About this listing
A small, rustic, handbuilt cabin deep in the Northern California woods. Part of a remote, off-grid "village," including a few other cabins, chickens, dogs, frogs, cats, permaculture gardens and all kinds of cool, sustainable, DIY infrastructure.
If you are looking for a unique experience in a beautiful natural area and would like to experience life in an off-grid, sustainable, permaculture-focused ecovillage - and all the rough roads, dirt, mud, insects, messes, barking dogs, mosquitos, bees, mice, early morning roosters, communal living, composting toilets, stained linens, ongoing construction projects, and various unpredictable joys and challenges of Doing It Yourself in the remote wilderness - then we invite you join us in our mountain village!
Enjoy the privacy of your own cozy cabin nestled deep in the heart of Six Rivers National Forest. The hand-built Half-Moon Cabin is the more spacious of the two small cabins, with extra storage space and a comfy leather sofa section, a lofted lofted double bed and woodstove heat, as well as extra privacy down forested Village Creek Road. If you are visiting during the colder months, you'll love getting cozy in the Half Moon with the woodstove and extra hangout space for reading, playing games, or cuddling. We have wood available for sale at $5/bundle, and ask that you not bring in wood from other sources due to environmental concerns.
Our property encompasses 160 acres of pristine natural wilderness in Northern California's beautiful Smith River area - home of the only un-dammed river in the state. Lush fern-encrusted hillsides slope down to countless spring-fed streams, teeming with wildlife, from cute caterpillars to (also cute, sometimes!) black bears. Accessible only by forestry road from scenic CA-199, this is your chance to experience Mama Earth as she was meant to be.
This location is very beautiful and quite remote, so please be sure you've read through the full description and are prepared for certain elements of "roughing it" and adventure travel. The Village is also a work-in-progress so we are likely to be working and there may be construction, dirt, and messes around!
•Lighting / Electricity: Your cabin does not have electricity; we try to keep a flashlight, lantern, and/or candle available for your use.
•Kitchen: The outdoor kitchen, near your cabin, has a small propane camping stove, and plenty of pots, pans, and utensils for your use. We do not have refrigeration but do have coolers for storing food.
•Bathrooms: We use composting toilets (buckets with seats); there is an indoor toilet in the bathhouse. Hot shower in the sauna/bathhouse.
•(Lack of) Phone / Internet: Some Verizon and US Cellular service is available, but AT&T and T-Mobile do not service our area. We do not have wifi.
The Great Outdoors:
•Domestic animals: Between the three dogs who run around at night chasing forest creatures, springtime frog concerts, and the early-rising chickens, it is likely that there will be some animal noises occurring at unpredictable moments during the night and day.
•Wild animals: There are various of these that live in the forest, including skunks, chipmunks, foxes, black bears, and many birds and insects. Since we have dogs and people around, the wild animals tend to keep their distance from the areas that we use. If you are lucky, you might spot a black bear on a hike; they are basically like big raccoons and prefer to run away from humans.
If you are looking for a unique experience and up for rustic accommodations with a few off-grid perks, we welcome you to join us in our mountain paradise!
Besides your own cozy cabin, you'll have access to the shared outdoor kitchen, bath-house, and sauna, as well as gardens and lots of forest! There is a steep loop trail through our property, a short, flat-ish trail cleared along the ridge, a swimming hole near the bridge, and plenty of forestry roads to stroll and woods to explore.
Your cabin is in the lower village area, featuring an outdoor kitchen, wood-fired sauna (usable November thru May), large organic garden and edible landscaping, chicken and goat pens, and two additional cabins. Other animal residents include dogs, cats, chickens, fish and frogs.
From your cabin, you are welcome to wander at will amongst our 160 acres of mostly steep, forested land, and enjoy the streams and waterfalls leading into Little Jones Creek. A stroll down the" driveway" and back along the forestry road is a beautiful hike in itself, where you could easily spend all day in the company of only quiet woodland creatures.
We also offer custom bodywork sessions - holistic chiropractic and massage - more info available on request.
Interaction with Guests
The Half Moon has a little extra privacy from the Lower Village thanks to its location down the forested Village Creek Road.
