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Property Details

Updated: Apr 27, 2015
House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 9 Sleeps

(emaill for reservations after 1/1/2015)

Walk to Pinecrest Lake from Redcedar Cabin for swimming, boating and fishing! Redcedar is a 100-year-old historic cabin equipped with modern comforts, located on Stanislaus National Forest land in one of the best spots for family vacations in the California Sierras. The cabin is 2 blocks from the shores of Pinecrest Lake, a family resort area that lies between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe in California's High Sierras. Pinecrest is at an altitude of 5400 feet and the area is both a summer and winter recreation destination. The cabin is located on Granite Lane in a quiet cluster of cabins up behind the boat dock and snack bar, backing up to undeveloped National Forest Land.

Well mannered dogs are welcome!

(call for 2015 reservations after 1/1/2015)

  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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About the Owner

Paul and Nancy live in Santa Cruz, California and visit the cabin as often as they can.

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3 Reviews

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Historic and Dog Friendly Cabin, walk to Pinecrest Lake
Pinecrest Dodge Ridge
Discovery Bay ca. Usa

Fantastic family vacation

  • 5 of 5
Gathered the next generation for the. Pinecrest vacation. This cabin was perfect for our needs. Need to be prepared to climb stairs and terrain. So close to lake. Everythingwell labeled and thought through by owner. Clean and more user friendly than expected. Thanks hope to be back next year.
  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Historic and Dog Friendly Cabin, walk to Pinecrest Lake
Pinecrest Dodge Ridge

Perfect time to be at Pinecrest

  • 5 of 5
We arrived late on Saturday Sept 24th and left on Saturday Oct 1st. Coming from Chicago we flew into SFO, rented a car and stayed one night with my folks in SJ. On the way to Pinecrest we stopped in James Town and Sonora for some really good antique shopping, which made my partner quite happy! Our first night was the last night of the movies under the stars, the end of their 76th season of showing movies in the outdoor amphitheater, and what a perfect night it was. Being the end of the season the crowds are much fewer and you really feel like you have the place to yourself. Also, boat rentals are half price, so it is a bargain time to go. The cabin was ready for us as promised and we found it to be very charming and comfortable. It would be perfect for a small family with kids. It has a geat deck area with ample seating, I also liked the eat in kitchen. The kitchen was well stocked with sufficient and working appliances. Each night we watched a movie using the built in DVD player on the TV. We brought our own selection of movies (each night a different Sherlock Holms mystery). While the water at the lake was getting low, it was still warm enough to swim. We also rented two sunfishes and had the lake to ourselves for sailing. We also hiked to Cleo's baths one day and enjoyed a very quick dip in the pools, its!! cold!!. The cabin is in perfect walking distance to everything, i.e. the waters edge is just a few minutes walk, the store and steam donkey restaraunt also just a few minutes walk and the amphitheater for the movies probably a 5 or 10 minute walk or less. However, at night have a good flashlight, it is dark. I also utilized the selection of books the owner has downstairs and was able to finish an entire book, which is a nice vacation luxury. The rooms were clean, while one the beds upstairs takes some getting used too, as it is against a wall, it was still comfortable. The downstairs bedroom is perfect and the bathroom and shower are very good condition, with very good water pressure. Overall, the cabin was as promised, clean, comfortable and well stocked. The owner was great to work with and my deposit was quickly refunded. Thanks again, we really enjoyed our week at Pinecrest and very much enjoyed the cabin.
  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Historic and Dog Friendly Cabin, walk to Pinecrest Lake
Pinecrest Dodge Ridge
Danville, Ca

Wonderful Pinecrest cabin!!

  • 5 of 5
This cabin is a gem in the mountains. The location is ideal. Its about a 3 minute walk through the woods to the beach at Pinecrest lake. The beds are comfortable, the living room is cozy and the kitchen has everything you would need to enjoy your stay. The cabin feels welcoming, clean and well maintained. Sit out on the deck and watch the Bald Eagles soar by. We will rent this special place again!
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

We have vacationed for many years at Pinecrest, it has a special spot in our family history. The cabin is also used by our extended family, which is why we cannot take reservations for next year's season until after January 1.

Activity and Interests

Kid-friendly beach and clear clean lake water for swimming, boating and fishing; nightly outdoor movies or ranger talks under the stars; back country access to the Emigrant Basin Wilderness Area and other high Sierras hiking, rock climbing, trout fishing, horse-back riding, bike trails, caving, golf and winter sports.

Redcedar Cabin is a private place, backing up to the forested Pinecrest Ridge. But within a few blocks are the Steam Donkey Restaurant, Pinecrest Lake Marina, Sport Shop, Grocery Store, Post Office, Pinecrest Hub Bike Rental, Serene Bean Coffee Bar and lakeside Snack Bar (with great hamburgers, fries and soft ice cream cones!) The Pinecrest Theater and campfire area on the shore of Pinecrest Lake offers outdoor family movies and ranger talks from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The boat marina offers motorboat, paddleboat, kayak, sailboat and party boat rentals. Pinecrest Lake is stocked on a weekly basis with rainbow trout.

Aspen Meadows (10 minutes away) and Kennedy Meadows (35 minutes) offer horses and pack mules, ideally suited to carry you and your gear over any terrain. The drive to Kennedy Meadows takes you through breathtakingly beautiful mountains climaxing a few miles east pof the Meadows at the Sonora Pass.

