A small, rustic, handbuilt cabin deep in the Northern California woods. Part of a remote, off-grid "village," including a few other cabins, goats, chickens, dogs, frogs, permaculture gardens and all kinds of cool, sustainable, DIY infrastructure.
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.
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.
Your cabin is in the lower village area, featuring a full outdoor kitchen, wood-fired sauna (usable November thru May), large organic garden and edible landscaping, chicken and goat pens, and two additional cabins (one of which is home to your hosts, Dan and Jane). Other animal residents include dogs, puppies, chickens, and goats.
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.
Most visitors to the area are interested in spending time in the redwoods – we are about 30 minutes from the nearest entrance to Jedediah Smith Park, home of Stout Grove and other beautiful redwood hikes. Driving into Crescent City, about 45 minutes, winds you right through the "gentle giants" on your way to or from Redwood National Park.
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!
•Remote location: 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.
•River crossing: The entrance to our driveway includes crossing Little Jones Creek – if you have a truck or SUV of any kind you can generally ford the river in the dry season. Otherwise, the bridge is accessible for all but the widest vehicles.
•Lighting / Electricity: We will provide you with candles, flashlights, and a lantern, since we are off-grid and your cabin does not have electricity.
•Sauna: The wood-fired sauna is near your cabin and is available for your use any time during your stay November to May. (Fire restrictions prohibit us from building a fire in the sauna from summer to early fall.)
•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 cooler space for storing food.
•Bathrooms: We use composting toilets (buckets with seats); there is an indoor toilet in the bathhouse, and you will also have your own composting toilet available at your cabin. 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, the early rising chickens and communicative goats, 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 raccoon 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! Please message me with any questions :)
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 and plenty of forestry roads to stroll and woods to explore.
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. The outdoor kitchen and sauna / bath-house are shared by the three cabins - sometimes this means the whole place is yours, or on busy travel weekends there can be several other guests around and sometimes the kitchen can turn into a social scene on nice evenings. When we are home, we are happy to answer questions and also like to meet and chat with amenable guests, but we also have lots to do around the property.
Dan & Jane work in town so may not be around as much, but Nick is "on the mountain" full time so can usually show you around and help with questions.
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.
We are 5 miles off of Highway 199, and at least 30 minutes drive from the nearest tiny "town."
There is no public transit! We are 5 miles off the highway on unpaved forest road. It is unlit, bumpy, windy, and sometimes steep. You do NOT need 4WD to access the village; I drive my 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.
There is a river crossing at the bottom of the driveway - 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 but does fit most cars, except for wide or low cars such as a Hyundai Sonata, 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 scrap the bottom of such low vehicles on the ramps.
If you do not want to deal with the bridge please let us know 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, goat 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. YES to Doggies! We have several already who *usually* love new playmates. There have been a few instances of our otherwise mellow new-mama dog being territorial and unwelcoming to new dogs - sometimes it's fine, but some visitors have ended up keeping their dogs separate. Dogs are still allowed but this is an FYI for the dog scene!
We had the best time here! After driving up the coast from the Bay Area, and trundling down a winding dirt road, we ran in to two friendly dudes in a Prius. It was our hosts Nick and Rob coming down the mountain to check on our safe arrival. Maitreya Mountain Village is situated in a beautiful valley, covered in thick forest and streams, with several cabins dispersed throughout and two communal hubs. Although we thought we would just be chilling in our cabin, we ended up spending most of our time hanging out with Nick and Rob, having good conversation, eating food and drinking wine. After retiring to our cabin, we fell asleep to the sound of the wind and the crackling fireplace. The following morning, we had breakfast (Rob made us coffee) and then went hiking into the woods, up a trail leading from the cabin. Regretfully, we only spent one night here - but we will definitely go back next time we're in California. Nick and Rob were both super cool, funny and chilled out dudes, who made for excellent company. Also, be sure to check out the Community Centre which has amazing architecture.
