About Odin's Helm Camp
Enjoy complete privacy on an 80 acre cattle grazing ranch. Depending on the season you come, you will have the company of a couple dozen cows grazing freely on the property, or run into countless black tail deer, pigs, turkeys, and wood ducks. We gaurantee a great time jumping in the several deep swimming holes in the creek (which you can walk around for miles in either direction) and fishing in the several acre largemouth bass pond.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 8
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent, Vehicles & RVs
- Check in after: 6AM
- Check out before: 9PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Odin's Helm Camp
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Odin's Helm is a wonderful off-the-grid experience tucked in the rolling hills just east of the Mendocino Forest. The Helm does have an outhouse, but not much more in terms of creature comforts (bring water, and a way to pack out trash!). This place is absolutely secluded and a few cars passing by were the only other humans we saw. We came right after the rains and 4wd was necessary for us, so be sure to check the conditions before you drive too deep onto the property. The scenery, solitude, and fishing are all reasons I will be back to Odin's Helm.
This camp area looks nothing like the photos. We arrived and were shocked to find a large field of tall dead grass/weeds. There was only one picnic table from what we found, and it was not in an area to set up a tent-the weeds had little thorns on them. There was no stream or river. The "pond" was horrendous. It was covered in thick algae, couldn't even see water. Wouldn't even stick a toe in that thing. Overall, a huge disappointment and we left and didn't even stay. It was just not useable due to the high, dead grass. Wouldn't recommend this place during summer. Maybe in winter when it isn't a field of weeds with grasshoppers jumping all over you and the car. Also, don't bring a non 4x4 here. In order to get to the outhouse, we had to trek over a bed of river rocks-not easy with a sedan I'm sure. Luckily we had a 4x4 so we had no problem.
Beautiful piece of land and the drive in is also gorgeous. The part of the creek we saw was all dried up for summer so don't count on any relief from the summer heat. But we woke up to two horses investigating us, saw a family of wild pigs and more stars than we've seen in decades. We'll be back in the Fall!
The area is beautiful and very secluded! It is extremely difficult to find the actual camping site as there are no signs indicating the way. We guessed and followed some old tire tracks through the long brush. We came across 2 wooden buildings next to a barbed wire fence. One is a drop toilet which is very clean and has a light and a mirror! At this point, still hadn't found the camp site... It happened to be on the other side of the barbed wire fence, which can open up to allow a car pass through towards the river. If it weren't for a previously made stone fire-pit, we wouldn't have been able to guess this was a campsite. The website indicates there are 4 spots, however it really just is open land. No tables, trash bins, or other typical state-run campsite amenities. That being said, there are no people or hungry critter-scavengers about either! If you are prepared and have a vehicle that can get you here (I have a 2-wheel drive small SUV), it truly is a a great hidden spot! Look forward to coming back for a few days sometime, and secretly hope no one else discovers it here. Oh! Bring bug spray because the mosquitos are hungry.
Odins Helm Camp is divine. If you find it. Getting there and finding the site is very tricky and depending on the tribes mood can be very frustrating. Be prepared, no signs, no directions whatsoever. However, if you succeed it was all worth it.
My partner and I found this place last minute and we absolutely loved it. Plenty of space so you will never feel crowded and so many different areas to setup camp. Easy to find if you know what you're looking for, and the scenery was spectacular. Also, little to no light pollution so stargazing was spectacular.
I'll caveat this by saying... I'm pretty sure this doesn't happen often, but not a great experience, regardless.
Campsites were nice enough, beautiful landscapes at dusk, certainly. Pond wasn't in swimming or even fishing state (solid green with algae) but this area tends to be a bit dry in the summer. Outhouse was well kept and campsites were far apart. We chose the farthest from road (and closest to river) site with a picnic table. My brother and I set up camp, and enjoyed the evening expecting to leave early for a fishing trip in Redding, CA the next morning.
At 6:00am we were awakened by the sound of a man yelling various versions of "get the $!@# off my property or I'll shoot your truck" followed by ~6 gunshots and more of the same yelling. (to be clear, none of these shots were fired *at* us from what I could tell -- but obviously a threat) All of this was coming from the hill overlooking the river and our campsite. In the moment, the only thing I thought to do was yell back something along the lines of "Sorry, we're leaving". I'm assuming this is a looney old mountain man who's claimed the hill for himself and upset to see us, so we rush to pack up and GTFO. While packing out, I see two guys coming down the bank -- decidedly *not* mountain men. Matching hats, one has a hunting rifle, the other some sort of chest-fanny pack combo. They're also not approaching aggressively, or conspicuously -- so I figure best bet is to actually take a minute and try to talk to them.
