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Manzanita Trails

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18 reviews
· California
10 acres
16 sites
16 RV/Tent
This property sits on the original interstate route which took you into San Diego by wagon. Learn more about this land: If you just want to lounge out, look at the stars and enjoy nature then this is the place for you. The surrounding area includes: an 8 minute drive to casinos, 15 minutes from Jacumba Hot Springs, and 1 hour drive to the sand dunes.  Tons of hiking and biking trails scattered throughout the area within a 15-30 minute drive.
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Hosted by Michael K.Joined in June 2021
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18 ratings · 18 reviews
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Bryan P.recommends
October 9, 2022
Site 14 - Manzanita Trails
Relaxing beautiful property
Michaels property is amazing. Tons of sites tucked back under big trees providing as much or as little shade as you want. We had a solar powered van so opted for a site that had plenty of sun for the van while tucked next to some giant trees. There were little trails around the property we took our dogs to explore and everything on the property was clean and pristine. We felt totally secluded, tied up our hammock to the trees and relaxed with a nice cool breeze constantly running through the property. Michael was an excellent host, very communicative and showed us his beautiful little dwarf goats, his garden and anything else we were interested in seeing. I’m trying to think of anything that could be improved upon and I can’t think of anything :)
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Kayla M.recommends
August 22, 2022
Site 11 - Manzanita Trails
Epic campsite!!
This campsite was such an epic find! Michael is an amazing host and made our stay so comfortable and fun. He has fresh eggs in the morning from his chickens, plenty of land for dogs to fun around and enjoy safely, and even brought us a grill and hammocks for us to set up! The stars are unbelievable at night. Michael recommended hot springs 10 minutes away that were very fun to enjoy on a hot day since the water is actually pretty cool. There are lots of trees on the campsite which makes for great shade during the hot summer months. I highly recommend this campsite if you are considering a fun get away from the hustle and bustle, especially with a large group (we had 13 people). Michael even gave us a tour of his property across the street where we got to enjoy his goats and watch a stunning sunset!
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Alexa B.recommends
July 9, 2022
Site 9 - Manzanita Trails
Had another great stay at Michael’s property! Would definitely recommend
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Ron C.recommends
July 4, 2022
Site 14 - Manzanita Trails
Quiet and plenty of shade
I made a reservation The evening before hand. My first experience with Hipcamp. Michael’s property was just what I was looking for. Plenty of shade for my truck and Cabover camper. Even better yet, it was quiet. Huge property. The only other campers for the day were a couple, and they were far enough away from me I could not even see them. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a nice quiet shady camping site. Michael met me as soon as I pulled up!
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Bill T.recommends
June 29, 2022
Site 10 - Manzanita Trails
Camping at Manzanita Trails was one of my best camping experiences recently. Our Group: 3 adults, 4 kids (Ages 2-7), 1 dog The Host: Mike is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable of the area. He offered up plenty of near by things to do with the kiddos. He also invited us to his house to feed his goats and chickens. The kids had a blast! The campground: The property is large, well-maintained, clean and FENCED IN, with little-kid-friendly exploring in the immediate vicinity. A large part of our comfort was due to it being fenced. We got burgers from the food stand that is there on weekends. The food was good and super convenient on our arrival day. With little kids to feed it made it easier without breaking the 'camping' vibe. Johnny, who runs it, was friendly, kind, and generous with us and the kids. Our designated site: For the most part, we were the only ones in the campground and had the run of the place. Our specific site was perfect. We had tons of shade for us and our vehicles. Bring a hammock if you have one. It was obviously hot out there. The days were hot 95ish, however, we had a solid breeze going through most of the time and plenty of shade to mitigate the heat. Even the two-year-old was comfortable. I'd recommend you try this place out. We may even see you there! This spot just catapulted to our go-to spot.
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Alexa B.recommends
June 13, 2022
Site 10 - Manzanita Trails
Everything we were looking for to escape from the city and unwind under the stars. We set up some hammocks between those beautiful trees and enjoyed our night around a campfire with our pup. The location was perfect, felt safe yet secluded. Michael was super nice! And and told us about the local hidden gens. Would 100% recommend and come back!
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Mark R.recommends
May 30, 2022
Site 14 - Manzanita Trails
First time using Hipcamp and we loved Michael’s property! Felt very authentic and fun! Michael was very communicative and came out to make sure we had enough firewood. Very kind and personable! Thanks for the fun stay!
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Jess P.recommends
May 30, 2022
Site 15 - Manzanita Trails
Michael is the best host!! He made sure we had enough wood and let us know where all the good hiking is. I recommend his camp site to everyone. The site is clean and well kept. Quiet. Perfect retreat to get away from it all. Thank you Michael!
