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Mountain Crest, Deadwood, Auth/Hand-Hewn, Secluded, Free WiFi, Skiing,100mi View

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms + Other (see description), 1 Bath (usually sleeps up 1-5)

Beyond the 'usual' cabin experience... Mountain Crest is a beautifully hand-hewn, non-smoking, authentic log cabin located 6 miles from Deadwood and 7 miles from Lead. From its mountaintop perch you can see as far as 100 miles. (See the video.)

This cabin occupies five acres on a mountaintop northwest of Deadwood, off county-maintained, Maitland road, the 'backdoor’ road to Spearfish, SD. Only a short drive to skiing at Terry Peak or scenic Spearfish Canyon. While wonderfully secluded and private, you still can enjoy free WiFi.

This unique log cabin makes for a delightful romantic getaway. The trees that grew on my mountaintop are still there. They repose as a part of this handmade log cabin. There is something about the massive logs, the warm, cozy setting and natural serenity, the evening’s celestial beauty, and the amazing views. All of these combine to set human nature at ease and conjure up a special feeling of closeness.

Mountain Crest is well suited for gatherings. The acreage provides a large adjacent parking area that can accommodate multiple vehicles. It is a great location to come together with friends, entertain visitors, conduct family reunions, etc.

It is very clean and well maintained and provides guests complete privacy from the hustle of the outside world. A recent guest and his family have the cabin featured on the tube website as Mountain Crest.mp4.

Secluded, with dual access, well-maintained roads, this cabin works well to enjoy winter sports, delightful spring and summer activities, or to just escape and re-charge oneself.

Snow Mobilers: Mountain Crest enjoys abundant snow fall. Given its relatively secluded location and being adjacent to national forest land and trails, it is ideally suited to have fun playing in the snow. Where else can one drive their snow mobile up to their front door?

The cabin provides excellent support to its guests. While delightfully secluded, there will always be guest support available to assist and answer area questions.

The special appeal of this cabin... I bought 'Mountain Crest' in 2005, a dream come true. I accidentally stumbled upon this unadvertised/unlisted property when I encountered its owner while off-roading in my jeep exploring old settlements and mines. Watching eagles soar, deer graze, chipmunks play, or turkeys strut and simply enjoying nature, is something I always yearned to be able to do. By sitting on the veranda or looking out of the kitchen windows, you can, too. I love having the freedom to adventure out and not come across barbed wire limitations.

More Details

Tom McCord
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

Why Tom McCord chose Lead

And why the Deadwood area.... Since the Air Force assigned me to South Dakota in the late 80's, I have loved the Black Hills. They are always open and accessible (public land), safe (no bears), and the people here are so very friendly and welcoming. They genuinely do appreciate visitors and enjoy mingling with those from out of the area.

The northern 'hills' are especially beautiful and have so much history and fun things to do. I very much enjoy my stays at Mountain Crest. I take great interest in making sure my visitors are able to enjoy and appreciate it as much as I do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hey Debbie, Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Mountain Crest and that it was especially meaningful for you. In addition to its natural beauty and ambiance, I strive to provide guests a lasting, memorable experience. Maybe we 'hit the mark' during your stay. Unique to Mountain Crest, Bob & Lynn are more than cabin greeters or maintainers; they genuinely do set the tone for our visitors to enjoy a delightful experience in the hills.
Jun 2012
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Lead Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Sturgis reservations require a larger deposit, cancellations are different, and final payment is due 90 days prior. See 'Note' on the Rates page.
  • Reservation requests are normally dollar quoted for about one year out. Further extended dates/rates will need to be discussed unless already shown.
  • If you are staying with a pet, please inform the owner. If more than one pet is staying, additional fees and deposits may apply.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Here, there is also a full sized washer & dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , In addition to the queen bed, there is a double bed fouton
    Other options - The cabin also has a queen size blow up bed and a couch.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Comfortable, friendly, and easy to use, one can enjoy: a fully furnished kitchen with native wood handcrafted cabinetry, full sized washer and dryer, expansive, rocked, Forest Service approved fire pit and outdoor dining area, a covered veranda wrapping around three sides or the view from the balcony off the master bedroom. There is plenty of wildlife to see, including deer, turkeys, chipmunks, and eagles. VISA, Master Card, and Discovery credit cards may now be used.


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Mountain Crest, Deadwood, Auth/Hand-Hewn, Secluded, Free WiFi, Skiing,100mi View
average rating of 4.8474574 based on 60 reviews
Matthews, NV

Peaceful Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Great mountain cabin! My wife and I stayed at Mountain Crest for 6 nights. The log cabin is in a very quiet and peaceful setting. We saw deer on the property almost every morning and night. Our dogs loved their walks and were very happy at the house. The interior of the home is very comfortable and clean and has everything you'll for your stay. The home is located about 25 minutes from either Deadwood or Lead (mostly travel up/down the mountain). We will definitely stay here again on future trips.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Rick, Appreciate you taking the time to share your Mountain Crest stay experience. As a vacation property owner, I routinely use the word 'guest' in correspondence. We genuinely do strive to provide a quality, fun, and unique experience to our customers. However, you, your family, and the others, are truly my 'guests'. You will always be treated that way. I am very pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay. Would love to welcome you back.
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Cozy and Tranquil Get Away on the Mountain Top

