The listing is a very secluded 2800 acre ranch on the western slope of the Sierras, the bottom of which is at 800 ft. elevation and just touches Lake Don Pedro and top of which is a peak at 3400 ft. elevation. About half of the property is pasture, the rest is brush and trees with old roads here and there. The land abuts primarily on other wild tracts of land. For camping there are no amenities except some water spigots in the bowl with the corrals and barns. There are tons of cool places to pitch a tent - such as on the ridge tops where you can see across the central valley to Mt. Diablo and the Bay Area. You have to pack your stuff in and out (see rules when booking). The famous cowboy and cowgirl, Bob McDow and his wife Zane, live on the property and take care of the ranch and they would note your coming and going and be happy to provide any help. Overall the place has the feel of a wild isolated, quiet, expanse of ranch and brush land. The stars at night are terrific!
- Check in: After 9AM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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For most of the weekend, we shared the picturesque homestead property with no one but the horses and a few lovely birds. There are several great locations for camping: one just inside the property if you'd prefer easy access to HWY 120, several up on the ridge with an incredible view of the valley, or you could even camp inside the barn to stay dry on a rainy night and for easier access to the cabin.
Our stay was rainy and we were lucky enough to stay in the cabin, but able to enjoy hiking along the ridge. I'd love to come back in summer with a group, two in the cabin and the rest in tents around the property, and make use of the proximity to Yosemite and the barbecue area behind the cabin!
Natalie and John were incredibly helpful and accommodating and it was a treat to meet Bob, the 17-year caretaker who showed us around his workshop.
We couldn't have asked for a better campsite! We set up our tents right on the edge of a ridge with the most beautiful view. There are plenty of options for you to camp, you can set up next to your car or hike out more to find a campsite. The land is very nice and secluded. It was a great find especially on Memorial Day weekend, when every campsite was full around Yosemite. This campsite exceeded all our expectations!
The campsite is beautiful. We didn't see anyone except the cows while we stayed there. We just left San Francisco that morning, so we were happy for the peace and quiet the place provided. Also, the sunset views from where we pitched our tent (close to the parking spot) are breathtaking!
Although no one came to meet us when we arrived, John was very helpful and easy in communication before we arrived.
Great place, lots to explore. It may seem that finding a good spot requires a lot of hiking, but the hill right next to the parking lot worked out great for us. There were a few shady trees, lots of flat surface, and trees big enough to hang a hammock.
I didn't have much time here, just needed a crash pad for my tent during a last-minute trip to Yosemite, so I went to site 7, nearest the parking spot, and enjoyed the sunset before having a very peaceful and solitary night's sleep under a starry sky. The only noise was a symphony of crickets. From the other photos, looks like a cool place to check out if I had the luxury of more time.
This is beautiful, remote tranquil camp. I hiked in a bit and camped in a lovely clearing at the end of the ranch road up that looked east over the mountains. The sunrise was fantastic. John was a very communicative host and his directions to the site were simple to follow - also, for the motorcyclists out there, all paved roads to the site so no problem getting in. Overall a nice experience.