With a rotating and seasonally changing cast of residents and guests, your experience might range from a quiet day alone in the village to a parade of WWOOFers and other AirBnBers socializing in the common areas.
We all have variable schedules and "real" jobs, so we may or may not be home or around during your stay or on your arrival.
Our neighborhood is all made of trees and animals. How amazing is that? We love it here. It is very remote, peaceful, and magical. The closest neighbor is a Buddhist Hermitage about a mile up the forestry road. Also, supposedly Bigfoots live here! Our 160-acre property is surrounded by about a million acres of National Forest.
Most visitors to the area are interested in spending time in the redwoods – we are about 30-45 minutes from the nearest entrance to Jedediah Smith Park, home of Stout Grove and other beautiful redwood hikes. Driving into Crescent City, about 45-60 minutes, winds you right through the "gentle giants" on your way to or from Redwood National Park.
JANUARY 2016 Road Construction:
Due to construction along the road, the last section of driveway is currently closed to all vehicles. Please plan on parking in the "cabin parking" area and walking the last bit of hill (which is sometimes muddy) up to the village.
•Remote location, rough roads: We are about 45 minutes from the nearest grocery store, and about 3.5 miles up an unpaved forestry road. It is preferable to arrive during daylight hours since you'll be driving up a dirt road through the woods, crossing a creek either by small bridge or fording, and arriving on a property with limited electricity and steep terrain. The roads are unlit, bumpy, windy, and sometimes steep. Please bring a flashlight if you need to arrive after dark. We occasionally get a bit of snow in winter; please check the forecast and plan accordingly if you need to bring chains or snow tires.
You do NOT need 4WD to access the village; we drive our Honda Fit up and down regularly and we have had hundreds of visitors come in "regular cars". Some have described the road in as "harrowing", others have named it "no problem". It depends what you are used to. If you arrive during a rainstorm, the roads will be muddy and have large puddles.
•River crossing: If you have an appropriate 4WD truck or SUV you can ford the creek most of the year. Otherwise you should use the bridge - we don't recommend taking cars through the river. The bridge is extremely narrow (83.5 inches) but does fit most cars, except for wide or low cars such as a Dodge Charger, a minivan with trailer hitch, or a vintage police cruiser. The Prius is debatable - many people have come up in Priuses and have not expressed any problems, but it is easy to scrape the bottom of low vehicles on the ramps.
If you do not want to deal with the bridge please let us know ahead of time and we can plan to leave you a shuttle car.
Other Things to Note
Driving here: No, you do NOT need 4WD or any special vehicle to reach our cabins. We drive in and out regularly in our small Honda hatchback and have had hundreds of visitors drive up in their "regular" cars. Indeed the roads are quite bumpy, the driveway has some steep sections, and if you arrive during a huge storm in the rainy season there will be large puddles and mud. The bridge at the base of the driveway is quite narrow and you will cross it slowly and carefully; if you have a wide or long vehicle (large van, vintage police cruiser, Hyundai Sonata, fancy sports car) you will probably want to park at the bridge; depending on your schedule we may be able to provide a shuttle from the bridge.
What to expect (not the Holiday Inn!): Our rustic, off-grid lifestyle includes regular exposure to dirt, dust, mud, rain, insects, dead things, animal poop, etc. The village is also always evolving in some way and there will most likely be some sort of building, construction, and/or garden project going on as we continue working towards Shangri La!
1. PLEASE USE THE WRITTEN DIRECTIONS THAT WE HAVE PROVIDED. Do not count on phone service, internet maps, map apps or GPS. Keep in mind that you will be driving almost 5 miles into dense forest with no other buildings, signs, lighting, etc., crossing a river and driving up steep hills to find your unlit cabin. It is preferable to arrive before dark so that you can find your way.
2. NO SMOKING. We live in wood buildings surrounded by national forest.
3. NO FIRES OF ANY KIND DURING FIRE SEASON. Usually May through October, depending on the weather - if it's dry, we don't start fires even indoors.
4. Sorry, no pets!
This is our 8th year of an off-grid, sustainable living experiment that focuses on wilderness permaculture farming on mountain landscapes-- we welcome you to experience it with us