PLEASE NOTE: This property requires a FOUR WHEEL DRIVE vehicle. Low clearance vehicles may struggle with the terrain. However, it is only a few miles off the 5 freeway.
Come camp at Batchev Hill bordering the Los Angles National Forest. Located just off the 5 and 138 freeways at the top of a mountain. Property has spectacular 360 degree view of the forest. In the distance you can see the 5 freeway and at night it glimmers looking like diamonds and rubies. The elevation of 4000 feet makes for more desirable weather and great cell phone reception at the property. Be prepared for wind and seasonal heat/cold.
To get to this property you will need a vehicle with four wheel drive or adventurous hipcampers can hike to the property. There is 3.4 miles of dirt road with multiple dry creek crossings to get the site (top of the mountain - second ridge). It can take up to 20-30 minutes to drive to property from the freeway exit. We do not recommend making the drive at night unless you have already been to the property. It is very easy to get lost at night so please ensure you will arrive well before sunset. We also do not recommend driving/hiking to the property after heavy rains. High clearance vehicles are strongly recommended for the dry creek crossings. We have had campers make it in low clearance vehicles, however, others have struggled with traction in the sand. Please be advised that road conditions can change with weather and usage.
Batchev Hill is a great camp site featuring hundreds of miles of hiking and motocross trails. Only a few miles from the Pacific Crest Trail, this area of the Los Angles National forest is famous for some of the best high desert flowers in all of California. Try to book when the moon is low and be prepared for an amazing fantastic star show! The site is un-hosted so you have complete privacy.
The property features a camper, firebox, table, outdoor chairs, and a compost toilet. Please note the battery in the camper runs on a solar powered 12-volt battery and will provide limited power - the battery occasionally shorts out so power cannot be guaranteed. Please use sparingly. The camper contains games, books, kitchenware and other goodies to make your stay more enjoyable. Feel free to use the "take a can, leave a can" policy.
While we do our best to keep mother nature out of the camper, it is likely that you will see their presence. The grounds are home to many beautiful creatures and is fantastic for bird watching. Since the property is un-hosted, you may find wood mice droppings or insects inside the camper when you arrive. We recommend that you bring your own clean linens/sleeping bags and your own tent.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 20% off
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360° views of mountains and sky? check. a little off roading adventure to get to the site? check. Everything noted on this listing is spot on so make sure you read every word. You will most definitely need 4WD to get to this site. It can get a little tricky at some points but once you make it and get through the gate, the views alone are all worth it. Perfect place to unwind and be one with nature. You are completely isolated and it feels so nice. There are chairs and a lounge perfect for sitting back and taking in the majestic views. Games, a kite (which being on top of the mountain you get a lot of wind so it's perfect for flying one!), binoculars, even a sleeping bag are all provided in the camper. The camper has a little table and seating area which is perfect to settle down and eat on. There is also a bed in the camper but note to the wise, bring your own bedding. We would even highly suggest bringing your own tent because as the listing notes, some creatures may find themselves in the camper and we definitely found two little mice inside. There is also a firebox and firewood to make a nice little fire for the chill that creeps in as the sun goes down. Also there is a toilet! Just a little walk down a path and it is perfectly nestled within the bushes for coverage. Yassen is great with communication and provides detailed info and directions on getting to this remote place so make sure you save all that beforehand as service can be spotty through the trail. This site is a perfect combination for a little adventure and respite all together so take it all in and enjoy.
I had a great time at the top of the world site! I took my friend here for her first camping experience. We both brought tents to sleep in to enjoy the starry night, yet my friend moved inside the camper in the middle of the night due to the wind, she said it was very comfortable and had a nice view in the morning. This is a great, remote spot to book if you want to escape the city. 4WD definitely necessary, I took my jeep grand cherokee and made it without a problem. There is a nice wooden table to eat at and counter area to cook outside. Yassen also has really everything you could need in the camper, yet I did not need to use much as I brought all my utensils and items for cooking. I did borrow some mugs for coffee in the morning. I did not notice any critters in the camper. Yet my friend and I did hike in front of the two chairs, and I came across a very large rattlesnake taking in the morning sun. So if you hike around, keep an eye out. I actually ended up leaping and sprinting away from the snake, and in that moment dropped my phone right next to the snake. Luckily there is cell service at this campsite, so I was able to use Google's Find My Device to retrieve it, but it was a mini adventure for sure.
This site is great for those with a sense of adventure and a suitable vehicle. As described by the host, it definitely needs a 4WD drive vehicle to get there. We used a Subaru Outback and had no trouble (Yay for X-mode) although we did choose to get out and eyeball a few places before going ahead. The detailed directions provided are both necessary and excellent. The camper is pretty basic and we did not use it because we wanted to camp out in the open under the stars and this location is great for that purpose. We also liked the various seats placed for viewing in different directions.
Fantastic little spot - so serene and quiet with incredible views. If you're planning to go off-roading in Hungry Valley and have a 4WD - this is a great place to stay. Takes about 30 minutes to get to the camp from the I-5. The little camper is a good alternative to a tent if you're with someone new to camping - sleeps 2. There is cell service, it's a bit windy but cools you off on a hot day. There is a portable metal fire box to cook on (we put pots on top and used for smores). There are 4 comfortable chairs you can move around and rearrange for an incredible view of the sunset under the canopy/overlook. There is a portable toilet just a short walk below the campsite - but no walls or shelter around it so don't be shy :) Yassen was very helpful and accommodating, and even provided us with a detailed map of off-roading trails in the area. His directions were accurate and easy to follow. We will definitely be back!
The 360 degree view camper at the top of the world was a magical place. If you're looking for serenity and quietude, this is the spot. The chairs under the shaded awning are perfect for relaxing and taking in the vastness around you.
We did not sleep in the camper as we had our tent, but we enjoyed the camper as a sit-down area for dinner.
You can catch amazing sunrise and sunset views, and on a hot day the breeze is a welcomed guest.
-Mark & Marisa
This campsite gave us exactly what we needed for our anniversary:
1. ESCAPE FROM THE CITY
2. CLOSE ENOUGH FOR A DAY TRIP
3. REVITALIZING EXPERIENCE IN NATURE
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend it to others.
Can't say much about the camper since we didn't really use it and couldn't figure out how to get the lights in it working, but it seemed very cute and cozy.
The directions to get to the campsite are patchy. There are a few forks in the road that are not included so you have to guess which one is "straight".
*ONE NOTE WITH REGARDS TO NEEDING A 4X4 - We made it to the campsite without one. If you have decent clearance under your vehicle you can make it to the creek and hike from there (provided it is dry out - would not recommend attempting if there is any chance of rain). Otherwise, you could still easily make it by just hiking from where the dirt road starts (if you're comfy leaving your car behind).
The campsite is a nice get away for local L.A; you do need a 4x4 to get up to the site due to the wash out roads. The instructions were very detailed and help a lot on the way to the site. Would recommended for anyone wanting to go to Gorman for an OHV adventure but want to camp off site.
My friend and I loved our overnighter at the camper! Yassen was suuuper super helpful in providing detailed directions and then troubleshooting when we followed them incorrectly. We decided to hike to the camper, as neither of us has a car with AWD. To be honest, the hike was a little brutal. The road leading up to the camper is a steep incline. That being said, my friend and I definitely didn't pack light. The set-up of the site itself was awesome. The camper is equipped with a few little extras (e.g., paper towels, utensils, sun screen, bug spray) in case you forget anything. It was windy at night, but I slept really well inside the camper. Would recommend, would go again!