Hipcamp host Ben G.,
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Camp along our beautiful year-round creek and enjoy over 60 magical acres of classic Mendocino woodlands and meadows. Stroll across our swinging bridge to take a dip in the gorgeous swimming hole. Doze off in a hammock after a ridge-top hike. Soak in the wood fired hot tub under the stars. Guests have access to our fabulous outdoor kitchen, solar shower and flush toilet. The

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Camp along our beautiful year-round creek and enjoy over 60 magical acres of classic Mendocino woodlands and meadows. Stroll across our swinging bridge to take a dip in the gorgeous swimming hole. Doze off in a hammock after a ridge-top hike. Soak in the wood fired hot tub under the stars. Guests have access to our fabulous outdoor kitchen, solar shower and flush toilet. There's even wifi and a big screen projector for outdoor movies. Shimmerback Ranch is perfectly situated an hour south of the Avenue of the Giants redwood groves, an hour from the stunning Mendocino coast, less than an hour from Mendocino's famed wineries, and just two easy hours from the Golden Gate Bridge. Shimmerback Ranch is a working medical cannabis farm and queer land community, with whom guests may be sharing common facilities such as the kitchen. We're proponents of plant medicine and are known to throw an occasional dance party in the woods. Shimmerback Ranch is clothing optional/body positive, which means you can be naked if you want. We are respectful and inclusive of all people, and we expect the same of our guests. We have two land dogs, Lola and Jenny, friendly and rambunctious pit mixes. Please note that while our road can be challenging for some 2WD vehicles, we're happy to shuttle guests in using our land truck.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
4 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Ben a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Rachel

Woodsy wonderland

Rachel A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 10th, 2021

This is no campground milling with families a few yards away, my friends, 1000 times better. I stayed at Shimmerback Ranch for a much too short 3 day weekend and I could not believe this little gem in the middle of nowhere. Actually, it was Super easy to find, literally right off of 101. once you make a crazy drive on some switchback Dirt roads and over a bridge, Ben, our incredibly gracious host, met us and showed us where our tent was, which was next to a river with nothing else in sight but trees and the sound of rushing water below. Ben has transformed a long-standing open structure with hanging grapevines into a beautiful living room/dining room/full kitchen, so that you are cooking outside but with all the comforts and amenities you need, but didn’t need to bring. At night, I fell asleep to the sounds I usually have on my Pandora Nature station. The next few days we hiked up the river for hours, surrounded by solitude and natural beauty, and again up some hills overlooking a beautiful valley, then cooled off after dinner lounging in rafts in a little lagoon in the river, which requires an adventurous cross over a lighted swinging Bridge. At night, we gazed at the stars from a wood burning hot tub next to the river. Is this place for real?

Hipcamper jaclyn

Literal heaven

Jaclyn S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 28th, 2021

This was my most magical Hipcamp experience ever! Shimmerback Ranch is the perfect getaway if you want to relax in nature. The creek was so special. We spent a day just floating on rafts and hanging in hammocks. The living space is perfect for hanging in the evening. Being able to use what is basically an outdoor Nancy Meyers Kitchen was fantastic and we made delicious meals. Ben G is very welcoming and sweet but gave us plenty of space. He's a gem and great to chat with. We were the only ones there so it felt extra amazing to have this oasis to ourselves. Who doesn't love being naked in the sun. It's 1.5 from Ave of Giants which has amazing redwoods. I will be coming back!

Hipcamper allie

Rejuvenation station <3

Allie R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 19th, 2021

This place is such a gem - Ben made us feel so welcome from the start and throughout the whole trip. There is a glorious hot tub with a few of the maple and oak tree forest and a beautiful creek. The kitchen is immaculate and there were so many camping nooks to choose from for our tent. We want to come back and highly recommend!!

Hipcamper Jessica W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 27th, 2021
Property
Shimmberback Ranch
State
California
Country
United States
$85/night
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