Hipcamp host Karin J.,
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This site is tucked into the trees across the creek. The site can accommodate up to 3 tents.  You'll have your own new picnic table, plenty of shade, a hammock for listening to the babbling stream, stacked wood art and a view of the main field and lodge.  There is a firepit in the main field for you that is communal. There is a lovely path along Turnback Creek starting on ou


This site is tucked into the trees across the creek. The site can accommodate up to 3 tents.  You'll have your own new picnic table, plenty of shade, a hammock for listening to the babbling stream, stacked wood art and a view of the main field and lodge.  There is a firepit in the main field for you that is communal. There is a lovely path along Turnback Creek starting on our property, with watering holes, or you can explore the path as it extends to the Ponderosa Hills trails for a full 5.5 mile loop through the local hillside. Make sure to use AllTrails for your hike.

You'll have use of our new Cedar Bathhouse, including a sauna and cold plunge, 3 toilets, 2 showers and sinks. Yes, our sauna is now fully operational (available upon request) and so is our eight person cedar hot tub!

We hope to have small outdoor kitchen for campers as well in the future. For now, you can use camping stoves at the picnic table at your site or throughout campus. We host chef prepared family style feasts through GP Dinners and occasional acoustic concerts in our outdoor amphitheater.  Contact the hosts if food and music are your thing.


Walk across our new double-log bridge over Turnback Creek to your site nestled in a cedar forest. (This is a walk-in site over a bridge about 100 feet from the parking.) 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Karin a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


There are literally hundreds of bike trails within 30 miles and several you can get on right from our campus.


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Snow sports

Plenty of backcountry skiing and snowshoeing options, as well as the Dodge Ridge Ski area, about 30 minutes uphill.


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Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Turnback Creek Campsite in California.


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River, stream, or...

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Hipcamper Chester

Happy campers!

Chester D.
recommends this listing.
November 9th, 2021

Karin was super responsive and made sure we are taken care of prior to our visit. The site itself is a nice camp with amazing views and nice amenities. Easily drivable from the freeway straight to the campsite. There is Walmart and PriceCo nearby for shopping needs 20 min away. We were able to set up camp with no fuss - did not need to check in or anything! We also had access to a bathroom equipped with necessities, and a shower with body wash, shampoo, and conditioner provided. Everything was clean and aesthetically pleasing. There is also a sauna next to the bathroom available per request; which I was unfortunate not to be able to use. But that’s okay - something to look forward to next time! We were also spoiled with firewood and a firepit available for use. I’m definitely visiting again and highly recommend!

Hipcamper Jenny
Jenny W.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2021

This place was a luxury campsite! Our own hot showers, multiple flush toilets and best of all, the sauna! It was perfect to relax in the sauna at night when it got nippy. Can't wait to come back for the hot tub under the stars!

Hipcamper Moriah

Summer camp oasis

Moriah B.
recommends this listing.
September 16th, 2021

Let me just start by saying you will NOT regret camping here. What we thought would be an average camping site, kept surprising us with more and more luxuries. The hosts Karin and Raman are absolutely amazing, very accommodating and thorough with the signage and information available about the land they occupy, as well as the local hot spots. They have recently renovated the bath house with brand new commodes and shower (the water gets hot so fast!). Attached to the bath house is the sauna, which is to die for, it was the perfect way to end the evening of hiking. They also have a looped trail around the property, which has cliffs and a peaceful creek. We cannot wait to go back in the spring because they have swimming holes and waterfalls within the creek that would be gorgeous. Unfortunately because of the typical California environment, there was a fire ban, so we couldn't use all of the fire pits they had available all over the grounds. But Camp Ernest had all of the tools available in the future when fires are able to be made. They also have a meditation cabin on site with all of the aesthetics to take a weight off your shoulders. On top of all of that, they have an acoustic amphitheater to hold small gatherings for an acoustic concert with the view of the cliffs. If you are looking for a space to get away by yourself or even a large group of friends this is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle, and connect with nature again.

