Hermit Springs Desert Stone Cabin

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Falls Creek Road, White Water, CA 92282, United States

Bohemian art colony retreat within National Monument for guests staying 30+ days.
Close to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, alpine climbing opportunities, (and more).
Pleasant drive to Palm Springs.
Dark, quiet, private.

The Space

"Close to Palm Springs, Closer to Nature"

Here, you will find better views, darker skies, and more solitude than other place in Southern California. The residence is located within the San Jacinto National Monument and is only minutes from downtown Palm Springs. The air is fresh, the views are unparalleled, and the cabin is quaint and comfortable.

Hermit Springs is a home for the traveling explorer.

This is an opportunity to deeply explore the rugged backcountry of the mountains and deserts of Southern California. Directly to the South in our "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 which can easily be traversed by foot.

When you visit Hermit Springs, you are coming for both rest and recreation as your host offers optional outdoor guide service and provides unique seasonal itineraries based on your individual interests. I can outfit guests with top of the line backpacking gear by brands such as GoLite, Mountain Hardware, Black Diamond, and Cascade Designs. Local TOPO maps, trail maps, books on local history, wildlife and more are also provided for your convenient reference and a small reading library is available.

Hermit Springs is a genuine stone cabin (or cottage) located right outside of the vacation city of Palm Springs, California. It lays within the 272,000 acre Santa Rosa and Mount San Jacinto National Monument where you will 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.

*Good to know: 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.

This little stone cottage has recently been refurbished - it now 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 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 refreshing dip for up to four people.

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. Extra toiletries can be found therein.

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 blankets and sheets 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.

As your host, I offer complementary guided excursions to:
• 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

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 outdoorsmen 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.

•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 (firewood included).
•Professional range and stove for all your cooking needs.
•Utensils, cookware, cutlery, and full size fridge.
•Classic Weber charcoal BBQ outside.
•Coffee maker & grinder
•An assortment of teas
•Big Berkey water filter
•Optional blender
•Writing table next to fireplace
•Small library of books on health, fiction, and more.
•Scrabble & Worst Case Scenario game
•Cards and poker chips
•Mugs, bottle opener, and more.
•Private getaway, yet close to L.A. and San Diego

No public transportation is available, but rides can be arranged with a taxi -- or I can pick you up from the airport with advanced notice. Many rental local facilities are also available, some like Enterprise will even pick you up!

Fresh linens will be provided and weekly off-site laundry service is offered at no additional charge.

"The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!"
-John Muir

Guest Access

The entire house and yard.

Interaction with Guests

Sometimes I meet you in person and sometimes I don't - but if you want to hang out, I can usually be available.

The Neighborhood

Small village in the outskirts of Palm Springs. It uses to be an art colony and we are smack-dab in the middle of the San Jacinto National Monument. Lot's of outdoor opportunities here including hiking, cross country exploration, and more.

Getting around

No public transit other than rental cars or taxis.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 30 nights
Weekly Price: $800 /week
Monthly Price: $1200 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Long Term

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • I can not begin to describe what a wonderful place this is to stay. From the location to the design, this cabin has it all. Very convenient to Palm Springs and you can be in LA in about an hour. I spent 2 months in hermit springs and I can honestly say I don't have one negative hung to say. Honestly I am not a outdoorsy/nature person and only stayed here for the location but the setting is absolutely breathtaking. I found myself hiking through the mountains and just enjoying the beauty. Something I haven't don't in a long time. It almost forces you to relax.

    Matt and Kim were excellent host! Very knowledgable about the area, gave excellent recommendations for things I do, and are just very genuine down to earth good people. Thanks for a excellent trip and the fantastic fish tacos. Hope to see you guys again.

    March 2014
  • This place is amazing! Matthew could surely have a career as an interior decorator. The home is stylish and modern while still feeling like a classic cabin. There is a lot of attention to detail. The area is gorgeous and convenient. Our experience was so relaxing and enjoyable. Will definitely be staying longer next time. Highly recommend!!!

    January 2014
  • Matt has received numerous, well-deserved accolades about The Hermit Springs Cabin. He was very responsive, and even checked in with us daily via text to make sure everything was going well.

    He was also very flexible with our needs. My mom and sister took a few days off to join my wife and two year old son. For four adults and a toddler, it was cozy but still very comfortable. We brought our pack and play and parked it at the foot of the bed. My mom and sister slept on the couch and air mattress (which Matt provided) in the living room. There were ample clean linens for everyone, and Matt even came by to drop off extra blankets and supplies.

