So incredibly magical I can’t even describe! Garth is the caretaker of the most divine, gorgeous spot in the desert I actually can’t believe it exists. Myself and my five year old were quietly welcomed and embraced into this hard working community and had an incredible time hiking and scrambling and swimming and cave crawling and singing Woodie Guthrie in the outdoor kitchen. I can’t wait to come back. This place has so much love and peace embedded in the boulders.
This was our second visit to the cow cabin and as before, it was exceptional. Facilities are spotlessly clean and ample, cabin is cosy and has everything you might need. We will be back. We have fallen in love with this place and Gary’s hospitality makes it perfection. Highly recommend.
Loved this place! I camp pretty much once a month in SoCal with my four year old. We’re always looking for quirky new listings to explore and venture out to within 2-5 hours of Los Angeles. Rusty Can Ranch is incredible. Just half an hour from Calico Ghost Town and an hour from Big Bear set in the Lucerne Valley (part of the High Desert) this camp has been constructed with incredible love and attention. We stayed in the trailer which has everything you could possibly want - including a fire pit, hot shower and a/c. This is way more than we expected, seasoned Burners that we are... Charles swung by the first evening and pointed out the shipping container and tiny house he’s started to build, and we also walked to the little tiki camp and bunkhouse a stones throw behind the trailer. I absolutely loved our stay here and can not recommend this wonderful place in a completely random location enough. We had a wonderful time and will be back soon. Thanks Charles!
I stayed in Jami’s beautiful little vintage trailer (which is adjacent to the cabin - not the same!). The trailer is parked in Jami’s front yard which is absolutely stunning and completely private, just a stones throw from a river where I could climb and hike with my three year old. The trailer was beautifully decorated and Jami was really helpful in giving us water and pots and pans. The trailer had a fridge, working microwave and gas stove, though I would recommend bringing your own primus or cooking on the little deck with a bbq as the trailer is so small cooking in it is tough. We were very cosy despite the cold temperatures at night - I imagine in the winter you’d probably need a heater or something but it was beautiful for fall. Jami was a lovely host and really helpful. She allowed us to use the hot tub and restroom as the main cabin wasn’t occupied. Forest falls was a lovely little town - make sure you bring food as it only has one tiny store and one restaurant, and Redlands is a good half hour drive away. We loved camping up here and appreciated not having to bring a tent and have a little break from our air mattress with a very comfy, Cody little bed in an awesome trailer. For hiking and fall leaves and wandering along river beds, this trailer can’t be beat!
I arrived at the forest with my three year old and was immediately greeted warmly by Kedra and Little. I bought my tent, but the weather was so mild I never put it up and we just threw a duvet, blankets and pillows on the floating bed, strung up some lights and made that our base for three days. I loved the ranch. The forest was cool and shaded, right next to the horse paddock. Two little rivers formed into one creek and my son made friends with the little girl next door, and they played for hours making dams and bridges and trying to catch frogs. At night Little built us a fire in the communal area where the kitchen is, and everyone gathered to make smores. The ranch was welcoming, had everything you might need for camping to the verge of being 'glamping', and Kedra and her crew were warm, wacky, kind and welcoming. My son spent three glorious days getting completely mucky, not once asking for a toy or the TV - exactly why I take him camping as often as possible! We will definitely be back and can't wait to stay in the floating bed again.
One of my favorite campgrounds due to their proximity to LA and the gorgeous beach with tide pools, caves and plenty of rocks to climb. Very tolerant of dogs, great little camp store on site, lovely site for kids.
Free campground, but can often be hard to get one of the six spots and you can't check or book in advance. Best to reserve trips for off peak seasons. Lovely waterfall trail and little creek runs through campground. Basic toilets and water. No shower.
At $15 a night, very cheap. It can get quite windy and cold at night, and every time I've been there fellow campers have been pretty noisy using amplified sound which drove me nuts. Quite a beautiful. lunar landscape. I enjoy winter camping out here - I think it would be brutal in the summer.