Please note: This spot is exposed to sun in the West amd afternoons . Great for spring and winter warmth but summer can be hot (100 F) during the day in the summer (there is an alternate spot that is more in the shade) and perfectly warm and toasty in the winter. It's the best spot for star gazing with zero light pollution (and we mean zero!). This site is about a 5 minute walk to the bathroom and parking. >This campsite is private with 1/4 mile river access, no nearby roads, completely dark night skies, and lots of hangout areas on and away from the river. The land has beautiful and diverse native flora and fauna including fox, mountain lion, coyote, hawks, owl, bobcat, deer and every reptile and bird species known to the area. Please at least learn one plant: the Tule Reed for which the river, the Native people, the county, the city, and my dog are named.Guided Activities
RECREATIONISTS PLEASE NOTE that we offer guided road bike and mountain bike excursions that can be catered to you! We can put you on world-class single track, technical and road bike trails! Enjoy a 40 mile round-trip road bike ride at 7,200 feet along the majestic Western Divide Highway in the Giant Sequoia National Monument and literally see the top of the mountain. The ride will take you through high Sierra meadows, Giant sequoia groves, Quaking Aspen forests, iconic granite outcroppings, all under perfect blue skies with clean air to breath (Yeah, remember that?). We will transport your bikes from the Land to the start point on the Western Divide, and provide healthy, simple snacks along the way, and transport back down to camp. Costs are on a sliding scale of $50/person.
II. Single track, technical mountain bike rides can be launched from Camp Nelson Trail in the GSNM (technical) or rides that launch right from the Land onto foothill trails that double as the route for the Fat Tire Classic occurring in October (moderate, technical). We will transport your bikes from the Land to the start point on the Western Divide, and provide healthy, simple snacks along the way, and transport back down to camp. Costs are on a sliding scale of $50/person.
III. (Winter and Spring only) Also, we offer the ultimate RECREATION EXPERIENCE by guiding you, our guests, in meaningful habitat stewardship projects either on the Land near your campsite or within the nearby Giant Sequoia National Monument. All stewardship projects are free of charge though we do invite you to become a member of WildPlaces, the non-profit arm of our Land that has been protecting and conserving wild places in the area for 20 years.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
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Mehmet’s property is truly stunning, and the dogs/cats on the property are so sweet :) there were so many thoughtful details, and the campsite was perfectly secluded while still being close to the communal kitchen/area
Will definitely be coming back, thank you!!
My fiancé and I found this gem when our usual campsite was taken. The terrain was a little difficult and the walk way to the river was steep but the VEIWS! The mountains completely surround you from all sides and the morning was so relaxing. We made tea and just sat in the sun soaking up the crisp air and enjoying each other's company. The area and the people who live there is very much in tuned with nature. It was nice being in an area where human cohabitate with the local ecosystem. Would definitely recommend. The host was so polite and their animals were a joy to see as well.
Calm and welcoming place!
We had a great time starting here! Mehmet was away for the weekend, but the other people who live on this land were very welcoming! When we arrived, Irvin and all the dogs gave us a tour of the property, which is gorgeous. The wildflowers and rushing river were so beautiful! We loved laying on the wooden swing, looking up at the hawks and the stars, wading in the cold river water, and getting spontaneous visits from the dogs and cats! Highly recommend!
A lovely long-weekend
It was just what we needed… a beautiful spot, close to a river, with all the basics (should we have wanted them). Mehmet and Chico were great hosts, and we’d love to visit in the spring
Sustainable loving desert campsite
Mehmet & Chico & Bryan are very friendly, helpful, caring and intentional. Their home emulates the love they have for Nature and plants. They are amazing hosts that take care of the environment around them in a sustainable manner. It’s very close to the National forest, and they had great recommendations for when the park was closed. Taking a dip in the River during sunset cleansed our bodies mind and soul. They keep their place clean ( leave noooo MOOP!) and the toilets and shower all worked well. We shared food and conversation stories and songs, and we would stay here again in a heart beat!
Read before you book
Not a horrible spot but certain things should be known before booking. If you don’t mind these things, book away, but we minded. We had a site reserved for 8 of us but the way the land was with hills, grass, and large boulders, we couldn’t even fit 4 tents and while also having our kitchen camping stuff on the available flat areas.
Weird toilet set up-They asked that in the potty you wipe as needed but then put the crappy paper in a trash can and not in the porta potty. The can had a cover on it so it was not a very sanitary process. Disgusting. And I’m somebody who is a fan of composting toilets. This was not that.
Lastly, we had to carry all our camping gear pretty far to get it to our site. In 90 plus degree weather, carrying and not rolling gear (because of the rocks) was not ideal and when I book I try to avoid places like this, but I didn’t know. They did provide a wheelbarrow but it was even longer using it since you had to go a different way with no rocks. I thought I was going to be car camping but our car was actually a small walk away. I just wish I had known before booking.
Had a great time at this Hipcamp, we ended up camping only for a night but it was well worth it. Check-in was easy and Mehmet’s partner gave us a quick tour. We ended up getting a camp spot overlooking the river, very peaceful but did get a little chilly in the night. They have so many beautiful spots in this location, highly recommend checking them out. Don’t forget the outdoor open shower under the tree