Hipcamp host Brian A.,
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Griffin Holler offers riparian habitat along the mile of Adobe Creek, views of Clearlake from the peaks and ridges. Swimming holes along the creek. Terraces of travertine formed from the springs. Wildlife. Peace. No neighbors. The road in requires moderate clearance and 4x4 in winter when roads are wet and can be muddy.

In current Covid19 conditions it's possible

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Griffin Holler offers riparian habitat along the mile of Adobe Creek, views of Clearlake from the peaks and ridges. Swimming holes along the creek. Terraces of travertine formed from the springs. Wildlife. Peace. No neighbors. The road in requires moderate clearance and 4x4 in winter when roads are wet and can be muddy.

In current Covid19 conditions it's possible to avoid contact while on the site but you must pack and gas up appropriately to avoid contact with anyone during your trip.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 20 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Have a question? Send Brian a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 3 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

Boating options at nearby Clearlake.

Fishing

Fish on the creek or at nearby Clearlake.

Hiking

~8 miles total of trails and fire roads on the property.

Off-roading (OHV)

Nearby trails at Cow Mountain and Mendocino National Forest. Trails on the property but trails are highly technical.

Swimming

Small creeks for splashing around in.

Wildlife watching

Salamanders, newts, lizards, snakes, birds, fish, deer, bear prints, rabbits, squirrels, and chrysalises have been spotted on t...Read more

Biking
Horseback riding

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Native Wildlife Creekside Tent Camp in California.

River, stream, or creek

A mile of access to Adobe Creek.

Swimming hole

Several small swimming holes along Adobe Creek.

Forest
Mountainous
Field

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Hipcamper Marc
Marc R.
recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2021

Brian place was great, very isolated, warm with a bit of wind in the afternoon. Went there with awd SUVs and camper van, the dirt road is narrow and steep but no issue with the van.
Basic amenities are a real confort (electricity, freezer, toilets and shower) and Brian has been very responsive for any questions we had.

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Hipcamper Lee

Just a blast

Lee L.
recommends this listing.
August 16th, 2020

On our second trip to Griffin Holler we had an even better time than the first. Despite the heat wave and low water in the creek, we found some nice cool pools to dip our feet, and we had quite a few wildlife sightings. The young kids in the group had an absolute blast. Griffin Holler is a magical place and Brian is a fantastic host. Don't miss out!

Hipcamper Nat
Nat V.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
July 21st, 2020

The communication with Brian was great. I was concerned about making it up the dirt road in our Honda Odyssey but it was not difficult at all. Loved how private the site was, there was really no one around for miles.
I guess the only thing was that it’s really hard to judge a site from the photos and it was much more developed that I was hoping for. There was really no place to put the tent up but right next to the metal building on the property.

Hipcamper dana
Dana N.
recommends this listing.
July 16th, 2020

We had a wonderful time with our nature-loving five year old. If you want to enjoy the simplicity of nature in a private setting, this is for you. It was hot but the creek kept us cool and happy all day. We saw newts, fish, frogs, garter snakes, dragonflies, birds and turtles! The shaded outdoor kitchen was a great way to escape the heat and the cabin made dishwashing and bathing very convenient. Be sure to bring some camping chairs to keep off of the dusty ground and take in the creek with you.

Hipcamper Pier

Everything you need-except grass :)

Pier H.
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2020

What a great place for private camping! We had a fabulous time, and the kids didn't want to leave. Brian is very responsive host. We loved:
1. Wading in the creek
2 The absolute privacy
3. Flush toilet, shower, and kitchen sink with running (non-potable) water
4. Chest freezer to refreeze ice packs
5. Shady and stayed pretty cool even in 100F heat
6. The firepit (provided wood is super dry and burns great)
7. Seeing a lot of wildlife!
8. Cell signal booster for directions and texting other members of the party
9. Looking up at the stars from inside our tent (no need for the rain fly in summer!)

Things to be aware of (especially if you're tent camping with kids):
1. There is no grassy area to pitch your tent. It will be on dirt, so be prepared for your gear (and kids) to get pretty dusty!
2. There are bees. They buzzed about a fair bit while we cooked and ate, but we didn't freak out and they went about their normal business
3. There's an old tractor and a very rusty even older tractor on the property which are kid magnets!
4. The dirt road is long, and seems longer because you have to drive slowly. We got up and down in a Honda CR-V, a Chevy Bolt, and a high clearance minivan. Just drive slow and steady, and stay in the center of the road. Personally, we definitely wouldn't hike in our gear from the "helicopter pad." It's still pretty far, and if your car can make it up and down to the road before the gate, the rest of the road didn't seem any more challenging to us. However, conditions may vary depending on the time of year, and I was in the CR-V, so clearly was the least impacted.

Hipcamper Brian
Response from Brian, the Host, on July 15th, 2020

Thanks Pier, So glad you enjoyed your stay, and your feedback is much appreciated. I'm going to lay out some wood chips for tents until I can get some grass to grow.

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Hipcamper Denise

Best camping ever.

Denise B.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2020

We stayed for three nights and had a wonderful time. Our 7 and 10 year old granddaughters thought it was the best. It was the perfect location, very isolated and Brian was a great host.
It is a trek to get there but so worth it. You won’t want to leave. We will definitely be back and will stay longer next time.

Hipcamper Lee

Sleep by a babbling creek

Lee L.
recommends this listing.
June 11th, 2020

Remote and private with enough amenities to make it a little more comfy than pure “roughing it”. The roads will require a little more clearance, we have a Honda Element and it was fine. One thing that’s really special about this place is the number and length of trails. I’ve stayed at a bunch of a hipcamps, and this one has everything you hope for but don’t really see. For van lifers this place could be a great recharge zone. Cheaper than a hotel with all the amenities you’ll need.

One of the many trails my wife and I, plus our dog loved. Views for miles if you’re up for a steep shale scrambleNap in a hammock by a babbling creek? Check! Don’t forget your hammock.
Hipcamper Christine

Remote & beautiful camping site

Christine B.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2020

Brian's spot is really special. It's a trek to get to and you definitely need a high clearance vehicle. Once you are there you are truly isolated, but have everything you need. There's a sink, bathroom, even a shower. BBQ, fire pit, lights at night, iPhone chargers, and a wifi booster. There's a long picnic table under shade that could fit a large group. The swimming hole is about 100 yards up from the camp site. Brian was very responsive/helpful. An ice cooler would help for stays longer than 2 nights. Once you get to the spot, you're not leaving. Watch out for poison oak in the surrounding brush. There's firewood $7 a bundle.

Follow the directions closely. Do NOT put the coordinates into Google for directions - if you do it will take you on a very long route through Pine Mountain Rd which gets you close, but on the wrong side of the mountain. Put in the Adobe Creek address and then use his directions. The route coming from 101 is super windy, if you're able to come in from the Napa side, it's a bit of an easier drive.

Overall, if you're willing to take the drive in, it's well worth it.

Hipcamper Daniel

Perfect spot for creekside camping

Daniel O.
recommends this listing.
May 18th, 2020

Epic spot tucked away down a 1.5 mile dirt road. Recommend 4x4 to get there, although it's just a steep fire road (an SUV/crossover would do just fine).

The spot is right next to a creek, and there's a rustic cabin w/ wood burning stove if you want it (we used it one of the nights when it rained, which was much appreciated!).

Pro-tip: Brian has installed a cell signal booster that you can turn on or off based on whether or not you want to have any usable cell service!

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Property
Griffin Holler
State
California
Country
United States
$200/night
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