Hipcamp host Mike C.
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This is a truly unique piece of land, for travelers who want to experience some pure nature and the spirit of a bygone age.

The ranch sits at 7,000 feet, surrounded by towering old-growth Jeffrey pines. While nearly all the other camping spots in Big Bear Valley are packed tightly together, as soon as you enter our private five-acre Sky Ranch, you can enjoy peace and q

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This is a truly unique piece of land, for travelers who want to experience some pure nature and the spirit of a bygone age.

The ranch sits at 7,000 feet, surrounded by towering old-growth Jeffrey pines. While nearly all the other camping spots in Big Bear Valley are packed tightly together, as soon as you enter our private five-acre Sky Ranch, you can enjoy peace and quiet.

We have two camping options. Be sure to review the description and photos of each site.

Set up your camp on our Star Deck, which is Site 1. It is located at the top of a slope in one of the most beautiful pine forests you’re ever going to see. You have complete isolation from others, surrounded by pristine forest. Nice views of the valley during the day, and spectacular skies at night. It can accommodate tents up to 7 x 11 feet. Note that it is a 600-foot hike from the parking spot, up an established foot trail.

For vehicle campers, we have Site 2. It’s in a forested area that’s easily accessible by car or RV (charges vary according to number of vehicles and guests). Note that the area is not completely flat (slight slope). Houses are visible app. 100 to 300 feet away, depending on where you park. Electric access is app. 50--100 feet away.

Both sites are near a huge network of hiking trails, just a couple miles from the PCT.  A public bus stop is a couple blocks away.  We are less than 10 miles from the lake and center of town.

Come discover a pristine alpine forest — one that’s changed little since the Serrano Indians first arrived here 3,000 years ago.

Important Notes:

This is snow country, and night temperatures are often at/near freezing as early as October and as late as May.  Plan accordingly.

Propane stoves are OK, and we have a natural-gas BBQ grill available for use. However, for reasons which are obvious after the recent devastating wildfires, all wood or charcoal fires are *strictly prohibited* throughout the National Forest region, all year, regardless of your level of experience.  The ban is strictly enforced by the local authorities, and by us.  Any wood or charcoal fire will be cause for immediate eviction.

There are two cabins on the 5 acres which may be rented during your stay, but they are 150 to 300 feet from the camping sites.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Pull-in site, max length 20ft
Electricity hookups
No campfires
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
Have a question? Send Mike a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
OHV
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Sky Ranch in Big Bear in California.

Forest
Mountainous
Prairie, meadow, ...
Ranch

The vibe at Sky Ranch in Big Bear

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Hipcamper Stepfanie
Stepfanie A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 5th, 2018

I spent the night at Star Deck, but there's plenty of space to tent camp and a couple of spots for for vans and RVs. The deck is right next to a trail, so you may see a few hikers (it's still a more private trail). The host is super chill, easy to communicate with. The nightsky was so beautiful! You can see lots of stars. I like that it has direct access to a trail. You have to hike in to set up your camp at the Star Deck area (not flat) so make sure you're comfortable carrying all of your stuff! For the other site, you don't have to walk much. Really peaceful area and pleasant for camping.

Site 2 where you can camp with your van or RV (no hook ups).Next to a private trail intersection.This is the trail you'll walk on getting to and from your car.tent forest lodging
Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on July 13th, 2018

Thanks for the nice review!

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Hipcamper Janalee
Janalee B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 12th, 2018

It was a great site and we will plan to go there again. We loved the area and that there were hiking trails right on the property and it was awesome that we were the only RV on the lot. No waking up to the typical RV site, where you are surrounding by other campers! But be prepared that the site is NOT level and even using our jacks and extra blocks, we could not get the RV even close to being level. So bring extra blocks! The only other thing that could be better is that there were 3 old boat trailers just sitting on the property. close to where we parked. We had to position the RV so they were out of view.

Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on July 13th, 2018

Thanks for the nice review, Janalee!

