Get away from the crowds in the city: we have supported social distancing measures since before it was a "thing" (we're pretty much in the middle of nature, between Temecula and Coachella). The Sugarloaf is a historic property located just 20 minutes from Palm desert, 45 minutes from Temecula; & walking distance to/from the PCT. We are so far away from the crowds that busi
Get away from the crowds in the city: we have supported social distancing measures since before it was a "thing" (we're pretty much in the middle of nature, between Temecula and Coachella). The Sugarloaf is a historic property located just 20 minutes from Palm desert, 45 minutes from Temecula; & walking distance to/from the PCT. We are so far away from the crowds that business has actually picked up as people just like you have looked to "get away"!
We are the only commercial business for miles, and supporting our community in keeping well means preventative crowd control, and as a result we do not over-book our land or allow crowds to gather. At any given time, your nearest neighbors are as far away as you'd like: the more you'd like to hike off the main trails and vistas, the more isolated and remote you will feel. Be advised that on the weekends there will be families and couples using the tables and picnic areas near the Loaf, and that visitors occasionally wander the trails. While we cannot guarantee 100% isolation, we are pretty darn close. Two staff members live on property, and we are available to help at any hour of the day if you need us. The fire department is literally across the street from us, but FYI the nearest hospital is 40 mins away.
You will get here via scenic "Palms to Pines" highway 74, which connects the desert floor to the mountains behind Palm Springs. This historic location is home to the just 400 or so residents who live here, spread out over local townships which are considered "unincorporated".
We currently serve hot food from 8-8, Friday - Sunday.
We welcome you from a distance, and have options for "touch free" delivery from the cafe to your site during your stay. Make arrangements ahead of time, and we will accommodate your requests during the week. Vegan? No problem. Prefer Cider to Beer? Yup, we got that. If you love the idea of feeling like a pioneer, this land is magical and relatively undeveloped. The history of the Sugarloaf goes back to the turn of the century when it was built to house and feed the men and women who built the "Palms to Pines" Highway. Mae Nightingale operated the Nightingale Lunch Room (now the Sugarloaf Cafe) and The Nightingale Camp on 17 acres of wilderness and graded trails behind the cafe. Angeleno Ex-Pat Gabbi Rose now owns and operates the Sugarloaf Cafe with her crew of locals who obsess over her "BBQ + Pie" menu .
Wake up to freshly baked buttermilk biscuits and locally roasted coffee- and bring a bag home so you can remember the experience! There is a little creek that runs through the Canyon below, and hikers will enjoy easy access to the Sawmill & Cactus Springs Trails- both GREAT places to have a picnic and chill- decompress and connect with your soul/soulmate(s)!
** NOTES OF INTEREST
We DO NOT allow any fires of any kind. We ask that you please get over it- out here, fires scare the s*&T out of us, because we have had so many wildfires in the California Mountains. We know that campfires are nostalgic- and we wish things were different. Thank You ahead in advance.
Campers should secure tents in the case of gusty winds, and choose sites which will provide some barrier to winds... they can come up fast, and are absolutely the reason that the night sky shines so clearly. Mostly in the Springtime.
REMINDER: The fire department is literally across the street from us, but FYI the nearest hospital is 40 mins away. Bring medications, leave no trace, and spread joy.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 20% off
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-Any person staff wise we came in contact was so so friendly!
-The coconut pie was what dreams are made of ❤️
-The hikes the property easily feeds to are great! We did both listed on the site and had a great time. The springs were flowing and made for incredible views.
-For being a high trafficked area the cleanliness was truly impressive. Both at the cafe and the grounds
- I really felt that the idea of seclusion was promoted and didn’t deliver. On arrival I wasn’t happy with the proximity to the highway at all but it was quiet and the hiking seemed to make up for it. But coming back Saturday after a long hike I was immediately upset. The market/cafe is much busier so about twenty people were surrounding our camp from above making changing a lot less comfortable (Direct line of sight with virtually no distance) One table was blasting music right above us definitely hurting the experience of peace and isolation. There were also multiple groups of people venturing out for walks right through the site making me even less comfortable privacy wise
The only amenity at our campsite was a picnic table. The restaurant patrons could look down on us and their trash blew into our campsite. I don't think it was worth $50 a night for a bare bones campsite with no shade. It got up to 99°! The highlights were access to the nearby trails next door and the plethora of stars. Our host suggested that we head over to Henet Lake or Idllywild to cool off.
Understandably, we couldn't have a fire due to the extremely dry conditions. So, cooking or a camp fire is not a possibility.
Unfortunately, both our sandwiches, the baked beans and the cherry pie from the Sugarloaf Cafe were merely mediocre. We had hoped to eat there a few times, but the food was too bland for us and over priced.
Pleasantly unique campingexperience
My two daughters (7 and 10) and I had a wonderful time! Gabbi and the Sugarloaf Cafe staff were super kind and helpful. The place just feels good. It’s eclectic, charming, and well kept. The surrounding landscape is remarkable and the nearby waterfall hike was a highlight for my girls...in addition to the delicious baked goods, of course. It’s a pleasantly unique kind of camping experience. However, be aware that the place often gets very....very windy. The nighttime winds can be especially intense. If you’re up for that kind of adventure tempered by comfort food, excellent service, and a gorgeous landscape, then you’ll have a great time too. Bring a kite.
Friendly welcome and great cafe
Thanks Gabbi for a wonderful stay. You made us feel so welcome.
The campsite is in such a great location to explore the area, and having the Sugarloaf cafe onsite is a huge plus. (For anyone staying here save some room/time - for eats/drinks from the cafe.). A very cool spot with great food/drinks, lovely friendly staff and a very chilled out social vibe.
Amazing location. Gracious hosts. Beautiful views. Secluded spot but convenient access to great trails (with waterfall!) and restaurant. My daughter, wife, puppies and 2 friends could not have had a better weekend getaway.
Great place! :)
Gabbi was super nice and very helpful! The campground was really great and had some good hiking trails within walking distance. Also, the pies at the cafe were to die for!
Gabbi was excellent at communicating & accomodating our last minute request! The discount at Sugarloaf cafe was an added bonus with pie that is To. Die. For. The only bummer was not having a table or bench on site.
Best camping experience ever
Gabbi was the best host to my boyfriend, dog and I for Memorial Day weekend. We LOVED camping on the 17 acre property, felt very safe while being isolated from other campers. The fresh Mountian air, trails, waterfall, star filled sky at night was exactly what we needed. The Sugarloaf Cafe provided the most awesome service, a delicious Vegan Burger and award winning Apple Pie. Can't wait to go back and spend some much need time off the grid.
Very good host and also welcoming. Loved that she checked in on us and advised of strong winds! Since we were not aware. Managed to sleep through most of the night and headed off to finish our trip at Joshua tree. We were given a complimentary coffee and Cinnabon for my wife and I. Thank you!