This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Lakeside, CA
Max Rig Size
< 25 (ft)
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
3 weeks ago
I had a wonderful experience meeting Bert who is an amazing 90+ yr old guy who loves to have company and has tons of stories to share and he likes to hear yours too. The property is really wonderful but the driveway is single car, paved and extremely steep, he will gladly help you turn around but take it slow and if you are afraid of heights or your rig is not capable you may want to reconsider.
4 weeks ago
Bert was lovely, but the steepness of the driceway, the danger, and the almost impossibility of feeling safe made me leave almost as soon as I arrived. i have a 25 ft motorhome. maybe it would be different if i had a very small rv. Even then driving up that driveway in the dark? No thanks. sorry.
2 months ago
Bert is a charming elderly gentleman who loves to share his stories about the property. It is indeed a very steep driveway but doable with any vehicle. I would suggest turning around before getting to the top and backing in so you’ll have an easy exit when you’re ready to leave. Great view on a clear day. I’d definitely like to return one day.
5 months ago
On top of hill and quiet place. Host goes out of way to help and share long life experiences. It was a joy.
6 months ago
All the other reviews are true! The driveway is quite scary, uphill and downhill. My wife closed her eyes all the way. Good thing I was the one behind the wheel and not her 😁 Bert and Rachele are very interesting and kind people and great storytellers, and they made us feel welcome. Thank you so much for letting us stay overnight.