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Peaceful Treehouse Cabin w/ Private Waterfalls in Sequoia

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This romantic cabin is within the Giant Sequoia National Monument at 3800' elevation with a breathtaking view of the Sierra to the east and an expansive view of the valley (sometimes to the Coast Ranges) to the west.

A stunning waterfall and series of pools carved out of solid granite bedrock are on the property just behind the cabin on Bear Creek for cooling off or relaxing by. The cabin sits above the waterfalls and access is by a short but steep switchback trail down to creek level. (General terrain and trail may be difficult for some children and adults not in good physical shape. Ask owner)

It's a perfect 'out there' couple's or writer's retreat for those who want to lose the touristy scene and find some serenity.

The cabin is surrounded by pines, oaks and manzanitas and serenaded by the sound of the waterfall. The site was a long-time camp for local Native Americans. Artifacts have been discovered here and mortar stones for grinding acorns surround the cabin.

The house is located on Bear Creek Road within the Giant Sequoia National Monument, and 10 miles from the quaint village of Springville . Drive 8 miles farther up the mountain and drive, hike, ski or horseback to ancient Giant Sequoia groves and idyllic mountain lakes in Balch Park .

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Shelly McKnight 559-539-2286

cabin rental amenities

The Waterfall Cabin is a romantic one bedroom, one bath redwood shake cabin with lodge decor, Franklin wood stove, large picture windows, and open beamed ceilings.

It has a spacious 'tree house' deck with gas bar-b-que for outdoor relaxation. Luxury towels, Egyptian cotton linens, Turkish bath robes and down comforters are provided for a special romantic experience.

Kitchen is fully equipped with stove, microwave, fridge with ice maker, coffee grinder, french press, coffee maker, toaster, blender and all utensils and cookware. Firewood is provided and cabin is equipped with air conditioning, propane wall furnace and ceiling fan.

Two additional guests can be accomodated by a queen leather sleeper sofa in the living room and a full closet in the bathroom.

Broadband satellite internet with Wifi is now installed as well as a new 32" LCD flat screen television and extensive DVD collection. A stereo with iPod/iPhone dock is also provided.

activities and attractions in Sequoia High Sierra/Gold Country

 A comprehensive hiking and recreation binder is provided at the house with maps and descriptions of local hikes, Big Trees, swimming and fishing holes, waterfalls, and scenic drives and horseback rides to help you plan your time.

Drive just a few more miles up the mountain and see untouristed ancient Giant Sequoia groves, waterfalls and idyllic mountain lakes at Balch Park or Ponderosa or use the house as a hub for some of the best bicycle and motorcycle touring roads in the Sierras. Rent horses from Balch Park Pack Station for hourly or overnight riding. Our mountain region is a mecca for rock climbers, snow mobilers, back country horseman, and hang gliders.

There are many opportunities for fishing on Success Lake, the roaring Tule River and beautiful mountain lakes. Water sport enthusiasts will enjoy local Lake Success for jet skiing, boating and water skiing. Our area also has Eagle Mountain Casino for gaming, and River Island Country Club for golfing.

Naturalists and Bird watchers have wildlife wiewing galore in our untouched part of the Sierra. Roadsides, pastures and woodlands come alive in the Spring with native wildflowers and blossoming Redbuds and Dogwoods.

Take the scenic drive up Yokohl Valley road to the nearby towns of Exeter or Visalia and enjoy antiquing and art hunting in their historic downtowns. We are nearby the quaint untouched village of Springville with lovely gift shops and diverse eateries from downhome to upscale. Go for a tour of Tulare county's many murals in our historic old west towns or drive the Blossom Trail in April-May for miles of Apple blossoms in local orchards. Come slow down with us and enjoy a secret part of the Sierra largely undiscovered by tourists.

