Bring your tent and enjoy this gorgeous, private, and primitive campsite located 2,600 feet above sea level directly adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest. Epic views of Lyons Valley and the surrounding hills and valleys while camping under the serene moon and bright stars. Hike to the top of the property and enjoy the blissful and infinite views of the surrounding valley.
Excellent flat spot for pitching a tent, hiking, picnics, parking your van, or just enjoying nature in privacy and seclusion. These 13 acres of beautiful and bountiful views are available for camping in the great outdoors with only you and the land.
This is the real deal so there are no restrooms, water, or electricity nearby.
If you have a tall vehicle you may drive directly to the campsite with ease. However, if you have a small car I'd recommend parking at the trailhead and hiking in (5 minute - flat walk).
You have access to the entire property but please stay within the acreage boundaries and respect the land. Feel free to explore and hike to the top if you are able to and feel free to camp at the top as boundless views await! It's not easy, but definitely worth the hike!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 21% off
The vibe at Spirit Trail Campsite
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This site is a great way to escape the city for a quick getaway outside of San Diego. The drive from the city was beautiful, slowly feeling more remote as you pass through Alpine.
This campsite is somewhat hard to find, as it is nestled between private properties and there isn't a super clear trail. I did meet an adjacent land owner during my visit who was incredibly nice.
Once you do get to the recommended camping area, it's not hard to see why the hosts would list this property! Stunning sunset over the mountains and rugged SoCal backcountry. The brush is fairly thick and none of the boulders seem to have established routes on them, but if I had more time, I would have tried to climb up the hill to the top of the property for the view alone.
I did hear several packs of coyote at night and it seems to be prime habitat for diamond back rattlers, so pet owners, do be cautious.
Overall, a great little spot to camp, but be prepared for some route finding and an awkward hike in via property line easements.