Lucas
Lucas C.
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May 29th, 2018

Sandy has a gorgeous plot of land bordering BLM forest in the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada. Very remote and quiet, and just a 45-minute hike to the Pacific Crest Trail. Ideal for backpackers and campers looking to avoid all the overcrowded weekend spots. We spent a couple nights camping and day-hiked the PCT. Gorgeous weather, spectacular views, stunning sunsets and stargazing, and a warm, wonderful host.

Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on May 30th, 2018

Thank you for your kind words. You are both highly skilled campers and hikers. It gave me a great deal of pleasure to share Oakley Ridge with you.

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Hipcamper Nick
Nick B.
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May 13th, 2018

Sandy is extremely nice and her property is beautiful. I’m already looking forward to going back

Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on May 14th, 2018

It was a pleasure to share Oakley Ridge with you. You're great campers, and you're welcome anytime!

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Hipcamper loren

Private camp with a view!

Loren G.
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May 25th, 2020

The site was better than I’d imagined! I booked this site to avoid the busy camping holiday and there was no better way to avoid those crowds. It was very private, extremely quiet, the perfect getaway. I look forward to going back again. Sandy was a wonderful host, very attentive, informative and kind. I look forward to visiting her again in the near future. Thank you sandy!

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Response from Sandy, the Host, on June 8th, 2020

Loren, you and your party were ideal campers! Even though Oakley Ridge is a primitive site, I could barely find a footprint! It gave me a lot of satisfaction to have you folks. When I heard a little snatch of laughter on the breeze, I knew I was doing the right thing to share my place with folks like you who really care about nature! P.S. Your dog Rosie stole my heart!

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Hipcamper Jim
Jim M.
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June 7th, 2020

Oakley Ridge Nature Preserve is an amazing getaway, and Sandy is an excellent host. If you are looking for a unique off the grid camping destination, this is a great option. It’s out there and worth every mile. The directions and logistics were perfect and Sandy was there to greet us and give us the lay of the land when we arrived. The horses were definitely the highlight for my two boys - they are very sweet and well mannered (the horses, not necessarily my boys!). The views are simply amazing and the wilderness endless. As Sandy notes, this is primitive camping not glamping, but you’ll be rewarded with amazing views, hiking, seclusion and wildlife. Thanks Sandy for sharing!

Hipcamper Joana

A delightful stay in nature

Joana F.
recommends this listing.
June 21st, 2020

Sandy is absolutely marvelous. Very kind, helpful and knowledgeable about her natural surroundings. The road leading up to her site is recommended for a 4 wheel drive vehicle. A 2 wheel drive vehicle should make it, too. The trail is not as challenging as described.
Our children especially had a wonderful time with Sandy’s horses. The two horses live wild and free on her property, but are very tame and our daughters were able to ride them. Sandy shared a lot of horse knowledge with the children and happily engaged with them.
We were able to go on beautiful hikes directly from her property and truly enjoyed our time completely off the beaten path in the great outdoors. It’s a very special experience!

Hipcamper Matthew

Quiet, secluded and raw

Matthew O.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2020

Oakley Ridge is 80 acres of a oak scrub and sage brush on a ridge (~5400 ft) of the Piute Mountains well off the beaten path; in fact, it's 5 miles up a winding improved dirt road which I made with my BMW X3 with no issues. It's a nature preserve with lots of critters around including ticks (Sandy warned us about ticks). Sandy has made some upgrades including a "luggable loo" which is a surprisingly brilliant invention. Sandy is a friendly welcoming accommodating host. We will definitely re-visit. We tried beating a path to the PCT but got within 500 feet and turned around when he came to a wall of scrub.

Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on July 8th, 2020

Matthew and his family were a pleasure to host -- resourceful, avid hikers, appreciative of nature, skilled in outdoor navigation, cheerful, hardy, and good company. One of the highlights for me was watching the youngster's eyes fill with excitement and delight when she got on a horse for the first time. I hope our paths cross again!

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Hipcamper Sara

Stunning off-grid camping!

Sara T.
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July 13th, 2020

We absolutely loved camping here! Sandy has a gorgeous property that is secluded, private, and serene. The highlight was definitely meeting Sandy and getting to know both her and her beautiful horses. The horses are incredibly friendly and almost adopted our two boys as their own. I’ve never seen horses so friendly and patient. They were also very good with our dogs (who were quite excited to meeting something so big!). We will definitely be back! Unfortunately this trip the weather was quite hot so we stayed low around camp but we definitely want to come back and take advantage of all the hiking and access to the PCT. Thank you Sandy for such a special weekend!

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Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on July 16th, 2020

Sara, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! Your review was very generous. It was hotter than blazes and we couldn't adjust the horses saddles to fit the boys. But their Dad made it work anyway, and everyone had fun. Jakob was a natural! It was very special to see a father leading his sons on pony rides. He used to have a horse, and all his skills came right back to him. And it's almost as if the horses knew to be extra gentle and calm with the youngsters. The sweetest moment for me was when the 5 year old asked, "Why do the horses come home?" (Since they're free range, they come and go as they please.) Then he answered his own question, "I think because they miss you." Awww! I look forward to seeing you for Fall hiking! P.S. I'm adjusting the saddles! P.P.S. You are such responsible dog owners! Otto with his mustaches was my favorite the first day, then Laney the second day when I saw her beautiful run!

