Hipcamp host Rod S.
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Campsite #4 is perfect for a smaller group of 5 or maybe a couple more. There is the best drinking mountain water nearby at a faucet and toilets in walking distance. It is also right next to a pond where you will hear fish jumping in the morning as well in the early evening, there are resident free roaming ducks that might visit and hang out :) There is parking for a few cars

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Campsite #4 is perfect for a smaller group of 5 or maybe a couple more. There is the best drinking mountain water nearby at a faucet and toilets in walking distance. It is also right next to a pond where you will hear fish jumping in the morning as well in the early evening, there are resident free roaming ducks that might visit and hang out :) There is parking for a few cars and a few tents with a picnic table, fire pit and of course firewood is free!

NOTE: campsite #4 is apx 75 yards from a cabin but still has adequate privacy and plenty of room to spread out. Best star gazing ever!

NO CAMPFIRES or GRILLING over open fire when windy (bring charcoal for backup cooking just in case)

* Big groups are more than welcome! Please inquire directly if you'd like to book the entire ranch, as that is something we offer. *

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
1 bookable site
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 15 people per site
No potable water
Fires allowed
Firewood provided
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No showers
Pack it out
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Rod a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Old West Ranch Site #4 in California.

River, stream or ...
Swimming hole

Places to see near Silver Fork Ranch

Eldorado National Forest
Eldorado National Forest
5 miles way Explore
Emerald Bay State Park
Emerald Bay State Park
17 miles way Explore
D.L. Bliss State Park
D.L. Bliss State Park
18 miles way Explore
Grover Hot Springs State Park
Grover Hot Springs State Park
21 miles way Explore
Sugar Pine Point State Park
Sugar Pine Point State Park
23 miles way Explore
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
31 miles way Explore
Stanislaus National Forest
Stanislaus National Forest
34 miles way Explore
Donner Memorial State Park
Donner Memorial State Park
41 miles way Explore
Washoe Lake State Park
Washoe Lake State Park
45 miles way Explore
Dayton State Park
Dayton State Park
50 miles way Explore
Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe National Forest
54 miles way Explore
Fort Churchill State Historic Park
Fort Churchill State Historic Park
65 miles way Explore
Plumas Eureka State Park
Plumas Eureka State Park
76 miles way Explore
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
77 miles way Explore
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
78 miles way Explore
Plumas National Forest
Plumas National Forest
83 miles way Explore
Caswell Memorial State Park
Caswell Memorial State Park
87 miles way Explore

The vibe at Old West Ranch Site #4

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Hipcamper Katy
Katy B.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2017

Perfect weekend getaway. Rod was a great host with plenty of tips about hikes and other activities in the area. The ranch is beautiful and peaceful- we enjoyed waking up to the sound of the pond in the morning and having plenty of space from other campers. We will definitely be back!

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Hipcamper Shauna
Shauna M.
recommends this listing.
August 20th, 2017

The site was very nicely appointed with a picnic table, and nice chairs and a beautiful wood bench encircling a fire pit with an awesome adjustable height grill. Rod also provides firewood which is both thoughtful and also responsible to the forest surrounding him. There was shade, and a lovely creek nearby our site. We and the folks at the 3 other sites were very nicely spaced apart, as well.

Rod was an extremely warm and hospitable host, and took every opportunity to make our stay very comfortable and relaxing. He was great to communicate with before and during our stay. We also loved to meet his critters, Zuke the dog and Mingo the kitty :)

The ranch is in a lovely location, easily accessible on a paved road off of Rte 50 and is close to lots of daytime activities-- hiking and of course lakes, including Tahoe.

I must mention that we foolishly left our tent and sleeping bags out while we were gallavanting all day, and came back to find that it had rained. Rod came to our rescue to lend us sleeping bags and make sure we were able to recover from our little mishap and get some rest. Kindness and generosity we won't soon forget. All in all, A+

Hipcamper Paula
Paula B.
recommends this listing.
October 16th, 2017

Old West Ranch was amazing! We stayed for one night only. Rod was very welcoming. There is a really cool hike that goes along a river just a couple of miles away. Breathtaking scenery, the sky was clear so we saw shooting stars :) We cooked on the grill, clean bathrooms, water available (non potable).

Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan W.
recommends this listing.
May 28th, 2018

Second time we've camped at Silver Lake Ranch! We really love it here. Rod's a great host and very generous. We're also fans of his animals, Zuke the dog, the cat (never got his name), and the funny ducks! We'll definitely be back again.

Hipcamper Mary
Mary T.
recommends this listing.
June 10th, 2018

Small privately-owned ranch in the middle of the national forest, feels very remote, very quiet at night.
Campsite is basic, with a fire pit (grill), picnic table, water a few steps away. Porta-potty toilet is fine....clean enough, but still a Porta-potty. The site didn’t have much level/smooth area to pitch our tent. Ground was a bit lumpy & bumpy.
Site #4 is close to the owners home, but still felt reasonably private. Other campers occasionally strolled by, too.
Other sites were occupied by large groups, but they were far enough away that their noise wasn’t too invasive.
The host was great— greeted us on arrival, made sure we had what we needed.

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth W.
recommends this listing.
July 15th, 2018

The site was awesome. Very beautiful. Rod was super friendly and helpful!

Hipcamper Jenifer
Jenifer J.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2018

Rod was so friendly and accommodating! We had a big group, so he brought over an extra picnic table, and was super friendly throughout. He was also very flexible, and patient as we figured out exactly how many people would be in our group. The camp is just lovely and spacious, right near a beautiful river with wonderful swimming holes. I would definitely stay here again!

Hipcamper Josh
Josh E.
recommends this listing.
August 21st, 2018

Rod is the most friendly, helpful person I've met. His local knowledge of swimming holes, hiking trails and other great viewpoints is unmatched. The property is a magical escape from everything. The property is one of my most favorite places to visit.

Hipcamper Hiroshi
Hiroshi T.
recommends this listing.
September 25th, 2018

Rod is great. His dog Zuke and cat Mingo are also great.

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