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Victoria Forest

98%
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· Nevada City, California
15 acres
1 site
1 Lodging
This area is part of a rich history showcasing the westward expansion, gold mining and simple pursuits. Just step outside the cabin to access miles of single track through the Tahoe national forest, or jump in your car to access lakes, rivers and streams within a 10 minute drive. Snowboarding & skiing is a 25 minute drive away and snowshoeing & cross country skiing can start right off the front deck! 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 Muir's 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 Muir's 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, or guests upset about nature: I.e., wasps, bears, flies, snakes etc.,
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Nevada City, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Deana W.Joined in March 2016
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 3 hours
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266 ratings · 187 reviews
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Laura J.recommends
December 4, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Perfect
Perfect. Exactly what I needed and hoped for. Thank you Deana!!
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Tiffanie B.recommends
November 26, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Very Cute!
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.
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Joanna W.recommends
November 10, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
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.
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Christina M.recommends
October 19, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Nestled in the trees
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!
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Riley L.recommends
October 6, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Loved it
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.
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Daniel T.recommends
October 3, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Weekend getaway
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.
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Nina M.recommends
August 22, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
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.
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Jenny Y.recommends
August 16, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
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.
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Nathalie O.recommends
August 1, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Sweet little cabin in the woods!
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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Carla F.recommends
July 28, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Great stay. Nice opportunity to get out into the woods for the first time with my 5 month old.
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Rachel K.
July 26, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
We had a great time, despite the following issues. The mosquitoes were relentless. It’s due to the fire buckets that sit stagnant right beside the cabin. My kids have at least 75 bites each. I have probably around 50. We stayed two nights and used bug spray and bug bands. The directions to get the key were wrong and it was awkward to find with the directions wrong. Since I’m wandering in the woods not exactly sure if I turned off the main road correctly or not. Knowing I’m on someone’s land though! A simple post with some sort of making would be great! There was nothing off the sort, and the rope color in directions was wrong. The owners could do a much better job marking where to turn off and correct the instructions to find the key lock box. It did feel secluded though!
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Pramukh R.recommends
July 17, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Glamping with fam
We loved glamping at Deana’s land. Our dogs and we had a much needed off from all the busy life. Cabin was cute, clean, and got all the items you need for a camping trip and much more. Portable toilet was clean and very well maintained.
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Shelley V.
July 13, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Cute cabin, not totally private
This is totally my fault, but I’ve never rented a structure of any kind that didn’t have any kitchen wares available for use, so that caught me off guard—especially since there WAS a camp stove. But that’s all there was, and my incorrect assumption left me without a saucepan, forks and plates, which made cooking…well, impossible. Cold spaghetti it had to be! Anyway, the mini cabin is cute & quaint, but not nearly as private as I expected it to be based on the listing description. While the site host was kind, he also got a little carried away talking politics without any invitation to do so. I appreciated that there was a clean port-o-let close by.
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Helen C.recommends
June 17, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
The off the grid accommodation is the perfect retreat from the hectic outside world. Be prepared to explore the richness of gold country, go for peaceful hikes in the Tahoe National Forest and even go back in time in North Bloomfield. All this would not be possible without the SUPER WARM hospitality of our hosts - Bob and Vicky. They are genuine human beings. A gigantic THANK YOU to them.
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Kate L.recommends
June 12, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Such a treat
Such a great spot! Very sweet and hospitable hosts. Prompt responses and clear communication. Clean, quaint, quiet and close to lots of exploring. Highly recommend!
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Madison O.recommends
June 1, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
We had such a blast at the muse!! Swimming holes, hiking, lakes, and so many adventures all within a few minutes of the stay. Bob, the on-site host, definitely made our trip! He gave stellar recommendations and was such a lovely soul full of the best stories and conversation!! We’re so happy we chose this site and that the on-site hosts were so incredible.
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Ryan P.recommends
May 1, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
We loved the stay! The cabin was cozy in the middle of a forested area. Firewood was ready for us and the kids loved building the fire. Will stay again!
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Elise H.recommends
April 27, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
We had an amazing time at Muir’s muse! The area was quiet easy to find and had plenty of nearby spots to explore. A perfect getaway for anyone. We will be returning!
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Ana B.recommends
April 25, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Cabin Retreat
Muirs Muse is an amazing place to decompress and escape city life. The restroom and cabin were clean upon arrival. The host was delightful and provided helpful info for our stay. The cabin provides a propane two-burner stove, a propane heater, bear spray, air horn, books, and games. Can't wait to return!
