Distance Camping

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In light of this pandemic, we have created a camping experience for individuals and families to come enjoy the Pilgrim Pines Camp grounds while following social distance protocols.  You are now able to book a trip to Pilgrim Pines to stay in a cabin, lodge, tent, or your own RV.  ​



Includes 12 beds, 2 bathrooms

 (bathrooms include toilet and sink only,

NO SHOWERS available for cabin rentals)


No food or food storage allowed in cabins. 

Food options are: 

- Go down the mountain for food  

- Coleman Stoves (or similar) are allowed for

use in parking-lot. Food must be stored in a cooler

in your vehicle. (Ice Machine available) 



Includes 5 rooms, 10 beds, 3 bathrooms,

3 showers, Kitchen (Small Toaster/Toaster Oven combo,

Microwave, Refrigerator, Coffee Pot) Living space,

Family room with Ping Pong Table (because Covid-19 please bring your own PingPong balls and paddles)

*Cots Available*   Coleman Stoves (or similar) are allowed for use in parking-lot.  



Include 4 rooms, 8 beds, 3 bathrooms, 2 showers, 

Mini fridge, microwave.  Coleman Stoves(or similar) are allowed for use in parking-lot. 


Includes Large lodge space, Kitchen(Refrigerator,

Microwave, coffee maker/hot cocoa),

2 bedroom, 4 beds, 2 bathrooms, 2 showers

*Cots available* Coleman Stoves (or similar) are allowed for use in parking-lot.


For self contained RVs or Trailers

(no dump station, hook ups or water hook up)

Bathrooms available (no showers)  

Coleman Stoves(or similar) are allowed for use in parking-lot. 

Food must be stored in a cooler in your vehicle. (Ice Machine available)


Bathrooms Available (No Shower) 

Coleman Stoves(or similar) are allowed for use in parking-lot. 

Food must be stored in a cooler in your vehicle. (Ice Machine available)




There are some fun activity areas that you can use around Pilgrim Pines Camp. You and your group will be in charge of bringing any items needed for any of these areas. We will have sign- up sheets on the office door, and you will be able to schedule time to use the common spaces, like camp fire and volleyball court.


There are several hikes that begin at camp!

The Helicopter Pad Hike requires a watchful eye for snakes and other wild life, and is rewarded with beautiful views of Arrowhead, Baldy and Wilson to the north andwest, or of San Jacinto and the Palomar Mountains to the south. The pad is a real helicopter fire-fighting pick-up and drop-off point!

The Creek (Waterfall) Hike lets us commune with the source of all life on our planet, and get a cold splash of it when you arrive at the falls at the top. Along the way, we can learn how the camp’s water system works to deliver some of the cleanest water in the southlands.

Lastly but not leastly, actually we say beastly--there is the Bear Trail. This trail
was created by bears moving down from the mountains into the valley to feast on apples. It traverses the canyon, high above camp and goes through giant oaks, fragrant Sage, pointy Yucca and three microclimates! This rugged hike requires expert leaders for success. But the adventure is rewarding!

Oak Glen offers many other hikes too. The Wildlands Conservancy has trailsamong its ponds, orchards and many tree species. Many of the tallest trees in the conservancy were planted by one of camp’s founders. That area of the Conservancy is great for a hike, or an overnight camp-out. 


The archeology, microclimates, plants and animals have much to show hikers about the Serrano and Cahuilla peoples who summered here, about the miners who followed searching for gold and about the farmers who today grow apples and other crops using water that flows cold and clean from the heart of the mountain above camp.


We have a beautiful campfire for use.  Bring s'mores supplies and maybe even a guitar for a fun time at the camp fire!​


Come enjoy a peaceful meditative walk in our camp's labyrinth or sit on one of the benches and enjoy the view.  A beautiful spot for rest and restoration.


A sand volleyball court is available for use.  Please bring your own volleyball.


Field of Dreams is a large grass field where you can play soccer, throw around a frisbee and enjoy other fun field games. (Bring your own equipment and balls)

We encourage you to bring cards, board games, books and art supplies. You can request a table and chairs to be set up on your cabin porch to be able to relax and enjoy nature. 



