Hipcamp host Andria L.,
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COVID Update: The cabin is available for shared households or social bubbles. We kindly ask that guests follow California face covering and physical distancing protocols in local businesses.

Our classic 1970s A-frame cabin offers a simple space of retreat with lovely light, view of the trees and uncluttered decor. Great for couples and also solo travelers! Please note

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COVID Update: The cabin is available for shared households or social bubbles. We kindly ask that guests follow California face covering and physical distancing protocols in local businesses.

Our classic 1970s A-frame cabin offers a simple space of retreat with lovely light, view of the trees and uncluttered decor. Great for couples and also solo travelers! Please note there is a 2 night minimum on weekends (if overlaps with a Fri or Sat) and a 3 night minimum for holiday weekends.

We're well-located for a weekend getaway (~2.5 hours from the East Bay and ~3 hours from SF) and as a base for your adventures in the Sierras. There's lots to explore nearby with Big Trees State Park and Stanislaus National Forest within minutes, lakes, skiing, mountain towns and wine-tasting, or just relax at the cabin and take in the view.

The cabin is on a small parcel in a quiet neighborhood, removed but close to town. We're a 5-minute walk to the Stanislaus National Forest/Arnold Rim Trail (we provide a custom map for nearby hikes), 10-minute drive to Big Trees State Park, 15 minutes to the town of Murphys (great wineries, pubs and dining), 40 minutes to Bear Valley Ski Resort, 10 minutes to White Pines Lake, 45 minutes to Lake Alpine and Utica and Union lakes. We’re happy to recommend our favorite spots for hiking and swimming. If your trip is taking you farther afield, we’re ~2 hours from Yosemite's Big Oak Flat entrance, and 2.5 hours from Lake Tahoe via the less-traveled Highway 4 in warmer months. 

We do our best here to strike a balance between simple amenities and comfort. A reminder that we are in the country, so the cabin is best suited to those who like a more rustic getaway.

There is no AC, television, or microwave. We've gone without a TV and landline, but WiFi means you can stream to your own devices and make WiFi calls on your cell. If you have a laptop you can hook it up to our projector (adaptors for thunderbolt 2, DVI-D, mini DV). We have loads of board games and puzzles.

The kitchen has pots/pans/kettle, toaster, mini waffle iron, Brita pitcher, and rice cooker. For coffee drinkers, we have a coffee grinder, french press and pour over dripper.  Help yourself to organic coffee and tea!

The cabin is mainly heated by a gas fireplace (looks like a wood stove, but does not need wood). We recommend bringing layers and slippers in the winter while the cabin warms up. Like most cabins in the area, there is no AC, but we provide room fans. Cell reception is unreliable throughout the Sierras except for Verizon, however at the cabin, WiFi calls are available through all carriers --to make calls, enable the setting on your cell phone.

The cabin comfortably fits 4 people, with 1 bedroom, a sleeping loft (no door) and 1.5 bathrooms. The downstairs bedroom has a queen bed, and the loft has a full-size mattress and its own half bathroom.

We have a flat parking pad instead of a driveway, which makes things easier in the winter months.

The rental rate covers a professional cleaning fee and linens and towels!

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Wifi available
Bins available
Laundry present
No picnic table
Have a question? Send Andria a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 8% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Mountain biking at Arnold Rim Trail.

Boating

There are great canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding spots at nearby lakes! You can rent kayaks locally.

Fishing

Try White Pines Lake or Lake Alpine!

Hiking

Arnold Rim Trail and Big Trees State Park.

Horseback riding

Check out Arnold Rim Trail.

Paddling

Try White Pines Lake or Lake Alpine.

Climbing

Check out the Bear Valley Area near Spicer Reservoir.

Snow sports

Bear Valley Ski Resort is 40 minutes away.

Swimming

Lake swimming at White Pines (there is also a beach there) or Lake Alpine. We can point you in the direction of river access fo...Read more

Whitewater paddling

Check out: https://www.oars.com/adventures/stanislaus-rafting-calaveras-big-trees-state-park/

Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Little Arnold A-frame in California.

Beach

The beach at White Pines Lake is great for families!

Cave

Mercer and Moaning Caverns are 25 minutes away.

River, stream, or creek

Nearest is Stanislaus River.

Swimming hole

Your host can share access points for Stanislaus River and tips for lake swimming.

Forest
Lake
Mountainous
Driveway

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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah F.
recommends this listing.
September 23rd, 2021

The Arnold A-frame was super cute and cozy. It was on a very quiet street and had a lovely deck. We used the projector on the blinds and it was a fun experience. We definitely want to come back in the winter to experience the snow from the amazing wall of windows!

Hipcamper Amy

Ideal setting for taking stock

Amy P.
recommends this listing.
January 27th, 2021

What a charming place! We thoroughly enjoyed our four night stay at the Arnold A-Frame. The cabin is conveniently located so that you can make a day of being right where you are or if you choose to venture up the highway you will be rewarded with more beauty and adventure. The house has everything you need and if you're like us, a welcomed confrontation with the fact that you don't need half of what you have where ever you've come from. Enjoy the energy and simplicity of this lovely place!

