Hipcamp host Stephen L.,
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Plateau is a primitive camp on high level ground with great afternoon (not morning) shade. Summertime is hot during the day, cool at night; some campers may want to bring a shade structure for the morning?   It provides quick and easy all season access from Tomki Road. It is large enough for two RVs and 4 cars, large trailers or any other type of vehicle. It is on the e


Plateau is a primitive camp on high level ground with great afternoon (not morning) shade. Summertime is hot during the day, cool at night; some campers may want to bring a shade structure for the morning?   It provides quick and easy all season access from Tomki Road. It is large enough for two RVs and 4 cars, large trailers or any other type of vehicle. It is on the edge of a Beautiful forest, close to the outhouse and freshwater supply and is only a 4- 5 minute walk to the creek. It is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring.  Like any campground, please be advised that flies or bees maybe present.    Long term stays may be arranged, even in winter.  please NOTE:  designated "quiet" camp

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 35ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Stephen a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Kayak or canoe on the creek when water is high enough; or try Eel river, 5 miles away


Salmon & steelhead in Eel river; numerous area lakes, resevoirs and streams; Pacific ocean


At Little Darby nature preserve. Virgin forest 1 mile by road

Off-roading (OHV)

At creekside camp spot


At beaches near Ft Bragg on coast


In creek during summer months

Whitewater paddling

On Tomki creek and Eel river during high water flows (winter)

Wildlife watching

Much wildlife, esp. birds in Spring, summer



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Lake Mendocino only 45 minutes away. Great for water sports, two boat launch sites


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Home organic garden & orchard. Produce for sale; also fresh eggs, goat milk


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Hipcamper Melissa
Melissa K.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2020

This place is great, what a hipcamp is supposed to be, IMHO. Large campsite, and while you can see other sites/campers, it feels private due to distance. The grounds are well--kept and flat. We arrived at night and figured it out fine. Would love to stay here again - fire pit, tire swing, space, hiking. A+. Thanks Stephen!

Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on September 8th, 2020

Hope to see Melissa again in the future!

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Raina

Empty water tank!

Raina T.
doesn't recommend this listing.
August 13th, 2020

This site's listing stated that potable drinking water was available, but for my 2-day stay that wasn't the case. The property water tank was empty. I wish I had known in advance, so I could've prepared, or canceled my reservation--this could have been dangerous. The host was nowhere to be found for the first several hours of my stay, and when he finally checked in and I mentioned the lack of water, it was the first he had heard about it. He apologized, but didn't take steps to fix it. The water tank had run dry, and he said it was 'probably because of the drought,' and that it had been full two weeks prior. I was given one gallon of water, but by then I had already gone to Safeway and bought myself 5 gallons. Again: if I had known in advance, I would have prepared differently. I urge the host to check the water availability regularly, and please message campers in advance if there is an expected shortage!

Aside from that, as a previous camper stated, there is very little shade here, and temperatures can soar during the day. I had a bit of trouble with the lock on the entrance gate, and when I left on my final day the gate itself fell over entirely! There were a lot of people residing on the property, but none of them seemed to know where the host was or how to help problem-solve. The fence next to the campsite, as seen in the photos, provides a bit of a visual barrier from the residence, but it still feels like a very exposed spot. Noisy neighbors at night. Lots of bees. Creek was as described. Outhouse was fine.

Hipcamper Antonia

Great (with a few small tweaks)

Antonia K.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2020

If you want a place to camp during the pandemic that isn't a highly populated state campsite, and is close to other natural getaways, Stephen's site with just 4 campsites spread out does the job. My brother's family and our family with 3 school age kids had a good 2 night stay, heading offsite to a creek and Glass Beach during the heat of the day. The creek is pretty dry now (knee height at deeper spots so noone swam) but there are a few "pools" left and they are full of life - tiny fish, big and little teen tadpole-frogs - that our daughter loved. Random swim stuff and a plastic bag left by prior campers was scattered about the deepest pool and it'd be great if these items, and random trash on our site, was cleared out before new campers arrived in future. Or, I'd suggest emphasizing to campers to please Leave No Trace. Know that Plateau has caretakers, vehicles, the water tower, structures within view (Creekside 1 and 2 just see nature and each other) but a fence is up to block the view of these structures. If you pitch your tent/s by this fence and you'll have the longest shade in the morning. With the fence to block the view of the man-made stuff, the site feels like a field nestled in trees. There are yellow jackets but we knew this in advance from another reviewer so brought mostly vegetarian food. The small bit of sliced ham and salami we broke out was immediately targeted by yellow jackets but we simply whisked the meat away and ate quickly. We apprecidated Stephen putting a trap above the picnic table to help with bees. The advantage of Plateau is it's the closest site to the water tower where you can get water from a hose (bring a container with "faucet"/spigot if you'd enjoy that) and it gets shade til about 10:30am. You can still easily walk to the deepest part of the creek (by Creekside 2, the other site with morning shade). My main suggestions to Stephen include clear signage at each site (which he said he'd be doing) as we were confused which site was Plateau when we arrived and had no phone reception to reach Stephen to ask. We'd ordered firewood and were told it'd be on site at arrival and the only site with firewood, and where we first unloaded all our gear, turned out to be Creekside 2 (with wood left by the campers that'd left that morning). When Stephen arrived with firewood later, he apologized for the confusion and said he'd be putting clear signs up. The caretaker's (cute) dog visited our site multiple times and pooped on the site our first afternoon. When Stephen checked in we mentioned this and he said the dog isn't supposed to wander and he'd tell the caretakers that again. The dog didn't visit us again. With a few adjustments (emphasizing campers Leave No Trace but also doing regular removal of prior campers' stuff, clear signage, and no dog wandering), all of which he's addressing, I'd recommend this hipcamp. Our daughter saw 3 bats at dusk, and the nights were clear & crisp with beautiful stargazing.

Hipcamper Megan


Megan B.
doesn't recommend this listing.
July 20th, 2020

It was a rough stay for me. There were permanent dwellings too close for it to feel serene. It felt very visible to those on the property. Very little shade, it was so hot. Bees everywhere! I couldn’t cook without flies and bees everywhere on me! It was extreme. Disappointing, because it looked so nice...

Hipcamper Stephen
Response from Stephen, the Host, on July 29th, 2020

Sorry that Megan was not prepared for the summer weather. Yes, it can be hot during the day; cool at night. This is a primitive camp; there can be wildlife such as flies & bees, although they are not omnipresent. This is the first person to mention such a problem. We will put out a fly trap & a bee trap and hope that helps. Bees are strongly attracted to any kind of meat. Best to keep it under wraps in the summer. There was a caretaker trailer nearby (for camper support) when Megan camped at this site, but there are no permanent structures in the vicinity. We do have other, more remote sites available and could have re-located her to one of these had we known of her distress. Always seeking to provide a great camping experience and complete satisfaction!

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Hipcamper Jason H.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2020
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recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2020
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