Autumn is spectacular in Bear Valley. Warm sunny days to hike or sit on the deck and enjoy the views, chilly evening to make a cozy fire.
October brings the golden Aspen show. And it's so quiet up there this time of year.
Most quiet during the spring thaw, when "The snow is melting into music." (John Muir) Wildflowers abounding in July and August, adding to the view for hiking and water sports. Glorious warm days and golden aspens in the Autumn.
Winter brings the full California ski experience. Roads in the Bear Valley residential area are not plowed, so no cars are allowed to enter, and everything remains completely white. The snowmobile ride up from the village adds to the adventure! Road's end location is perfect for sledding.
The two bedrooms, each with an adjoining full bath, are on the entry level. The master bedroom has a wood stove and panoramic views. It has a king-size bed and a twin. The smaller bedroom has a twin bed, and also a trundle bed which can be used as one or two twins. The whole second story is one large room, with a wood stove and windows all around. It has a half bath and futons for four.
The second story is all one big room with windows all around and panoramic mountain and forest views to the south and east.
Accès des voyageurs
Guests have the entire house plus the cellar which is well stocked with firewood and tools for spitting kindling. The very private second story deck faces south with only one house down below in your view.
There is a hiking and cross-country skiing trail up to Bloods Point starting just to the right of my driveway.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
I am always available by phone or internet if you have any questions or problems. I'm also happy to answer questions before you book.
For entry in the snow: The highway up to Bear Valley (CA Hwy 4) doesn't reach higher elevations until about the last 20 minutes of the drive. It is kept well-cleared most of the time. Bear Valley is on the west side of the summit, so there are no scary cliffs to navigate! Please do check driving conditions and carry chains when advised.
My cabin is about the outdoors, not the indoors, and most of my renters are outdoor people who treat the house with respect.
The house is non-smoking, but if you must smoke on the deck PLEASE don't toss cigarette butts. Fire danger! Thanks.
Bring your own sheets and towels. There is no laundry service. Please contact me if you are flying in from a distant place and are not able to do so.
Well-trained dogs are welcome. I ask that you keep them off the furniture and vacuum any excessive hair from long-haired dogs.
A list of important local phone numbers is posted in the kitchen, along with complete house and snowmobile information.