About Muirs Muse Retreat
Come relax in your own private off grid cabin with a cozy loft and a view of Tahoe National Forest. At just over 5,000 feet in elevation and a dirt road drive Muirs Muse is the perfect place to disconnect.
A three minute walk will get you to the Pioneer Trail which is a 25 mile non-motorized trail meandering through Tahoe National Forest, Bear Valley, and mountain lakes at its terminus. Open to hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and all lovers of the outdoors, the adventures are endless!
Although there is cell service, there is no electricity or running water. There is an outdoor fire ring, a pit toilet on site and a portable heater and small camp stove for you to use... Just bring your own small propane canisters.
***Please note that in winter months Muirs Muse is accessible only by snowshoe as our road is not maintained with snow removal. Contact host for more info before booking please***
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Cabins & Lodging
- Check in after: 3PM
- Check out before: 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Muirs Muse Retreat
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
We had an excellent stay at Muirs Muse over Memorial Day weekend! The setting of the tiny house was very quaint. A large clearing surrounded by tall pine trees made for an ideal camp site. We really enjoyed cooking out on the picnic bench and sitting around the campfire at night with the stars overhead. The tiny house was also a nice change from tent camping. The owner added some nice decor to give it a little country flair. Don't expect a magazine perfect cottage though, the structure had its rough edges, but we weren't there to spend all our time indoors. The porta-potty was also very clean.
We would highly suggest you take a hike on the pioneer trail that is near the property. We took the westward path (go left on the trail as you walk towards Hwy 20) and hiked for about 5 hours out and back. One of the better trails I've been on in Tahoe. We saw no other hikers and just a few bikers and two horses. It was an easy gentle rolling trail the whole way.
The only things I'd like to point out is to please be aware that the road off of Hwy 20 as well as the into the property is a dirt road. We made it fine with a Prius but if you have low sports car or it has been raining a lot and you don't have 4wd you could have issues.
This secluded cabin is nestled in the middle of towering pines and cedar. Inside, there’s a futon where two people can sleep comfortably and a loft up top for an another two people to crash (bring sleeping pads). There isn’t electricity or running water, so make sure you pack headlamps and H2O. There’s a bright yellow Johnny-on-the-Spot right behind the cabin though.
The site gets a ton of sun. There’s a nice big deck that’s great for lounging on, plus a picnic table for preparing food. Make sure you get firewood while you’re still on the 80—there won’t be anywhere to buy it once you turn off.
Best part of this cabin is its proximity to the Pioneer Trail—it’s about 5 minutes away. We ran 10 miles without bumping into anyone!
Deana was an exceptional host! She took the time to write out very detailed recommendations for my girlfriend and I. YES, those recommendations were spot on! She had a small fire starter kit assembled by the fire pit, and the cabin was very clean.
Aside from the third day, we didn't see anyone else on or near the property. Definitely an ideal location for those seeking peace and quiet.
This spot is easily TWO thumbs up!
We enjoyed our stay at Muirs Muse! Deanna was very helpful providing directions to the cabin, along with recommendations on local spots to visit. Please do follow her directions-- the driveway up to Muirs Muse looks a bit like a trailhead. We missed it a couple times. (Make sure that if you use GPS, follow the address that Deanna provides. The Hipcamp coordinates will take you a much longer way.) Going up the driveway, you may also have problems if your car is low; lots of medium/large rocks in some places.
The cabin has a futon on the first floor and more futon cushions on the 2nd floor loft. You'll need to bring pillows and sleeping bags/blankets. I don't know if electricity is usually available (the cabin had electrical outlets that we didn't use), but Deanna has lamps in various sections of the cabin that provided enough warm lighting for us. Bring flashlights just in case! You'll also need to bring water, as there is no running water available. A clean port-o-potty is situated right outside the cabin. It was well-stocked with toilet paper and hand sanitizer. We enjoyed cooking food over the fire pit. Bring mosquito repellant; these suckers come out THICK around dusk and dawn. Deanna also has a small, but interesting, selection of books that you can read during downtime.