Hiking and backpacking: two wilderness areas are located within 15 minutes of the cabin. These protected areas offer 280 miles of world-class hiking trails with hikes ranging from easier half-day treks to challenging all-day adventures. Find sub-alpine meadows and glorious crystalline glacial lakes in the Emigrant Basin Wilderness on the south side of Highway 108. The Carson-Iceberg Wilderness on the north side of the highway has fewer lakes, but greater solitude with fewer annual visitors. The famous Pacific Crest Trail can be accessed at Sonora Pass (9,600 feet elevation) about 35 miles east of Pinecrest. Most of these trails are located at high elevation, and can be reached only during the summer and early fall seasons. For more information, visit the US Forest Service at the Pinecrest turnoff from Hiway 108.

Mountain bike trails include many singletrack downhill routes, fireroad climbs, and abandoned railroad beds. Signature rides include Gianelli Cabin Trailhead to Pinecrest (8,200 feet elevation) and Pinecrest to Twain Harte (3,600 feet elevation). Mountain bikes and safety gear can be rented at the Pinecrest Hub at Pinecrest Lake. For more information, visit the US Forest Service.

Rock climbers will find a variety of granite wall routes and bouldering problems in the Emigrant Wilderness Area. The northwest face of Burst Rock boasts a wide range of spectacular climbing routes located approximately one hour from Pinecrest.

Boating, kayaking and river rafting: Kayaks, low-horsepower motor boats and larger “party boats” are available for rental at the Pinecrest Marina. Experience peace and tranquility in a kayak at beautiful Pinecrest Lake Pinecrest. Also, 4–5 hour Stanislaus River rafting trips originate out of Knights Ferry (east of Oakdale) and offer access to beautiful scenery and wildlife and stops at a number of public parks.

Golf: Mountain Springs Golf Club is located 40 minutes from Pinecrest, and enjoy an 18-hole championship course designed by Robert Muir Graves in the heart of the Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada foothills. The nearby Twain Harte Golf Club also offers a lighter 9-hole course surrounded by towering pines.

Cave expeditions, spelunking & zip lines: Just outside of Columbia State Park, Moaning Cavern Adventure Park offers underground cave exploration and zip lines. In San Andreas you'll find California Cavern State Historic Landmark, offering cave expeditions ranging from short underground walking tours to half day spelunking trips.

Winter sports: At Redcedar Cabin you're minutes from an affordable family ski and snowboarding experience atDodge Ridge Wintersports Area—the closest ski resort to the Bay Area. With more than 60 total runs and 12 total lifts across more than 800 acres, Dodge Ridge is a complete alpine experience where 1,600 vertical feet descend from an 8,200-foot summit.

Sledding, nordic skiing, and snow-shoeing adventure also abounds right outside our door at Pinecrest. Bring your own gear or rent locally. Many families spend the day on the snow-covered, mostly-empty western basin of Pinecrest Lake or cross-country skiing on the snow-covered roads of the vacant Pinecrest campground or the volunteer-groomed trails just below Dodge Ridge (see map in cabin). Also, just 6 miles past Pinecrest is Leland Meadows Snowplay offers groomed sledding and tubing runs, youth snowmobiles and a dining lodge.


From $171 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 2 2015 - Jun 19 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 20 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2015 - Sep 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Pet Fee $25.00
  • cleaning fee $100.00
  • Refundable damage deposit $250.00

Reservation secured with reciept of signed contract and payment of cleaning fee plus refundable security deposit by personal check (no wierd deposits into foreign banks). Final balance due 60 days prior to reservation dates. See rental contract for details, which will be emailed upon request.

2015 rates: (call for reservations after 1/1/2015)
SPRING: 5/2-6/20 $1200/week, 7 day minimum stay
SUMMER: 6/13-9/4 $1750/week, 7 day minimum stay
FALL: 9/5-9/25 $1200/week, 7 day minimum stay
0therwise $250/night, minimum 4 night stay
Additional $100 cleaning fee, plus $250 refundable security deposit
Please note CHANGE OF PET POLICY: $25 fee/pet instead of additional pet deposit.

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Updated: Apr 27, 2015


Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Clothes Dryer
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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
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  • Satellite / Cable ...
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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Mountain View

Floor Area

  • 960 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • shower only


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double, master bedroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, loft private bedroom
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double, 1 twin/ single, loft bedroom above living room
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double, sleeping nook off living rm, privacy curtain, 2 small window


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • This charming cabin has knotty pine throughout and vaulted ceilings in the living room. It sleeps up to 9; 2 private bedrooms, one w/double bed on the first floor & one w/queen bed on the second floor, plus a loft w/double & single bed. There is also a living room sleeping nook with a double bed. There is one downstairs bathroom with a shower, no tub. There are beautiful mountain views from the large deck, kitchen and living room windows. Electric blankets are on all the beds for added winter warmth. There is a well-equipped kitchen, including condiments, with a family dining table in the kitchen and picnic table on the deck. The well-stocked nearby Pinecrest store is within walking distance. There is a dishwasher, microwave, phone, TV with cable & DVD, dial-up internet access, a wood burning stove (with firewood supplied) & and a thermostat-controlled fireplace insert furnace. A washer and dryer are available in the summertime only. There is a very large private deck (900 sf)that wraps around two sides of the cabin, with gas BBQ and 2 single bedframes with mattress futons for additional deck sleeping, summertime only. There are 14 steps (8 ft rise) from the driveway to the deck. The cabin is professionally cleaned prior to your arrival. 2 vehicles only are allowed in the driveway per Forest Service regulations

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