Hipcamp host Keith G.,
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**if you have a larger trailer or RV please go to Youtube and type in "Man of Letters Retreat: the first video that pops up is a video of the entrance to the land. Please check it out and let me know if you can make the turn in!**

This site is on a north facing hill in northern Santa Barbara County and covered in hundreds of live oak trees which gives it a pleas

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**if you have a larger trailer or RV please go to Youtube and type in "Man of Letters Retreat: the first video that pops up is a video of the entrance to the land. Please check it out and let me know if you can make the turn in!**

This site is on a north facing hill in northern Santa Barbara County and covered in hundreds of live oak trees which gives it a pleasant respite from summer heat and nice lush growth for plants and mushrooms in the winter season. There's no one around for miles so there's plenty of privacy and space. We've spotted families of wild boar, tons of wild turkey, families of roaming deer. The land has been a family paradise get-away since 1973. There's hundreds of live oak trees on the property and a good third of the site located within a ravine. The top of the property at highest elevation gives beautiful views of the mountains on the other side of the valley.

There's surprisingly large amounts of sacred plants on the property as well (which makes sense considering it's old Chumash native land), wild mugwort grows rampant and I planted my own white sage patch that campers are welcome to harvest (just be mindful of other groups). We've planted a couple fruit trees on the property but it is difficult to keep them thriving since we live so far away (feel free to add a splash of used water on our trees if you have time!) If you are lucky you will get the one or two fruits hanging from them in the spring.

Nearby is the town of Los Alamos which is a bit of a hidden gem for locals. The entire area is wine country so expect lots of wineries and dining. Los Alamos was one of the first saloon styled towns in the area and hasn't grown much since but some of our favorite spots are there.

Lake Cachuma is about 21 miles away and has fishing and boating but is a lake for drinking water so no body contact. Also the ocean is about a 30 minute drive from the property if you're looking for a day trip. Solvang is a BEAUTIFUL city also and if you've time definitely check it out - about 25 minutes from the property to the south. Solvang was voted the number one tourist destination in the country...with good reason. It's a danish themed town started in the early 1900's and the vibe never left. Tons of tasty beers and foods and sites.

In the end though, the property itself is a gemstone. There's few things that beat a sunset through an oak canopy or stargazing the milky way. This piece of land is about the simplicity of good company and merry-making -- best enjoyed with loved ones and sometimes even strangers (hell sometimes I even go alone).

We hope you enjoy your stay.

~keyth

Because most of the land is on a hillside its tough to find a flat space. Some of the sites are close to each other but if you feel like venturing elsewhere on the property to make yourself at home by all means you may do so. !

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
4 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Have a question? Send Keith a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 96%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Surfing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Rolling Oak Hills w/ Mountain Views in California.

Canyon
Mountainous
Field

The vibe at Rolling Oak Hills w/ Mountain Views

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Hipcamper Forrest

Beautiful property 5/5!

Forrest C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 4th, 2021

Beautiful property with views of rolling hills and lots of mossy trees, about 10 minutes off Hwy 101. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a picturesque and remote setting in the area, yet not hard to get to. The host is communicative and we got a great feel on the property.

We were initially hesitant given how few pictures were on hipcamp, but we watched the video noted in the description to get a sense of the property - it’s even prettier than the video shows.

A few things that aren’t major issues but I feel I should note are: (1) because the flat portion of the property is relatively small the sites are in the same area of the property. More spaced out than any public campground but you might have neighbors. (2) not all sites have fire pits. (3) the gate is very narrow and followed by a sharp turn. Any car or suv could do it but if you have a trailer or RV it could be a challenge. Another group that camped next to us had a camper trailer and ultimately got through, but struggled.

Hipcamper Dina

Beautiful and peaceful retreat

Dina S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 9th, 2021

We stayed here during the holidays because our beach camping reservations were canceled due to the pandemic and it turned out to be a refreshing change from the usual public campgrounds. The location is amazing, true to its name, rolling hills studded with oak trees and with stunning mountain views, set in the midst of sprawling ranchland and vineyards in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Valley. Feels totally remote and almost off the grid but only a short, lovely drive to charming neighboring towns like Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Solvang. We saw a few deer and lots of hawks and even heard owls calling in the gorgeous moonlit night! The host Keith was quick in responding to all of our questions prior to our stay and provided precise and accurate directions to the property.

We made reservations for camping here in our 22’ travel trailer after first watching the video posted by Keith, thinking we might only need to be concerned about some low hanging branches, but what the video doesn’t show is that the gate at the entrance to the property is VERY narrow (maybe 10 feet wide?). Our trailer barely cleared it by inches on each side. There’s also a sharp turn from the gate onto the path to the camping areas that was difficult to navigate. All in all it was a bit stressful getting in and out. We even saw some people in a camper van have a tough time with it. Until there’s a wider gate, I wouldn’t generally recommend it for trailer or RV campers (or even larger trucks or vans), unless the rig is pretty small and you’re very skilled at maneuvering and parking like my husband is. I also wouldn’t recommend arriving at night or in the rain as the narrow winding deteriorating roads leading out to the property may be tricky.

