About this listing
Stay within the San Jacinto National Monument - a short drive from downtown Palm Springs. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail, soak in a roman bathtub and enjoy clear mountain views, quiet days and starry skies.
Hermit Springs is located Whitewater, CA - which is Rural Palm Springs. In the "backyard", you will find Mount San Jacinto (10,834') and to the north, you will find Mt. San Gorgonio (11,503'). Both mountains are separated by a small section of land called the San Gorgonio Pass.
Enjoy local maps, trail maps, books on local history, wildlife and reference and a small reading library is also available.
ABOUT THIS AREA
Enjoy beautiful unobstructed views of the 10,834’ north face of Mt. San Jacinto and have unparalleled door front access to the world famous Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) which stretches over 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada. In addition to staying in a unique environment that is perfect for hikers and photographers, other optional outdoor activities here include alpine climbing, bouldering, dune exploration, botany, and more.
Hermit Springs features reclaimed and custom milled mesquite hardwood floors, hand-plastered walls, an open beam wood ceiling, two wood-burning fireplaces, a designer stainless steel kitchen with a massive farm sink, a professional stainless steel range, and a full-sized modern stainless steel refrigerator. For eating; an acacia and steel pub table is perfect for sharing a drink while discussing adventures, playing games, or journaling your thoughts for the day. Inside, you'll also enjoy a massive custom built 4'X6' tumbled travertine roman bathtub (the hot tub) with dual 8" brass rain shower heads. Three, six-gallon carboy glass bottles set in the west wall light up the shower in the late afternoon, yet provide total privacy while enjoying a dip. The bathroom features an antique baroque mirror, a hand-hammered Indian vessel sink and a vintage cabinet from the 1800‘s with a solid granite top. Two fir shaker-style pocket doors provide privacy and easy access from both the bedroom and the living room. An extra long bed with antique solid oak head and footboards accommodates two comfortably and two more guests can stay in the living room on an air mattress. Extra linens are in the walk-in closet where you can also store your luggage and provide extra space for jackets, backpacks, or other bulky items.
Outside is a six-seater iron furniture set placed in natural desert landscape. In the yard are barrel cactus, aloe, agave, palo verde, desert willow, nolina, cholla, prickly pear, yerba santa, creosote, cottonwood, etc. Many have amazing blooms in the spring, but others bloom in the summer. There is also a classic Weber kettle BBQ charcoal grill for outdoor grilling during the cool of the day.
• Joshua Tree National Park
• The Mojave Preserve
• Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness & Backcountry
• Mt. San Gorgonio Wilderness & Backcountry
• Salvation Mountain & Slab City
• Kayaking the Salton Sea
• Deep Creek Natural Hot Springs
• Sections of the Pacific Crest Trail
• Pappy & Harriet's
• The Integretron
• Much more...
A LITTLE PIECE OF DESERT HISTORY
Hermit Springs is special because of both the the unique history and landscape surrounding this property. The first known inhabitants of "Teshana" were the Waknikik clan of the Cahuilla Indians who gathered from the natural landscape and hunted small game. Some of the first non-native settlers to the area came in 1810 - they were employees of the Wells Fargo Pony Express and stopped here to feed and exchange their horses and to maintain their carriages. In 1910 the artist, Steven Willard became a resident and in the 1920’s, a small group of Sicilian olive farmers called this area home while herding sheep and tending to their olive trees - many of which still exist today.
Wanderers, trappers, and outdoors-men of all types have visited this area because of the reliable water source in this canyon. Trout can still be found high up the west fork past the alluvial fan scattered with granite boulders and dotted with jojoba and brittle-bush. Up until the 60’s, the public had full access to massive pools for fishing and recreation - now it’s more challenging to get there, but still possible. In rainy years, a beautiful annual stream can be visited on the east side of the canyon - a picture of which can be found in my photographs. Within our village resides a variety of craftsmen, professionals, retiree’s, and artists from all backgrounds who also enjoy the special nature and solitude that can only be found here.