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Hipcamper Anand
Anand P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 25th, 2018

Site #1 is more private and shown as the deck. It’s at the edge of propert abutting the forestry land. It has a okay view too. Benefit is that there are no three campers around. You are out a few hundred yards on your own. The deck itself needs work and has many nails sticking out so be careful. Overall, the deck is private for where it easy and you can barely see the houses around.

Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on August 11th, 2018

Nails are being pounded in as I write this! Thanks for the suggestion and the nice review.

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Hipcamper Eric
Eric R.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 1)
September 3rd, 2018

This campsite is not great. The hike from your car to the site is steep, uneven, poorly marked and very long.

The water from the hose tastes like metallic rubber, the solar shower is...well..a bag.

Mike wasn’t there because had people house sitting which is a bit weird to not tell your guests.

Overall we had a poor experience and ended up leaving after one night (booked for two.) I encourage you to find a site much closer to the lake.

Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on June 19th, 2019

We'd suggest that this person forgo a second camping trip. For the record, the walk from the parking spot is extremely mild by any hiking standard. Established trail, not steep, a whopping 600 feet. :) The water from the spigot is municipal water, and up here that means it comes from mountain springs. Yes indeed, the camping solar shower is a bag with a little showerhead...as always. It's true that I wasn't there. (I often travel to Alaska.) Campers who reviewed the directions did know the housesitter's name. We think the map makes pretty clear that we are not adjacent to Big Bear Lake. All the sites there are packed too close together for our liking. We prefer more isolation. Your choice.

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Hipcamper Barbara
Barbara C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 30th, 2018

Wonderful host!!

Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on July 13th, 2018

Thanks, Barbara!

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Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 15th, 2018

Such a cute spot. Very quiet. Feels like you’re away from the world, but it’s comforting to know that civalization is right down the road. There were surprisingly no bugs either (we went in mid-July). So that’s a huge plus.

Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on August 2nd, 2018

Thanks, Hannah. You’re welcome back any time.

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Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 14th, 2018

Maria and Faye were amazing hosts! They accommodated every need we had. We picked the Sky Deck (spot #1), and the expectacular views make the little incline hike to the sky deck so worth it.
I would recommend it if you plan to stay a night.

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Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on August 29th, 2018

Michelle, Great pics! Glad that you were happy with the campsitte and with the housesitters. They’re usually quite popular. :). Happy camping! Mike

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Hipcamper Clara
Clara H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 27th, 2018

We had a nice time overall. Site 1 was just removed enough that it felt private, but was still close enough to the nearby houses and streets for easy access, and the deck was in a great spot with nice views. We arrived late and had some trouble using the instructions to find the footpath to the site initially, but the next morning Mary Ellen, the house sitter, let us know of a better place to park and walk up to the path closer to the house. Although we had some uncomfortable interactions, we still enjoyed our visit.

Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on August 29th, 2018

Hi Clara, Hi Clara, Glad that you had a good experience at the campsite, and sorry that you had an odd interaction with the housesitter. Our housesitters are usually well-liked. Happy camping! Mike

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Hipcamper Zack
Zack W.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 1)
September 28th, 2018

It's hard for me to write this because while I did not have much issue with the site itself, it just was not what our group was looking/hoping for. The space is clean and plenty of room, but site 2 feels a bit like you are just squatting on someone's front lawn. This isn't a negative or saying it's different than described, just wasn't what we were hoping for once we got there.

Site 1 is pretty close to the houses and trail but is still a pretty cool space. The wood itself and the nails/etc felt pretty insecure and not something I would want to lay on, etc.

Overall the space was nice, but again just not what we were specifically looking for.

Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on June 19th, 2019

Not sure how to respond, but thanks for saying the Sky Ranch is nice. I will note that you can't see any nearby house from Site 1, and yes, you will want a sleeping pad of some kind, whether you set up on the deck or on the ground. Other than that, we just advise campers to check out the photos for each site.

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Property
Sky Ranch in Big Bear
State
California
$30/night
2 Sites