Overall, we loved our stay and would come back. The cabin is remote but close enough for cell phone reception (if you need it), and not far from Hwy 20. We had the cabin area to ourselves, no human beings in sight. It was hard finding the trail that Deanna mentioned, but if you need info, Deanna responds very quickly. We didn't get to meet her in person; however, she emailed and checked in to make sure we made it OK. She also left a nice Happy Birthday balloon and card for one of our friends who was celebrating a birthday that weekend! Wonderful hospitality!
If you get a chance, check out all the swimming holes/lakes along Bowman Lake Road. We made it all the way to Bowman Lake-- when Deanna mentioned it was an adventure, it definitely was! Make sure you have a truck/SUV. The pavement ends and there is nothing but gravel and large rocks! It was so peaceful out there but quite a ride.
Thank you for your hospitality, Deanna!
Great spot to get away from it all, but with the comfort of a roof over your head. Couple steps above roughing it, but not quite glamping either. Deana was a great host and recommended many fun excursions around the area. We (fiance and two dogs) did a couple of nearby hikes and visited her recommended swimming holes... It was a great time! She even left doggie treat bags for our pups. I would def come again and maybe being a couple of friends to mountain bike the awsome single track on pioneer trail wich is about half a mile walk from the cabin. Thanks Deana!
Muir's Muse was exactly what my girlfriend and I were looking for. Massive trees as far as you can see. Our two days were filled with hammock naps, hikes, and watching the trees kiss the clouds. What an experience! It was the perfect combination of glamping and shelter rental. We can't wait to go back!
Muirs Muse is a lovely little cabin in the woods. I stayed here on my own with my dog as company and felt safe even though I was alone. The cabin and grounds are very clean. It was super hot the weekend I stayed, and so I slept with the cabin door open. Remember to bring bug repellent! The cabin is easy to get to and fairly close to I-80 (so you do hear the freeway), but nonetheless it was peaceful. It was a great base camp for mountain biking, hiking and exploring the Sierras.
We didn't get to meet the owners (they weren't home), but they left us a doggie gift bag with dog biscuits and a tennis ball! Our dog enjoyed the treats and had a lot of fun playing with the ball. The space is beautiful, cozy, and clean. My family isn't exactly the outdoorsy type, so when I found Muirs Muse through Hipcamp I knew it would offer my family an experience somewhere between glamping and backcountry camping. I pitched my tent just outside the tiny green house for me to sleep in, while my family slept inside.
We had such an amazing time at Muirs Muse Retreat!
This place is great! A real cabin in a great area, rough and ready. Beautiful Start filled sky. They left us a perfect fire pit, with kindling and everything, but it was a hot dry night and we abstained. The cabin was charming, but since it was such a great night we slept outside.
We were super glad to stay at Muirs cabine. Deana is such a friendly host. Our car got stuck because of the the snow and Deana was very concerned by the situation. We were lucky enough to get some help from other people living in the area. Lot of adventurous time ! We can't wait to go back to this lovely place and see how it looks in summer. Thank you Dean for sharing your incredible cabine.
Stayed here for the New Years holiday and it was wonderful! One of the two nights dumped about 1.5 feet of snow on us (we were ready) and the property transformed into a winter wonderland. We spent our days snowshoeing, sledding and drinking cocoa while the evenings were spent cuddling by the portable gas heater, relaxing sipping hot tea. My wife and I also brought along our 3 year old who's only real struggle was leaving! Deana (the owner) was more than hospitable and very helpful throughout our stay. We will definitely be coming back!
Beautiful scenery. The trail into Muir's Cabin is pretty Hidden and you for sure need an all wheel drive or 4x4 vehicle. The fire pit was a blessing at night to stay warm. The house itself can get cold and a small heater does help. Bring blankets and pillows. The sleeping arrangements are comfortable. Propane tanks are necessary to cook and have heat. The porta pottie was clean. Overall it was a calm and wonderful experience.