Local legend has it that psychologist Timothy Leary and his good friend John Drew Barrymore were both occupants here at one time. The Beatles stopped at a house up the road between gigs and the Rat Pack even had a hideaway in this small community. Public television icon Huell Howser of “California’s Gold” even visited this little cabin at one point for a special on the area. Additionally, this cabin was recently featured in the December 2013 issue of Palm Springs Life magazine.
HIGHLIGHTS & AMENITIES
•Literally on the Pacific Crest Trail
•Within 10 miles of Palm Springs nightlife, Cabazon's premium outlet shopping, and several Indian Casinos for your enjoyment
•Large custom shower with romantic roman bathtub
•2 REAL wood fireplaces in the winter
•Professional range and stove for all your cooking needs
•Utensils, cookware, cutlery, and full size fridge
•Weber charcoal BBQ outside
•Coffee maker & grinder, an assortment of teas
•Big Berkey water filter
•Firewood is available
•Large walk-in closet with library
•Writing table next to fireplace
•Scrabble & Worst Case Scenario game, cards and poker chips
•Mugs, bottle opener, and more
•Private getaway, yet close to L.A. and San Diego
Entire cabin and yard, plus surrounding national forest and monument. The Pacific Crest Trail and surrounding trails in Palm Springs.
Interaction with Guests
If you would like to meet personally for a hike or something, please let me know! I often meet guests upon arrival and am available to answer questions during their visit.
Small bohemian community near Palm Springs. Some would call it an art colony located in the middle of the San Jacinto National Monument. There are lots of outdoor opportunities here including hiking, photography, birding, cross country exploration, and more.
If you don't have your own car, rides can be arranged with a UBER or by taxi -- or I can pick you up from the airport with advance notice. Additionally, many local rental facilities are also available - some (like Enterprise) will even pick you up!
There is no public transit here.
Other Things to Note
• Laundry service is available
• Hermit Springs is located at 1,200' elevation - making it and the rest of our small village a consistent 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the rest of Palm Springs year round
• Kitchen is fully equipped
• Coffee & tea is provided
• Firewood is available at no charge
• No pets
• No smoking indoors - extinguish all heat sources.
• Breakfast fixings are typically provided for your first morning at the cabin.
There is no microwave (intentionally), so be prepared to use a range and oven - there is a toaster here also
• NO WIFI, but 4G LTE works great
• PLEASE review house rules & manual
*Read the house rules before your visit.
• Please be peaceful and respectful while outdoors - neighbors are sensitive to excessive noise and even very late arrivals in this small community.
• Please lock entire house and close all windows and drapes before all departures - I am particular about maintaining our collective privacy & security.
• Please, no drugs and no smoking inside the house (extinguish all heat sources).
• No illicit (illegal) activities.
• Please remove shoes when entering the house.
• Please remove all your trash from the house. Trashcan is behind the shed or there are dumpsters in the community - just drive around and you'll see them.
• Please wash, dry and put away all your dishes upon departure.
• Leaving doors open encourages insects to enter - please be mindful and close doors when coming and going otherwise you may be surprised at what wanders in from the desert.
• Batten down all hatches, doors, windows, umbrellas in windy conditions. It's amazing how fast things will break in extreme conditions. Leaving doors & windows open and umbrellas up in high wind can result in costly damages.
• If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask no matter the time of day or night! I will do my best to answer as soon as possible.
We had a fabulous stay at the Stone Cottage. Matt welcomed us upon arrival, thoughtfully provided breakfast supplies and was very helpful in sharing information and advice about the surrounding area. The cottage was very comfortable -- we enjoyed the collection of books and maps -- and the location was fabulous! The view from the garden while enjoying morning coffee or an evening beverage after a day of hiking was just incredible. We would definitely recommend the cottage to others seeking a quiet, comfortable getaway.
The cabin was a perfect retreat/getaway. We enjoyed being able to go hiking daily right from the front door. The views from the cabin were spectacular. Matt was a great host. He had breakfast items and coffee available for us so we didn't have to drive to the grocery store upon our arrival. He checked in with us after our first night. The cabin is about 7-8 miles from Palm Springs, maybe a bit further than we anticipated, but that was something we didn't look into before booking and wasn't really a problem. Great place to stay.. Thank you!
