Hipcamp host A. Mark L.,
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We are closed for the season, thank you to all our first time and many repeat campers for a great 2017! Check back here or on our website (mcreekcamp) in December for some potential self check-in camping during the winter. Thanks again!

*WE ARE OPEN FOR FREE FOR FIRE EVACUEES FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2017. If you have been displaced by fire in Sonom


We are closed for the season, thank you to all our first time and many repeat campers for a great 2017! Check back here or on our website (mcreekcamp) in December for some potential self check-in camping during the winter. Thanks again!

*WE ARE OPEN FOR FREE FOR FIRE EVACUEES FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2017. If you have been displaced by fire in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino, please use this code HIPCAMPLOVESNORCAL

* Listing best viewed on computer, not mobile phone*
* Before booking, please review our Campground Rules and much more information at mcreekcamp.com/campground


Our campgrounds are rugged, beautiful and easy going. We are environmentally minded and encourage you to camp lightly. We especially love bicyclists and international visitors!

You will be surrounded by Redwood, Douglas Fir, Buckeye, Madrone, Bay Laurel, and Tan Oak. There is a diversity of native ground cover including wild rose, hazel and ferns. We have an abundance of wildlife that freely roams the land here, although most are very shy of people. Camping here is an opportunity to see Deer, Turkey, Owl, Quail, Great Blue Heron, Woodpecker, Hawk, Raccoon, Gopher, Fox, Coyote, Bobcat, Frogs, Salamanders, or even the elusive Mountain Lion…

We are located next door to Memorial Park at the base of Mount Ellen, and close to the county’s Old Haul Road, so you have access to lots of hiking and biking trails. Several beaches are just ten or fifteen minutes away. Lovely little Pescadero and La Honda have great food (warm Artichoke Bread at Arcangeli!) and cool stores.

-Amenities include: clean and soft redwood chips to put your tent on, private or shared campfire pits or chiminea, and a nearby hot outdoor shower. Each campfire site already has a grill, firewood, kindling, matches or lighter, water to put out your fire, a fire extinguisher, and a basic first aid kit.

-On the entrance level we have solar powered electricity, wifi and an Information Kiosk near the entrance. The Kiosk has all the information you will need including a map, a walkie talkie to check in with the host, nature guidebooks and helpful advice. You may catch some spotty Verizon/ATT cell reception up at the campsites.
The sites is up a STEEP HILL, but we will help you carry your gear upon arrival (between 2pm-6pm) with our trusty 4x4 Mule. For safety reasons, no passengers are allowed. Please email and/or call if you will be later than 6pm and remember that you may have to carry your own gear up. Please note, you are responsible for carrying your own gear downhill when you check out, so remember to camp lightly if that’s a concern. You can ask the host upon arrival to make special arrangements, in which case a $10 gratuity is suggested.

-We encourage you to leave us a review on Hipcamp, sign our Guest Book, help us translate our signs into more languages, make friendly suggestions, and always alert us to any problems or hazards.


This site is suitable for individuals, couples and groups seeking privacy and the most convenience.

-McCormick Creek Sheltered Campfire is a single site with room for 2 tents, one large and one small, right next to each other. It is up a steep hill, about a 2-4 minute walk from the entrance and parking lot (about 500 feet).

The sheltered campfire, built from native siltstone, has a rustic table and bench, hand built from our own native Oak and Redwood.

There is a hose with non-potable water.

-CHECK IN: 2-6pm, CHECK OUT: 12pm

* Please review our Campground Rules before booking at mcreekcamp.com/campground-rules

-Sorry, we do not arrange bookings or reply to questions about the campground over the phone, but are usually quick to reply online.

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Walk to listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Kitchen available
Showers available
No potable water
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send A. Mark a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wind sports
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Natural features you'll find at M.C.C. Sheltered Campfire in California.

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Places to see near McCormick Creek Camp & Gardens

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Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica B.
recommends this listing.
October 22nd, 2017

We had a nice stay at camp site #1. It was cozy under the roof and there was lots of space for our tent. They provided plenty of firewood, including kindling. We appreciated the ride to get our stuff up the hill... it's close to the parking, but up a pretty steep hill. We really enjoyed the location in general: close to Pescadero, but secluded.

Hipcamper Max
Max F.
recommends this listing.
October 13th, 2017

sheltered camp was dope. Definitely be back!!

Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah K.
recommends this listing.
October 1st, 2017

We stayed at the sheltered camp fire with two families, 9 of us in all. The site was clean, flat, and well laid out for busy food preparation. The fire pit kept us warm, we appreciated the wood and kindling supplied. The way up from the parking area had lots of paths for exploring and wasn't too hard for bringing supplies up. The staff helped with one heavy load when we arrived. The outhouse and hot shower were close by and private, very convenient. The camp is unique compared to public grounds, with hand painted signs and furniture made from rough wood. An hour drive from our home on the peninsula, highly recommended for a weekend getaway.

Hipcamper Antonio
Antonio O.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
September 18th, 2017

Everything was as advertised and GREAT! The caretaker was friendly and attentive too. The location is right off the road though and motorcycles were heard early in the morning. For those seeking the solace of wilderness check out the other spots in M.C.C. as they are further away from the road.

Hipcamper adrienne
Adrienne T.
recommends this listing.
September 10th, 2017

Unique site, with great fire pit with moveable grills. Water hoses at the site were convenient. Tent area nice and shady. Beautiful area and location near the ocean make this a wonderful destination.

Hipcamper Simon
Simon B.
recommends this listing.
August 28th, 2017

Great setup, superb hospitality from William. We will definitely be back.

Hipcamper Grace
Grace Y.
recommends this listing.
August 12th, 2017

Awesome campsite close by but feels secluded. Site was perfect for our family of five and the wooden tables and fire pit made the night even more fun and s'mores worthy! Wouldn't hesitate to stay again!

Hipcamper Sally
Sally K.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2017

We had a wonderful stay at the campsite. It was great to get our gear taken up by the 4x4 and this site was right next to the bathroom. We easily fit 3 tents. A 2 minute drive away was hiking at Memorial Park (I think that was the name..). The grill was perfect for making dinner and there was plentiful firewood. On Sunday we went in to pescadero to check it out. Definitely an amazing getaway that is not too far from the city!

Hipcamper Jason
Jason M.
recommends this listing.
June 27th, 2017

Great host and a lovely site! It was quiet, private, decked out, and spacious! Made for a great overnight with the sweetie. Would return!