National Forest Cabins

California Fire Lookouts for Rent
US Forest Service Cabins

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Rent a secluded cabin with an amazing view, a historic tower for wildfire spotting, or a USDA guard station – hidden deep inside California National Forests. Several of these NFS lookouts have been closed recently, so the ones listed below have links to status and reservation information. Dirt road access is common to reach these locations. Winter months are usually snowy, inaccessible and sometimes dangerous for these high country locations. A FEW are open all year long – in the southern part of the golden state.

El Dorado National Forest USFS

Harvey West Cabin
4,720′ elev. on Silverfork American River, Gold Rush

Loon Lake Chalet
6375′ elev. near Georgetown, Gold Country California

Robbs Peak Lookout
Robb’s Hut / Robbs Cabin

6686′ elev near Placerville, Gold Country California

Sly Guard Cabin
Sly Park @ Jenkinson Lake, near Placerville, Gold Country California

Van Vleck Bunkhouse
6549′ elev. near Georgetown, Gold Country California

Lassen National Forest USFS

McCarthy Point Lookout
overlooking Mill Creek Canyon and Ishi Wilderness

ranger & info 530-258-2141

Plumas National Forest USFS

Crocker Guard Station
5700′ elev. near Lake Davis Loop, way out behind Portola, California

Big Bear Lake 2002

San Bernardino National Forest USFS

Morton Peak Fire Lookout
SoCal Mountains, Big Bear Lake Area,
near Forest Falls, CA

Coon Creek Cabin
Group Camp Site
Heart Bar Rd #1N02 near Angeles Oaks, CA

Sequoia National Forest USFS

Big Meadows Cabin
Big Meadows Guard Station

off Big Meadows Rd #14S11
7600′ elevation; in between Sequoia NP & Kings Cyn NP

Camp 4 and a half
1100′ elevation; Lower Kings River Cyn
near Hume Lake & Kings Canyon NP

Mountain Home Guard Station Cabin
6000′ elev. near Springville, CA

Oak Flat Lookout
Oak Flat Cabin Rental
4900′ elevation; Kern River canyon near Lake Isabella, CA

Poso Guard Station Cabin Rental
open all year round
4500′ elev. near Kernville, CA

Quaking Aspen Cabin Rental
Giant Sequoia National Monument, Western Divide near Ponderosa, CA

Wishon Campground & Cabin Rental
Giant Sequoia National Monument; open all year round
4000′ elev. near Camp Nelson, CA

Shasta/Trinity National Forests USFS

Forest Glen Guard Station
near Trinity River & Forest Glen, CA

Girard Ridge Lookout
Historic Fire Lookout Tower
4809′ elev. near Dunsmuir, CA

Hirz Mountain Lookout Tower
Hirz Mtn. Fire Watch Tower Rental
overlooking Shasta Lake, CA

Harris Springs Guard Station
near McCloud, CA

Little Mount Hoffman Lookout
Mt. Hoffman Rental
7000′ elev. near McCloud, CA

Post Creek Guard Station
near Hayfork & Platina, CA


Sierra National Forest USFS

Camp Four and a half Cabin
Lower Kings River, open all year round
1100′ elev. near Pine Flat Reservoir


Six Rivers National Forest USFS

Bear Basin Butte
Cabin & Fire Lookout

elevation 5300′ in Six Rivers NF / Smith River NRA
10600 Highway 199
Gasquet, CA 95543

Tahoe National Forest USFS

Calpine Lookout Cabin Rental
near Sierraville, CA

Sardine Peak Fire Lookout
overlooking the Sierra Buttes and the serene Lakes Basin, Yuba Rivers, Northern Gold Country California

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Lakes Basin Recreation Area

Lakes Basin Area, California

Golden gems of California, a collection of alpine lakes on the north end of Historic Gold Country, North Yuba River, Northern Sierra Nevada

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EAST of Downieville, CA

California’s Gold Lake and surrounding lakes; the granite spires of the Sierra Buttes and the creeks, waterfalls, headwaters of the Yuba River — total wild beauty. Steep, granite, river canyon from Downieville drive east on Highway 49 from Sierra City to Bassetts, a gasoline and market stop; they have a small hotel there too.

Historic Lodges

Take the left turn, north on to the Gold Lake Highway. The alpine and extremely scenic Lakes Basin Area consist of all small lakes in between Hwy 49 to Hwy 89, along GOLD LAKE HWY [Road S620] some maps read Road #24 or call this Gold Lake “Road” instead of highway. Snow closes in this route during winter months.

The impressive Lakes Basin Gold Lake Region is in the north part of Tahoe National Forest, on the border of Plumas National Forest. Plumas Eureka State Park is also nearby.

