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Sugarpine Slopes at Grouse Ridge

· California
40 acres
5 sites
4 RV/Tent
1 Tent
It is on this property that I saw my first grouse.  Also look for warblers-notably Audubon's and the Hermit Warblers- along with the white-headed woodpecker.  You will likely hear a pileated woodpecker and if you are lucky you will see one Learn more about this land: Welcome to Sugarpine Slopes. The Sugarpine has the longest cones in the world and many birds and mammals like the pine nuts and use the tree for habitat. This is a spring through fall place only. There is no winter access. The property is at 5800 feet.  Depending on the weather the road may close from Nov 15th to May 15th.  The road on the property is a dirt road.  All wheel drive or 4WD vehicles recommended although the lower section could be accessed by most vehicles. No trailers allowed at this time as there is inadequate turn. The property is totally undeveloped at this time. It is a wildlife corridor for deer and bear (keep all food contained), the mountain quail and the blue grouse. Keep your eyes open for the Hermit Warbler, Audubon's Warbler, and our gorgeous visitor from the tropics the Western Tanager. You are likely to hear the Pileated Woodpecker and if you are lucky you will see it and its red crest in an undulating flight through the trees. The property has a lovely west facing slope which climbs gradually at first then more steeply to the top of the property. We are starting with camping just on the lower section.  Later we might add walk-in sites towards the top of the property. There is wonderful hiking nearby with several trailheads in the area within approximately 4 miles.  More information can be provided upon request.
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Hosted by Helen M.Joined in February 2020
11 ratings · 8 reviews
Richard D.recommends
October 15, 2022
Site 3 Hermit Warbler
We enjoyed the secluded, private experience. The sugarpine trees were gorgeous and the cones were massive. This spot is also right down the road from a bunch of solid hikes and lakes. A strategic camping site! Thanks Helen!
Gian C.recommends
July 6, 2022
Sunnyside Site A at Grouse Ridge
Great find! Quiet, large, remember there's only a cable at the entrance, if you see a gate or road address you are in the wrong place, the entrance is very narrow and easy to miss.
Jacob S.recommends
June 21, 2022
Sunnyside Site A at Grouse Ridge
This is a beautiful secluded spot in one of our favorite forests. There isn't really anything set up except an outhouse, and we would definitely recommend a car with high clearance. The owners were easy to communicate with.
Christian H.
May 22, 2022
Site 1 Sugar Daddy Tent Site
This was a nice last minute place to set up. However the property isn’t as well maintained as other Hipcamps we’ve stayed at. We got in and out ok in our FWD Civic but not without bottoming out in some areas so keep in mind your vehicle clearance and go slow, as warned by Host. All in all this is a perfectly fine place to pitch a tent overnight if you’re exploring the nearby areas, but personally I find it’s not much different than if we had just camped on the surrounding BLM land or nearby public campgrounds that probably would have had more amenities. Camping isn’t about the amenities though it’s about being outside and disconnected so that you can enjoy your own peace. That being said we booked two nights here and stayed for just one, as we decided the next morning to find a place to tent with more scenic views.
Uta M.doesn't recommend
July 31, 2021
Site 3 Hermit Warbler
Couldn’t find the spot
Troublesome to find and identify the place, description about accessibility of road for non AWD questionable
Dave28140@Gmail.Com M.recommends
July 19, 2021
Site 3 Hermit Warbler
Very secluded. Great spot.
Kelsie J.recommends
July 17, 2021
Site 3 Hermit Warbler
Off the beaten path campground with plenty of nearby activities and hikes (although you will probably want to drive to them). Stayed at site #3 - would recommend 4WD for the bumpy road to get there. Bugs were an issue - bring bug spray! Bring binoculars if you enjoy bird watching - host provides a book! Nice clear campground with spots to pitch tents, hang hammocks, and enjoy the outdoors. Very close to emerald pools, fuller lake, spaulding lake. We spent a whole day hiking "lake spaulding via pioneer trail from Bowmann Road" (all trails) then hanging at emerald pools. Next time we will be bringing fishing poles and SUPs or kayaks for Fuller lake. Our GPS brought us right to location - although spotting the driveway is tricky! Thanks again Helen, we will be back!
Alex L.recommends
July 6, 2021
Site 3 Hermit Warbler
We had a great time at Sugarpine Slopes! Our campsite was spacious and it was quiet and secluded. Helen was a great host and left us some water and storage bins. We loved the location and we’re able to explore the nearby lakes and the Emerald Pools on the Yuba River! If we’re ever back in he area we’ll for sure be staying here again!
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