Hipcamp host Mehmet M.
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Note: We are open and hosting a limited number of campers during Covid-19 emergency. All our camp sites are outdoors and spaced at least 100 feet apart. Commons areas are closed or are used in staggered and limited occupancy. Bring all you need including a ca

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Note: We are open and hosting a limited number of campers during Covid-19 emergency. All our camp sites are outdoors and spaced at least 100 feet apart. Commons areas are closed or are used in staggered and limited occupancy. Bring all you need including a camp stove. 

Xico, Mehmet, and the people who come here respect the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

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Upon confirmation, you will receive the gate code. Please make sure you have gotten the gate code before departure by contacting us.

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Spider Camp's access is  difficult. Camping here requires experience and minimal gear. It is a  river site that requires:  a 10-minute walk from parking, only backpacks and minimal gear, a  rope-assisted stone step descent, wet feet, a tolerance for lots of insects. The campsite available only if  the water isn't too high. Please ask.

You can use only small camp stoves and 2-4 person tents. No ginormous       condo-style tents. There isn't room. Packs are needed to access this site as the terrain is steep.

This is a beautiful, secluded campsite. It accommodates up to four campers. You must provide complete gear or rent stuff from us.

Spider Camp is  SUPER unique in part because one never finds a campsite that close to a river.  The site is right on the river bank and about as close to sleeping on a river as you can get without being on a raft. With this luxury  comes the responsibility of being extremely mindful of your impacts, being  fully knowledgeable in wilderness ethics and the seven Leave No Trace Principles and Ten Essentials of Backpacking (hopefully you know them and won't need google them). If not, then you really should research it , learn it, or pick an easier site, especially as HipCamp guests follow a strong nature ethic.

Your LNT and Wilderness ethic must be sharp given the close proximity of water. NO HUMAN WASTE, NO WASTE, NO SOAPS,  Nada! You must use the chemical toilet which is back ten minutes to the parking area. 

You provide tents, tent footprint (tarp), lights, sleeping bags, food, insect repellant, wood, and other stuff. There is an outdoor , hot water shower and the river (NO SOAP of ANY KIND IN OR NEAR THE RIVER.) 

NO CHARMINE FLOWERS!  Ladies, do not leave your TP behind, buried or otherwise. NO DEFECATION EXCEPT at the Latrines, no matter your LNT expertise. The more you think you know, the less you do.

 

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Guided Activities

RECREATIONISTS PLEASE NOTE that we offer guided road bike and mountain bike excursions that can be catered to you! We can put you on world-class single track, technical and road bike trails!  

I. Enjoy a 40 mile round-trip road bike ride at 7,200 feet along the majestic Western Divide Highway in the Giant Sequoia National Monument and literally see the top of the mountain. The ride will take you through high Sierra meadows, Giant sequoia groves, Quaking Aspen forests, iconic granite outcroppings, all under perfect blue skies with clean air to breath (Yeah, remember that?). We will transport your bikes from the Land to the start point on the Western Divide, and provide  healthy, simple snacks along the way, and transport back down to camp. Costs are on a sliding scale of $50/person.

II. Single track, technical mountain bike rides can be launched from Camp Nelson Trail in the GSNM (technical) or rides that launch right from the Land onto foothill trails that double as the route for the Fat Tire Classic occurring in October (moderate, technical). We will transport your bikes from the Land to the start point on the Western Divide, and provide  healthy, simple snacks along the way, and transport back down to camp. Costs are on a sliding scale of $50/person.

III. Also, we offer the ultimate RECREATION EXPERIENCE by guiding you, our guests, in meaningful habitat stewardship projects either on the Land near your campsite or within the nearby Giant Sequoia National Monument. All stewardship projects  are free of charge though we do invite you to become a member of WildPlaces, the non-profit arm of our Land that has been protecting and conserving wild places in the area for 20 years.

  

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Moderate walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Toilet available
No campfires
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Wifi available
No kitchen
No picnic table
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Mehmet a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
Off-roading (OHV)
Climbing
Snow sports
Swimming
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at River Site Spider Camp in California.

Hot spring

Miracle and CA Hotsprings are 1.5 hours away

Driveway

5 mph please. slow on Rio Vista Dr. on your approach to our Land and upon departure. It's our neighborhood.

