Hipcamp host Barry D.,
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Yes, you CAN have it all!

As you enter the 3-acre wood, you begin to feel the stresses of life melt away. Situated at the very end of the street, the driveway veers left when a small red parking spot appears on the right.

Once you park, the journey to another world begins. Across the driveway is a life-size fiberglass cow. At the head of the cow, the trail start


Yes, you CAN have it all!

As you enter the 3-acre wood, you begin to feel the stresses of life melt away. Situated at the very end of the street, the driveway veers left when a small red parking spot appears on the right.

Once you park, the journey to another world begins. Across the driveway is a life-size fiberglass cow. At the head of the cow, the trail starts. About thirty feet down there is a platform that reads, "The Journey Begins." You will then traverse, "Fallen Tree Bridge," a forty-five-foot long bridge made out of a giant fallen tree that crosses over a ravine, where, at times, a waterfall flows. Proceed carefully. "Fallen Tree Bridge" connects to "Pallet Pavillion Trail" for another fifty feet. Continue following the trail to "Get Over It Bridge," a one hundred foot long suspension bridge where the tradition is to think of anything you need to, Get Over, in your life. Then, as you descend toward Golf Creek, with each step, you begin to "Get Over It." Along the way, you will be assisted in the process by inspirational thoughts painted at your feet. By the time you reach the bottom, don't be surprised if you feel a weight lifted off your shoulders. At the end of the bridge, there is a sign pointing to the left toward "Sanctuary." With the help of a pallet, you will cross a small ravine toward "Balance Bridge," another fallen tree bridge, more narrow than the first. Most find it quite easy to cross, however, there is a trail to the left of "Balance Bridge" you can take as well. At the end of Balance Bridge, continue along the trail for another forty feet. On the right, you will find "Natures Arch," an archway made by a tree that grew into an arch. Written on it is, "Sacred Sanctuary." Proceed under the arch and there, another forty feet ahead, you will find your spot. The Tent is sixteen by twelve feet and six and a half feet high. There is a brand new, high tech gel/foam mattress. This ain't no air mattress. Super comfort awaits. There is an indoor/outdoor area rug, a table, and chairs AND there is an electric fire place that keeps it warm in the winter and outlets for you to change etc.! Outside there are two classic style Adirondack chairs. There's room enough to set up another sleeping area on the floor if there are up to four people. You will need to bring a sleeping pad if that is the case. (There is a cleaning fee because I provide a real bed and clean sheets and clean towels etc. for every guest)

Just outside the tent is a yellow arrow pointing down toward your own private spot on the creek; three comfy chairs, a natural stone fire pit and a beautiful spot on the creek to read, lay in the sun.

Back at the bottom of Get Over It Bridge, go straight down and to your right, there is a full bath; A toilet, sink, and shower with electric outlets. This is true Glamping. There is also a spot to play "Cornhole," often called bean bag toss, during the summer months. 

On the property, you may see golden and bald eagles, huge owls, woodpeckers, garden snakes, coyotes, deer, chipmunks, rabbits, squirrels, fish, crawdads, and a myriad of other wildlife. I hope to soon create a small plunging pool on the creek. For music, headphones are best. Singing around the campfire is encouraged. Unplugging from society and daily routines is encouraged. Here, it is a place of peace, of quietude. No parties or loud music etc. There are only two camps so you may find yourself alone or with one other group.

That said, you will find it hard to believe that N.W. Portland, old town Beaverton, the International Rose Garden, Council Crest, Washington Park, VooDoo Donuts and most of the best food Portland has to offer only about ten minutes away! Have a night on the town if you wish, explore, and then return to paradise, take a shower, have a campfire, s'mores, and sleep under the trees and stars.

I love this property with all my soul. If you choose to come, love it as I do and it will love you right back!

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Walk to listing
Wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Barry a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Secret Sanctuary in Oregon.


The drive way has parking right next to the beginning of the trail.

River, stream, or...

