I was wary since I had read 2 older reviews that mentioned being double booked at this site but my 10 y/o saw the pictures and fell in love. We stayed from 7/6-7/9/19.
Arrival directions were thorough and the site is as amazing as everyone says.
It is a cliff edge so dogs and kids should be on a leash, lol. My kid is an experienced hiker and beginner rock climber, but also not a risk-taker and we set up firm boundaries right away so he knew where he was allowed to go alone. Obviously not for younger kids or kids who don't respect the danger. That said there many little nooks to hide out and places to put up a hammock and make a fort. For the right kid, it's great!
At the time of our booking, the listing said there was potable water available and that we were welcome to "use the bathroom in the house" Since Benjamin wasn't there, I wish we had been given instructions on how to locate these amenities instead of just snooping around. This is a minor complaint as we often camp with no amenities and the price is very reasonable for a site of this size with a view of this magnitude!
Unfortunately, We had carried multiple loads down and I had just staked out the tent when THREE cars arrived to camp at our private site. I showed them my printed HIPCAMP confirmation and told them we had booked over 3 weeks ago. They said they had booked on another website "months ago" and they were quite unpleasant about it. My son began to get very anxious and just wanted to leave because the other people were making it seem as though we were somehow scamming them or stealing their spot.
We didn't have adequate cell service to reach Benjamin but the other group did and put him on speaker phone as he apologized, explained that this "happened sometimes" and wasn't his fault but offered them a refund as well as another firepit and tent site located between ours and the house. I had already gone back down to the site with my kid by this point because he was getting so anxious and trying to not cry in front of strangers. I suppose they thought better of it because they left. Everyday around check in time we worried that more people were going to show up and it definitely put a damper on our stay. I expected to have a message from Benjamin apologizing for the mix up but I've heard nothing. I guess he felt like we "won" so we should be happy. I would love to camp here again but I would have a backup plan. Also, get here right at check in time in case it gets all "Lord of the Flies" again - possession is 9/10ths of the law ;)
This is a truly special campsite. The "doghouse" has two large twin size cots but no closing door so you might get cold some winter nights. We had our quickie tent with us so we just pitched that right on the the platform and still had plenty of space to not feel cramped.
The platform has a picnic table with two benches, a large food prep area, sink with running water and a double burner propane stove that will make your little camp stove look like an ez-bake oven. There is some rigging up on the platform to hang a hammock so definitely bring one with you!
The walk to the toilet isn't as death defying as the pictures may lead you to believe and I felt comfortable taking the walk in the middle of the night.
There are two campfire areas. One is kind of out towards the edge of the mountain with four chairs around it so you can watch the sunset with a nice fire.
The trip up the mountain is slow and we were happy to have a 4wd truck. You're going to want some good ground clearance under you. If you have a kid or a dog they will need to be well trained or on a leash. It's a mountain. With wild animals. You will need to have respect for that so you don't fall off a cliff or get eaten by a bobcat.
We are experience campers and I have all the gear but you can come out here with a couple of sleeping bags, a lantern, and a cooler and be SET. Obviously, you'll need to bring your wood if you want a fire and pans and utensils if you want to cook.
We had perfect cell service (Sprint) and Steve stayed in contact. He is a great host and we will be back!