Beautiful, well-thought out space with so much going for it. The drive in is not for the faint, but their written directions were perfect. This is truly a special place I would love to spend more time in. I can't say enough good things about the surrounding natural beauty because it has taken my breath away. Jane, Dan, and Nick are some awesome people who are doing really cool things. I'd recommend this to all of my adventurous friends looking for something different.
Our experience at the mountain village was, in a word, magical. Believe the reviews and the description--this place is not easy to get to, but oh so worth it. Definitely try to arrive before dark, since those windy roads would be difficult to navigate... We were immediately greeted by three cute-as-can-be dogs and their human Nick, who gave us a tour of the place just before the sun went down. We were made to feel at home and settled in to make dinner in the outdoor kitchen. The cabin is small and cozy, with a wonderful wood stove to keep you plenty toasty through the night. In the morning we fried up a couple eggs the chickens were kind enough to provide and looked around the place more fully in the light of day. Every building is carefully and thoughtfully constructed with sustainability and resourcefulness in mind. Beauty and function is what this place is about and we were blown away. What a peaceful and magical retreat from the hustle and bustle and from cell service! We will definitely be back. Thank you Dan, Jane, and Nick for an amazing night's stay in your slice of paradise.
I had a great time getting off the grid for a night here. No power and no cell reception was exactly what I was looking for, but make sure you know what to expect! The Half Moon was exactly as described. Plenty of candles, firewood and lamps were provided. I didn't stay long enough to experience any of the other facilities, or meet the host(s) for that matter. The dogs were friendly though. Host's provided directions to the site were accurate, and you'll want to have them accessible offline. Access was no issue for my rental Ford Focus, but that bridge is seriously narrow. Tuck in your mirrors! If you're visiting in the winter, you'd better know how to make a fire. I was quite comfortable once I got the stove up and running.
The listing description was accurate and the directions were very helpful. It was rainy and dark when we arrived, but we found our cabin easily. We awoke to a beautiful sunny day and the property was so beautiful that we decided to explore for a few extra hours. Rob was easy going and suggested a great trail.
We ventured up to the Half Moon cabin because it looked super cozy and we wanted to start the New Year with some quiet and calm away from our daily lives. The cabin and the village were everything they promised to be and a whole lot more.
The acres are in a dense woods outside of Gasquet. We arrived after sundown (and would definitely suggest you try and get there during the day because it's a lot easier to navigate the mountain roads), but Jane and Dan were there to greet us ad help coach us over a narrow bridge and up a steep path.
Once we parked and unpacked, it was two days of complete pleasantness and respite.
A morning coffee in the garden, cooking in their camping-style kitchen (bring all your food so you won't have to leave!), a hike through the surrounding trails, an unsuccessful- but fun- attempt to heat up the sauna (I'm sure it might be possible with some direction from Jane and Dan), and a very successful fire in our cabin in the evening.
There's no cell service, but that's part of the charm. This is a really special place to appreciate the simple things, with yourself, or with someone special.
Jane and Dan are really putting Gasquet on the map.
We loved our stay here! Rustic, secluded, and cozy- just what we were looking for as a New Years getaway. The sauna is wonderful, there are good trails/fire roads around for exploring, and the scenery is beautiful. It is definitely far out of the way, and the road to get there is very rough, with an extremely narrow bridge to cross a stream. The listing says you can ask for a shuttle across the bridge and up the final hill. I would recommend using that service if you are concerned with your car.
All in all, the place is lovely. The cabins are cute, there are a few like-minded people around but it's very quiet, and Jane and Dan were welcoming. The cabins are a close drive to the ocean and redwoods, so day trips away are easy.
The kitchen currently has unplugged refrigerators as food storage. This worked well in the winter, but I would recommend bringing a cooler with ice if you're there in the summer.
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Four of us share our wilderness homestead with three dogs, two cats, ten chickens, and various intrepid guests! We are all fun and easygoing, like to laugh, and are happy to meet new people and share our unique village with folks from all over the world.