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Status: Closed through Thu Jun 26 2014   Season Dates


The Mountain Home Guard Station sits in a cluster of firs, pines and Giant Sequoia in the Sequoia National Monument in the Sequoia National Forest at an elevation of 6,000 feet. The cabin is a two-hour drive from Bakersfield, California.

The Guard Station was built in the early 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) as a residence for Forest Service fire patrolmen stationed in the area.The exterior is constructed of redwood board over diagonal sheeting nailed to a standard wooden frame. The cabin still has many original features, including kitchen cabinets and wood floors.

The cabin offers many amenities, including water and propane-powered appliances, but it does not have electricity; guests must bring their own flashlights and lamps.

The nearest store is one hour away, in Springsville, so guests must plan accordingly for their stay.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated in the Sequoia National Monument, home to the world's largest tree, the Giant Sequoia.

The cabin is on the edges of the Golden Trout Wilderness and close to the Tule River.


There are numerous recreational options, including horseback riding from the nearby Balch Park Pack Station, hunting, mountain biking and hiking.

For fishing enthusiasts, there are several nearby ponds and and the Tule River.


The one-story, one-bedroom cabin measures 900 square feet. It does not have electricity but has propane-powered heat, water heater and appliances. The cabin sleeps six, but there is room outside the cabin for tents, bringing the maximum occupancy to 10. The bedroom has a queen bed, a twin bed and a roll-away bed. There are two twin beds in the living room that also serve as couches.

The kitchen is equipped with a propane stove and refrigerator, pots and pans, dishes and utensils and a small table. The living room has a picnic-style table and benches for dining, while the bathroom includes a flush toilet, sink and a tub-shower.

A picnic table and a campfire ring sit outside. There are also two corrals that may be used to keep horses and mules overnight. These are for guests who bring their own stock for riding on nearby roads and trails.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Biking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Corrals
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Propane Oven
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • River
  • Shower
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Water
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing Pond
  • Hunting
Know Before You Go
  • Guests should bring flashlights and/or lanterns for lighting; sleeping bags or bedding and pillows, bath towels and personal items
  • There are no condiments or food items provided, guests should plan to bring all food items
  • Guests need to be prepared for a wide variety of weather, including warm afternoons, chilly nights and afternoon thunderstorms
  • Guests should contact confirm the cabin's lock combination by calling 559-539-3004
  • Guests should contact the Ranger District before arrival to confirm that there are no conditions, such as fire or weather, that might affect their visit
  • Guests must bring trash bags and pack out all trash
  • There is no smoking permitted in the cabin
  • Guests must clean the cabin before their departure
  • This is bear country, guests should take precautions; click here for more info
  • Learn more about the the Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Monument
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Kern River Ranger District (760) 376-3781.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    36.23278, -118.70028
    36°13'58"N, 118°42'1"W

    To reach the cabin from Porterville, take Highway 190 East to Springville. Turn left onto the Balch Park Road at the east end of Springville. You can either stay on this road all the way to the Cabin, or you can also take the Bear Creek Road, approximately 4 miles from the Highway 190 turn off. When the Bear Creek Road intersects with the Balch Park Road, turn left. Driving time from Springville on either route will take approximately an hour.

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    Information: (559)539-5230