Xico, Mehmet, and the people who come here respect the envir
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.
Secret Site on the River's access is moderate with a rope-assist stone steps going down to a beautiful and secluded site right on the river . Camping here requires experience and minimal gear. It is a river site that requires: a 5-10 minute walk from parking, only backpacks and minimal gear, and a rope-assisted stone step descent.
You can use only small camp stoves and 2-4 person tents. No ginormous condo-style tents. There isn't room.
This is a beautiful, secluded campsite. It accommodates up to four campers. You must provide complete gear or rent stuff from us. It is clothing optional.
This site is SUPER unique in part because the site is right on the riverbank and about as close to sleeping on a river as you can get without being on a raft. With this luxury comes the responsibility of being extremely mindful of your impacts, being fully knowledgeable in wilderness ethics and the seven Leave No Trace Principles and Ten Essentials of Backpacking (hopefully you know them and won't need google them). HipCamp guests follow a strong nature ethic.
Your LNT and Wilderness ethic must be sharp given the close proximity of water. NO HUMAN WASTE, NO WASTE, NO SOAPS, Nada! You must use the chemical toilet which is back fice minutes to the parking area.
You provide tents, tent footprint (tarp), lights, sleeping bags, food, insect repellant, wood, and other stuff. There is an outdoor , hot water shower and the river (NO SOAP of ANY KIND IN OR NEAR THE RIVER.)
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 caravan you 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. 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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Incredible camping experience
Incredible spot right by the crystal clear river. We had an amazing time. Not too hot even in July because it's shaded and the water cools down the air. Hosts were super accommodating and helpful with anything we needed. This is a special spot. For large groups I'd recommend booking both river sites since they are close-by to each other!
Beautiful river, when they say pack light, they mean it! Great with our dog and super nice. Aaron was really helpful with moving our stuff and amazing to my son by showing him spots in the river to swim and getting him interested in the local plant life. Also naturally patient, my kids is on the spectrum so he can be a handful. Beautiful area, Iv told everyone Iv talked to about the place since Iv been back