  Pilgrim Pines Camp has been a central part of ministry for the United Church of Christ in Southern California and Nevada for generations. Our conference, our churches, our community and world would not be the same without the opportunities for spiritual growth, leadership development, community building, and visioning a new world that have, through God's love, called countless campers into ministry as pastors, teachers, social workers, community organizers, public interest workers, stewards of God's creation, and many many more places where in their professional and volunteer lives they use the gifts that they learned and grew from their experiences at Pilgrim Pines. Pilgrim Pines is sacred ground, where countless people have had the opportunity to come together and build relationships that seek to transform our broken world.

   And, Pilgrim Pines Camp is in dire need of financial support at this time.  Due to the global pandemic, all events at Pilgrim Pines were cancelled beginning in March of 2020, and the future months are still very uncertain. We have also been affected by the recent El Dorado Fire. While we only have a small amount of physical property that has burned, we have a huge mess all over camp that needs to be cleaned up, ash, fire retardant, damage from the bulldozers that saved our buildings, a fire engine took down part of one of our stone walls that will need to be repaired, and more. And, our next ENORMOUS task will be trying to prepare for the winter rains, if you know about wildfires, you know that the danger doesn't end when they are contained - we need to mitigate the dangers from mudslides this winter. This year has been devastating, and we are asking for your support to help with clean-up efforts, work to mitigate the danger of mudslides, and help continue the incredible legacy of ministry at Pilgrim Pines for future generations. Our campaign symbol of the Rainbow reminds us of the hope and promise God gives to us that our inclusive community can continue to change the world, when we work together.

   How can you help?


1) Come to camp in person for Distanced Family Camping, with new health and safety restrictions due to COVID 19, but with the chance to enjoy the beauty and fresh air of camp in safely distance and sanitized settings. - Book Here

2) Donate - Donate Here

All donors who give to our Rainbow Above the Pines Campaign will join in our shared community speaking clearly that an inclusive community where all ages and abilities can learn and grow together is an essential part of our churches, conference, and world. Those who give $50 or more in addition to their Distance Family Camp costs will receive a special welcome basket when you come to visit camp. Your gifts are deeply important, needed, and appreciated.  THANK YOU to all in the wider Pilgrim Pines Community of alums, campers, families, volunteers, churches, and more!  

All donors to our Rainbow Above the Pines Campaign will be acknowledged on our webpage (or listed as anonymous if you prefer) and will be celebrated in person at camp when it is safe to gather as a large group again. Please give generously and support our special programs in this difficult time, and join us as we continue our journey to create space both for sabbath rest and renewal, and also equip leaders to transform the oppressions of our world, bringing justice and wholeness to all God's children and creation.


Expectations for Distanced Family/Household Camping

from our UCCR Site Managers

1) If you feel ill, Please Stay Home. 

2) A health screening questionnaire will be required of our guests and staff upon arriving at our facilities.  This will include questions about fever/temperature, exposures to Covid-19 positive individuals, and illness symptoms. Please fill out the questionnaire on the day of arrival, before coming onto the site. The Site Director will collect from the group leader upon arrival.

3) Please bring your own linens, bedding and recreational equipment. 

4) Physical distancing practices will be in place in compliance with local and state health and safety guidance. This includes face masks when in close proximity to others or maintaining 6-feet distance when appropriate. Family/household groups from the same home do not need to adhere to this guidance when sharing a space. Guests should provide their own masks. A limited number of masks will be for sale on-site. 

5) Meal Service: buffet meals will no longer be served. You can still expect the same quality, home-cooked meals you have come to expect from our sites, however, they will be plated by our staff to reduce the chance of exposure. Eating outside is required, and each household will have an assigned table, physically distant from other tables.

6) Restrooms and common areas will be sanitized by UCCR staff daily when guests are on site, and checklists will be posted to let our guests know when these areas were last disinfected.


7) Please provide your own balls and frisbees. Volleyball net will be provided. The ropes courses and pool will be closed until further notice.