Hipcamp host Deb B.,
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Sturtevant Camp was established in 1893 and is located, ONLY via hiking trails, 4.25 miles from Chantry Flat in the Angeles National Forest. The Retreat Cabin was originally built for short-term staff housing. It is still used in that capacity on occasion, but it also makes for a rental cabin that is more cozy than the group cabins. It has it’s own


Sturtevant Camp was established in 1893 and is located, ONLY via hiking trails, 4.25 miles from Chantry Flat in the Angeles National Forest. The Retreat Cabin was originally built for short-term staff housing. It is still used in that capacity on occasion, but it also makes for a rental cabin that is more cozy than the group cabins. It has it’s own bathroom and kitchenette, with a propane refrigerator. All dishes, utensils and cooking items are provided. There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with two pair of bunk beds, giving the cabin a sleeping capacity of six. The beds come with sheets, blankets, and pillows so sleeping bags are not needed. The front room has seating and a table with chairs.

This cabin sits among lush beds of periwinkle, and has ample flat space around it with a private picnic table. Barbecues are available on site, you just need to provide charcoal. Nearby is the game court, which can be set up for badminton, volleyball or croquet. Guests have access to the main lodge for the fireplace (wood provided) and other games.

This is a wonderful location for a writer's retreat.

When you send a booking request, the manager will send you an email with further instructions on how to get to Camp, parking information, etc.

Rather than carrying your food and personal items into Camp, consider hiring

Adams' Pack Station's friendly donkeys to carry everything in on Friday

morning. More information will be provided in your confirmation email.

Note: This is a Hike in site. This cabin is only available Friday through Sunday. A five day notice to request a booking is required as our hosts are all volunteer and need to be notified that you are planning on enjoying a weekend with us.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Deb a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Retreat Cabin in California.


Places to see near Historic Sturtevant Camp

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Hipcamper Chirag
Chirag P.
recommends this listing.
June 11th, 2020

Our Volunteer Hosts (Just Dave & Jane) were awesome. They were very conscious of persecutions of COVID and got up there the night early and cleaned and sanitized the cabin before we got there as we were one of the first folks up there in months. Beyond that they let you be, but do spend some time talking to them, you'll learn a few things and get to hear about all the adventures they've had. You'll be inspired to get out and do more.

Be mindful of how much food and things you bring so you are not wasteful. We brought more food than we needed (thankfully not too much more) so we had to throw some away. Also, we carried back our cooler bags with us on the hike down but if we hadn't it would be a another week before the mules would get them for us to pick up. Something to be mindful about.

Hipcamper Jace
Jace D.
recommends this listing.
June 8th, 2020

Sturtevant Camp was such an amazing find. The retreat cabin was perfect for our group and the hosts Jane and Dave made it such a great experience. I will definitely be going back.

Hipcamper aeril
Aeril X.
recommends this listing.
January 2nd, 2020

great camp experience for small group of people. everything is well maintained. it is a nice getaway which also close to the city. it's bit cold for December, we cover 5 blanket but still can't fall into sleep. but the dilemma is it's kinda hot when we climb up to the camp. be careful for the tick in the woods (not the camp), cause we found it on our dog.

Hipcamper Nay

Ok for couple. best in a group!

Nay J.
recommends this listing.
October 31st, 2019

There was an unforeseen hiccup shortly after booking my Cabon Retreat. Deb contacted me immediately and proposed to move my group to Honeymoon Cottage. Unfortunately, this only houses 2 people so part of my group had to be uninvited to my bf's bday trip :( . Once there, the Camp host mentioned we could move to a larger cabin when she was unable to turn on the heater in our cabin! So, my group could have been accommodated afterall, but it was too late.
The hike in was harder than expected with a weighted pack, so be sure to research the trail. Mount Zion Loop trail goes directly through the camp, so there were hikers in and out all day, but still felt safe and was quiet enough.
My only complaint is that it would be nice if someone could clean the cabins. our cabin had what looked like mouse droppings on the floor and cobwebs everywhere. We're not fuzzy people, but it would be nice if it wasn't there...
The camp host was AWESOME! She was working her butt off the entire time, super friendly, informative and helpful. She really deserves the praise. Note that the zipline and the archery set up are both gone!
Sidenote: the Hipcamp support team is awesome!! <3

Hipcamper Joan

A total treat and total retreat.

Joan S.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2019

It’s rustic. Cabins are very basic but it is awesome. Close to LA. Beautiful hike. Beautiful setting. Incredible range of activities at the camp. Great for kids. Great for a getaway. Easy camping with fresh drinkable water, hot showers, full service kitchen. I would highly recommend.

Hipcamper Deb
Response from Deb, the Host, on August 30th, 2019

We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for leaving such a great review!

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Eleanor
Eleanor O.
recommends this listing.
March 26th, 2018

The bunk beds are not very comfortable but it beats tent camping for sure. The kitchenette and bathroom were great and the heat worked well. Overall a really great experience and a beautiful place. Our camp host, Danny, was also very friendly and helpful.

Arriving at Sturtevant !
Hipcamper Kelley
Kelley S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
January 29th, 2017

3/5 Stars Overall

I would recommend for Retreat Cabin to have full driving, parking and hiking directions to the cabin as well as a hike difficulty level and general time requirement listed! Took us 1 wrong turn and 3hrs on a fairly difficult hike with our weighted packs. It's fine if you're expecting it, but a bit of an obstacle if you're not! While our group had a great time, we got ended up doing some unplanned night hiking and creek crossings.

The cabin was great, but the gas (heater/stove) went out several times as well as the electricity, which was turned off at 8:40pm instead of 10pm as listed. If you're looking to go "glamping" this is not the place, but do plan a full weekend as there were lots of fun activities and great scenery at and along the way to the cabin that we missed out on.

Jack the cabin host was awesome and Deb the cabin coordinator wrote back quickly any time I reached out with questions!

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Historic Sturtevant Camp
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