Hipcamp host Gene W.,
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Tucked away up a short trail is an outdoor open air structure built out of salvaged redwood, with screens, a clear roof and cotton canvas curtains for doors. This is not a luxury suite.  Arrive before dark to easily find your site.

- This listing does NOT provide bedding - You MUST BRING your own sheets and bedding or sleeping bags and pillows - for a que

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Tucked away up a short trail is an outdoor open air structure built out of salvaged redwood, with screens, a clear roof and cotton canvas curtains for doors. This is not a luxury suite.  Arrive before dark to easily find your site.

- This listing does NOT provide bedding - You MUST BRING your own sheets and bedding or sleeping bags and pillows - for a queen size futon.

Please make sure you and your party have read and understand ENTIRE listing description including part about reservations BEFORE requesting to book. 

Currently ONLY booking within 2 weeks > or less - NOT accepting reservations more than 14 days out. 

If you are uncomfortable around others or feel the need to wear a facemask outdoors please do NOT request to book.

In the center of the California coast

Where the mountains meet the sea

A place beside the creek

And near the ocean

Flooded

In January of this year  '21 an atmospheric river decended upon the canyon in which we lie at the bottom of. The heavy rains and winds brought down trees that were burnt from a large fire in the fall. The logs damned and burst causing a flood of epic proportions, scouring the earth, moving boulders as big as a house and taking out trees as big as a bus. Our home and many facilities were destroyed as the banks breached as high as 30 feet from the river bed. We are currently in the proccess of restablishing the basics. Some things were spared and we still have the ability to host some guests. The land has been dramatically changed but is just as beautiful as it has always been.

Intention

A Home with Family, Friends, and Animals. Striving to create a minimal impact, with a respect and awareness of this wild and natural part of the central California coast. Practicing simple eco-sustainable and environmentally friendly living techniques.

Energy

An escape from the electrical grid. There is no internet, electricity or phone service. There is minimal solar lighting, fire and propane stoves and water heaters. 

Food

The outdoor open kitchen was destroyed but we have set up a campstove and sink for guests or you can bring your own cooking equipment. The organic vegetable garden was spared but the goats, chickens, ducks, and many fruit trees were washed away. We have since gotten some chickens and a rooster.

Water

Drinking water is available filtered from some taps.

Fire

Fires are permitted in only a couple areas.

Facilities

Structures on the land are rustic, generally lightweight and built to blend in with the natural character of the land. There are outdoor composting poopers set up with sawdust and barrels.

Kids

Kids are welcome with an accompanying adult.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome off leash, unless they attack chickens, goats, cats or other dogs. Please bring a shovel to bury dog poop.

Environment

This is a remote area with beautiful beaches, creeks and hiking trails throughout the forest. Some areas can be very dangerous with steep cliffs and loose rocks.  Be aware that things like spiders, snakes, raccoons, mice, poison oak, etc.. exist in natural areas like this.

Experiences

Enjoy the scenic Pacific Coast highway. Retreat into nature by yourself or with friends and family. Have a romantic getaway. Practice art, music and photography. Spend time to read & write and sit in meditation. Adventure along the creek, to the beach or up the mountains.

Music

No stereos or electronic music devices. Acoustic instruments are encouraged.

Driving

Carpool, parking can become tight. This is a busy, curvy mountain 2-lane Hwy. If a car wants to pass, pull over. 

Garbage

Please do not bring excessive waste into the forest, and pack it out. There is limited trash service, recyclables can be seperated.

Alcohol

Alcohol is discouraged. It is not intended as a place to party or get drunk. A casual drink is okay.

Contributions

All contributions are put back into the land, helping to facilitate the nurturing and sharing of this sacred space.  

Reservations

 -IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED- please write  "My party and I have read and understand the description" and then tell a little bit about yourself/party, in your booking request. 

  We are currently not booking more than 14 days in advance. 2 nights on weekends have preference. Becasue there is no WiFi on the land - the internet may not be checked daily. responses will come form Gene, Elle and sometimes Maggie-who does not live on the property.

If you are uncomfortable around others or feel the need to wear a facemask outdoors please do NOT request to book.

Arrival

Arrive before dark. Dogs may bark, but are friendly. You are welcome to check-in with hosts and get any assistance you may need, but they are not always available. Make sure you read the Written Directions and Manual and have them saved, as there is no reception on the coast.

Provisions

Be prepared before leaving Monterey from the north and Morro Bay from the south with plenty of gas, a light, warm clothes, groceries, wood, ice, and anything else you may want or need from town.

