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Golden Hour Ranch

· Pine Mountain Club, Ventura, California
80 acres hosted by Sam S.
2 RV/tent sites
Primitive camping
Best for self-contained campers. There are no toilets, showers, or potable water at this Hipcamp.
Come escape the city and spend a few nights under the stars at Golden Hour Ranch. We are located in the serenity of the Los Padres National forest on 80 acres of land. Our property sits in Lockwood Valley, nestled next to Reyes Peak. There’s plenty of hiking nearby and simply the enormous expanse of pine forests and fields of sage brush to play in. Pitch a few tents or park your camper for a while. On the way up from LA stop at Pyramid Lake for swimming or fishing and make sure to visit the semi-ghost town of Scheideck just 5 minutes away for a funny experience and to have a cold drink while dangling your feet in the water of Reyes Creek.
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34 ratings · 18 reviews
Elizabeth B.recommends
May 27, 2024
Tent spot w/💡s+tables+shade
This spot was a perfectly secluded getaway. Easy to find if you save the coordinates before losing service. Bare bones site was perfect for a weekend of hiking, yard games, and campfires.
Steve B.doesn't recommend
November 25, 2023
Tent spot w/💡s+tables+shade
No host, no directions, no stuff
Messaged host twice before leaving. Never got any response. No directions beyond a set of GPS coordinates. Coordinates can be reached by turning off Lockwood Valley Road onto an unmarked dirt track. Unfortunately., the coordinates don't correspond to either of the two designated Hipcamp sites, which are about 400 feet west and 750 feet east of the marked spot. There is another potential camping area about 400 feet to the southeast of the marked spot. This spot is littered with trash and shotgun shells, and is not at all appealing. Some of the previous reviewers apparently found this area, instead of the designated Hipcamp sites. We reserved the eastern Hipcamp site, which is just a pullout off the dirt track. It had none of advertised amenities, which included two picnic tables, a canopy, and solar lights. We did find the broken remains of one picnic table. The eastern Hipcamp site was perfectly quiet, dark, and peaceful. It worked OK for us, because we have a self-contained rig and just needed a place to park it for the night (site is sloped, so leveling blocks needed). However, I can't recommend it given the lack of communication with the host, the poor directions, and the absence of advertised amenities. It feels like this was a Hipcamp site in the past, but has been abandoned.
Robbie M.recommends
September 17, 2023
Tent spot w/💡s+tables+shade
Neat spot
I liked the spot. I arrived mid afternoon so found it fine. It was super quiet and I got a night full of stars 🤩
Paul O.doesn't recommend
August 29, 2023
Tent spot w/💡s+tables+shade
Not convinced that it exists.
I never did stay at this site. There are no markings along the highway for the turnoff, so it was easy to miss even though I had a good idea of where it was in relation to other features in area. I followed provided GPS coordinate to a spot just off a dirt road in field of foxtails. This was clearly not a usable campsite, even if I didn't have my dog with me. After some searching around I did find an established campsite. This site did not have the listed amenities of lights, table and shade umbrella but did have hundreds of spent shotgun shells, a shot up highway sign and a lot of trash. There was no cell reception in the area, so I headed east on the highway to find some so as to contact the site owner and get things sorted out. By that time, it was getting dark and I was close to a National Forest campsite that was easy to get to so I ended up staying there. I'm not sure what to make of the situation. It seems sketchy to me. Possibly the property is subject to a lot of trespassing and isn't being looked after as much as it should be. This site needs better markings and better written instructions.
Hailee D.recommends
August 8, 2023
Tent spot w/💡s+tables+shade
We loved staying in this campsite! There was great communication with Sam on the day of arrival and it was pretty easy to find. The campsite is very peaceful and remote. The sunsets were breathtaking. There were a lot of bugs, so if we returned again we would pack ample bug defenses. We hope to return in the spring!
Joan R.
August 7, 2023
Flat site for campers
I can't give an honest review, because we ended up not going to the site at all. This is not the fault of Hipcamp or Sam, the host. We just ended up in a hella amount of traffic and needed to stay by the highway to get to our next destination. Sam was really good with communication and help with directions. And that counts for a lot. Maybe next time…
Pine Mountain Club, Ventura, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Chumash and Kuyam First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Sam S.Joined in July 2022
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