Forest
Lake
Mountainous
Redwoods
River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
Waterfall
Ranch

The vibe at River Site Spider Camp

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Hipcamper Daniela
Daniela P.
doesn't recommend this listing.
July 17th, 2020

The land is beautiful and its been maintained so well . Im sure she's grateful and we were grateful to be able to stay here a couple of nights. This was last minute trip to Sequoia and we were fortunate to be able to find a place to stay just 24 hours before taking off . Upon arrival we were greeted by both hosts who expressed their worry about us being able to reach the site being that it required a short climb to reach the destination. not too bad all of us are experienced hikers and the climb down wasn't anything too strenuous. We were able to get all of our gear down by the river pretty promptly . Except for our cooler which was a bit heavy and got stuck on the host's zipline . Things happen that are out of our control and I had no plan on my cooler getting stuck and then being left with no food .. so we asked the hosts for help but instead of being sympathetic one of the hosts comes running down to our campsite screaming angrily about how we could not leave our cooler hanging from the zipline... Instead of offering help he began to shout at us about how he knew we hadn't read the listing about the site ( which we had but since all common areas are closed the other host told us we could bring all of our equipment down and make our own common areas. so we did). He continues to yell and tell us that the other host is going to be very upset and starts looking around and making assumptions that we were going to leave the campsite a mess. He even went as far as to question me about some feces his dog had left behind because he thought one of us had defecated by the river. All while our cooler with all of our food is still stuck on the zipline. So the angry host goes to the top of the site and cuts the zipline which resulted in all of our food falling into a bush of poison oak... We couldn't salvage most of our food and well instead of trying to help us again this man just yelled about how we needed to get our belongings and our trash . This experience really left a bad taste in my mouth I feel like I need a deep spiritual cleanse and BIG portion of our trip was ruined . We were going to leave but the other host came down and tried to make things better with us . he apologized, told us a cute story, and gave us herbs to clean ourselves in the river . He really tried to make the situation better. night fell and we went to bed .... Around 2am we receive a message from hosts saying we still have a problem with our booking and wed have to discuss it in the morning . This was so mentally exhausting and draining . This was supposed to be a trip for us to enjoy nature and get away and while our trip in Sequoia was nice it was uncomfortable to know this was where we had to return to sleep . Say what you want about you being strict but you know the way you spoke to us wasn't right and as someone who hosts all these spiritual ceremonies and does so much community work you'd expect more kindness and sympathy .

Hipcamper Mehmet
Response from Mehmet, the Host, on July 18th, 2020

thank you for such a direct and specific detail of things. We are terribly sorry for the chaos and subsequent feelings of unrest. This doesn't happen often; however, once or twice is too many. and will inspire us to do some evaluating of the program. I hope you will not let our poor behavior prevent a return visit. We have a marvelous hipcamp sister site called River Ridge and if you return, you will have a place there...and here too of course.

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Hipcamper Casey
Casey B.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2019

Amazing experience. Everything is much better than advertised and the campground is beautiful. Even in the hottest time of the year it was so refreshing to be in the creek. The host is 10/10, super nice and hospitable.

Hipcamper Valjean

Out door stay at it’s best

Valjean M.
recommends this listing.
April 24th, 2020

The host we very welcoming and just a delight to be around we really appreciated our stay and can not wait to go back .We felt safe and at peace the entire time .this place is very special and it took away all stress .

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Hipcamper Ujjaini
Ujjaini S.
recommends this listing.
May 26th, 2020

Loved our first Hipcamp stay! Chico was a wonderful host and our campsite was exactly as described. Definitely planning to go back.

Hipcamper Abigail
Abigail T.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2020

Xico and Mehmet have created Beautiful, thoughtful, and special space. We loved our campsite that was right on the river! Make sure you are comfortable hiking down to a river wit your gear if you book one of the river sites. We were prepared and Xico also let us keep our grill and food cooler at the top of the campsite. Bring bug repellent! The outdoor shower is divine! The land is very spiritual!

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Hipcamper Meghan
Meghan H.
recommends this listing.
June 14th, 2020

Awesome site right by the river! Be prepared to hear lots of wildlife at night, but don’t worry - their dogs scope the property to keep an eye on you :) Loved swimming in the river, also very close to wonderful hikes like Slate Peak.

Camp set up next to the river + Tule , the dog
Hipcamper Norma

Sacred land

Norma M.
recommends this listing.
June 23rd, 2020

I’m so grateful to Chico and Mehmet for sharing their incredible property with us. They are wonderful hosts and the land truly feels sacred. We hope to be back soon.

Hipcamper Anna

Easily a favorite

Anna S.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2020

Mehmet and Chico were awesome hosts and their place is AMAZING and exceeded our expectations. The sites are well-maintained and very clean. Our camp site was literally right next to the river and was private. Our whole family enjoyed the trip and we will definitely be back. Thank you Mehmet and Chico for the accommodations.

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Hipcamper Alea

Spider camp amazing

Alea L.
recommends this listing.
July 11th, 2020

Xico and Mehmet, and their cutie dog Buffy, are the best! Super friendly, detail oriented, and they take loving care of their beautiful land. As a single gay woman, I felt totally safe and comfortable the entire time. I can’t say enough good things about the hosts, the space, and the gorgeous property. 10/10 will return.

Property
This is Outdoor Living
State
California
Country
United States
$55/night
1 Site
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