Tip: Do not leave any food out at night as we did see animal prints in the snow when we woke up in the morning.
Lovely small cabin surrounded by beautiful nature. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place. We woke up to snow over spring break.Lucky for us the host warned us about the weather so we packed warm clothes and extra propane for heat. Wasn't able to cook outside over the open fire but used the small camp stoves provided (and one we brought) to make some warm meals that kept us full. Would love to go back when the weather is warmer and dryer just to be able to enjoy sitting on that deck under the stars. There were 4 of us ,2 adults 2 kids and it was a tight squeeze but it worked out for us. Had to make a run into Nevada City about 14 miles away to stock up on extra books and board games but other than that was a nice time and Nevada City was a great little town with great places to eat anyway. Ideal place for a couple.
We had a lovely time at Muir's Muse! It was sunny the entire weekend, but there was a little patch of snow we were able to use as a "fridge" for our beers. ;) We hiked down to Bear Valley, squelched through the marshy grass, and ate lunch on top of the big rock in the middle of the meadow. We had lovely campfires at night and saw SO many stars. Deana's dad brought us some extra firewood and told us about the 100-year old mine deep in the woods on the property. We bush-whacked for awhile trying to find it, but alas—we'll just have to come back someday!
We love Muir's Muse!!! The location was absolutely stunning, it was very private, and the little off-the-grid cabin was adorable and very comfortable. It was a nice change from climbing in and out of a tent! Deana was a wonderful host, she had provided quite a few things that we hadn't thought of, or could have easily forgotten. She also leaves a camp stove to use all you need is propane. The doggy bag with treats, tennis ball, and poop baggies was such a thoughtful touch.
We will definitely be returning to Muirs Muse, we had a wonderful relaxing peaceful experience.
Thank you Deana!
We had a nice stay at Muirs Muse! The pioneer trail is great and Bear Valley is very beautiful! There is a dual burner stove and two heaters (all that run off propane - the green coleman canisters at walmart or target will work).
Bring water, firewall, and propane (if you think you'll need it). Also, make sure you get directions from Deanna or google maps. Don't use the default directions from Hipcamp.
There was alcohol gel and toilet paper in the porta potty when we were there, but you might want to bring your own, just in case.
We LOVED Muirs Muse! It's quiet escape right on the edge of Tahoe National Forest and this little spot was gorgeous. We really enjoyed playing board games and napping in a hammock we brought, as well as nightly campfires and hunting for massive sugar pine cones. Make sure to follow Deana and Laura's tip to go check out the Yuba River nearby - you need to drive, but it's only a short few minutes and absolutely gorgeous.
Lots of thoughtful touches to the place, including:
- a tiny click-on/click-off nightlight at the top of the loft
- cooking stove (BYO Propane)
- toilet paper and hand sanitizer for making 'roughing it' a little less rough ;)
This cabin was everything I hoped for - ready with a beautiful firepit, a fresh array candles, and cozy decor. I loved my two nights here, and wish I could have stayed longer. I was camping alone, and felt perfectly comfortable staying in these woods. And Deana was incredibly helpful after my flight was delayed, and I arrived late. Thanks again for sharing your gorgeous space! Loved the trees, and thanks for all of the extra firewood and kindling :)
Muir's Muse was a great little retreat - secluded, but still close enough to the freeway and main roads to get around the area easily. There's some great spots for hiking, swimming, and more - definitely worth checking out Deana's recommendations if you're unfamiliar with the area! The cabin was very cozy and really does get amazing light during the day. I would definitely stay again.
