Hipcamp host Mehmet M.,
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Note: We are open and hosting a limited number of campers during Covid-19 emergency. All our camp sites are outdoors and spaced at least 100 feet apart. Commons areas are closed or are used in staggered and limited occupancy. Campers are encouraged to bring a




Note: We are open and hosting a limited number of campers during Covid-19 emergency. All our camp sites are outdoors and spaced at least 100 feet apart. Commons areas are closed or are used in staggered and limited occupancy. Campers are encouraged to bring all gear needed to stay out at the campsites and enjoy a truly lovely wildflower bloom amidst this crisis. 

Xico, Mehmet, and the people who come here respect the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.


Upon confirmation, you will receive the gate code. Please make sure you have gotten the gate code before departure by contacting us.


Important note in access this site. River Site Glorious requires portage across the river in thigh deep moving water. Gear must be carried in packs. Both hands must be free to cross the river using a guide rope rigged only in spring and summer. If upon seeing it, you are not wanting to cross, we will have an alternate site on this side of the river.

It is a river site that you will find ranks very high on the list of perfect sites. *** This one requires a portage across the river to a swinging bed and a sand bar for tent set up. Waist deep, moving water, a rope across the river for balance, bring minimal gear in backpacks ***

You can use only small camp stoves and 2-4 person tents. No ginormous codo-style tents. There isn't room. Packs are needed to access this site as the terrain is steep.

 It accommodates 2-4 campers max campers. Not recommended fopr beginners or children. Cross through the river to get to this beautiful, secluded campsite. Sleep on the swing or pitch your tent. No bedding provided. Campsite NOT available if the water is too high to cross.

Your LNT and Wilderness ethic must be sharp given the close proximity to water. NO HUMAN WASTE! You must use the chemical toilets. NOTHING in the river except your warm, naked (optional) body.

(By booking this lodging/camping, you agree to save and hold harmless Mehmet McMillan and Xavier Garza, WildPlaces and its fiscal sponsor Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs. You acknowledge that there are hazards such as uneven surfaces, bodies of water, wildfire, wildlife and noxious plants. ALL of these are beyond the control of the owner and you assume all responsibility for your own safety. See Rules/Safety for Liability Form that must be signed before or upon arrival)

 Toilets are composting or chemical.  Use your own camp stoves and opt to stay clear of the house entirely for maximum seclusion. The toilets are located near the house which is a 5-10 minute walk from the site.  

You provide tents, tent footprint (tarp), lights, sleeping bags, food, insect repellant, wood, camp stove and other stuff. There is an outdoor , hot water shower and the river (NO SOAP of ANY KIND IN THE RIVER. CARRY WATER 5 FEET AWAY FOR THE WATER, LATHER UP AND RINSE ON THE SHORE)

NO CHARMINE FLOWERS! Peeing is fine away from trails and tent sites. Ladies, do not leave your TP behind, buried or otherwise. We will mail it back to you. NO DEFECATION EXCEPT at the Latrines, no matter your LNT expertise.


The River Sites are super unique in part because one never finds a campsite that close to a river. With the luxury of camping on a river comes the responsibility of being extremely mindful of your impacts. The river sites are right on the river bank and about as close to sleeping in a river as you can get without being on a raft. It is, however, especially sensitive to human impact so being fully knowledgeable about the 7 Leave No Trace Principles allows use this site. If not, then you really should research it, especially as HipCamp guests follow a strong nature ethic.


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!  

I. 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. (Spring and winter 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.


Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
Potable water available
Showers available
Wifi available
No kitchen
No picnic table
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Mehmet a message!
  • 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: 15% off

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
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Natural features you'll find at River Site Glorious #1 in California.


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Hipcamper Justin
Justin T.
recommends this listing.
October 18th, 2021

Wonderful site! The river is amazing and the site had many pockets where one can be secluded in nature.

Hipcamper wendy

Paradise in the sierras

Wendy G.
recommends this listing.
September 23rd, 2021

I absolutely loved this property. If you're after a private site right by a river you have found your spot. The owners are so warm and welcoming they made us feel right at home.
Site 1 is for campers who value privacy and don't mind crossing a small river with camping gear.
It's such a beautiful and unique spot that you'll end up spending all your time on the property.
Loved it and can't wait to return.

River Site Glorious #1
Hipcamper c
C K.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2021

This place is absolute magic!

Hipcamper Chris
Chris H.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

Perfect spot to hang out and swim in the creek! We loved the entire property, we would definitely come back!

Hipcamper Frances
Frances C.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2021

Beautiful secluded site right on the river. It took a few trips but we were able to get all of our camping supplies across the river with no problems. There were good food/coffee/market options in town. Hosts were welcoming but left us to our own to enjoy the land. Outdoor shower was a great amenity.

Hipcamper Justin
Justin B.
recommends this listing.
July 27th, 2021

My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed River Site Glorious #1. Try to pack minimally as there is a river that needs to be crossed. I personally didn't mind walking back to my car for a few trips to get our full load down to the site or to pack some of our trash in our car half way through the stay.

Highly recommend if you are looking for an approachable and comfortable adventure!

Hipcamper Steven

Loved this site!

Steven R.
recommends this listing.
July 20th, 2021

Wow! What an incredible spot! Mehmet really has an amazing property that he has clearly put a lot of time to make gorgeous. 100% recommend booking this place it is one of my favorite camping sites ever! I have told all of my friends and two of them have already booked a stay.

I went for fourth of July and this was the perfect spot I cannot say enough. Right by the river sleeping on the swinging bed was dreamy. We ended up just staying at the campsite for two days and hanging out on the river all day because it was so peaceful, beautiful and serene. Mehmet was super nice and briefly took time to visit us at our campground to introduce himself and make sure all of our expectations were satisfied but let us have our space shortly after which was really nice as my girlfriend and I were just having the most romantic weekend hanging out at the site.

Other notes: crossing the river is really not to challenging, if youre even a beginner hiker you will have no problem. If you have small children I would not recommend the spot just because you do have to cross to go to and from the camp site to where you park. In saying that it is still totally manageable and any child might love the easy challenge of trekking across a river! Just be aware that the river flow will change through out the year and likely moves a little faster early summer rather than later summer.

I will definitely be staying here again and already looking at when I can make it happen. I live in San Diego and it is such a close and easy to access spot to get totally lost in nature and relax.

Hipcamper Ariel

Summer camping at river site glorio

Ariel T.
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2021

Our stay at River Site Glorious was great! Mehmet was communicative and friendly leading up to our trip and was super helpful once we arrived. This was our first Hipcamp experience and I had no idea what to expect but if you have the opportunity, I highly recommend it! There was no getting up crazy early to secure a campsite at a first come, first served campground, we had a gorgeous and private river side campsite and fell asleep to the sound of the current every night, the days were super hot but we had our own little private river pool to cool off in all day. Crossing the river was pretty easy and even refreshing given the heat of the day. Mehmet and Chico were very kind and welcoming and the experience overall was a great one.

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Hipcamper Peyton

Best camping in california

Peyton A.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2021

This is our second time at this beautiful camping destination and it just keeps getting better! You can’t find a better camping spot in California! Such a hidden, beautiful gem. We are already thinking of when we can come back! Also don’t be scared of the hot weather, it’s absolutely perfect when you’re in the water! So amazing as always!

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