Nestled within a beautiful national forest, this hide away offers a serene and secluded retreat into some of the best of N. California's flora, fauna and wildlife you can find. It offers private trails, amazing views and a chance to get away from it all.
A small, rugged cabin awaits you. Basic electricity is powered by a generator. Water and (working!) toilet included.
Fresh air and nature's finest!
Looking to get away from it all? Then you've found the place! Nestled within hundreds (and hundreds) of acres of national forest, you'll find yourself surrounded by nothing but trees, spectacular views and trails. The cabin is located on our private property (the owners live much further below it, but still on the same piece of property) 200+ acres of California's fineness wilderness. Perfect for anyone who wants to take advantage of maintained running/hiking trails on the property, abundant hunting (*) and/or just wants a break of the hustle and bustle of the city, than this is your hideaway hangout!
The cabin is rustic, with one queen bed and two single air mattresses on a bunk bed (see pics). There is running water and a working toilet. Minimal electricity powered by a generator. The cabin is accessible by 4WD only; however, there is a paved road leading up to the property and it is only a short hike from the paved road to the cabin.
Food (whether prepared in the form of meals or simply providing what you need to get your own BBQ going) can be arranged for an additional fee. The land owner grew up in a family of fantastic cooks/foodies and he is happy to showcase his talent with a cast iron and open flame. He and his small family raise and grow their own food on the property and are happy to incorporate whatever is in season into the menu (traveler's tip: try the homemade salsa and their tomato juice cocktail!!)
In short, if getting dirt under your fingernails, breathing fresh air, favoring the minimalist lifestyle and ultimately yearning to take a journey into the wild, then this place is for you.
Cell phone coverage can be iffy. We've found that Verizon seems to get the best signal. There is no internet connection (remember....this is rugged back country after all).
Smoking: We ask smokers to please not smoke inside the cabin, and to make sure your butts are disposed of in the appropriate receptacle.
Kiddos: We are strong believers that children of all ages should experience the great outdoors (we are currently raising our young son here and his brother will be born this late summer). Please keep in mind that while nature can be beautiful, she can also be harsh. There is poison oak, brambles, stinging/biting insects, wild animals, etc that you will need to keep your children away from. This is not an enclosed property; children can't be allowed to wonder off. Please note that only a few specific types of strollers can handle the terrain out here.
Pets: Because there are no fences to where our property starts and the national forest ends, it is key that any companion animal stay with you at all times. If your pet is prone to wondering/exploring (and not coming when called), then this is not the place for him/her.
*Hunting: during appropriate seasons, hunters with tags may reserve the cabin for an additional fee. This includes guided hunts (deer, bear) and assistance in cleaning.
Plenty of private walking/running trails available. The property starts at 3,000ft elevation and goes down to roughly 2,000ft. While the property is very close to a river, it is only accessible by a rugged trail (recommended for only seasoned hikers). The landowner is happy to suggest plenty of easy-to-access points of the river that are a short drive away from the cabin (some spots include picnic tables too). Ruth Lake is roughly a 40 minute drive away and offers boating, fishing, swimming, etc.
The land owners will be present on the property but out of site from the cabin (unless you want some good nature stories around the campfire!).
When we say this place is remote, we mean exactly that. The nearest general store (that also acts as the gas station) is a good hour drive away. Other than that there is nothing out here. You don't want to arrive with the notion that if you need something, you can run out and get it.
- No smoking in the cabin. All dogs must stay with their owner at all times. Please be sure to read through the full description of the listing.
Both natives of California, both Alana and Richard are avid outdoor enthusiast. Richard is a former Wilderness Survivor instructor (Humboldt State University) and Alana spent many of her pre-married years living in Yosemite National Park. Richard has lived 20+ years in this Northern California area and LOVES sharing information about all the hidden spots/places of interest/amazing things to do out here.
Together they welcomed their first son in 2013 and are gearing up for boy #2 due summer 2017.