Hiking, Camping, Backpacking, Picnicking, Wildflowers, Stargazing, Fishing, Kayaking, XC Skiing, Snowmobiling

Lakes Basin Campgrounds

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

  • Lakes Basin Campground
  • Salmon Creek Campground
  • Sardine Lake Campground
  • Sardine Peak Fire Lookout
  • California best lake destinations

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    Lakes Basin Recreation Area

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    Frasier Falls

    Frazier Falls Trail
    Length: 1 mile RT / Directions: Trail head is located on Old Gold Lake Road, about 5 miles from the Highway 89/Gold Lake Road intersection. Take the signed, narrow paved access road 4 miles to the trail head.

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    A Beauty

     

    Death Valley Hot Springs

    Top Pool Volcano

    Death Valley
    Hot Mineral Springs

     

    Shoshone InnNorth Death Valley  –

    Saline Valley Hot Springs
    primitive springs. Very remote desert wilderness area, 60 mile rugged dirt road – high clearance vehicle required; 4×4 access year round. Clothing optional. Nudity out in nature is the norm!

    South Death Valley

    Shoshone small hot springs resort camps. Swimsuits required.

    Tecopa Hot Springs county park hot springs w/ bath house, rustic resorts & RV parks. Swimsuits required.

    Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells and Panamint Springs are not hot springs destinations, although the names seems to imply they might be. The historic Inn at Furnace Creek in the center of the Death Valley National Park has palm trees and pure luxury – deluxe guest rooms, massage & spa services, pools and tennis, restaurants, but no mineral hot springs source. Death Valley Junction, home of the infamous Amargosa Opera House, does not have hot tubs, nor a pool, nor even a restaurant. South end of the park speaks more to the RV campers.

    Small town of Shoshone is a little more appealing (visually) than Tecopa Springs, so keep that in mind when wondering what to expect. Cabin rentals at Delights Hot Springs Resort are old, rustic and the whole place is a little “rough around the edges”.

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    South Warner Wilderness

    Warner Mountains
    Modoc Country
    Northeast California

    Wide open spaces, mountains, rivers and ranch lands. The very last of the unexplored high country of California. Rural and rustic regions are full of forested mountain ranges with sage brush meadows lying below. Valleys are high elevation deserts with a base terrain sitting above 4000′; Peaks @ 8000′ above sea level.

    South Warner Wilderness

    70,000 acres
    80 miles N of Susanville, CA
    Modoc National Forest
    NFS

    South Warner Wilderness is in the southern portion of the Warner Mountains, a north south positioned range, located in the top corner of the golden state. Surprise Valley lies to the east, bordering the Nevada state line and Alturas w/ US Hwy 395 on the west side.

    California SR 299
    Hwy 299, the only paved thoroughfare cuts right through the middle of the Warner Mountains. Paved Parker Creek Road #56 climbs up Parker Creek from Alturas, accessing camping, hiking, dirt back roads and wilderness trailheads. Warner Mountains State Game Refuge is north of the wilderness area.

    One dirt route skirts the wilderness boundary – West Warner Road #5, which leads from Parker Creek due south to Jess Valley Rd #64. Blue Lake Road, Patterson Mill and Road #39N15 are nearest to East Creek. Winter driving tips from NFS.

    • backpacking
    • camping
    • creeks
    • fishing
    • hiking
    • horseback riding
    • hot springs
    • lakes
    • waterfalls
    • wildflowers
    • wildlife

    South Warner Lakes & Reservoirs lake

    • Clear Lake
    • Patterson Lake
    • Porter Reservoir (elev 6682′)
    • West Valley Reservoir (elev 4761′)
    • Blue Lake (elev 6067′)
    • Sworinger Reservoir (elev 5868′)

    South Warner Trailheads hikes

    • Summit North Trailhead (Road #31)
    • Pine Creek Trailhead (Road #5)
    • Mill Creek Trailhead (Road #40N24)
    • Clear Lake Trailhead (Road #5)
    • Summit South Trailhead (Road #64)

    South Warner Campgrounds camp

    All these campgrounds listed can be accessed by a vehicle, most by dirt back roads. If you prefer to drive on paved roads only, then you’ll need to choose Blue Lake or Mill Creek Falls. Deep snow closes forest roads and campgrounds are generally only open a few months per year, from May to October.

    • Patterson Campground (Road #64)
    • Blue Lake Campground (Road #64)
    • Emerson Campground (Road #40N43)
    • Mill Creek Falls Campground (Road #5)
    • Soup Springs Campground (Road #40N24)
    • Pepperdine Campground (Road #31)

    South Warner Mountain Peaks

    • Squaw Peak (elev 8646′)
    • Warren Peak (elev 9710′)
    • Dusenbury Peak (elev 9710′)
    • Eagle Peak (elev 9892′)
    • Cole Peak (elev 8970′)
    • Emerson Peak (elev 8989′)
    • Hat Mountain (elev 8737′)
    • Red Rock Mountain (elev 8518′)

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    Wilderness permits can be obtained at local ranger station: NFS
    Modoc National Forest
    225 West 8th Street
    Alturas, CA 96101
    530-233-5811

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