Winter

In the wintertime, Dec-Feb, the days are shorter and it is wetter, windier and colder and there may  be unsafe road conditions. Check the status of Highway 1 before beginning your journey. As many structures are outside it is advisable to check the weather before booking.

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Amenities
Potable water available
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Gene a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 82%

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Hipcamper Sydney

Serene slice of heaven on earth

Sydney L.
recommends this listing.
October 28th, 2021

The property was beautiful--from the creek and nearby shore to the hammock next to the cabana, staying here felt like a serene slice of heaven on earth. The sunsets alone made this a worthwhile stay.

Hipcamper Zoë
Zoë E.
recommends this listing.
October 8th, 2021

A gorgeous piece of land right by the ocean, feels like paradise!

View of the ocean, a few minutes away walking. Maybe the best thing about this site was snuggling with this kitten who became our best friend immediately.
Hipcamper Hannah

Pleasant and private experience

Hannah A.
recommends this listing.
October 4th, 2021

Beautiful and unique spot south of big sur. Hosts were helpful but also gave visitors lots of space and freedom which was nice to feel like we were disconnected from the world & other people. Beautiful creek and beach access

Hipcamper Carly

Lovely

Carly B.
recommends this listing.
September 21st, 2021

Such a lovely stay! Very peaceful and the walk down to the secluded beach was the cherry on top. Actually, the adorable kittens was the real cherry on top!

Hipcamper Julie
Julie D.
recommends this listing.
September 21st, 2021

I saw all of the overwhelmingly positive reviews, but the reviews and pictures don’t do it justice! Such a gorgeous place with kind hosts, and it’s clear that the owners are creating an intentional community on their property. Wish we could have stayed longer and we can’t wait to come back! The cabana itself was so cozy - perfect for nature lovers. Honestly we were a tad apprehensive because my partner is afraid of bugs (lol) but it was so beautiful in person and we had a great nights sleep. The creek and ocean access was also a huge highlight. If you’re considering staying here - do it!

Hipcamper Arielle

A wonderful experience off the grid

Arielle E.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2021

Gene's camp was a really fun adventure! The cabana with futon is an outdoor structure with a roof, be sure to bring warm blankets. There was a private composting toilet and a hammock perfect for star gazing. The camp has water and a small outdoor kitchen area but no showers. It's a short walk to a very secluded beach. We were able to watch the sunset on the beach each evening and even saw some whales jump out of the water!
It's about an hour south of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and an hour north of San Simeon. We were able to bop around the coast and have a nice place to lay our heads at the end of the day. Definitely recommend this listing but keep in mind it is not a glamping site. I had a really lovely time.

Hipcamper Cole
Cole R.
recommends this listing.
September 3rd, 2021

I don't want to say how great it was because I want to be able to go back and still have a chance to book it. The beach access alone...

Hipcamper Christine

Big sur getaway!

Christine K.
recommends this listing.
August 28th, 2021

This is a beautiful location and the hosts are kind, plus I really appreciated that it was available without a lot of advance notice. I enjoyed having the kitchen nook to cook in, potable water, and access to the beach and some time in the nearby river/stream. THANK YOU!

Hipcamper Sara

Misleading & uncomfortable

Sara M.
doesn't recommend this listing.
August 26th, 2021

This was an extremely primitive camp. The pictures were misleading of the amenities. The listing said most of those amenities (like shower which is pretty damn important if you book multiple days like we did) were still both pictures and listed as available. there was no electricity to use anywhere on the property. the toilet was kind of unsafe tbh the lid/seat was rough and not attached to the top of a waste barrel so one could easily have hit the top off and fallen into a barrel of crap. The pathways up to the camp were very slippery and dusty and not maintained nor was anything else. The sink was filthy. Gene had no knowledge of anything to do in the area. When asked about a hike, he vaguely knew of one... somewhere..that was hard. When asked about what lay in either direction-he falsely said gas was not near for another 40 miles on the left. It actually was a lot closer than that, and we spent our entire time driving to the right because of this incorrect information. Almost 90% of Big Sur’s trails and parks are closed right now and the landscape is patched, sad, and treeless. The only redeeming thing about this camp was that it was near the beach and a creek so the sound of water was nice. The cabana had completely loose floor boards and a piece of wood clumsily placed in front as a sort of welcome mat which was ! Surprise ! Also easy to fall on. The garbage area was not maintained and trash was littered around the cans. In a sentence-gene had a lovely property that is very much Not cared for or suited to have guests. He offers no amenities, knowledge, or even greeting as a host and you kind of feel like you’re wandering around on someone’s island -halfway welcome because you are paying an outrageous fee to sleep outside and float their mortgage

Would not recommend

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State
California
Country
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$90/night
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