    Everything about the Cabin was high quality. The most notable features to me were: 1) The dual rain showers with great pressure and shallow Roman bath (which my son enjoyed every day); 2) the beautiful and fragrant mesquite wood floors; 3) complete kitchen ware, including a set of very sharp knives; 4) incredible sound insulation.

    The TramWay, which is a fairly new gondola with a 360-degree rotating platform, was only minutes away. From the mountain top station, there are miles of beautiful trails in wildly varied terrain. The coniferous forest is dramatically than the desert valley environment below.

    We also took a day trip to Joshua Tree, which was about a 45-minute drive to the northwest entrance. The Hidden Valley Trail was a great, short excursion for us, though I wish we had more time to explore all the other trails and do some rock climbing.

    I highly recommend staying at the Hermit Springs Cabin. Matt's attentiveness and attention to detail should serve as an example to all other hosts. By the way, he is also a seasoned outdoorsman and very knowledgeable about the area. I wish we were able to take advantage of his guide services. Maybe next time!

    January 2014
  • Not only did we enjoy a stay at the cabin, but my husband and I booked Matt to take us on a 2-night, 3-day trek through Joshua Tree. ust emerged from 3 day, 2 nights of 25+ miles of trekking through spectacular Joshua Tree national forest. Mild bouldering, mix of back country off trail navigating, and established Park trails. Discoveries: old miner camps with scattered relics, mountain goat ram remains, an old ranchers 1927 cowboy poetry ramblings etched into rock face above his old corral, with proud, old timey font. A decaying 1920s car near an old homestead. Tracking a huge mountain lion down a canyon wash. Indian pottery shards. All made possible by local expert host of stout adventures, who buried 10 gallons of water around the park for our resupply and knows everything about wilderness survival and the flora and fauna. Unforgettable. Chilling at his comfy cabin before and after was perfect, as now we are exploring other places he recommends in the area for day trips. The trip was so so heightened with his knowledge and hospitality -- he even did our laundry!

    December 2013
  • We stayed in the cabin for a few days over Thanksgiving and had a great time. The location is beautiful and close to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. Matt was easy to communicate with and everything went smoothly. The cabin itself is great and very comfortable. Would definitely recommend!

    December 2013
  • I loved HS! The cabin itself was 5 stars and so was Matt. I made a fire and took a shower and it was awesome! Cheers to Matt for doing air BNB the right way!!



    November 2013
  • Matt's stone cabin was better than the pictures and written description. We particularly enjoyed the outside bbq gril and sitting area, stone bath and the fireplace (Matt graciously left plenty firewood on the backyard). Beautiful place, beautiful surrounding. I will return for sure.

    November 2013
  • This cabin is perfect for a relaxing getaway. It's remote yet close enough to everything. There are dozens of hikes within an hours drive, including one right out the front door. Palm Springs and other desert cities are nearby. The cabin itself is very clean and updated with a chef's kitchen and a rain shower, both of which I wish I had at home. Matthew was quick to respond to any questions. I would stay here again.

    November 2013
  • I'm apt to keep Hermit Springs as my little secret, but secrets beg to be told, so I have told everyone I know about this quaint little cottage.

    Spectacular views. Convenient location. Quiet. I'll most definitely be back.

    November 2013
  • Great experience and location! Everything we hoped for and more!

    October 2013
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I enjoy hiking, camping and adventure travel of practically all types. I also like reading, exploring nature, and listening to Alex Jones or Coast to Coast AM when I have time - there is nothing like an informative documentary, a film with a good story, some classic rock, old electronic, jazz, classical, or good folk music. It's fun to host interesting travelers from all over the world at Hiker's Hideaway or cater to those those that want a month long retreat in their own private cabin at Hermit Springs. I'm also a hiking guide in the area, so I'd be happy to share some great ideas for you at no cost before and after you book your visit. I am skilled in making home renovations, web-design, outdoor adventure travel, practical special effects for film, local lore and research, search & rescue, motorcycle riding, snowboarding, snowshoeing, camping, hiking, and more. Some favorite travel destinations: Iona, Lewis, Oban, Melrose, Scotland Lindesfarne, Northumbria 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 Sofia, Bulgaria The Himalaya, Nepal Hawaiian Islands Havasupai, Payson, Sedona, the GC, Arizona Area 51, Nevada & more 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.
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