A single camp spot on the top of a mountain surrounded by 160 acres of no one else! Requires 4WD/high clearance AWD road to camp spot. Plenty of shade at spot with picnic area that is covered. Drinking water, sink and outdoor cold water shower. Bouldering (climbing), fire pit (seasonal), covered deck, hiking and VIEWS! Plenty of room and separate camp spots- lock the gat
A single camp spot on the top of a mountain surrounded by 160 acres of no one else! Requires 4WD/high clearance AWD road to camp spot. Plenty of shade at spot with picnic area that is covered. Drinking water, sink and outdoor cold water shower. Bouldering (climbing), fire pit (seasonal), covered deck, hiking and VIEWS! Plenty of room and separate camp spots- lock the gate and you will have no visitors or on lookers. Single outdoor flush toilet with sink. We provide a Propane stove - 2 burner, propane, toilet paper, dish soap and hand soap. No COTS.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 3 nights
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 96%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Whiteside Mountain in California.
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This campsite is like stepping into another world. The views, the accommodations, and the kindness of the owner together make this place one of the best experiences! Sitting on "Sunset Bench" watching the sun go down behind the valley and the mountains is the closest to magic I'll probably ever experience! Could not say enough amazing things about this place. That being said, ABSOLUTELY NO ONE SHOULD GO HERE!!! (That way I can keep it all to myself!)
A camp site above the clouds
When you can sip your cup of coffee looking above a layer of morning clouds you’ve come to the right place. When you can sip your glass of bourbon staring into the sunset, you’ve come to the right place. Steve, the owner, has created a magical site that a “3 day minimum” is not enough. All the amenities you’ll ever need, he has meticulously placed them for you. Solar electricity, check. Flushing toilet, check. Propane stove, check. WiFi (for kids mostly) check. Nook to sleep in, check. Just bring your own cot or pad. List goes on. But to get here, you definitely need a 4x4 to make it easier on you and on Steve. I put my 4Runner on 4lo and had no problem going up the steep hill. I brought my 6yr and 4yr old and they had a blast spending the afternoons in the cowboy pool. I will book again soon.
Lived up to the hype
Steve was an exceptional host. I loved what he did with the campsite. My girlfriend and I had a great time. Definitely recommend checking out the cave while you’re there. The only downside (and reason for my rating) is that you need a 4WD vehicle with high clearance to make it up the off-road driveway. It added an additional $200 of rental vehicle costs to the trip.
What an experience!!
I visited the site towards the end of August. The weather was bearable during the day with temps in the high 80’s. Plenty of places to explore! Deforest bring your rock climbing gear if you have any. Most routes (if you’re adventurous enough) can be achieved through sheer strength and curiosity. My favorite parts were watching the sunrise on the rock formation behind the campsite and watching the sunset on “Lovers Bench”.
This place has it all to satisfy the itch you want to scratch. Hiking trails, a place to set up your hammock, a tub you can fill with water (small fee) and watch the sunset from, caves to explore, or a place to just relax and unwind.
It’s great for groups and also perfect for a solo getaway.
Steve was a great host. He checked in on me to make sure everything was running smoothly. The trip went off without a hitch.
Thank you Steve for a wonderful week!
Perfect camping trip
The place is very beautiful. Lots of things to do and explore inside the area, would def recommend bringing 4wd to reach at the top. All in all the best camping trip with my wife and our dog. Thanks again Steve for honoring my short notice booking and custom request!
I have so much to say about this campsite and the owner, Steve!
It was perfect for our group of 3 (+2 who stopped by for a night). We had a great time hanging at the site, cooking meals with the grill and kitchen provided. I enjoyed every moment of using the bathroom with a view too haha!
Exploring the property took the experience to a whole new level. The trial that Steve created just up from the site was a blast! My friend who is even scared of heights had so much fun and the views were so worth it. Exploring the cave, crossing the bridge and the climbing the rocks really brought me back to my childhood on the islands.
The drive up def needs a 4x4 with some height but it is totally worth it. It was pretty hot that day and we decided to take our work truck up there. Unfortunately, it decided to overheat. 🤣 but we got up there anyways!
Steve was great at helping us get in contact with a great mechanic in the closest town. Taking us down and back so we could make sure the truck was good before we left. Super grateful for how responsive he was during our 4 days there and even brought us to get some supplies while the truck was being checked on. If it wasn’t for Steve’s help, we would’ve been pretty stuck haha!
Overall, I left wondering when I’m gonna be booking this campsite again for a week. It was great to work online from there as well as I had cell service and WiFi. With the views of the rocks mountains and ocean. I cannot wait to be back.
Thank you for such an awesome experience Steve!
There's so many great things to say about Whiteside Mountain, I'll share five of my favorite things:
- Waking up before sunrise, watching the stars fade and the sky change colors. Sitting in those comfortable armchairs with a warm cup of coffee while friendly bees and hummingbirds fly by, roosters crowing in the distance.
- The engineering/design of the campsite and structures were impressive; the kitchen sink would spill out into a flowerbed below so that nutrients from food waste and water can be absorbed, a whole plumbing and solar powered electrical system, the wooden bridge and the platform in the cave, the drawbridge to the doghouse, I could go on!
- Lots of trails for hiking and boulders for climbing, I hiked around with my dog off leash and she had a blast. I think it could also be fun to bring a mountain bike or onewheel to ride some of the trails. The hike to the cave was a beast, Steve marked the trail with little flags and added climbing supports/ropes along the way which made it feel safe while scrambling along cliff edges and up the big rocks. There's even a bridge you cross to get to the summit or squeeze down into the cave and chill on the platform.
- Wifi, and its pretty fast, I didn't test the speed but it was fast enough to stream videos/movies on my devices. It was also incredibly vital when on the last night there a brushfire started nearby in one of the roads south of us. Having that wifi helped us stay up to date with the situation, listen for evacuation alerts and fortunately Dulzura firefighters got it controlled later in the evening before it could spread further.
- The people/area! Steve is a great host, gave good notes/instructions and checked in with us which I appreciated since we went on a hot weekend. The campsite felt safe and private as well, even though you might be able to see neighbors houses in the far distance it's almost impossible to make out anything with the naked eye from camp. The area felt like a mix of rural/countryside/backcountry - some parts are rugged and it is pretty much a desert environment and close to the Mexico-US border. Check out Dulzura mini market to re-up on supplies. On the weekend we went they made smoked meat and delicious Mexican food! *Note that you might need to pass through a border patrol checkpoint if you go.
- There was a sign that says the bridge holds a max-weight of 250lbs, it looked like there might be a way to get around to the other side to get to the cave but crossing the bridge still seemed like it would be the best and safest way - there is a rope you can hold onto for balance as you cross.
- It was 90 degrees when we went but on the deck it felt almost 15 to 20 degrees cooler because of the shade and a nice consistent breeze throughout the day and night.
- Make sure your car has some good clearance, you do not want to not be able to make it up the hill and then carry all your stuff up and eventually down the mountain. For reference, my CR-V made it up the road fine.