|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Lovely all-season, three level cabin on the Stanislaus River, newly remodeled with all modern conveniences and attention to detail. Interior is finished in knotty pine throughout. The kitchen is new and fully equipped with all appliances including dishwasher. Bathrooms are new with a double shower on the main level and a tub in the upstairs bathroom. Beautiful Sierra forest, all-year river, Strawberry Store, riverside restaurant, and hiking trails are just outside your door. Pinecrest Lake is a mile away, and you can hike to it along the most beautiful streamside trail one can imagine. You can fish in the river in front of the cabin, at Pinecrest Lake, or on one of the many Sierra lakes and streams that abound in this area. .
The newly expanded Dodge Ridge Ski Resort offers excellent alpine and nordic skiing and is only a 15 minute drive from the cabin. Overall, the Sonora Pass area is the most scenic in the Sierra. Several wilderness areas, alpine lakes, many established backpacking trails, horseback riding, and scenic vistas abound. 32 miles down the road is the best of the Gold Country, including Sonora, Columbia, Murphys, and Angels Camp. Nearby attractions range from the famous Kennedy Meadows Pack Station, Hotel, and Restaurant to Ironstone Winery with its concerts by famous entertainers at its large and impressive outdoor venue.
Keywords: Summer/winter mountain vacation cabin.
Anne: Passionate about the Sierra, mountain cabins, and, especially Cabin 5. She is constantly adding new features and touches to her cabin and loves to receive feedback from her many vacationers and guests.
Allan: Drone husband of Anne. Loves the cabin because of the local skiing, hiking, swimming, backpacking, and the easy availability of all the good features Anne has added to her cabin.
The Owner purchased this cabin in 1995
Sonora Pass is the most beautiful area of the Sierra, and the Pinecrest-Strawberry area is the best place to have an all-season cabin. The summers and autumns here are wonderful. The winter beauty plus the great skiing and other winter recreational activities are equally wonderful. Being located on the Stanislaus River just adds to the overall beauty of the Sierra experience.
The cabin has been extensively rebuilt with a new large downstairs family room with gas-fired mariposite rock fireplace. Kitchen and furnishings also largely new. Just out the front door is a myriad of outdoor activities including family BBQ's on the deck, hiking to the Lake, or enjoying a fine meal at the Strawberry Hotel's restaurant/bar across the road. One can drive down to the Gold Country including the historic towns of Sonora, Columbia, Twain Harte -- or up to historic Kennedy Meadows, Clark's Fork for a picnic by the river, a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, an easy day trip to Bodie, Mono Lake, and the incredible Eastern Sierra. Then, there are warm, lazy afternoons of swimming, picnic lunches and fun on a rented party boat on Pinecrest Lake, and movies under the stars at the lake. At Natural Bridges near Columbia you can float down a small stream that passes through a mountain ridge and exits the other side. On the way you will float through three chambers with stalactites, stalagmites, and even a waterfall. There are several natural caverns offering tours. (Begin at Murphys, one of the most charming of the Gold Country towns.)
I love this place! First of all, the location is fantastic, with the river rushing by--leave your windows open at night in the "dorm room"--the sound will sing you to sleep in seconds. We love to hike and there are so many fantastic hikes minutes away. The local store is so close and it has most everything you need--the kids are always happy to run over to get it for you--imagine that! Don't feel like cooking? Walk over to the charming Strawberry Inn--great food and they also do carry-out. (Great burgers!)
The skiing at Dodge Ridge is great and gets better every year. The runs are well-groomed and have everything from beginners to the kind I don't even want to think about! We got so tired of the traffic to Tahoe, the traffic in the ski parking lots--think Squaw on the weekend--the search for a nice place to stay, etc. What a hassle! This beautiful cabin is minutes away from Dodge Ridge, there's no traffic and you can practically ski back to your car at the end of the day. Lift tickets are much cheaper (especially for seniors), the runs aren't crowded and everybody is SO NICE!
And back at the cabin, you can warm up with a glass of wine by that beautiful green rock fireplace--and you can't even hear the football game downstairs! I love that, but if you like the game, the new downstairs family room is beautiful and very comfortable-- and it has its own fireplace!
Also, there's a nice bar and the food is fantastic at the Steam Donkey by the Pinecrest store--you'll pass it on the way back from Dodge Ridge. Great atmosphere and service!
This is a cabin for all seasons, but there's a special fragrance in the late summer--you can smell it on the way up! When we start the climb up after Sonora, my dog wakes up and starts to sniff and when I open the window, she sticks her nose out and she knows what's coming--hikes in the beautiful forest just a few feet away from the cabin--a slice of heaven for a dog, just as it is for us!
I've been coming to this cabin yearly for the last 10 years--first as a couple with my wife and now as a family. This cabin combines nostalgic charm (e.g. wood panel walls, relaxing couches/chairs, picnic bench dining room table, and woodburning fireplace) with modern efficiency (e.g. downstairs TV room with gas fireplace, modern appliances). I enjoy the ease of access to the beautiful river (100 ft away and great fishing), many fun hikes, lakes (Pinecrest Lake-1-2 mile beautiful walk), ski resort (2-3 miles drive distance), and Strawberry Store (150 feet away). This is a place where my body, mind, and soul can rest easily. I look forward to many more experiences in the future!
This place is Heaven! Even our dog perks up when we head up the mountain to this cabin.
First, we love how the place is decorated with green stone hearths, wagon wheel furniture, denim slipcovers, quilts on the beds, cowboys, forest trees and bears.
Secondly, the cabin has everything we need to relax and be comfortable: clean, pretty, compfy furniture, and beds, great lighting, plenty of room, two fireplaces, great views, two TVs and dvd macines.
Thirdly, the location has everything we need to do all the things we love best: hiking, skiing, boating, reading, swimming, fishing, ice skating, sledding, snow shoeing, biking, motorcyclling, rock hounding, target shooting, sight-seeing, shopping, gambling, roasting marshmellows, napping in the hammock, dining out and getting treats at the local general store, a minute's walk from the cabin doors.
We can't wait to go up again, and highly recommend this cabin to every Sierras cabin-seeker!
My family and I stay at this cabin every year for a week in the summer and occasionally during the other seasons as well, when we can get away! Simply put, we LOVE this place - the cabin is cozy and comfortable and has everything you need to make your vacation smooth. The owners have thought of everything you might want. Darling cowboy decor!
Great location by the river - so fun for kids to pan for gold, and the rushing of the river makes for the best night's sleep ever. We like to spend a summer day on the beach at Pinecrest Lake with yummy soft serve ice cream, and if you want a hike, you can walk up the the dam and the lake from the cabin! We've had a blast skiing and sledding in the winter, too.
If you are looking for a great vacation in the mountains, this is it.
Gold Country exploring including winery tours and tasting, cavern tours, Columbia State Historical Park, Ice Rink (Mi-Wuk), Jamestown Railroad Museum featuring narrow gauge train rides, gold panning, Yosemite National Park 90 minutes away.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|