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. Your spot is the first of two.

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

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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. Your spot is the first of two.

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.

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!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Walk to listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
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

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking
Wildlife watching

Terrain

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

Driveway

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

Forest
River, stream, or...
Wetlands

The vibe at Secret Sanctuary

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Hipcamper Robert
Robert Z.
recommends this listing.
August 17th, 2020

Very nice place Barry was great still under construction can't wait to see when all done the bathroom was perfect

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer O.
recommends this listing.
September 13th, 2020

The short but adventurous hike from the street to the campsite was through thick forest and made us forget we were in the metro area. How did you ever get that mattress down there? We had a nice time.

Hipcamper Barry
Response from Barry, the Host, on September 29th, 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed your time. The mattress? Like everything down there, I carried it! Ugh! It's all been a labor of love though. Thanks so much for coming.

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Hipcamper lindsay

Simply excellent & very refreshing

Lindsay B.
recommends this listing.
September 26th, 2020

We had an absolutely wonderful time staying at “The Secret Sanctuary” and have already shared he recommendation with multiple friends and family members!

This spot was just what we were looking for, and remarkably close to home too!

The site is magical and requires an adventure seeking spirit to get down to the glamping tent and traverse the balance beam bridge back to the bathroom while half asleep in the night...

It gave us the chance to practice total mindfulness in a forest escape dedicated to being present and unplugging to focus on quality time and reflection over technology.

Footwear with good traction is an absolutely must, and the somewhat slanted, and steep in places path which becomes slick when wet is definitely best suited for bodies with good agility in all ones joints.

The tent itself surpassed expectations of comfort and thoughtful layout, and the bathroom was a huge perk and sparkling clean.

We look forward to being able to return for an easy and fun night out in nature again soon.

Hipcamper Barry
Response from Barry, the Host, on September 29th, 2020

Lindsay, I'm so glad you loved your time in the Secret Sanctuary. It really does fill my heart. I spent three years building the suspension bridge, to name just one of the labors of love that made it all possible. And, while building it, I kept thinking of people, like you, coming, and having experiences that rejuvenate their soul. I thought about the line from the movie Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come." It kept me going:-) So, thanks for coming! I look forward to your return!

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Hipcamper Cheyenne
Cheyenne W.
recommends this listing.
October 13th, 2020

Barry’s space is truly special! You can feel the love he’s poured into it, and it’s such a treat to feel so deep in nature while being so close to the city. I would highly recommend this stay!

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Hipcamper Taylor

Absolutely amazing!

Taylor B.
recommends this listing.
November 5th, 2020

The site at secret sanctuary was amazing!! Barry was an amazing host and went above and beyond with everything. The trail down to the tent was so fun, we had hammocks, a bathroom and shower, a heater, and multiple camp chairs all in the most beautiful area. My friends and I would definitely recommend.

Hipcamper Emily Lynn W.
recommends this listing.
October 5th, 2020
Property
Barry D.’s Land
State
Oregon
Country
United States
$58/night
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