Hipcamp host Gene W.,
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A place to camp. Sites require walking away from vehicle with gear. Bring your own pads, bedding, tent, etc...

Please make sure you and your party have read and understand ENTIRE listing description including part under Reservations BEFORE requesting to book.  

Currently ONLY booking within 2 weeks - NOT accepting reservations more than a 2 weeks away.   



A place to camp. Sites require walking away from vehicle with gear. Bring your own pads, bedding, tent, etc...

Please make sure you and your party have read and understand ENTIRE listing description including part under Reservations BEFORE requesting to book.  

Currently ONLY booking within 2 weeks - NOT accepting reservations more than a 2 weeks away.   

If you are uncomfortable around others or feel the need to wear a facemask outdoors please do NOT request to book.

In the center of the California coast

Where the mountains meet the sea

A place beside the creek

And near the ocean


In January of the year 2021 an atmospheric river descended upon the canyon in which we lie at the bottom of. The heavy rains and winds brought down trees that were burnt from a large fire in the fall. The logs damned and burst causing a flood of epic proportions, scouring the earth, moving boulders as big as a house and taking out trees as big as a bus. Our home and many facilities were destroyed as the banks breached as high as 30 feet from the river bed. We are currently in the process of re-establishing the basics. Some things were spared and we still have the ability to host some guests. The land has been dramatically changed but is just as beautiful as it has always been.


A Home with Family, Friends, and Animals. Striving to create a minimal impact, with a respect and awareness of this wild and natural part of the central California coast. Practicing simple eco-sustainable and environmentally friendly living techniques.


An escape from the electrical grid. There is no internet, electricity or phone service. There is minimal solar lighting, fire and propane stoves and water heaters. 


The outdoor open kitchen was destroyed but we have set up a campstove and sink for guests or you can bring your own cooking gear. The organic vegetable garden was spared but the goats, chickens, ducks, and many fruit trees were washed away. We have since gotten some chickens, a rooster and some ducks.


Drinking water is available and is filtered from some taps.


Fires are permitted in only a couple areas.


Structures on the land are rustic, generally lightweight and built to blend in with the natural character of the land. There are outdoor composting poopers set up with sawdust and barrels.


Kids are welcome with an accompanying adult. 


Dogs are welcome off leash, unless they attack chickens, goats, cats or other dogs. Please bring a shovel to bury dog poop.


This is a remote area with beautiful beaches, creeks and hiking trails throughout the forest. Some areas can be very dangerous with steep cliffs and loose rocks.  Be aware that things like spiders, snakes, raccoons, mice, poison oak, etc.. exist in natural areas like this.


Adventure along the creek, to the beach or up the mountains. Enjoy the scenic Pacific Coast highway. Retreat into nature by yourself or with friends and family. Practice art, music, photography, meditation.


No stereos or electronic music devices. Acoustic instruments are encouraged.


Carpool, parking can become tight. This is a busy, curvy, 2-lane mountain Hwy. If a car wants to pass, pull over. 


Please do not bring excessive waste products into the forest, and pack it out. There is limited trash service, recyclables can be separated.


Alcohol is discouraged. It is not intended as a place to party or get drunk. A casual drink is okay.


All contributions are put back into the land, helping to facilitate the nurturing and sharing of this sacred space.  


 -IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED- please write  "My party and I have read and understand the description" and then tell a little bit about yourself/party, in your booking request. 

  We are currently not booking more than 14 days in advance. 2 nights on weekends have preference. Because there is no WiFi on the land - the internet may not be checked daily. Responses will come form Gene, Elle and sometimes Maggie-who does not live on the property.


Arrive before dark. Dogs may bark, but are friendly. You are welcome to check-in with hosts and get any assistance you may need, but they are not always available. Make sure you have the Written Directions printed or saved, as there is no reception on the coast.


Be prepared before leaving Monterey from the north and Morro Bay from the south with plenty of gas, a light, warm clothes, groceries, wood, ice, and anything else you may want or need from town.


In the wintertime, Dec-Feb, the days are shorter and it is wetter, windier and colder and there may  be unsafe road conditions. Check the status of Highway 1 before beginning your journey. As many structures are outside it is advisable to check the weather before booking.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Gene a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 24 hours
  • Response rate: 64%

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Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren G.
recommends this listing.
January 11th, 2022

Loved this place! Such an amazing location and the cat/dogs were awesome. The kid gives a great tour.

Hipcamper Sean

Lovely animals. crowded.

Sean S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
November 16th, 2021

A Place to Camp offers a slightly pricy and crowded camping option when you are planning a last-minute camping trip.

The camping space is limited. A young couple with children resides in A Place to Camp. Where you are camping is the hillside scattered between crudely assembled huts built by the residents. They appear friendly and mind their own business. Their cats and dogs are very very friendly too. Bring animal treats when you visit.

The campsites offer an open view of the ocean and the CA 1 bridge. Beware of some entry signs that would likely confuse campers looking for this place. The signs read threatening ("enter at your own risk"), which most likely seeks to deter unauthorized visitors. Ignore the sign if you have obtained authorization from Gene or the property owners.

Hipcamper Gene
Response from Gene, the Host, on November 18th, 2021

Something "lost in translation"......yes , we have a family here camping on the property who will be hosting campers while the owners are on vacation. If they bothered you in any way or made you feel crowded then we are sorry. We are not quite understanding your issue, as you were up the mountain on a small campsite of your choosing with an ocean view and with no other campers around. In fact you were the only campers we had that weekend. Sorry you missed out in all the beauty that surrounds us here. Maggie

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper jakody
Jakody H.
recommends this listing.
November 9th, 2021

Great location and just a couple min walk to the beach. G & Bre are super chill too. I’ll probably be back next year.

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Hipcamper Isabel
Isabel T.
recommends this listing.
October 22nd, 2021

It was beautiful and the hosts were very hospitable. They offered me some of their dinner and when my car wouldn’t start they changed the oil and jumped it for me.

Hipcamper Eli
Eli K.
recommends this listing.
October 21st, 2021

Great spot. Close to the beach. Quiet.

Hipcamper Kyrie

Perfect place for a weekend getaway

Kyrie F.
recommends this listing.
October 18th, 2021

It was beautiful! Easy beach access, friendly cats, and an overall eclectic nature experience.

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Hipcamper Harrison
Harrison L.
recommends this listing.
September 28th, 2021

We had a great time at the place to camp, it was quiet and the other few guests were amazing.

Hipcamper Gabriel
Gabriel T.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2021

Sweet people. Beautiful spot! Had a great stay!

Hipcamper Brennan
Brennan S.
recommends this listing.
September 1st, 2021

Its a beautiful family owned property! Family is kind and friendly. Location is great to access anything in the Big Sur area. Bring all your own supplies and be independent and you will have a blast. I would recommend this listing!

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