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
- Accessibility: Park at listing
- Campsite area: Bring your own Cars, Vans, Trailers, RV & Motorhomes
- 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.
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.
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.