Turns out they're quite reasonable/nice guys -- any other situation happy to grab a beer with. Apparently, this was the 1st day of deer season (bow, I believe) and these guys have a large piece of land used for hunting on the other side of the river. Last year, on the same opening day, there was a poacher camped out in the same spot we're standing. So, they assume this same poacher is back for more after getting chased off last year. Ah, that explains the hostility. There was also some obvious tension with the landowner of Odin's Helm on the intended use of his property -- but not my business and I'm sure 2 sides to that story.
They apologize and insisted we should stay (also turns out where we're standing is probably *not* their land) but we already need to get on with fishing trip so we head out. In retrospect, I think should have called the sheriff to report incident (god forbid I had my wife and kid with me) but didn't have time to wait around.
1.) Neat campsites
2.) Very, very rural area with all that entails
3.) 6:00am alarm very effective, but I don't remember asking front desk for a wakeup call
This spot is a good plot of land a decent ways out of town. Approach was easier from Red Bluff side on the paved road. The camp itself was easily accessible by sedan in the dry season. Site was quite warm (~95°) at end of May. Several shady spots next to the lake and by the creek were a great place to relax. Would imagine best time to visit would be early spring when a bit cooler and water flowing in the creek. A short hike to the top of the property offered lovely views and nightfall brought fantastic stargazing opportunities.
Also the cows kept their distance... for the most part.
So much fun! I definitely recommend a 4x4 car. We went at the end of summer and stayed by the pond. It wasn't very swimmable but that was alright. We hiked over to the creek and it was pretty dry too. We will definitely be coming back in the spring time for swimming!
There were literally thousands of frogs in the pond. It was the coolest thing ever to see them all. Also, there are bee hives when you first enter so beware if you are allergic.
Camped here two nights 5/26-5/28. Great space to get away for a few days! Its pretty open as far as camping spots, just a few fire rings located around the property. During the day we walked down along the river and did a little exploring. One thing to note, bring bug spray! Camp sites near the creek will have mosquitoes at night.
What a magical little slice of Golden heaven out in the California countryside. We found the place with no problems and managed to set up a cozy little campsite under a tree in the field.
Odin's Helm Camp is about 30 minutes outside of Red Bluff, which is a great place to stop and get any camping necessities - water most especially. We got in a little later than we had wanted and ultimately had to take a spot a bit further from some of the other camp sites - which was great for privacy and not feeling like you're at the KOA. Two downsides were where we set up was a) not conducive to a camp fire (per Josh's instructions) and b) in a more direct path of the cows (yes, there are about 20 of them). They are harmless...but curious and will come fairly close. And we had to navigate around some droppings. We're both from fairly country rural areas, so this didn't bother us, but I could see how it might bother others.
The views and surroundings are stunning. The sunset gave the perfect golden hour and the stars did not disappoint. It got chilly at night but as soon as the sun peaked over the East Hills in the morning, we were baking! We ventured back toward Red Bluff and Cottonwood to spend some time exploring fishing spots on the Sacramento River. I HIGHLY recommend driving the extra 30 miles up to Redding and going to the Fly Shop up there to get local recommendations - we did not and had to gamble on spots. While we did drive and see a lot of the countryside, we did not fish as much as we would have liked (because we didn't really know where to go...my fault!).
We would absolutely go back here and recommend it for others who want a ranch-farm style camping experience!
Wow, we could not have envisioned a more perfect spot to kickoff the summer camping season! This was our first camp trip this year and it was so wonderful we are already planning the next one!
About the site:
The drive up was gorgeous, and easily handled in any vehicle. Once we got in through the front gate, it took a few minutes to maneuver our car down the trail and over some of the rockier areas (we had a very low vehicle, any car with at least one foot of clearance below it should be no trouble.) We chose the campsite through another gate, this one was a bit tough to find as it looks very much like the fencing all around the property. It's located just past the outhouse, to the left; and in our opinion, the ideal spot to pitch your tent, complete with a picnic table near the grass and a fire ring down near the water (just a stone's throw from our tent!
The view was spectacular, the stars at night were more vibrant than any I may have seen before. It was blistering hot the day we spent here, and the creek was perfect for cooling off and providing some fun for our pup. He loved watching the little fish swim around his feet and all the giant tadpoles scatter away when he came near. We spent the whole time relaxing and exploring, wanting for absolutely nothing.
If you are looking for a private location to just sit and enjoy some nature, this location is a must!
Did I mention that was the cleanest outhouse I've ever seen?
We will be visiting again.
A great and secluded location....IF YOU CAN FIND IT! Its absolutely beautiful but it is in the middle of nowhere and a good amount of our time was spent lost while trying to find it. Get there early if you plan on going because it would be almost impossible to find at dark. The gate "code" is more of a padlock combination. Good Luck!!