Get lost in your very own private forest.
Set up camp in the existing canvas hunting tent or feel free to sleep under the stars in your own tent or sleeping bag. Explore 10 acres of private forest and enjoy endless trails into the national forest directly from the property as well as many near by attractions including Shasta lake, Lassen National forest, close by waterfall swimming holes and more.
Whats up there? We have a 14x12 canvas hunting tent with wood fire stove on top of a raised deck. There is a propane Coleman stove, bed frame, two cots, tables and chairs. The creek is running with cold water through November-June. A market and cafe are located 1 mile from property. You can propane at the cafe.
Driving up our road passed the blue gate can be tricky especially if wet. SUV, truck, 4x4 recommended but not necessarily needed if unless soaked.
Keep an eye out for wild life, there are many deer, bob cat, mountain lion, bear, rabbit, ring tailed cat, and different birds. Don't leave food or trash out or you might have large unwelcome guests.
Fires are allowed only in winter and early spring, Dec-May, when ground and vegetation is damp. Be ware of wandering through the brush! Poison oak lurks heavily within. Make sure to wash up with soap and friction daily.
There are currently no restrooms, pack it out.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response rate: 20%
The vibe at Way away
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Way Away is an off-the-beaten-path type of excursion and getting the property will be half of the adventure. The directions from the host are descriptive enough to get you to the property but be prepared for a very overgrown ride on the last 1/10th of a mile leading up to the property. We weren't exactly sure that we were on the right road and just when we thought we for sure were NOT at the right place we happened to see the canvas tent around the bend. Some people may want to consider parking near the closest neighbor's gate and walking in, as you will definitely be driving through a bit of brush.
The site itself was very simple, and has a decent sized clearing that can house a tent or two in addition to the canvas tent that is already on site. It looks like the clearing was carved out of a huge bramble/thorny bush patch so I would advise anyone to wear appropriate clothes and shoes (we changed out of our sandals immediately). The canvas tent is very thick and secure but does not have a dedicate floor, as it is simply dirt. There are some camp supplies in the canvas tent (heater, cooking stove, etc.) that I assume are available to use if needed. We brought our own stuff so we didn't need it, but it was nice to have. Due to the weather being warm we opted to not sleep in the large canvas tent but I think on cool nights/bad weather it would be a welcomed addition to the property. It is large enough that a small tent could fit in the large canvas tent if you wanted some additional protection from the ground or bugs that make their way in the canvas tent. There is no potable water (there is a creek that runs through the property and I assume you could use a backpacking water filter if needed) and no bathrooms on site so you will have to make due with what is out there. Please brush up on leave no trace principles if you do have to use the restroom, as it is important to keep the land pristine.
The surrounding property has a few paths that have been cut out, but the rain has caused some overgrowth so you may need to take a second look to see some of the trails. The vegetation is dense in this area, which makes off-path exploring difficult, but still doable if you are up to the task. The thick vegetation provides privacy along with a ton of habitat for all the local critters (which you will definitely hear). There are a ton of dirt, back-roads and fire service/PGE roads located adjacent to the property and we spent about 2-3 hours exploring the backroads and the local waterway, Pit 7, of the Pit River system.
The area of Montgomery Creek is pretty rural, but there is a decent market and cafe in town. The closest gas is just outside of Redding or up at Burney, which is another 15-20 minutes from Montgomery creek. There is a ton to do up in this area and there are lots of places to explore, whether it is down the hill at Lake Shasta, in one of the many creeks and rivers that run through the hills, or at Lassen NP this is a good jump-off spot/home base for any of your adventures. Just be sure to be prepared for a basic campsite that doesn't have any of the amenities you may be used to. The trade off is that you will have no neighbors, no other campers and a good chance to see and hear some animals (We saw a Bobcat). I can't wait to get back up to the area.