Little Arnold A-frame
Hipcamper Christina
Christina T.
recommends this listing.
December 16th, 2020

We loved the Little Arnold A-Frame so much that we reached out to Andria and extended our trip once we got there. She was so accommodating and helpful! Looking forward to making a return trip back someday!

Hipcamper Christina
Christina T.
recommends this listing.
December 16th, 2020

The Little Arnold A-Frame was the perfect getaway — we couldn't have asked for a better space to unwind, relax, and enjoy nature in simple luxury. Andria has truly thought of every little detail to make your stay comfortable, and it shows throughout the cabin! It feels incredibly homey, just the right amount of space and amenities. She is also extremely communicative, and a wonderful host.

The cabin is in a peaceful, quiet area on the outskirts of town, just a short walk from some lovely hiking trails with amazing panoramic views — from there, we could see the snow-capped mountains over Sonora Pass on one side, and Mt. Diablo on the other. We also spotted deer and turkeys on the trail and in the neighborhood. It was so still at night, and stargazing from the deck through the towering pines was quite an experience. And it really is just a few minutes from Calaveras Big Trees with more amazing trails and trees to take in.

When not hiking, we spent most of the days cozied up by the fire, cooking full meals in the well-stocked kitchen, enjoying the abundant natural light streaming in through the skylights, and just soaking in the floor-to-ceiling forest views. One of the most restful weeks we've had in a long time. We really didn't want to leave! Thank you, Andria, for sharing your special cabin with others!

Hipcamper Abby
Abby J.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2020

This tiny A-frame was super dreamy! It has everything we needed and felt super homey. Andria was a great host- she was super quick to communicate with us and gave us great recommendations for things to do nearby! It was a perfect getaway from the city. 10/10 would recommend!

Hipcamper Pamela

Lovely respite!

Pamela C.
recommends this listing.
October 22nd, 2020

Amazing, peaceful place! Highly recommend it!! Great hiking. One trailhead walking distance from this lovely A-frame. Owner is a a.dream to work with...😊👍🏼❣️

Hipcamper Lyndsie

Cute cabin, great location.

Lyndsie R.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2020

What a great cabin to get away in for a few days. Well-appointed, cute and so close to good hikes.
We're hoping to come back here in the future for sure. Opening up the cabin in the evening for a cross breeze kept it nice and cool during the warmer days we were there. The downstairs room is much better for folks who sleep better in the dark, but both beds seemed comfy and sturdy.

Hipcamper Aman

Cute cabin in a cute little town!

Aman B.
recommends this listing.
August 2nd, 2020

Arnold CA is a great town to explore and it was my first time being there with my husband. The cabin is adorable and is very spacious for two people. I felt like it was well stocked- clean towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, etc, even bug spray! There is a washer and dryer which is super great/convenient in case you have to wash anything. I especially loved the fact all the soap, shampoo, etc are all clean ingredients, eco friendly products-that is exactly what I like to use! There are a bunch of board games which were fun to play in the evening! On the deck there is table and chair for 2 which was perfect to have breakfast out!
The only con was the fact that it is difficult to cool down the cabin in the summer. We arrived very late on Friday evening and all the windows were open but the thermostat read 85deg F, while outside it was a lot cooler. The heater was “off” and we did confirm. The host left tips on how to cool the place down but for me it was a lot more work than I wanted to do on a weekend getaway. I don’t mind a place with no AC but I think the description should include info on how to keep the cabin cool during the summer time so guests can decide if it’s worth the stay.
So that first night my husband and I barely slept because of the heat. During the day we expected it to be hot because Arnold gets pretty hot in the summer time (90-95 deg F while we were there-which we were expecting). I live in petaluma CA which has hot summers and cool evenings. To cool my place down in the evening, we just have to open our windows. I didn't feel like it was that straight forward at this cabin. The windows had been opened with a fan blowing for possibly several hours before we came to the cabin and it was uncomfortably hot. We should have gotten to the cabin hours earlier but we got a flat tire on the drive there which caused us to be delayed by a few hours.
The next morning on Saturday, my husband looked around some more and we both were confused as to why it was so hot. He checked the nest again to make sure it was off, and it was. He noticed the pilot light was on for the furnace and it felt warm to the touch. We ended up turning off the pilot light because we were desperate to cool down the place on Saturday evening. The second night we slept downstairs, and it was a lot better, and I felt like it could be a combination of the furnace being completely off and the windows open (we only closed the sliding doors on the deck while we were gone but they always were open while we were at the cabin).
I would totally stay here during the colder months, but not the summer time because the dry heat + hot cabin caused me to have nose bleeds & difficultly sleeping, and like I mentioned earlier- it took more effort/work to cool the place down which isn’t something I want to do when I don’t have a lot of time.
I also want to mention this situation could be a complete one-off. Prior to booking I didn't read any reviews regarding temperature of cabin being an issue during summer months.

Hipcamper Justin
Justin S.
recommends this listing.
July 26th, 2020

This is a wonderful spot and Andria is responsive, helpful, and knowledgeable, The decor is great, and it is a pleasant and cozy spot to spend some time. I was there with my girlfriend and parents for their birthday weekend. The cabin is near the top of the subdivision and there is hiking nearby and town is close by within 5 min and lots of great sights are within a short drive as well.

Awards

Best of 2018 California
Finalist
Property
Arnold A-Frame
State
California
Country
United States
$215/night
1 Site

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