Come to the Springville area for our Springville Sierra PRCA Rodeo in late April or our popular Apple Festival craft and food fair in mid-October. Our spectacular wildflower season is March through May.

vacation rental rates

May-September, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year $195/night, weekly rate $1200

October-April $175/night, weekly rate $1000  

Additional $15/person/nt  over two guests. Four guests max. (2 adults, 2 children)
Nightly rate based on two-night minimum.
4 nt minimum June - September & Major Winter Holidays (where calendar allows)- 3 nt min  Holiday weekends
$60 Pet Cleaning Fee; $300 Refundable Damage Deposit

2 dogs maximum

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Review submitted: December 19, 2007   Date of arrival: August 1, 2007

My husband and I spent two wonderful weeks at the Waterfall Cabin. It was all it was described to be and more! The proximity of the Great Sequoias makes the area special, to say the least. The owners of the property are gracious and hospitable, for example offering homegrown veggies from their garden. The furnishing of the cabin is clean, comfortable and tasteful, truly lovingly cared for. Not only would I recommend this property to anyone, but we hope to visit again in the near future.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 17 / 18


Cozy Cabin for Weekend Getaway

Review submitted: April 4, 2014   Date of arrival: March 30, 2014

We loved staying at your adorable cabin. It was the perfect size and location for a little getaway for my husband and I. We loved sitting out on the deck and hearing the waterfall down below. The mossy rocks and oak trees all around are so peaceful and beautiful. We also loved sitting out on the rocks by the waterfall and just watching the water flow by. We drove up to Nelson Camp and hiked out in the snow to some Sequoias. We really wished we could have stayed a few days more. We definitely want to go back again. Thank you very much for sharing this little bit of heaven with us.

Recommended for: romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Comfortable Get-away

Review submitted: September 17, 2013   Date of arrival: September 12, 2013

For a mid-September visit, the cabin proved a nice retreat from urban hussle and chatter. The kitchen was well-equipped, the place clean, the bed mighty comfortable, and the views out the windows pleasant in all directions. We had just come from a lovely rural place in Ojai so perhaps we were a bit jaded with the mountain views here. Shelly was responsive, pleasant, and full of information. We have two reservations: 1) the waterfall in September was not audible even and the path down to it is treacherous for most people and environmentally unsound and should not be a featured attraction. We speak as experienced hikers. 2) If you want to hike or be in Sequoia National Park, the drive is over 2 hours one way down windy roads, and it is far better to stay in the park itself.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway

Owners response: Unfortunately, after two winters with no snow pack in the High Sierra (a fraction of normal precipitation) & being near the end of the dry season of the year, Bear Creek is indeed the lowest we have seen it this mid September. However, it is still flowing (unlike many creeks and rivers in the Sierra below 5000’ which dry up annually in the summer). The water is clear and cold and the series of granite pools below the falls are full. While the waterfall is not spectacular at the moment, it is audible from the top of the trail behind the cabin & this private spot, carved out of a granite slope is a special & soothing place to relax.
Most of the year (and most years) the water level has not been an issue & the creek normally runs quite strong through the summer.

As for the trail leading to the creek level, it is a narrow, steep switchback trail winding down through the trees & boulders. We do describe it as such & state in our ads & on our website that it may not be suitable for children, handicapped or out of shape adults. We have rarely had a complaint about it, but it does require care & is strenuous going back up.

We state plainly in our initial email to inquirers that we are located within Giant Sequoia National Monument (not the National Park) at 3800’ & 8 miles from the closest groves. Our website also has extensive information about our local area.

There is indeed some general confusion about the difference in public land jurisdictions within the Sequoia region. There is the National Park, National Monument and National Forest. The differences have to do with approved uses, governing organizations and budgets. As far as scenery goes, all have old growth Giant Sequoia groves, vistas, rivers, lakes, and extensive hiking trails.

We feel that the advantages of enjoying destinations outside the ‘Park’ are:
less people
more access (big trees are not behind fences as in the Park)
dogs allowed on trails
horseback riding is available
no entry fee

While one can stay in a lodge within the Park, if you are looking for a more intimate & unique experience, private properties will only be available outside the boundary. This means that you would lodge below 1500’ elevation & have quite a drive up to the Sequoia elevation at 6000’. The Waterfall Cabin is within the Monument at 3800’ & is only an 8 mile drive to the closest Giant Sequoia groves where most have enjoyed this beautiful and off the beaten path area.

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


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