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Tyler C.recommends
May 23, 2022
Site 43 - Manzanita Trails
100% will do it again
My family and I loved our time at Manzanita Trails! It was the perfect place for our children’s first camping experience. Michael, the host, was awesome. He greeted us as we arrived and showed us to our reserved campsite where he had all of our extra items already laid out (we definitely recommend the hammock — our entire family of four napped on it at one point). He also accommodated us, moving everything to a campsite that was more suited for our family. The property was awesome! Michael has put in a ton of work, including building multiple hiking trails that our family explored throughout our trip. The weather was a little chilly, and even though that's out of the ordinary, Michael brought down some extra firewood to keep us warm. During one of the days, we went to the hot springs that Michael recommended. It was a refreshing swimming experience that the kids and dogs enjoyed. The best part was that we were the only ones there at the time! All in all, we had an amazing time at Manzanita Ranch. It was the perfect escape for our family, and we’ll definitely be back!
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Breanna O.recommends
May 8, 2022
Site 43 - Manzanita Trails
Great Place to Boondock!
This is where you want to be! Michael went out of his way to get us in last minute. We showed up later than expected (around 9pm) and he went above and beyond to get us in place. It’s a nice quiet place to disconnect in the mountains.
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Amanda R.recommends
April 17, 2022
Site 6 - Manzanita Trails
This campsite is a special one.. The location is perfect-We enjoyed a morning hike in the Laguna Mts, then we left to explore McCain Valley for while before going to Jacumba and hanging out by the lake- all of it in a day. How rad is that? The experience we had at the campsite was just as perfect. The property is beautiful, with huge oak trees providing shade as well as privacy between plots. There are also some fun areas to explore and trails to check out on-site. Everything is so well thought out and maintained-theres been an incredible amount of work put into this place. We are so grateful for Michael and his family, friends and neighbors for the hospitality and kindness we encountered through out our entire stay. One of the neighbors had a pop-up style cookout during our stay. The food was great and the people who came out to support him and enjoy good company made me realize that I should get out of the city. It’s much nicer out here. If we had a question or needed anything, Michael was on it. Out blow-up mattress had a hole in it and I asked Michael if he had some tape. In no time, he drove up with this glue/patch 🤷🏻‍♀️ that actually worked. He was kind enough to show us around his farm and garden area. That may have just been my favorite part of the whole weekend. He and his family were so warm and welcoming, even allowing us to hold their baby goats and pet chickens. My boyfriend had a blast on the trampoline. We felt like the luckiest kids ever Thank you!!
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Charles A.recommends
April 3, 2022
Site 5 - Manzanita Trails
Micheal had a beautiful piece of land that was secluded and peaceful. There is lots of open land to go on walks and it is the perfect place for a weekend getaway.
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Mathew L.recommends
April 3, 2022
Site 6 - Manzanita Trails
Every potential 'negative' is already listed, so if you read through it and don't mind then this place is a great place to stay. No water, electricity, restrooms, unless you've got an RV, you're roughing it, in the best way. Always nice to disconnect. Very clean, relatively quiet, good amount of wood, nice and attentive. Would definitely go again.
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Chuck K.recommends
March 29, 2022
Site 10 - Manzanita Trails
Michael’s doing some great improvements to the land. He’s also very cordial came out and hi to us! I definitely recommend Manzanita Trails!
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Chuck K.recommends
January 24, 2022
Site 9 - Manzanita Trails
Manzanita camping!
We really enjoyed our stay at Michael’s property. It was so well maintained, it really shows how well he wants to make sure your stay is awesome. Michael helped us pick the best site for our trailer, and offered to help me set up! Thank you Michael for having us!
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Amber F.recommends
September 20, 2021
Site 15 - Manzanita Trails
Such a hidden gem! My boyfriend and I couldn’t find anywhere to go camping last minute and this place had last minute openings and the owner Michael was attentive and super nice! Highly recommend checking this place out
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Knikki R.recommends
September 12, 2021
Site 15 - Manzanita Trails
Magical Oaks!
Beautiful land, friendly and attentive host. Campground is situated around an old grove of oaks which Michael, the host, has cleared level dirt pads for campers or tents. Each site has plenty of room to spread out. I have a tall camper (10’) that made it through the grove fine. Host set up a fire pit with some wood and old wood logs for seating. He also supplied a spool-style table...perfect for coffee in the morning. At night it is very dark, Michael had strategically placed solar lights around the camp site to light your way. As I was stargazing, I went ahead and turned them off for the best dark effect. I could see the Milky Way! At night there are bats and owls and in the morning I woke up to cute little quails wandering the property. Things to note: there are no bathrooms so be self-contained! Also you are close to the road so you will hear some traffic but it was mild. Overall very lovely - I will be going back soon!!
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Michael C.recommends
September 5, 2021
Site 15 - Manzanita Trails
Beautiful spot
Beautiful space with wonderful oaks and soft level dirt for pitching a tent under. Great views of the Milky Way at night. Michael is a great host and very responsive and attentive to needs. Bring toilet paper and a shovel for using the bathroom, your own water, etc. Also check out Cleveland National Forest (if it’s not closed these days) and the state park around it for good hiking, including the PCT.
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