Bathrooms are so clean and taken care of.Taking in a moment at the acoustic amphitheater.Take a walk through the labyrinth.Enjoying the sauna.
Hipcamper Karin
Response from Karin, the Host, on September 17th, 2021

It was absolutely so lovely to have you here Moriah. Thank you for being such gracious guests and for loving our property. I loved out chats and hope we see you on a future visit. You and Sean are welcome back!!

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Hipcamper Justine
Justine B.
recommends this listing.
August 12th, 2021

Very cool place! The grounds were beautiful, our camp spot was under the trees. The hiking trail along the creek was super nice for the dogs. My favorite part was the cedar sauna! Thanks again! Will definitely return.

Hipcamper Sara
Sara V.
recommends this listing.
July 18th, 2021

Camp Earnest was an amazing experience! We stayed at their Turnback Creek Campsite which Karin described perfectly! Our campsite was private and surrounded by trees, so we had fun setting up our hammocks and solar lights all around us! There’s plenty of tree coverage, so we didn’t get too much heat. Their bath house was beautifully designed, clean, and a short walk up the hill. Pinecrest Lake was an easy 30 minute drive from our campsite, which I recommend! Overall, we were very pleased with our stay! We highly recommend their campsite to any fellow campers wanting a forest-feel camping experience.

Turnback Creek Campsite from our tent.Turnback Creek Campsite
Hipcamper Pulkit

Perfect getaway campsite

Pulkit B.
recommends this listing.
June 25th, 2021

The campsite was very good. The hosts are really nice. I had a wonderful time. Only issue I had was mosquitoes so come prepared.

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Hipcamper Kaitlyn

Almost glamping, it was great!

Kaitlyn C.
recommends this listing.
June 13th, 2021

We had a really great camping experience here! We enjoyed this particular site because it felt private and had unique access over a wooden footbridge, very fun, like something from a storybook! (Plan to carry luggage/gear several yards to the site.) The sauna, hot shower, and restrooms were very clean which felt luxurious for camping. (Facilities smelled like cedarwood from the local trees that were used in its recent construction, we were really impressed by the beautiful carpentry work at this place!)

We made use of the artisan community fire pit twice, and it was nice to not have to bring our own wood on the trip. One downside was not having running water or a dishwashing station very close to the campsite. (Maybe in the works?) You just hike a little hill to get to the restroom facility where running water is available.

The complex includes some other tent sites, cabins, and a nice walking trail, even a small amphitheater. A very cool set-up that they have been working really hard on, an impressive project! Karin and her pup whom we met were very sweet and welcoming.

Nearby are Pinecrest lake as well as some other popular recreation areas and trails.

Our camp setup! There was a tarp and hammock provided which was really nice. This particular site felt pretty cozy and secluded since it is across the bridge.View of the footbridge (View is as if you are walking from campsite to community fire pit/picnic area.) Parking was to the left (not quite visible in this picture.)
Hipcamper Daniel

Best campsite in a cool spot

Daniel S.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2021

Camp Earnest is coming along nicely. I spoke to the hosts and just a few months ago there was just a porta-potty and some picnic tables but now the bath house is finished and is beautiful (especially the shower). The Turnback creek campsite is probably the nicest one, set back behind a small foot bridge (so pack light or bring a cart), and in a grove of trees. There is a tarp and woodchips placed down in the perfect tent spot. We came with two other families who decided to camp in the meadow near the neighbors and a little closer to us. I think we lucked out. Camp Earnest is really well suited for booking all three campsites and having the entire lower section for your group's private use. The area is beautiful and we spend one of the days walking with our many small children down the path that follows the creek. We didn't go the entire 1.5 miles to the end but we found some great watering holes even before that. Tanks Karin and Raman!

Hipcamper Michal
Michal S.
recommends this listing.
May 25th, 2021

Turn back campsite was awesome! Nestled next to a small creek with lots of shade and a hammock. The walk down the road a short while leads to a series of small pools. It was beautiful. The new bath house was great. It has a tankless water heater so we were able to shower everyone after walking through some poison oak near on our walk near the creek.

Camp Earnest
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