  • 5 of 5

We were looking to "unplug" from work and recharge from busy work schedules and this surpassed our expectations. We were amazed at what a beautiful setting this log cabin home was on the mountain top! The cozy log cabin was clean, authentic and had an awesome view. It snowed the day we left, so the weather was a little too cold to use the outdoor firepit which looked really cool. We saw buffalo near Hotsprings, past Mount Rushmore, and plenty of other wildlife. If you're coming here during the winter, or any possibility of it snowing - we recommend a 4 wheel drive as the winding and steep dirt road up the mountain could be impossible without a 4 wheel drive if there's snow. Great movie collection and plenty of games. Tom was good to work with and thorough in directions. We highly recommend his log home.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bob, Thank you for sharing your experience on the mountain and thank you for the compliment on my service and your recommendation. We continually strive to set a stay at Mountain Crest apart from other, more 'house-like' cabin rentals by providing a 'real' log cabin experience set in a beautiful, serene, secluded, and unique location. Pleased to know that following your stay you felt recharged and that the cabin exceeded your expectations. Would love to welcome you back.
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Just what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

Exactly what we were looking for. Quiet! Loved the fire pit area and the views. Owner is excellent to work with. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Collin. Very pleased to know that Mountain Crest was just what you were looking for and that you enjoyed your time on the mountain. Would love to welcome you back and extend to you my 'repeat guest' discount.
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Wonderfully rustic with the right amount of modern!

  • 4 of 5

We loved this cabin! Our navigation system had the road names on the Mountain incorrect, but fortunately, we printed the directions emailed to us as Tom suggested and we found it with no problem. The cabin was PERFECT and exactly what we envisioned when we thought about coming to South Dakota. This is one of the best stocked cabins we have ever rented! Literally everything you could need in the kitchen is there, we had an entire tub we didn't have to unload. The fire pit is amazing, the pictures of the entire place does not do it justice. We are so thankful that we got to spend our vacation here. I worked a little while we were here so having the 4G Wi-Fi was a huge plus for us and our daughter enjoyed Netflix at night (if it was too windy to sit out by the fire).

I wouldn't call it a "drawback" necessarily, but the stream in the pictures was only about 6 inches wide when we were there, so my husband was a little disappointed that fishing wasn't near by, but we found some gorgeous fishing streams after asking some that was good. Overall, we loved everything else about it and would highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tracy, Appreciate you sharing your experience at the cabin. Thank you for the recommendation. Pleased to know that found everything you needed during your stay and actually saved some hassle in setting up because it was already well stocked. (smile) In addition to all of the fishing opportunities close by, there are those two streams as seen in my pictures. As it turns out, rain or snow thaw can influence how full that one is. I wish it could have been more strongly flowing during your visit.
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Very peaceful getaway

  • 4 of 5

Just a quick note to say thank you and let you know we had a wonderful time at Mountain Crest. Beautiful mountain scenery and very peaceful and relaxing. The cabin was very accommodating, we could tell you put a lot of thought into what your guest might need and like and did a nice job.It was a pleasure dealing with you Tom, I appreciate your honesty and prompt response when I needed to get a hold of you. The property in my opinion was described accurately in regards to location, it is on top of a mountain. It seemed clean and maintained well, with only a couple things I would say could use a little attention. Being that we had such a good time, and understanding that this property is your rental property I see no reason to nit pick any small issues that I'm sure any of your guest can do, that's just not me. That being said I just want to give my honest opinion on the road and bringing a motorcycle. First off I live in a rural area on a dirt road so I don't always ride on pavement. Thank you Tom for being extremely forthcoming on the condition of the road as well as pointing out there was a video available to view. We made our decision to give it a try after watching the video but the last 1/2 mile or so proved to be just a little to scary for us.The other reviews we read about the winding dangerous road I would say are over exaggerated, but the ones about not for a bike I now believe. We just left our bikes in Deadwood since we trailer-ed them out there and it wasn't really a big deal. This was just my honest opinion to hopefully help others make an educated decision. As stated before, our overall stay and dealing with the owner was great, I would recommend this property to anyone who wants to experience living on top of the mountain.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Larry, Thank you for taking the time to share a little about your experience during your visit to Mountain Crest. Pleased to know that you had a good time on the mountain. I can understand how some riders are less comfortable driving on non-blacktop mountainous roads. On rare occasions this has happened. Some are fine, while others may be ill at ease. This is why I carefully inform my guests who may be riding motorcycles and encourage them to scan and maybe even enlarge if necessary, the site’s pictures and make an informed decision about their abilities and whether they may have any concerns prior to booking. Rather than have a guest become frustrated or disappointed and write a less than ideal review, I prefer them not to book at all. Not being there to personally observe during your stay, I did check with my maintenance man for his assessment. He said that recent weather may have affected the roads a little around when you arrived, but they were not particularly rough. A rider’s opinion may be something relative to that person’s abilities, their type of motorcycle, their experience level, or some other personal factor. I regret that you were inconvenienced during your stay. Should you have an opportunity to return for a visit, please do contact me. I would like to work with you on how I might be able to provide some consideration for your inconvenience.
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Mountain Crest Peace! Quiet! Nature! Beauty!

