Are you getting bored with the standard drive in car camping routine, but scared to try dispersed camping? Why not have both? Meet “Backglamping”, where dispersed hike-in backpacking meets glamorous (facilitated/supported) camping. We will haul your gear and provide on site support, (water, firewood, first aid etc), while you simply hike and explore a “wilderness” environmen
Are you getting bored with the standard drive in car camping routine, but scared to try dispersed camping? Why not have both? Meet “Backglamping”, where dispersed hike-in backpacking meets glamorous (facilitated/supported) camping. We will haul your gear and provide on site support, (water, firewood, first aid etc), while you simply hike and explore a “wilderness” environment few dream of. We do the work. You have the fun. Do you want a place you can let loose and really test your outdoor survival skills, without being harassed for trespassing? Do you want to try your hand at bush-crafting, like you've seen on all those YouTube videos, but aren't allowed to do it anywhere?
This is a gorgeous hilly site, on 17 private acres, surrounded by hundreds of acres of Plumas National Forest. Come explore your own intrepid off-grid, bush-crafting wild adventure, under quiet starry skies and away from the hustle of packed traditional campgrounds.
Please note, there are no amenities on site right now. This is a strictly dispersed camping opportunity, where you must hike in and be able to fend for yourself. We can, however, haul your gear up for you, and provide firewood, water and support as needed. So by the time you get to your site, all the heavy stuff is already there waiting for you. This is not a traditional car camping, drive in and camp near your car situation. Parking on site is very limited and for 4x4 vehicles only.
This is for folks who are experienced in backpacking in and enjoying all wild nature has to offer, with the luxury of not needing to haul 100 lbs of gear and water into the wilderness.
The Plumas National Forest trails surround the property, so you can easily hike up the Cascade Trail, or the Spanish Traverse Trail towards Spanish ridge Trail or Quartz Junction and dip off the beaten path for a night or more, and then seamlessly head back onto the beaten path where you left off... (See trail map in pictures or online).
Parking is available only on the national forest land across the street, near the Spanish Creek beach area (great for fishing or just cooling down), or you can coordinate with us for a more secure option for stays of three nights or more, and there are hundreds of miles of maintained trails you can access/leverage on this journey.
(You could also park in town in the Safeway parking lot 8 minutes away and bike/hike in from there...)
If you hike in from Spanish Creek, follow the trail (1 mile?) up the hill to Quartz Junction. The ridge down from there is ours and offers the best flat spots and views for miles around.
We are literally across the street from Spanish Creek, up the hill on Spanish Traverse Trail to Spanish Ridge Trail (Quartz junction). The Spanish Creek beach area is amazing for easy access to great fishing, tubing, rope swings and swimming. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of National Forest and miles of hiking, biking, equestrian and ATV trails. This is mountain bike mecca.
Donations are appreciated, usually around $40/site, or $10/hiker for groups of 10 or more, especially when gear haul is requested, so please update your booking with the site reservation and then add the number of people in your party for groups. Cash and e-payment are also donation options. Water delivery volume and frequency depends on the number of people, so that’s why headcount matters). Gear delivery and tent rentals are listed under the extras. Please enquire for recommended group rates for groups of 20 or more.
The terrain is hilly, but we have several incredible flat spots and sites for your adventurous spirit to thrive, all with amazing views.
You are welcome to bush-craft all you want, but please do not bring down any standing trees. (There are plenty already down and safe for use!) There are many materials for you to choose from, an a plethora of amazing sites to make your own for a few days. We have Cedar, Pine, Douglas Firs, Oak and Manzanita, not to mention the rock options. Please try to limit use of any external materials (tarps, ropes, nails etc) for your bush-crafting adventures, and be sure to pack them all out with you.
Remember, this is a leave no trace survivalist sanctuary, so be kind to the land and try to leave it better than you found it if you can.
Finally, please feel free to collect and burn firewood wherever you can find it, but again, please do not chop down standing trees, dead or not. We have several burn piles located on the ridge which offer you plentiful firewood already. Please use that supply first! (If you run out from that supply, congratulations, you're hired for our fuel maintenance program!)
Please call/email/message if you'd like additional tips and tricks - this property abounds with hidden gems we would love to point out, from quartz rock quarries to abandoned mining vehicles, secret creeks, treehouses, rope swings or ziplines. Or just find the treasures by yourselves. It's a glorious escape from the normal camping routine, either way.
Note: This private property is available for reservations on a donation basis. Any and all donations are extremely appreciated, but this is not a for profit business for us.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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Unforgettable weekend back-glamping
We had an amazing time "back-glamping" on this beautiful property. It was truly a unique experience that far exceeded our expectations. We camped up on the ridge at the Viking site, which had ample flat areas for our tents, a fantastic fire ring with 4 stumps for seating, and a handy back country table built into the trees. Upon arrival, Nadia gave us a tour of the property and gave us multiple parking options and hike in options. We unloaded our gear near the camp host site and Nadia took most up to the ridge on her ATV and we hauled some up ourselves, taking the "express route" which was about a quarter mile up a steep hillside. Once we were up on the ridge with all of our stuff, we spent the rest of the weekend taking the 1 mile less strenuous Spanish Traverse Trail to and from the Spanish Creek day use area, where our car was parked. It was such a treat to wake up on a ridge, with a beautiful view in front of us, and then make the short hike down to the creek to swim and jump off the rope swing... I honestly couldn't have imagined a better set up. After swimming in the creek we would hike back up to camp, or set out on the other connecting trails like the Spanish Ridge trail. The activities were endless in the immediate area. The hospitality was above and beyond, Nadia and TJ were at basecamp and would check in on us to make sure we had everything we needed and Nadia even showed up with Bloody Marys for everyone Sunday morning. This site is not to be missed!