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Secluded off-grid lodge with views of Santa Margarita Mountains. No roads pass by this site, making it perfect for someone wanting to escape civilization. The lodge sits atop a hill and is surrounded by boulders and brush. There is a seasonal creek, hawks and eagles catching thermal drafts, great sunset views. A few minute drive away is the Santa Margarita River Trail.

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Secluded off-grid lodge with views of Santa Margarita Mountains. No roads pass by this site, making it perfect for someone wanting to escape civilization. The lodge sits atop a hill and is surrounded by boulders and brush. There is a seasonal creek, hawks and eagles catching thermal drafts, great sunset views. A few minute drive away is the Santa Margarita River Trail. This 12-month flowing river offers swimming holes, excellent hiking trails, and beautiful scenery. There are also private hiking trails that begin right outside the door of the lodge. There are many horse ranches nearby, as well as avocado farms and wine vineyards.

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
Laundry present
No wifi
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Climbing
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Bailes Hilltop Lodge in California.

Coastal
Mountainous
River, stream, or...

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Hipcamper Gabriela

Perfect birthday getaway!

Gabriela R.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2021

Perfect spot. I just wish I could have had more time to stay. Took my grandma and aunt to celebrate my birthday, and it was a fantastic experience. The lodge is equipped with most of the things you could use. Just bring your cover/ blankets.
About the experience, it was full moon, and it was amazing to see the sunset and minutes later the moon rising on the east side. Also, being able to see infinite mountains on the horizon while using the restroom!?! It pays off the trip 😂

Easy to access, as long as you follow the written explanation, Google map, and video, there is no way you will get lost.

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Hipcamper Sharla

Yes please and thank you

Sharla H.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2021

So amazing to arrive at night. Little scary for a low Nissan. Waking up with the Wildlife birds and scattered ground creatures Without traffic noise was my favorite. Comfortably Rested, had clean sheets, towels and pillow cases if needed. Also kitchen supplies, wonderful if we brought food. So Greatful this Gem was found! One of the best bathroom views
Cheers to the next Hipcamper

Hipcamper Ronald
Ronald B.
recommends this listing.
August 19th, 2021

Great spot. Water, grill, shade, and very rustic.

Enjoyed the experience.

Hipcamper Haley
Haley D.
recommends this listing.
August 17th, 2021

Wonderful as always!!!

Hipcamper Peter
Peter O.
recommends this listing.
August 16th, 2021

Great spot for peace and quiet

Hipcamper Leslie
Leslie M.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2021

Bailes Off-grid Lodge is a truly special place! It was my last stay on a super long road trip -- thank heavens!! I was quite weary when I arrived and it very quickly restored me. Chris is a thoughtful host who, in various ways, made sure I found my way to the site. He offers the tips you need to navigate the road if you're not a farm girl like me. ;-) I can't wait to go back. Thanks, Chris!

Hipcamper Jason

What a place and what a view!

Jason A.
recommends this listing.
August 10th, 2021

What a place and what a view! Perfect location to disconnect and get in touch with nature. Found plenty to do around including Santa Margarita Trail and the trail on-site. However the property is also perfect to simply stay-in, sunbathe and catch sunrise/sunsets. I did hear some rustling the first night (maybe a desert mouse?); but did not mind it because after all you are deep in nature. Chris was very responsive and helpful. I will definitely book again.

Hipcamper Krystal

Perfect getaway

Krystal K.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2021

If you’re looking for a getaway anywhere near LA or San Diego, this is the place!

Chris’s relaxing property had everything we were looking for to unplug for the weekend. Big plus too if you have dogs - our furry boys loved running around for the sniffs while we fired up the grill. It is a bit rocky on the way in, but we were just fine in our 2WD.

Chris was also an incredible host who was readily available to answer questions and offer tips for the surrounding trails. We can’t wait to come back!

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Hipcamper Andrew

Cozy, secluded spot.

Andrew T.
recommends this listing.
August 4th, 2021

Awesome spot for those that want to get away from it all. Good hiking trails right outside of the lodge. The outdoor shower was warm and had a great view of the surrounding mountains.

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Property
Bailes Hilltop Lodge
State
California
Country
United States
$109/night
1 Site