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Charming, Cozy Cabin Mere Feet From River. Private Patio, Fire Pit/BBQ. Dogs OK!

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type cabin


About the property

On Trinity River: Rustic Cabin Sleeps 1-3. Fish, Write, Explore

The Miner's Cabin is a knockout and very popular. In case our calendar is full the dates you'd like, contact us, Heidi & Steph, as we have several more cabins that could work for you. We have a generous multiple night discount, especially Sunday-Thursday, and we have a really great weekly rate, but your best price will always come from contacting us directly.

In one word, the Miner's is enchanting. It's a genuine miner's cabin that sits on the Trinity River and has world class fishing and views. Fish Guardrail Steelhead Riffles mere feet from this cabin. On an acre and a quarter with two other cabins, the Miner's is situated in a grove of trees all by itself.

It's romantic (more so for couples than fishing buddies, but it works for all), private, has its own river rock landing with a fire pit/BBQ, unique beyond words and the views from each window are marvelous.

Compared to a luxury hotel, this is camping. Compared to camping, this is luxury. The kitchenette area includes a single-cup coffee maker with K-Cup coffees & creamers (regular coffee maker by request); small convection oven/toaster, microwave, large and deep electric skillet, Crock Pot, and a dorm-sized refrigerator. Outside on the covered river porch, you'll find a table and chairs as well as a very large cooler with frozen water jugs for cooling. You may bring and use a camp stove out there.

The decor is rich and rustic, with antiques and nice touches everywhere. The living area has a double rocker, an oak twin captain's bed/couch with drawers underneath, a small chest of drawers and an antique chest/table with games and cards inside. There is a small dining table that has one fold-out leaf and 2 stools. The dining set can be rolled where you like (including out on the river porch).

There is a lighted ceiling fan, a faux wood stove heater that looks like the real thing but without the fire danger, and an electric baseboard heater. There is a folding indoor/outdoor table that is also a checkerboard (checkers in side pocket). The bathroom has an all-in-one shower & toilet (the shower is to the side of the toilet). There is a clock/ipod/MP3 player.

The loft is accessed by a wide, slanted, permanently-installed ladder. It has a plush queen bed guests really enjoy, a small dresser and a bookshelf with interesting books, including one that tells the story of your hosts' work with whales (chapter 10/Eye of the Whale). Guests rave over the custom windows and their views.

The Miner's Landing is a fantastic river rock patio between the Miner's and the river, and it's only for the Miner's guests. It has a fire pit with BBQ grill (wood provided); Adirondack chairs, a large serpentine rock that serves as a small table and a larger teak table. Reviews are heartfelt and enthusiastic for the Miner's and it is exceptionally popular.

Guests at the Miner's have their own covered parking spot close to their cabin. They enjoy full use of the grounds, including the swimming hole and the gas grill and Weber BBQ patio up the trail between Alpen Glow and the Carriage House. Look at all of the pictures. You'll know if you're the kind of person who will love it. Most do.

Fish right outside your door; this is one of the closest cabins to the Trinity on the entire river. The Miner's Cabin is just a few feet above the Trinity River. It was a real miner's cabin during the Gold Rush and has been lovingly restored and enhanced because not too many miners' cabins had indoor plumbing.

Fall through winter, this is prime steelhead territory. Summer-fall is trout and salmon season on the Trinity; we have a salmon hole on the property. The river and Lewiston Lake feature trout fishing, too.

We installed a large parking lot at the entrance to our property that's perfect for drift boats and rafts. The main drive is paved. Be aware highway 299 goes by up the mountain a bit and over a berm. You will hear vehicles on it, but they aren't constant and it quiets down a lot at night.

The Miner's is one of our 5 great, dog-friendly river cabins that range all the way from the grand Alpen Glow, a 3BR/2BA A-frame starting @ $275.00/night to a 3BR/2BA cabin perfect for large fishing groups @ $165/night (multiple night discounts available).

Michael Caranci of The Fly Shop in Redding says of our cabins:

'For sheer seclusion, access, and cozy, comfortable accommodations, the cabins at the Trinity River Adventure Inn are certainly among the best!'

We offer sit-on-top kayak lessons, guided trips and rentals; guided raft trips and rentals; and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) demos (which are free), lessons and rentals. We have inflatable SUPs and hard boards, which are both great for the lakes.