  • 5 of 5

Mountain Crest... My husband and I spent a wonderful time here!! The views are breathtaking!!! We arrived late evening but we were so welcomed by this quaint little cabin on the Mountain Crest. :) The moon was gorgeously full, the breeze in the Ponderosas so fragrant. Gave us that 'coming home' feeling. :)

Tom, the owner, gave us really good directions for the winding roads. My hubby likes to get a bird's eye perspective of the lay of the land so he studied the satellite view before leaving our home. Combined with that and Tom's very clear direction's, we drove right to the door.

The kitchen was very nicely furnished for a cabin. Full fridge, Keurig, lots of dishes, pans and little extras for that thing you may have forgotten.

The bed in the main room was very comfy! We were super excited about the electric blanket for that first night. Arriving late like we did, the heaters were unable to catch up to the chill quick enough. The wood stove was great! Only we didn't think to light it when we arrived. Silly us! We did enjoy it the rest of our stay smelling the wood smoke and hearing the crackle of a fire all while feeling cabin cozy warm.

The bathroom was very nice for a cabin! Full tub/shower, nice big vanity, big mirror, good lighting, washer and dryer.

We were pleased with the cleanliness as well. Lots of little extras, like fans, blankets, games.. things to make staying here more like home.

There were neat, unique features that you will only find in Mountain Crest. The logs used (if I understand correctly) were from trees grown on the property. Our favorite was the beautifully carved stairs. The craftsmanship of the hand carved steps bringing out the natural God made beauty - a true work of art!! The owner has secure handles on the top and all the way down to assure safe passage on this unique feature.

Tom, the owner, was so nice to work with!! We scheduled very last minute and he was so good to work with our 'sudden' trip. He was prompt in communication. Very clear in details for us to follow as guests. We barely arrived home and he contacted us about our security deposit refund as well as to be sure our stay was pleasant. It sure was!!

We recommend Mountain Crest to anyone who is looking for the perfect quiet get away cabin with many of the niceties we creatures seem to 'need'. So come on home to Mountain Crest!! Relax, breathe and ENJOY living in the moment!!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kyle, Marla, Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience staying at Mountain Crest Log Cabin. Yes, it actually is composed of the original trees/logs that grew on that mountain. I know that I always enjoy spending time at this cozy, little cabin situated on this crest. Each time I am there, I challenge myself to try to notice a little extra natural something. It is amazing what one can see if they spend a quiet moment simply observing their surroundings. You write well and certainly observed a lot during your visit. (smile) I always want my guests to feel like they are staying at a comfortable place outfitted as though it were their own. Happy to know that you appreciated those guest-friendly touches. (smile) Would love to welcome you back.
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Deadwood, SD
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Spearfsh, SD
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Interstate 90 (I90)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Central City; Deadwood
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Terry Peak
Car: necessary

Nearby, one can hike, fish, bike, explore, 4WD/off road, snow shoe, cross country or down hill ski, or snow mobile. It is only a short drive to ski at Terry Peak or Deer Mountain or to hike/bike the Mickelson Trail. It is adjacent to forest service/public land, trails, and nearby rustic, Carbonate Road (back way to Terry Peak skiing).

Mountain Crest is located close to the fun, historic, and exciting communities of Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish, and Sturgis in the 'northern hills' (arguably, the most beautiful area of 'the Hills').

These communities also offer the traditional services one might expect, including parks, recreation centers, libraries, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

One can easily drive to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, scenic Spearfish Canyon, or other hills destinations.

Other activities available: Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, rock climbing.

Ski: Mountain Crest is a great location from which to enjoy snow mobiling or riding one's ATV. The area is relatively secluded, borders forest service land, and there is very little traffic on nearby roads and trails. One can actually drive their snow mobile up to the cabin's veranda and steps.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50
Housekeeping $130
Tax Rate 5.5%

(1 or 4) Sturgis Rally Stays - As mentioned in the Rental Agreement and here, Due to the amount of inquiry turmoil and increased demand, Rally stays are handled slightly differently from the standard site rate notes. There is a $400 refundable reservation/security deposit for this period. Should a cancellation occur, this is fully refundable if this takes place at least four months prior, otherwise, there is a $100 cancellation fee and the HomeAway/VRBO standard stated agreement applies. For this period, the final payment is due 90 days prior to arrival.
(2 of 4) Winter Special (11/1 - 3/20) Receive a 10% discount off of the already reduced winter rate when staying 5 or more nights. The can be added to any repeat guest discount you may have.
(3 of 4) Any isolated, single, 'open' dates available may be rented. Please inquire.
(4 of 4) Double weekend premium - Guests often prefer a stay that includes a
Fri & Sat/Sun or a Sat and Sun. Stays beginning on a Sat or Sun and
ending on the following Sat or Sun limit other guest’s travel opportunities.
There is a $150 double weekend charge for such stays. (Double weekend stays are generally not avail Jun, July, and Aug)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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