Hipcamp host Deana W.,
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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 lak


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.

You will be sent an informational e-mail (not the one generated from Hipcamp) prior to arriving. This email outlines directions and local hiking/swimming holes etc., PLEASE check the email you provided to Hipcamp (and myself) PRIOR to leaving for your trip so you are best prepared! :)

Happy outdoorsing!

***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*** Refunds will not be granted to poorly prepared snow guests,

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Showers available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Deana a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Laura


Laura J.
recommends this listing.
December 4th, 2022

Perfect. Exactly what I needed and hoped for. Thank you Deana!!

Hipcamper Tiffanie

Very cute!

Tiffanie B.
recommends this listing.
November 26th, 2022

The hipcamp was clean and the area around it was well maintained. The ladder to climb up and down the loft is a bit scary, so I would not recommend if you are afraid of heights. The place and area are super cute. We loved our stay.

Hipcamper Joanna
Joanna W.
recommends this listing.
November 10th, 2022

Had an absolutely amazing time at the tiny house! If it’s cold, for sure bring some small green propane canisters. The stars and being in the woods are unbeatable.

Hipcamper Christina

Nestled in the trees

Christina M.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2022

This little getaway is nestled sweetly in the trees. It's a perfect distance from Nevada City (~25 minutes) so you can still participate in all the good happenings in town. The loft is wonderful with a big window and a solid sleeping pad. The ladder took some getting used to....but it allowed our passage up and down just fine. There aren't any solar lights so it'll be helpful for you to bring your own. They had tealight candles for us which was a really nice touch. Don't forget your pillows and blankets too!

Hipcamper Riley

Loved it

Riley L.
recommends this listing.
October 6th, 2022

Great little spot for wanting to feel off the grid… the inkeeper was super friendly and helpful…he also let us be so we still felt alone. The only things to note is the mosquitoes were RELENTLESS also there is construction very close by.

Muirs Muse Retreat
Hipcamper daniel

Weekend getaway

Daniel T.
recommends this listing.
October 3rd, 2022

Fantastic getaway. The tiny house is as advertised. Few miles off the highway, so easy to get to from Bay Area. Great and friendly hosts, who took care of everything as needed. Quiet with safe and responsible fire ring, and plenty of stars.

Hipcamper Nina
Nina M.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2022

Such a great place! All the information and details were accurate. The cabin is secluded and you feel like your all alone. Mister Bob stopped by to make sure we got the keys and gave us some information on trails.

Porta Potty was clean and they provided plenty of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and air freshener :)

The cabin was clean and had plenty of space for 2 people. Would highly recommend and will be coming back in the future.

Hipcamper Jenny
Jenny Y.
recommends this listing.
August 16th, 2022

Definitely will be returning!

The cozy cabin was exactly what I was looking for, remotely located while providing protection from the elements.

The host is quick to respond and provides valuable information prior to your trip. Although we did not have any issues locating the cabin I can imagine it being difficult to find if you do not read and prepare in advance. So make sure you take time to read it!

I recommend visiting Spaulding Lake and go early to find parking if you are visiting the Bowman Lake area on the weekend.

Hipcamper Nathalie

Sweet little cabin in the woods!

Nathalie O.
recommends this listing.
August 1st, 2022

We had an awesome time "glamping" in Tahoe National Forest at Muir Muses. The spot was the perfect size for the three of us (mom, dad, and furry friend). We hiked on the Pioneer Trail just a few feet from the cabin down to Emerald Pools (highly recommend on a hot sunny day)! The trail was partially cut off because of the new construction, but we made our own trail for a bit until it reconnected. I recommend AllTrails for a more accurate map of the trails nearby. No bear sightings, but we almost had a bad run-in with a rattle snake. Overall, the space was clean (including the Porta Potty) and very comfortable. Pro tip, bring an air mattress and put it over the futon on the bottom floor for a comfy sleep. The candles inside the cabin were a very sweet and appreciated touch. Finally, Deana was a responsive and helpful host! Great spot for a quick getaway. 10/10 recommend.


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