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Hipcamper Shelby

Whimsical within portland

Shelby W.
recommends this listing.
October 17th, 2021

This stay was wonderful for a peaceful night in Portland ✨ Bed was comfortable and tent was warm. Lovely little space to relax by the creek. Will definitely come back!

Hipcamper Emily

A must try for a portland visit

Emily Y.
recommends this listing.
October 9th, 2021

We are beyond happy with our decision to stay here! It was so cute and close to the city which was great for a weekend getaway. We were initially sold on booking by Barry's description but when we arrived, we can defiently see the character and quirkiness of the place. The bridge was a cute little experience and my boyfriend was touched by the statement BE HERE NOW. There was a lot of privacy and the fire pit was a great touch. I recommend this stay for some quality bonding & relaxation close to the city. PS: We went to Cornells cafe which was 8 mins away! The wait was 1.5-2 hrs long so we got it to go and ate it on the tables outside. Great end to our little stay :)

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Hipcamper Bridget
Bridget F.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
October 7th, 2021

We arrived later than expected and traversed the path in the dark. A bit different than expected, but since our trip was cut short we didn’t have much time to do anything other than sleep. Barry was a responsive host who helped us with a minor miscommunication.

Hipcamper Adam

Great find

Adam C.
recommends this listing.
October 2nd, 2021

This place is a slice of paradise in the city

Hipcamper Barry
Response from Barry, the Host, on October 5th, 2021

Thanks for coming. I hope to see you again... In paradise!

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper William

Magical camping

William C.
recommends this listing.
September 27th, 2021

This was a magical camping trip, wonderful tent and bed provided, with a delightful creek a short walk from the tent.

Hipcamper Morgann

A peaceful getaway

Morgann B.
recommends this listing.
September 25th, 2021

We loved our time at Secret Sanctuary! Great location for a couple wanting to get away and not see a soul for a night. It is quite a trek down to the campsite, but Barry made it fun and peaceful with an awesome suspension bridge, ambient lights, and a nice buddha to greet us on the way down. Will definitely stay again!

The chairs outside the tent looking towards the creek An aerial view of the creek side fireplace The suspension bridge heading down to the site
Hipcamper William
William C.
recommends this listing.
September 19th, 2021

Really wonderful and magical experience. Very cozy.

Hipcamper annie

Delightful sanctuary

Annie B.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2021

Very cool spot! Note: the hike down is under 5 minutes, pretty short! But it is definitely the kind of thing you don't want to be hauling rolling suitcases down. We packed an overnight shoulder bag / backpack each and left our car completely full of suitcases and other camping/traveling gear. The parking spot is 50'+ into Barry's driveway at the end of a dead end road, so it felt super safe to leave it there. We loved the bridges, and the labyrinth, the lush trees and the little creek. Wish we could've stayed the originally-planned two nights. Only 15 mins from our friends in the heart of Portland.

Hipcamper Erin

Let go and let it in!

Erin F.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2021

Secret sanctuary is so chill! We had a great time and would go back - full rundown:
1) it’s a small hike in over a very uneven path. Not a problem for us personally, but I would not suggest bringing kids or anyone with possible mobility concerns here.
2) the tent is VERY cozy and comfy. Barry is not lying when he talks about how great the bed is! :)
3) take the time to explore all the small happy spots there are - look around you and notice the fine details and it will make you appreciate it even more.
4) there are lots of thorny berry bushes (summertime). Again not a problem for us personally but make sure you watch your step!
5) the shower is an absolute game changer. It’s warm, spacious, and an appreciated luxury!
6) we brought a small camp stove and used the metal chairs to support. Keep your food in the tent to avoid critters but a cooler of drinks outside seemed to be fine.
7) the neighbors were having some kind of loud animal-sound-themed karaoke night the second night we were there but one call from Barry kept them on the quiet side :)
8) it’s SO close to some cute Beaverton dives if you want to get back into the city for a minute! We spent one afternoon hopping around for a few hours while it was gloomy.
9) there is definitely natural firewood around but it may be damp, so we did go buy some to bring as a backup.
10) I just didn’t want to end this list on an odd number :)

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