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
6 hours ago
had a wonderful time talking about life with the owner. what an interesting fellow.access took some skill to get out, but it was well worth it
6 days ago
Bert was a very interesting and welcoming host. We really enjoyed our wonderful conversation
1 week ago
I came down to Santee to get some work done on my van and was unfamiliar with the area. I am so grateful I found Hi Hopes on Boonedockers Welcome. The location is out of the way but not too far from town. There is a steep climb but worth it getting to the top. Not only do you have a view, but you will have the pleasure of meeting Bert. On the first day I arrived, we talked for five straight hours! Each day I stayed, I was occupied with work, and running errands, but in the evenings, I looked forward to winding the day down by spending time with Bert and chatting about just about everything and anything! Any Boondocker making it up the hill and parking here would be lucky to meet Bert and be in his presence!
2 weeks ago
Meeting the people is my favorite part. Loved this host.
5 months ago
Great location over looking the valley. Really enjoyed my conversations with Bert. He's a wonderful host. Thanks for sharing Hi Hopes.