Keywords: rustic, riverfront, fishing, steelhead, salmon, private, unique, romantic, cabin, dog-friendly, pet-friendly, private, secluded, kayaks, rafting, SUP

More Details

Heidi & Steph
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

About Heidi & Steph

Steph Dutton is a world-renowned kayaker who paddled from Canada to Mexico, then paddled the Oregon coast again, in the winter. He also circumnavigated California's Channel Islands, often enduring thirty foot seas. Heidi Tiura owned and ran several businesses before running away to sea and working on tug boats in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Steph and Heidi are both Coast Guard licensed masters, and creators of Sanctuary Cruises on the Monterey Bay. They have been featured in numerous books and documentaries for their work with whales (including National Geographic's 'Whale Attack,' which was based on their Mother's Day 2004 whale watching cruise).

Now, they live on the upper Trinity River and their kayak adventures are of a tamer sort. When not rafting or kayaking with their guests, they can usually be found on their motorcycles, because Trinity County has the best roads for riding bikes, or skiing. Both are PSIA-certified ski instructors.

Heidi & Steph purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Heidi & Steph chose Douglas City

Trinity County has the unbeatable combination of great natural beauty, incredible recreation opportunities, and it hasn't been overrun by tourists. People who have come here for twenty years remark at how little has changed. It is a spectacular place to explore.

What makes this cabin unique

Being on the river has to be one of the most relaxing things there is up here. Whether you fish, paddle, hit the swimming hole, or just sit and watch the fish swim by, it is a wonderful escape to have a cabin right on the water.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time and look forward to coming back! It was great being able to bring the dogs with us, too! Thanks for being such great hosts. Until next time!
Oct 2012
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Douglas City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Roomy shower and toilet area. Shower sprays over toilet as in some boats and RVs. Deep stainless sink in kitchenette area
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Loft - 1 queen , Great sheets!
    Bunk Area - 1 twin/ single , Captain's bed; also has great sheets!
  • Comfy queen in loft plus twin captain's bed/couch in main living area.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Situated in its own grove of pine trees, this cabin is practically ON the Trinity River. Incredibly cute and private


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Charming, Cozy Cabin Mere Feet From River. Private Patio, Fire Pit/BBQ. Dogs OK!
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews

beautiful location and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

had a wonderful two days and did what we needed to do there. Read, relax, fish and sleep!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and cozy. :)

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were driving from Tahoe to Portland and decided to stay here on the way. What a great time we had! It was a cozy and private little cabin that was right on the river. It was so peaceful and relaxing. We hope to do this again sometime. Thanks Heidi and Steph!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you and your wife enjoyed your stay, Johan! Hoping next time you can be here longer to really take advantage of the cabin, river and Trinity.
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Amazing riverfront stay in a charming Gold Rush-era cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, relaxing stay at the Miner's Cabin. Heidi and Steph were great hosts. They were easy to reach before our trip when we had questions or asked for recommendations, but during our stay, our privacy was completely respected.

The cabin itself was rustic and full of charm, but fairly well-stocked. We imagined what the cabin must've been like before it was restored – How many miners would live here? Where did they sleep? These days, it's a great retreat for those who don't expect an immaculate, luxurious, tech-enabled hotel stay when they're out in the woods. That means small, creative spaces (a shower and toilet sharing the same space -- no sink; a steep ladder to a lofted bed; no stove, but a microwave and toaster oven, and a grill on the outdoor fire pit) and of course, pretty spotty wi-fi and cell phone connection. We appreciated the free long-distance calling on the landline, and for the most part, that we could almost completely disconnect from the world for a couple of days. We – and our Formosan Mountain Dog, Benny – also greatly appreciated that the cabin is dog-friendly.