I really liked how MM was furnished and decorated. It wasn't filled with run of the mill Ikea pieces. More thought went into it; pieces appeared to be from perhaps within the family or from garage sales, making it quaint and quite attractive. I also liked how there were "extras" that amped up the "camping" experience. We in particular appreciated the propane stovetop as an alternative to campfire cooking. We also liked that we could use the various battery operated lanterns for a broader glow instead of our headlamps. And the resident card games (Uno, for instance) were a nice addition. Most of all, I thought Deana was a most responsive and attentive host, always responding very quickly to all types of communication.
One FYI for other hipcampers: we stayed when the weather was super hot with a ton of mosquitoes. The afternoon sun does bear down on MM. So it's helpful to have the blinds and curtains down on the first floor upon arrival to at least reduce the heat buildup within the cabin. Although it was very hot on the first floor and remained quite hot into the night, the screen windows on the 2nd floor allowed ventilation and it was very comfortable sleeping in the loft.
This was a great place to stay, it's a step up from camping in a tent and if you're into that kinda thing you may enjoy this option as well. My husband and I did enjoy our stay overall, since we had been camping several days before we came here. The cabin is very simple, no frills but gets the job done and if you have some gear with you then your probably going to be stoked. If your not planning on bringing gear then you my be doing without your essentials like making your morning cup pf Joe - bring your set-up cause you'll need that. One thing that was a downside, road is very rough and maneuvering in my hatchback was a gamble to get up the dirt driveway. The road into the cabin is unpaved but no major pot holes, however the driveway is a bit rough with large rocks for small cars with no 4wd. One thing that was out of the owners control was the logging trucks on the main road, they started early and went back and forth all day so it was not very relaxing and we ended up leaving during the day to find quiet time. We had hoped to escape all signs of modern life. Luckily there are many surrounding lakes and rivers - we found some prime fly fishing spots but again the roads really do require 4wd so we had to limit our vehicle adventures into many areas since they all were unpaved. Overall it was still a fun time and something different, thanks for sharing your cabin Deana.
A unique retreat. We really enjoyed our two nights at Muirs Muse and exploring the area. We hiked the Pioneer trail for 13 mines in the morning and spent the hot summer afternoon at the Emerald Pools down the road. Deana, the site host, is very friendly and accommodating!
My girlfriend and I stayed her for two nights in late July. Muirs Muse is amazing!! We loved our stay here and highly recommend it anyone looking for a place in Tahoe National Forest. The evenings are pretty warm so we definitely look forward to coming back in the shoulder seasons, when things cool down. The cabin is a close proximity to great hiking trails and the drive to Emerlad Pools is more than worth it. The walk down the pools is quite short if you park right after the bridge, and I highly recommend you check this out during it stay.
Muirs Muse Retreat is exactly what we thought it would be. It's private, has ample space inside for two couples or parents w/ a couple kids, and is in a fantastic location with hiking trails and natural pools all within a short distance.
I would highly suggest visiting Emerald Pools off of Bowman Lake Rd if it is hot, the place is gorgeous. Even with it being hot on the weekend we were there, the trees provide ample shade and they also provide a perfect place to set up your hammocks. It does stay a little warm at night though and the main door down stairs doesn't have a screen, the only screens are on the top level where the loft is, so good ventilation in the loft, but very little to none downstairs if you want to keep the mosquitos out.
Deana, the host, is very responsive and has great suggestions. All in all a fantastic place and a great location. I would highly recommend!
Our stay at Muirs Muse was everything we expected and more! The area is beautiful, relaxing and with so much of your own space. We loved being able to walk to a great hiking trail and see such clear stars. We enjoyed the Bear river and yuba river spots deana recommended on our way out of town! We thought we'd do a lot more but we ended up enjoying the calmness of hanging out here, cooking, drinking beers and reading that we had a whole day just spent here. We will definitely be back!
The Muirs Muse Retreat was everything I hoped it would be. Deana sent over very detailed directions on how to get here and lots of helpful information about the property (great hiking super close). It was just my pup and I for the weekend and we had a blast. The little house is super cozy. I can't wait to come back here to experience this magical place in snow!