Gorgeous cabin at the base of Mt. San Jacinto and literally steps away from the PCT. My husband and I stayed two nights while we were in town for a wedding, and Matt's cabin was the perfect excuse to make a hiking trip out of our journey. The cabin had everything we needed to fix breakfast and Matt was kind enough to stock breakfast supplies (thank you for the delicious oranges) and our favorite beer. We definitely didn't miss having a tv or wi-fi, and tried to minimize our use of cell phones, tv, and internet. What a wonderful escape to just hike, cook, and play board games with my spouse. Amazing cabin and amazing trip!!
Matt was there to meet us on when we arrived, answered our questions and helped with suggestions for activities and dining. We felt welcomed and appreciated. Hermit Springs was only a 15 minute or so drive to Palm Springs and was tucked up against the mountains in a very secluded, small community of homes. We enjoyed stepping out the back door each morning to hummingbirds, beautiful vistas and on some days, a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail - a real bonus. Lovely design and furnishings with everything we needed for our week-long stay. . Highly recommended.
Absolutely charming, cozy, cabin-like place with beautiful mountain scenery (literally at the base of Mt. San Jacinto. If you're looking for something away from the traffic and crowds of the Coachella Valley, but within easy driving distance to all of the sites - this is it! You might even find yourself wanting to cut some of your day trips short to ensure that you have time for a pleasant morning or afternoon to enjoy the peace and solitude of Hermit Springs. No TV, but we didn't need or want it.
Matt is truly wonderful host. He was there to great us with fixings for a delicious breakfast, show us around the cabin, and even had a fireplace fire going for us...all much appreciated with our late in the day arrival. This is a fantastic place and Matt is the best.
Arriving exhausted many hours late, Matt and Kim sacrifised their evening to greet us at the remote Hermit Springs cabin. The location is superb for those who wish to be close to nature, with a stunning view of Mt. San Jacinto. Matt and Kim also provided us with starter foood and information.
The kitchen is amazingly well set up, with lots of staples, herbs and other food, and top quality appliances. Even sharp knives--rare in rentals in our experience. The living area is comfortable, and the two person shower-bath is a luxury touch. It's not for everyone, no tv, internet, micowave, radio or clock. But being in a very beautiful area, surrounded by nature, more than compensated. The Pacific Crest Trail really is 20 feet from the fron door, and the hike from the cabin is wonderful.
This is a beautiful space - very romantic with a fantastic kitchen and great fireplaces…We really enjoyed our stay here. Matt was welcoming, generous with his recommendations, and answered questions promptly…his knowledge of local hiking was invaluable. The cabin is really well-situated for hikes in the San Jacintos, Joshua Tree, and the Indian Canyons south of Palm Springs (and, of course, it's very close to Palm Springs). The neighbors can be a bit "nosy" but all in all they were nothing to worry about.
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About the Host, Matt
I enjoy hiking, camping and adventure travel of practically all types. I also like reading, exploring nature, and listening to Infowars. There is nothing like an informative documentary, a film with a good story, some classic rock, old electronic, jazz, classical, or good folk music. I am experienced in home renovations, web-design, outdoor adventure travel, practical special effects for film, search & rescue, motorcycle riding, snowboarding, snowshoeing, camping, hiking, and MUCH more.
Some favorite travel destinations:
Iona, Lewis, Oban, Melrose, Scotland
Lake Wolgangsee & Hallstatt, Austria
Moab, Arches, Zion, Utah
Mt. Hood, Hood River, Coos Bay, Cannon Beach, Astoria, Oregon
Gifford Pinchot NF, St Helens, The San Juans, & coastal Washington
BC & Whistler Canada
All over New Zealand
Huahine, French Polynesia
The Himalaya, Nepal
Havasupai, Payson, Sedona, the GC, Arizona
All over California
I am a good host who will be happy to help you enjoy your visit.
You will feel welcomed and leave refreshed.