The property itself is very hilly and there are few level areas for camping, though we were fortunate enough to be the very first Hipcampers at the property and have the whole place to ourselves for a few days at Christmastime, it felt like having our own ranch! Even when we had to share “our ranch” 😉, the area where we parked our trailer still felt private and had a breathtaking view of the mountains. It’s probably the only spot that is suitable for parking a trailer. The other campers seemed a bit confused about where to park when they arrived for New Years weekend , though they seemed to enjoy themselves once they got situated. There’s a tiny house on the property that was being painted while we were there, possibly meant for glamping one day? That would be nice, although the communal fire pit and portapotty in the same small area might make it a bit awkward. It’s also the only area of the property that has been leveled.

In our humble opinions, a few improvements would make this an even better Hipcamp - most importantly a wider gate! (Keith mentioned that he’s planning to do this. We hope he will soon!) A bit of tree trimming and actually designating specific campsite areas with some basic signs or markers to help eliminate confusion would also be great (as well as leveling them out a little if possible). Individual fire pits in each campsite and a simple enclosure around the portapotty would be added bonuses.

Even without all these changes, this is a beautiful spot and we hope to return some day once there’s a bigger gate! Thanks Keith for sharing your land with the Hipcamp community, it was a blessing to be surrounded by nature at the end of such a tough year and while public campgrounds are inexplicably closed (and even if they weren’t!) Hoping to come back soon!

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Hipcamper Rosalinda
Rosalinda D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 5th, 2021

This was a rad location. My honey abs our two pups didn’t New Year’s Eve there. The sites are closer together than we expected but lucked out when Keith let us find our own spot away from main sites. Perfect for a group of homies. So not having a official
Site was rad. It ended up being the perfect spot for us. Gorgeous and private. Thank you Keith.

Hipcamper Celeste

Lil’ piece of heaven!

Celeste P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 10th, 2021

For a first time user of Hipcamp...we were so happy! Keith is an awesome host. He was gracious and responsive to the many questions I had. The property is gorgeous! There is not a lot of flat ground but we were able to manage with our 2 Jeeps and trailer. The starry night was spectacular and the views were unforgettable!
Thanks Keith!! Looking forward to making more memories here!

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Hipcamper Vivian
Vivian B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 20th, 2021

I never met Keith in person, but he was a great host--super responsive. Directions were very clear and accurate.

The property is huge. Sites are not designated, so you might have other people set up their camp near you. The hills and oak trees are beautiful. However, if you are driving a tall van like I was, you have limited options to set up camp.

I camped in the winter. The hills are a beautiful golden hue rather than green like the other pictures. Like the listing mentions, there is a fun gorge to explore. There are so many oak trees--it wasn't hard to set up my hammock.

I would definitely camp here again!!

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Hipcamper Gillian

Fantastic winter camping!

Gillian W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
January 21st, 2021

We had a wonderful MLK weekend on Keith's land! The setting is gorgeous -- lots of trees and shade but also places for kids to run around. The fire pit is terrific and very efficient, and includes a good grate for cooking. It felt very private and serene. The best place to set up camp is by the one small structure on the property, as totally flat land is in short supply. (I suspect Keith may develop more campsites in the future because there's otherwise plenty of space.) There's good cell service for both Verizon and ATT, which is good to have for safety and comfort. Keith wasn't there in person when we arrived but I easily reached him by phone when we arrived. The general area is just gorgeous, with fantastic whether even in January. It makes for a perfect wintertime camping experience!

Hipcamper Wily
Wily R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
February 21st, 2021

Amazing place and away from civilization.

First off, thank you keith for reaching out to us regarding directions. Extremely helpful. We arrived at night and we fot there about 30 minutes off tge freeway. Dont follow the google directions when you get off the freeeway. Follow the directions keith gives you.

The place itself is amazing, lots of room for a large group. Gets a bit windy so bring some layers. Also make sure you bring everything you need, a store is a good drive away. There are toilet and also you get receiption (t-mobile). Were already planning our return

Hipcamper Annie

Wonderful stay!

Annie N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
February 24th, 2021

Our stay was very enjoyable! We had one other group nearby but they were pleasant and respectful. The land was gorgeous and just as pictured. We all had such a great time wandering around and listening to all of the wildlife. Keith sent very detailed instructions to get to the land and was very kind whenever I had questions. I highly recommend and will stay there again.

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 9th, 2021

This spot was a little slice of heaven. Green rolling hills, blue skies, and lots of space. We watched a full moon rise over the mountains and listened to coyotes howl as we roasted smores around a campfire, and counted our lucky stars (literally) to have found this spot for the weekend. Thanks Keith! We made sure to throw some water on the fruit trees, and admired the sage patch along with the other sacred plants growing around the property.

Property
Keith G.’s Land
State
California
Country
United States
$60/night
4 Sites