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Potato Hill Group

· Mariposa, Mariposa, California
100 acres hosted by Debra B.
1 lodging site · 1 RV/tent site
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Near Yosemite National Park
Within a 60-minute drive from the Arch Rock Entrance.
Private sites
100% of recent Hipcampers say the sites felt private.
Located in the historic Whitlock Mining district north of the town of Mariposa. The district is east of the Mother Lode gold belt and includes the Colorado, Sherlock Creek, and Whiskey Flat areas. The area was placer-mined soon after the beginning of the gold rush, and lode mining began shortly afterward. A number of mines were active here during the 1930s, and a few, such as the Diltz and Schroeder mines, have been intermittently prospected in recent years. Placer and Lode mining began in 1849. 49er's Lafayette Bunnell, Champlin Spencer, Thomas Whitlock and John Sherlock and a monte dealer from Quartzburg have all been credited with being the sole discoverer of the rich gold deposits. Over 70 lode mines such as the Buffalo Champion 2, Colorado, Diltz, Geary, Golden Key, King Solomon, Landrum, Nutmeg, Our Chance, Permit, Schroeder, Spread Eagle and Whitlock have been recorded in the district since the 1850's. With several of them operating stamp mills, including a 20 stamp battery at the Whitlock Mine, post offices opened in the towns of Colorado in 1858 and Whitlock in 1899. It is reported up to 5,000 settlers occupied the area, including Potato Hill. The name derived from the potato crops planted on it's slopes. Iy is, however, rumored the name came from gold nuggets the size of a potato. The mining towns of Whitlock, Colorado, and Sherlock no longer exists. Learn more about this land: Under the stars next to Oaks, Pines, Manzanita, and Willows in Gold Country. Take a trip to the Merced River, Yosemite National Park or just relax away from the lights and sounds of the city. You may encounter deer, wild turkey, hawks, woodpeckers and possibly spy a bear or bobcat.  We are off the beaten path and offer a tranquil and peaceful experience on private land. The creeks run pretty full in the wet season and dry up mid-summer.  There are several sites to choose from and all offer space. The roads are unpaved and rocky mountainous terrain can be difficult in the winter. AWD or 4WD vehicles are recommended during the wet and snow seasons. Low profile vehicles are not advisable. Minutes from the Merced River Recreation Area,  34 miles (53 minutes) to Yosemite and 12 miles to the Historic town of Mariposa.
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8 ratings · 7 reviews
Virginia P.recommends
September 17, 2022
Whitlock Creek Oaks
Our visit to Whitlock Creek Oak was a lovely evening in peaceful surroundings. Our kind hosts greeted us upon our arrival, toured us around the property, and ensured we were comfortable and had everything we needed. Thank you! During our stay, my husband and I drove-up to the rustic campsite right near the back of this peaceful property. The camping plot was well-maintained with a raised, wooden platform, a picnic table, outdoor seating/dining areas, and access to an outdoor toilet. The evening was quiet, and we slept soundly in our tent. If you’re searching for a tranquil, relaxed place to spend the night (with close access to many stellar, natural & historical attractions) Whitlock Creek Oak is a great pick. Thank you for sharing your Hipcamp with us!
Johan G.
July 14, 2022
Whitlock Creek Oaks
Location was good reasonably on rought to Yosemite. Seems to be a work in progress. Friendly welcome pack with info aas handy. Timber platforms provided for a smallish tent. If you've got a big tent it might be hard to find a spot without rocks. Fortunately we were the only people there as the toilet has no walls... was lovely to see a wild deer wander though the camp in the morning.
David L.doesn't recommend
July 5, 2022
Whitlock Creek Oaks
It was not a campsite. It looks like a construction site. Had to drive a narrow, rough and unpaved road to access there.
Jason P.recommends
June 12, 2022
Whitlock Creek Oaks
The campsite had plenty of space and perfect for commuting to Yosemite when we booked last minute. If you’re having trouble finding a place last minute, we can’t recommend this enough! The hosts were very friendly and pleasant! 10/10
Kimberlee G.doesn't recommend
October 27, 2021
Whitlock Creek Oaks
Debra was very communicative, helpful, and responsive. The site was close to both Mariposa and about an hour outside of Yosemite. I unfortunately only stayed one out of the three nights I was booked because the road down to the site was too rough for my van. If you plan on actually sleeping in the car and driving down to the site, I recommend a high clearance, 4WD vehicle (I had neither). For campers who would just simply pitch a tent on site, no problems at all there. Debra and her husband said they were going to patch up the road a bit, so just check in with them when you book.
Matthew B.recommends
October 17, 2021
Whitlock Creek Oaks
Great Yosemite getaway option
Getting a campsite in Yosemite last minute is pretty much impossible, so camping here was a fun and convenient alternative for a spontaneous weekend getaway. The campsite is beautiful and feels private. Would definitely recommend!
Mariposa, Mariposa, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Me-Wuk (Southern Sierra Miwok) and Miwok First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Debra B.Joined in September 2021
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