Hipcamp host Mehmet M.,
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We are open during Covid-19 emergency. All our camp sites are outdoors and spaced at least 100 feet apart. There are really no common areas. Gathering together is up to guests' discretion just not at the house. Campers should bring all gear (think 10 Essentials) that is needed to stay at your campsites

Xico, Mehmet, and the people who come here respect the envir

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We are open during Covid-19 emergency. All our camp sites are outdoors and spaced at least 100 feet apart. There are really no common areas. Gathering together is up to guests' discretion just not at the house. Campers should bring all gear (think 10 Essentials) that is needed to stay at your campsites

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.

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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.) 

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 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.

  

Campsite area
Tent sites
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Moderate walk
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Wifi available
Playground 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: 10% off

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    Activities

    Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

    Biking
    Boating
    Fishing
    Hiking
    Off-roading (OHV)
    Climbing
    Snow sports
    Swimming
    Wildlife watching

    Terrain

    Natural features you'll find at Secret Site on the River in California.

    Driveway

    5 mph please. slow on Rio Vista Dr. on your approach to our Land and upon departure. It's our neighborhood.

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    Hipcamper Paige
    Paige P.
    recommends this listing.
    (Site 1 secret river site)
    July 19th, 2022

    Beautiful spot and wonderful host! Looking forward to our next visit

    Hipcamper Brian

    Incredible camping experience

    Brian K.
    recommends this listing.
    (Site 1 secret river site)
    July 5th, 2022

    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!

    Hipcamper Martin
    Martin W.
    recommends this listing.
    (Site 1 secret river site)
    June 1st, 2022

    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

    Hipcamper Mehmet
    Response from Mehmet, the Host, on June 3rd, 2022

    it was a pleasure having the three of you. Will pass on the good word to aaron.

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    Hipcamper Bianca

    A hidden gem

    Bianca C.
    recommends this listing.
    (Site 1 secret river site)
    September 13th, 2021

    This spot was absolutely amazing! The hosts were so kind and welcoming. I highly recommend!

    Hipcamper Ryan G.
    recommends this listing.
    (Site 2 secret river site)
    May 31st, 2022
    Property
    This is Outdoor Living
    State
    California
    Country
    United States
    $70/night
    2 Sites