Hipcamp host Ryan B.,
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Looking to get away from it all? Look no further! This place is REMOTE! The last 5 miles from Petrolia takes at least 20 minutes and is really rugged and steep. 

This is a raised sleeping platform with phenomenal views located five miles form Petrolia. There is space for several tents as well and would be great spot for a large group. You MUST have a 4-wheel or All whe


Looking to get away from it all? Look no further! This place is REMOTE! The last 5 miles from Petrolia takes at least 20 minutes and is really rugged and steep. 

This is a raised sleeping platform with phenomenal views located five miles form Petrolia. There is space for several tents as well and would be great spot for a large group. You MUST have a 4-wheel or All wheel vehicle with clearance to access this site.  You are a 3 minute walk from the Lost Yurt.  There is a spigot for water, and an outhouse nearby.  There is a private fire pit and picnic table as well as a common area for all campers to enjoy horseshoes and access to a sink where you can do dishes. There are gorgeous views, and a huge view of the sky for stargazing.  It is secluded so the quiet seeps into your soul.  You will want to screen shot our directions, the map and the map of the property as you will lose service before you get here and you will not have service here.

The terrain is steep in spots and there are not established trails everywhere so you will need to wear hiking boots with good traction, as the loose gravel and dirt can be slippery without proper footwear. 

Dogs are welcome! We have 2 dogs on the property that would love to meet and greet and hang out if your dogs are good with other dogs. If not, we can try to keep them away, but cannot promise they won't make a visit to your site. 

There are currently 3 camp sites on our 80 acres, one is about 100 yards away from your site. 

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 22 guests per site
Up to 3 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Campervans and Cars allowed
Ask about access type
Ask about max length
Ask about slideout accommodation
surface type
surface levelness
No Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Ryan a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

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Pop up shade structure

Pop up shade structure.

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Rent bicycles for $10/each

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camp chairs

Rent 2 camp chairs for $5

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Propane bbq

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4 person tent

Rent a tent to camp in. If you want it set up for you for an extra $20 you ca...Read more

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4 person tent

4 person tent to camp in. For an extra $15 we can set it up for you.

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at The Lost Platform in California.


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Hipcamper Matt
Matt D.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2022

The property was beautiful! We had a great time waking up every morning to such a great view and enjoying the quiet at night over a campfire. Ryan is a very gracious host. He offered us plenty of suggestions of things to do while in the area and was around if we needed anything whatsoever. It’s a bit of a hike to get there (from SF) but would def stay here again.

Hipcamper Bailey

A truly special place

Bailey D.
recommends this listing.
May 22nd, 2022

This is a truly special spot. Camping on the platform was so cozy, nestled under a big beautiful oak tree. The view was one of the best car camping views we’d ever experienced. All of the sites on Ryan’s property are set up with such beautiful intentional details and amenities - at the platform we had a lovely swinging bench, picnic table, and benches around the fire pit. His directions to and around the property were very thorough. We also went on a lovely hike and explored the grounds. We hope to return soon!!

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Hipcamper Kristen
Kristen C.
recommends this listing.
March 21st, 2022

Beautiful views. Nice & quiet. Ryan was friendly upon arrival and ensured we had what we needed. Secluded, private, spacious. Must hike up to the overlook to see the ocean views. Such a plus to have access to water also.

I’d definitely recommend the Lost Platform. And listen to Ryan, you’ll need to follow his maps! Which are great by the way.

Hipcamper Matt


Matt T.
recommends this listing.
November 17th, 2021

The photos do not do it justice. This place is magic. We came from LA and were simply looking to find solitude and we found it. It was such a perfect place to reconnect with nature and it is really close to some amazing beaches. The hosts were super friendly and accommodating. We will for sure be back next year.

Hipcamper Mike


Mike P.
recommends this listing.
October 3rd, 2021

The lost platform was amazing and incredibly serene. The location is beautiful and Ryan and his dog were very kind. We brought our three dogs with us and they loved going for walks along the property. The hike up to the lookout was gorgeous with a view of the ocean. The campsite is very well thought out with a lit up walkway at night and a swing to take in the view - not to mention how nice it is to have your tent on a platform. There is running water at the campsite which made everything that much easier. It was an absolute treat to stay here and we’d love to come back in the future.

Hipcamper Savannah
Savannah W.
recommends this listing.
September 14th, 2021

What a beautiful experience! The property is gorgeous and Ryan was a welcoming host. The campsite itself felt incredibly special with a view of the neighboring mountains from the platform and bench swing. There's also a perfect set of trees for setting up a hammock.

You cannot drive all the way up the the campsite, so be sure things are packed in a way that makes it convenient to carry up a small hill. You wouldn't be able to get your Overlander or any kind of car you might want to be sleeping out of up the the platform area with the view, so you'll want to bring a tent or be comfortable sleeping outside.

The platform itself can easily fit a tent and it's nicely shaded under a beautiful tree. There is also a landing on the way up to the campsite where you could fit another couple of tents or so. That part isn't shaded, so if you're planning to use it to camp with a group, I would recommend bringing a shade structure.

It's far enough from the other camp site (which has a glamping style tent) to feel private, but close enough that if you went with friends you could easily get back and forth between each others sites if you rented both spots.

There's also a nice little hike you can take in the property to get a view of the ocean. At night you can see the Milky Way!

Hipcamper Ben
Ben C.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2021

After camping next to a large and loud family group at a SP the week before, we were ready for some off grid solitude. This spot delivered exactly that. Could not be more happy with the decision to drive the extra miles to experience this slice of paradise Ryan and Rachelle have been great enough to share others.

Hipcamper Jennifer

Relax with a view

Jennifer N.
recommends this listing.
August 26th, 2021

This was our third time staying at the property, but the first time staying at The Lost Platform. It is a bit of a workout to haul gear up to the spot, but once you are there, HOLY COW THE VIEW! It makes it all worth it- and the two-seater swing is a nice touch. Although there was a fire ban (understandably), we still had a great and relaxing time. It feels like an adventure to get there, and once you arrive it's like being in your own tech-free calm space. We will definitely be back!

Hipcamper ANDREW

As advertised!

Andrew M.
recommends this listing.
August 17th, 2021

What a great place! Just as advertised! The views were beyond amazing. Ryan was a great host and full of information. Plan on 2 hours drive from Hwy 101. Highly recommend this off the grid and out of cell phone service location. I will definitely come here again.

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