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Camp Hidden Falls

PLEASE NOTE: Due to camp road instability, Camp Hidden Falls has been temporarily closed.

Tucked away among the giant California Redwoods, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, near Soquel, lies this 90 acre camp. Hidden Falls features outdoor sleeping areas for tent camping with cooking shelters, a cabin, a central meadow for sports and games and an amphitheater style campfire circle with a stage. Hidden Falls is one our best troop camping destinations. A short trail hike leads to Hidden Falls, one of its many hidden gems. Stay onsite or travel offsite to nearby Santa Cruz beaches on Monterey Bay, plan to sea kayak up Elkhorn Slough to view the sea otters or hike in one of the many nearby State Parks.  

Rental Period

Rental Period: 22 hours, 4:00PM - 2:00PM

Facilities Overview

Hidden Falls has one cabin for an indoor sleep over option and three completely self- sufficient group campsites.  

Total camp capacity – 100 people


Home Of Friendship: A youth hostel-style cabin with one large multi-use room, kitchen, two sleeping rooms and indoor bathroom. Think, sleep over where most of the group will sleep on the floor on mats in the common room space. There are also two other smaller rooms for sleeping pads. 

  • Overnight capacity of 30
  • Dormitory style rooms (sleeping pads provided, bring your own bedding)
  • Indoor Bathroom with showers
  • Meeting area with couches
  • Woodstove
  • Porch
  • Complete Kitchen 


  • All Camping Units have low flush toilets, food storage, campfire circle, potable water spigot, pop-up tent areas and picnic tables.
  • Madrone and Laurel Shelters: (Capacity 28) Unique to these two units is a three sided shelter with counter space and a woodstove for cooking and a cozy meeting space.
  • Redwood Shelter: (Capacity 28) A sleeping shelter. 
  • Sequoia: (Capacity 14) Currently Unavailable.

Driving time from San Francisco:

Hidden Falls is approximately a 2-hour drive south of San Francisco. From San Jose, it is less than an hour.

Price & Capacity Information

2019 Rental Rates

Name of Rental Unit Capacity  Girl Scout Rate Non-Profit Rate
Home of Friendship 24 $200 $400
Madrone (w/ cooking shelter) 24 $85 $170
Laurel (w/ cooking shelter) 24 $85 $170
Redwood (w/ rustic shelter) 24 $75 $150
Oak 20 $65 $130
Entire Site 116 $510 $1,020

Local Attractions

Santa Cruz County is one of the few places where a trail can begin in a redwood forest and end on the beach. Santa Cruz County has 14 state parks in all, including Natural Bridges State Beach, Manresa State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Wilder Ranch State Park and others. These gorgeous parks are just one of many ways to experience Santa Cruz County's natural beauty. This is a great resource for planning a weekend in the Santa Cruz area including local parks and beach information.

Elkhorn Slough is known for its abundant bird life, sea life and sea otters. Trails, tours and visitor center are one of many ways to explore this unique saltwater environment.

Monterey Bay Kayak located at Moss Landing and at the mouth of Elkhorn Slough is a GSNC approved vendor. Hire a sea kayak guide and paddle up Elkhorn Slough to get up close to sea life and experience this gem.