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Charcoal Springs Camp & Cabin

· Watsonville, Santa Cruz, California
40 acres hosted by Johnny N.
1 lodging site · 3 tent sites
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is romantic.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
Welcome to our serene retreat at Charcoal Springs, overlooking the Monterey Bay! Nestled amidst the picturesque Santa Cruz mountains of California, our property offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday urban life. We've spent the last year pouring our love into this mountaintop retreat and we can't wait to share it with you! As you arrive, you'll be greeted by breathtaking views of the ocean, redwood forest, and stunning sunrise/sunsets. Our spacious camping area provides ample room for you to set up your tent or camper van (no RVs, trailers or 5th wheels) ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay. Nature enthusiasts will delight in the abundance of outdoor activities available right at their fingertips. Take a leisurely stroll along our scenic trails and explore the beauty of the surrounding wilderness: we are right next to the north entrance of the Soquel Demonstration Forest for world class mountain biking. Our property is above the redwoods, and more often than not, above the fog line! If you are interested in hosting a larger group, in organizing a retreat, and in booking out all our sites, please get in touch! (Side remark: we are also renting our house on this very property, from June 19th til the end of July - please let us know if you're interested! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ckKCDzkscPth15ydrW4J2c7_3_L1w-jfDYHmZ0qXInw/edit?usp=sharing) ATTENTION: MAY-OCTOBER - FIRE BAN PENDING WEATHER/WIND DAY-OF KITCHEN/BBQ AT PANORAMA CONTAINER CAMP: Propane is $25/tank, WE DO NOT PROVIDE PLATES, CUPS, UTENSILS, OR COOKING SUPPLIES AT CONTAINER CAMP! Container Camp Kitchen has a BBQ, tongs and brush for the BBQ, a 3 burner camp stove, sink, covered trash/recycling cans, miscellaneous pots/pans (see picture with utensils on site). There is NO REFRIGERATOR at Container Camp, so bring your coolers! KITCHEN AT THE COOP (NO BBQ): The Coop is equipped with most kitchenware that one would need (4 cu ft refrigerator, pots, pans, 4 x plates, bowls, and cups, mugs, knives, silverware, salad bowl, french-press coffee pot, kettle…) with a two burner electric hot plate and the woodstove with a cooktop on it. The Coop does NOT have a BBQ. PLEASE KEEP FOOD IN SEALED CONTAINERS OR COOLERS! Grocery shopping: We are 25 minutes from the Summit store, and Corralitos meat market down Eureka Canyon. All sites have access to: -electricity, -hot showers, -composting toilet (Sun-Mar Excel), -industrial sink (also with hot water), -partially equipped kitchen (with mini fridge and electric hot plates in 'The Coop' / propane stove/BBQ at the container camp in covered kitchen area), -Fire places: wood stove in The Coop, and seasonal fire-pits (bring your own wood - or buy $15 a bundle from us) (Please bring your own SHEETS, TOWELS and BIODEGRADABLE soap - Dr. Bronner's. If you're camping, for an extra comfy night's sleep, we can provide 2 custom double bed sized camping mattresses - for $25 a mattress per night). After a day of exploration, you can use our designated fire pits (seasonally/weather permitting) and share stories under the stars with your fellow travelers. At Charcoal Springs, you can expect a peaceful retreat far from the city, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature as you traverse the rugged terrain and enjoy the view. Whether you're seeking adventure or simply craving a moment of serenity, our property offers the perfect escape for your next outdoor getaway. We look forward to welcoming you to our slice of paradise! Johnny and Jeanne (Profile pic from artist Pedro Gomes: https://pedrogo.com/)
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25 ratings · 22 reviews
Katrina L.recommends
June 28, 2024
Panorama Container Camp
What a beautiful weekend! The views were phenomenal, and the hospitality even more so. We were delighted by the toilet and working shower (with hot water!), as well as the ease of getting to numerous trails and beach not too far. It was quite hot atop the mountain, highly recommend bringing an easy-up as there’s no shade and the intensity of the sun midday was pretty intolerable. Sunset/sunrise was spectacular!! There are 3 sites near to eachother, so lack of privacy, but wonderful for communing peaceful amongst others enjoying the view.
Katie H.recommends
June 17, 2024
Panorama Container Camp
Thank you Johnny! We stayed one night at container camp and enjoyed being immersed in nature. Beautiful views, gorgeous sunset, lots of wildlife. Be sure to bring a pop-up canopy the sun was no joke and shade is a must!
Nicole C.recommends
June 15, 2024
Panorama Container Camp
Spectacular Views, Spectacular Host
This is a view that you don't want to miss with a great host that is there if you need him! It's an extremely quiet and large area with plenty of space, trees, birds, and views. Easy to find, comfortable for tent camping. Amenities were clean and always ready for use.
Erik K.recommends
June 10, 2024
Panorama Container Camp
Johnny was a fantastic, kind, helpful host. In top of that, the view at the camp sight was marvelous and vast. It’s a great spot to slow down and enjoy some nature.
Ariadne L.recommends
June 9, 2024
The Coop
Camping above the clouds!
Great spot to watch the fog roll in and out. Johnny is a great host, great communication and very accommodating to our needs. There is a nice trail on the property too!
Lara C.recommends
June 4, 2024
The Coop
Staying at the Coop was super comfortable -and what a view! Johnny was a great host-communicative and available.
Watsonville, Santa Cruz, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Popeloutchom (Amah Mutsun), Ohlone, Awaswas, and Muwekma First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Johnny N.

Joined in April 2023
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