This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Lakeside, CA
Max Rig Size
< 25 (ft)
Max Nights Per Stay
Same Day Requests
Level parking spot with amazing view. Rural but city close mountaintop getaway near San Diego, with valley and mountain views all the way to Mexico. Two hosts, one a retired, well traveled boondocker and the other a new one! Due to a very large dip off the freeway and our narrow, mountainside location, we can only accept small rigs; less than 25 feet in total length, including any carriers or bike racks. No trailers, we do not have space to turn them around. Suggested Local Attractions:San Diego beaches, Sea World and Mission Bay - 26 miles Many nearby hiking opportunities including Iron Mountain, Mt. Woodson, Mission Trails and more! Fishing and boating at San Vicente Reservoir (fee) - 1 mile, Lake Poway - 13 miles Lakeside Rodeo Grounds- 3 miles Anza Borrego Desert is just an hour and half away
Vehicle Suitability Information
Electric Hookup: 15A
NO DOGS. No fires. No barbeques. No generators after 10 pm. Free use of deck with chairs to enjoy the mountain views. Access on East side of house.
Access Road Conditions: Gated property at the top of a very steep, narrow paved road, greater than 12% incline, with a big dip off highway. Must coordinate initial arrival for access, gate does not have a code. Best to arrive first time in daylight, avoiding rush hours to navigate the steep, narrow driveway and so we can show you how/where to turn your rig around. Low clearance rigs should turn off highway at an angle to minimize drag or use unpaved access road (which has limited turning radius). Rigs greater than 25 feet or with long overhang will likely drag at dip and may not make the tight turn from access road. Property is terraced and, again, hosts will assist with turning rigs around for exit. Though we have plenty of space, we can only accommodate smaller rigs due to access and turnaround conditions. No trailers, we do not have sufficient turnaround space. Exceptions for trailers or longer rigs may be made for VERY experienced drivers.
Hosted By BranchingOut
Will Travel for Trees Details: Bought an RV to escape to the great outdoors for peace, quiet and inspiration to write a book. Am an arborist, always looking for interesting, rare and unusual trees to visit, write about and/or photograph, not to mention meeting great people who also appreciate trees and nature. Home Town: San Diego, CA Favorite Boondocking Locations: Long Jim Loop, Tusayan, AZ, just outside the Grand Canyon-South Rim TV Tower Road, Cuesta Ridge Botanical Special Interest Area just North of San Luis Obispo Skills or Expertise to Share: Arboriculture - Tree Planting, Planning, Care and Education; Environmental Education; Pollen and Allergic Plant Specialist (how to avoid pollen); Writing, Editing, PowerPoints, Event Organization
Availability for RV Camping
References for this location from other RVers
1 month ago
Great location over looking the valley. Really enjoyed my conversations with Bert. He's a wonderful host. Thanks for sharing Hi Hopes.
3 months ago
We had a wonderful time at Hi Hopes with Bert! He was so kind and welcoming, and we really enjoyed having the chance to sit and visit with him for about an hour before we turned in for the night. Would highly recommend visiting!
5 months ago
My visit with Bert and his helpers was truly memorable because of the awesome conversations and invitations to see his lifetime artistic wood working, his love of aviation which I share and his availability to help and share adventures of life. I consider him a friend, and hope to return some day to the top of the mountain. Even though I was a bit frightened with the hill, Bert reassured me all was good to go.
6 months ago
High on a hillside, is a beautiful home with a very interesting host. Burt has been a pilot, an inventor, and wood artist using a lathe, to name a few of his accomplishments. He and his wife built their home, furniture and an amazing life together. Sadly his wife passed about 9 years ago. Burt continues his woodworking, as well as welcoming and entertaining his Harvest Host-Boondocking guests. Engaging in conversation with Burt is well worth your time as you learn so much about his experiences and general history. We hope to return soon to Hi Hopes. Thank you Burt! PS Only smaller RVs are able to negotiate the turns and driveway.
6 months ago
I hope that everyone I meet through this program is as awesome, friendly, wise and as welcoming as this host is. Very accommodating. They really set the bar high. Great stories of many adventures and some sage advice that I will keep with me always on my travels. Can't wait to visit again! Plenty of parking space. Great cell reception. Beautiful home and great view.