We came to Trinity County to get away from city life and hit the nearby hiking trails. We visited Whiskeytown Falls on the way to Douglas City, meandered some of the Weaver Basin Trails, and drove through the Trinity Alps, but we could've easily just spent more time sitting on the Adirondack chairs on the Miner's Landing at the cabin. From this little piece of heaven, we watched the olive green Trinity River rush by, as well as the many birds, butterflies, and other wildlife that call the area home. We cooked meals in the fire pit and sat by the glowing logs as night fell. On our last evening at the Miner's Cabin, we spied a majestic bald eagle perched in the treetops of a nearby pine (Fortunately, we had brought binoculars). A magical ending to a magical weekend.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sarah and Tim are a perfect match for us! We love how they explored the area, enjoyed the Landing next to the river and had the keen eye to spot a bald eagle. They are relatively common but always a kick to see! The Miner's isn't for everyone and yet, with the spirit these guests share, it was perfect. And we are very happy Benny enjoyed being off the leash and able to cruise the grounds and on hikes, free as a bird. We look forward to the river slowing down and returning to its usual clear, emerald green, but Sarah is right in saying it's more olive green thanks to sediment brought down with the annual increased release from the dam. As for how miners inhabited the cabin, I suspect with no electricity, no indoor plumbing and no appliances it was far different from the experience today! By the way, there is a deep stainless steel sink in the small galley area, but not in the bathroom/shower.
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Quaint and Quiet, Awesome Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This was only the 2nd time I have used HomeAway to find a cabin for a weekend getaway with my Fiance, and Dog. Being new to this kind of rental search, I was not sure what to expect. From the first contact with Heidi and Steph, I knew it was going to be an awesome weekend. They are the perfect hosts.

Our goal for the weekend was to have a relaxing, quiet time, and that is exactly what we got. The cabin was clean, and falling asleep to the sound of the river was peaceful. I even saw a river otter at our little river opening the first evening. AWESOME!

We accidentally broke the coffee pot during our stay, and Heidi could not have been any cooler about it. I look forward to booking this cabin again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love guests like Kyle! It takes a bit of patience to spot a river otter. They live somewhere across the river and we've seen them many times, but you need to be quiet and observant to see them. That alone attests to Kyle's abilities to kick back and enjoy nature. We always share reviews that mention the cleanliness of our cabins to our housekeeper. She deserves the kudos and appreciates them as much as we do. Definitely hope to see Kyle and company again!
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Perfect little spot on the river

  • 5 of 5

Really loved staying at the Steelhead out your door!

Such a cozy cabin, with lots of natural light, great decor and sound system, and tons of books to get lost in, including maps and fishing techniques! It was very rainy the weekend we were there, so the fishing wasn't the best (but didn't keep me from suiting up in full rain gear and wading across to discover some great riffles and holes). The rain was actually a boon for us, as we spent the majority of the weekend wedding planning, and the rain kept us focused and attentive!

Loved the place and hope to be back again soon. Thanks Heidi and Steph!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I can think of fewer more romantic places to plan a wedding than the Miner's Cabin. We're very happy you enjoyed it and wish you all the best with your wedding, as well as a long and great life together!
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Charming and Sweet!

  • 5 of 5

Miner's Cabin is my annual gift to my sister, at her special request! She loves the sweet little cabin with the glass ceiling over the loft bed--perfect for star gazing...she also was able to spend the day on the small beach by the river which was especially delightful. Well-stocked with anything you might need, it's a perfect getaway for two, less than an hour from I-5 but still feels worlds away from the hussle. Getting to the river requires a little bit of a climb down a ladder.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad the Miner's continues to make people happy! As for the climb to the river, that is why we put a small ladder on the bank. It can be fun watching people try to get out without it, but the ladder makes more friends. We don't own the bank so we can't alter it any more than that.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Mt. Shasta for downhilling
Car: recommended

We're stand up paddle board dealers and offer free demos, sales & rentals at our place, 9 miles away. Some of our SUPs are inflatable and can be rented and driven to lakes even in a tiny car! We offer sit-on-top kayak lessons, guided trips and rentals, as well as raft rentals and guided raft trips. All are an excellent way to enjoy the river and lakes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning $55
Pet Fee $15
Tax Rate 5.0%

Please contact us for discounts on stays over 2 nights.
We offer exceptionally generous discounts on longer stays, especially for medical travelers coming to work in the area.
If approved, additional guests might be increased with additional fees.
Pet Fees are per dog ($15 each). Friendly dogs ONLY. We will consider more than 1 dog and may even waive the fee for a 2nd dog, but we absolutely need an accurate count.
Guests who book directly with us do not pay until they arrive.
Guided Kayak Trips include full lesson, all gear, shuttles.
Guided raft trips include all gear necessary and shuttles.
Free paddleboard mini-lessons are available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.