FANTASTIC LOCATION!!!! Private and Peaceful Detached Cabin. For someone who wants a true mountain experience, this is the real thing. Wonderful and rare opportunity to stay at high altitude in the Giant Sequoia National Monument with a private deck looking into a grove of Ponderosa Pine Trees. This cabin is NOT in the foothills, but is at 7200 feet, far enough into the monument to have easy access to pristine hiking and outdoor activities. 'Ponderosa' is a very small enclave of cabins at the top of a mountain range and is surrounded by National Forest land. This cabin is detached and private.
SIDE NOTE ABOUT THE MONUMENT: The Giant Sequoia National Monument and the Sequoia National Park are not adjacent. The monument has a separate approach from the valley up to the mountains than the Park. Many prefer the monument as it is similar in topography as the Park without the traffic and crowds, but this cabin is not ideal for commuting to the National Park.
Nearby are groves of Giant Sequoia Trees, (Freeman Creek trailhead 1.5 miles from cabin) stocked fishing at Peppermint Creek, waterfalls, world-class rock climbing and hiking at The Needles (trailhead is 2 miles away), Dome Rock (3.5 miles from cabin), and Trail of 100 Giants is 10.7 miles from cabin. Also on the mountain is a pack station that offers day rides into the Golden Trout Wilderness Area. The Ponderosa Lodge (with restaraunt, general store and bar) is approx. 1 mile away.
The cabin has one upstairs bedroom (queen bed and one twin) and a large upstairs loft (three twins and queen), and a full sofa bed downstairs. Although number of beds can sleep more than six, the multiple beds are to accomodate different combinations of sleeping arrangements. Our maximum number of guests is 6 people at any one time.
We rent out this cabin from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please do not contact us regarding winter months, as we close the cabin down during that time.
Hi. I'm Christine and my husband Tom and I are outdoor enthusiasts who love having a comfortable place to come back to after a day of hiking and exploring in the woods. After camping at a nearby campground, we fell in love with the pristine beauty of this area and were excited to find that there were private cabins to purchase so close to first-class hiking. After five years of owning the cabin and hiking in the area, we are still finding amazing new places. On the other hand, just hanging out on the deck looking out into the tall trees isn't bad either.
The Owner purchased this cabin in 2004
We chose to buy a cabin in this area because we love to explore the outdoors and this cabin is located within 10 minutes of at least 30 different hiking trails. While most cabins we looked at were located at the foothills and required a drive up the mountain for the best hiking, this one is located at the top of the mountain, so we can easily hike for half of the day, come home for lunch/rest, and go out for another adventure for the second half of the day.
This cabin is within 10 minutes of the Needles Overlook trailhead, The Freeman Creek trailhead (with Giant Sequoias) and Dome Rock (which has an amazing view of the Kern River Valley). If you prefer to stay at the cabin and rest instead of venturing out, you will find that it is nicely nestled in among large trees and has a big deck that looks into the trees. Peaceful is an understatement.
Tom & Christine -Thanks for the quick return of my cleaning deposit (plus interest!) for the Ponderosa Cabin. Had a great time there and went hiking every day (including Needles Lookout in a thunderstorm!). Really enjoyed hugging the big trees (and the big rocks)! Looking forward to going back next year. Thanks.
Giant Sequoia Groves nearby, Freeman Creek Trailhead (with Giant Sequoias) 3 miles from Cabin, Famous 'Needles Overlook' Trailhead 2 miles from Cabin, Trail of 100 Giants 10.7 miles from Cabin, Peppermint Creek 4 miles from cabin, Dome Rock Trailhead 3 miles from cabin, Ponderosa Lodge 1 mile from cabin