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Hipcamper Tom

Unique and magical setting

Tom P.
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July 20th, 2020

Sandy is a wonderful host - the ridge is a special place and we were happy to be able to share it with her. We saw hawks, quail, and a roadrunner while we were there and had a lovely time meeting her horses. The weather during the day was hot (not unexpected for july) but the morning, night, and evening were comfortable. The views were stunning - bring your camera and enjoy the especially magical magic hour here.

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Hipcamper Sandy
Response from Sandy, the Host, on July 21st, 2020

Tom and his daughters Stella and Charlotte arrived like elves, armed with screws, carabiners, a pulley, and other objects of construction. I had ordered a camp shower, but didn't know how to put it up. Before I knew it, they had the camp shower installed. Admittedly, it's still a bit primitive, because I haven't ordered a shower curtain yet! But it's a nice way for campers can rinse off the trail dust. I reciprocated with a few planks of weathered wood for a project when they get home. They spent the heat of the day under the trees playing cards, a sweet family tradition. I could see that they appreciated Oakley Ridge Nature Preserve and that's what it's all about for me, giving campers a chance to immerse and recreate themselves in nature. I'm so glad I opened up Oakley Ridge to campers as nice as these!

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Hipcamper Conor

Your intro to back country camping

Conor N.
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July 20th, 2020

Oakley Ridge is a great escape, especially during the pandemic. I took my 6yo daughter and 8yo son and they loved it.

The drive up (from LA) was pretty straightforward. Print and follow Sandi's instructions because you will lose phone service for the last 70-90 minutes (though amazingly, you will get 1-2 bars of service at the very top when you arrive). The last 45-60 minutes are Sandi's dirt road driveway. You do need an SUV, either with 4WD or a driver who has driven off-road before. The bushes near the top will scrape the side of your car if you're not careful. Leave the Tesla at home.

The property is beautiful. It sits on top of a mountain at 5000' and you basically have 360 views. There are a few larger trees on the property and boulders for kids to climb. It is heavily covered by sage brush. There are only 2-3 camping sites, but Sandi is working on the place, so there may be more eventually. And she's open to you clearing room and making space anywhere on the 80 acres. There is a pad about 100' from the parking area, which worked for us as we couldn't haul our gear much further with the kids. The pad is fantastic with rocks to climb and an amazing view. Smaller tent footprint (10x10'), our 7x7' fit fine, but again, you can clear a shrub or two easily. We cleared a bit of space above the tent where we set up a shade tent, table, etc.

The property is great for light hill hiking. There are a few paths around, though with kids we did not venture far. The property backs up to public forest land, so you can go forever in a variety of directions if you wish.

This is high desert. Hot in the day (in the 90's this week), but perfect in the evening and night (60's). The evenings are beautiful (sunsets and stars) and unbelievably quiet. The days are very dusty and dry, so bring liquids. There is a well on site that Sandi can pump for you (generator) to load up water jugs. Very cold, clean water coming from 370' deep. We brought water guns, which worked really well for the kids. Also, there is wildlife, but it's limited. Lizards, a few chipmunks, a few birds, tons of bugs (ants, flies, some spiders, etc.). We did not see a snake, but apparently a group earlier in the week did see a rattler. Sandi said a bear comes through once a year, has a drink, and wanders on.

Sandi has two semi-wild horses who wander the property. She feeds them well, so they do come back to the main area for food, where she can close a couple of gates to keep them around. We were hesitant at first (I don't have much horse experience), but the kids loved them, listened to Sandi about how to read and communicate with them. Within 24 hours of arriving both of my kids were riding the horses. They would wake up in the morning and sprint out of the tent to go look for the horses. The horses are older and because very social. By the end, the would wander over to our campsite just to say hi.

Finally, what can I say about Sandi? She was a fantastic host. She will disappear the entire time if you would like and does not get in the way of a private trip. But, she is also more than willing to tell you about the land, introduce you to the horses, pump water, and provide any other support. She's incredibly nice and sweet. She loved having kids there. She also was very respectable. She wore a mask the whole time and stay distanced from us, but also did not require or ask us to if we did not want to. Given the heat and open air, we decided to stay mask free, but she still kept hers on the whole time. She pumped well water for us. She has tools around for clearing the land if needed. She has a portable toilet, which is essentially a bucket with a sealable garbage bag in it and a seat that attaches to the bucket top. It actually works great and she provided us some bags. She has a sun-heated outdoor shower setup. We did not use it, but easily would have. She is slowly working to improve the place for campers like us, so she loves feedback and help around the place.

In summary, this was a great back country camping experience in the sense that we were truly in the middle of nowhere and fully exposed to the outdoor environment. That said, it's perfect in that it comes with some support. If you have an issue or forgot something, Sandi can may be able to help. The area is mostly fenced in, so it is slightly protected. It's used enough (especially by the horses) that there are paths to walk and space to camp. But, it's also extremely remote. You will not see litter, light pollution at night, or noise pollution from neighbors.

We will be back someday for sure. In the meantime, please take care of the place and enjoy!

Daytime view of the rocks across the way and view into the distance.Interesting bugThere is room for a shade tent as well above the camping pad. Bring your own shade or you will regret it.Full 180 degree views
Property
Oakley Ridge Nature Preserve
State
California
Country
United States
$25/night
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