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Melanie D.recommends
April 3, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Great spot to get away from it all! Cozy cabin with loft bed and a deck to hang out on, all you need! A great jumping off point to explore the surrounding area. Hosts live close behind cabin and were very friendly. Would come again!
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Alison Y.recommends
March 28, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Family fun
Great set up. Friendly host. Good for kiddos.
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Jon J.recommends
March 26, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Family Adventure
My family enjoyed the Pioneer Trail (nearby) and exploring right around Muir’s Muse. The cabin was great and we will hopefully be back soon. Everything was great!
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Brandon & Marsha E.recommends
March 21, 2022
Muirs Muse Retreat
Family Fun
This is our second stay at Muirs Muse and we loved our stay both times! We were lucky enough to get a snow storm both times and we enjoyed sledding and snowball fights. The host is incredibly friendly and helpful. Our little boy and chocolate lab rate it a 5 out of 5 stars because “we had everything we need and Bob chopped wood for us and this place is the best.”
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Kristen R.
December 23, 2021
Muirs Muse Retreat
Great spot. Houses/ keeper on site
Great little spot.There are houses all around but it did feel private.Pics are not real.Top areawas to hard for me to get down( did it once... scared ave almost hurt myself) from so we slept on the main floor and the foldout couch futon thing us about as uncomfortable as you would imagine. Bring your own airmat.. it will be better. We made it up before the storm but had to go trough 8 propane canisters to stay warm at night. The house is set up for power and has a generator plug but there is not one at the tiny home. There's one running nonstop next door...so if you have one I would bring it. We did get cell signal( verizon) I know some people cannot go without so its always good to note.Fire pit was nice and right out the front door. Very clean porta potty( GO BEFORE BED! LOL). The only real downside besides the fact that for some reason I thought this was on an acre or private is a sad thing to note.I LOVE BIG DOGS! I had a 188 pound dane so I am used to them. The new very full size Doberman did charge a couple times. I my ground knowing better then to turn and run but a child or someone who doesn't know big dogs might trigger the dogs attack i Instinct when someone is on is property and runs. A child 100% could and would do this. Beautiful boy hopefully he gets trained and 1 the family taking care of the property that lives there & let's the dog come down to the tiny house at will, will get it trained and be able to keep him. 2 hopefully this happens and no one is bitten.
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Jeremy T.recommends
November 16, 2021
Muirs Muse Retreat
Great experience, my family and I loved it.
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Emma T.recommends
November 3, 2021
Muirs Muse Retreat
Relaxing and comfortable glamping
Muirs Muse is such a special place! My partner and I had a wonderful time relaxing and hiking (we enjoyed the Pioneer Trail and drove 40 minutes to Carr Lake for a hike in the snow!). The cabin stayed cozy with the heater, so we were glad we brought propane. We love Nevada City, so it was also nice to spend some time in town, less than a 30 minute drive from Muirs Muse. This is a great getaway for folks who enjoy camping but want the comfort and warmth of 4 walls, a roof, and a lofted bed area. We hope to come again and would definitely recommend this place to others! Probably wonderful in any season, but Fall was particularly gorgeous.
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Nick L.recommends
November 2, 2021
Muirs Muse Retreat
You won’t regret it!
Our whole family loved Muir’s Muse! The family is awesome and so helpful. The cabin was clean and full of supplies. We will 100% be back for round 2.
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Summer M.recommends
October 25, 2021
Muirs Muse Retreat
Waiting out the storm
The Muir’s Muse Retreat was wonderful ! My two dogs and I spent the weekend inside staying warm during the heavy rainfall storm. This off-grid location is a perfect getaway for relaxation & time away from the busy life. What you see is what you get but the most basic comforts are available. Provided: propane stove, two propane heaters, umbrella, porta-potty, futon couch, coffee table & mattress make the stay just comfortable enough while still allowing for the camping spirit! I would suggest for a two night trip (in the winter) to bring 2-4 mini propane tanks- to use between the stove and heaters, lots of blankets, pillows, and extra candles or battery powered lights because it is very dark out there! Also during non-rainy months the established fire pit is available for cooking over the flames instead of needing the propane stove. I hope to come back in the spring time to enjoy this awesome getaway again!
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Maureen P.recommends
October 19, 2021
Muirs Muse Retreat
Muirs Muse was amazing. Definitely worth the stay and the owners were very kind and accommodating. Bob gave us fresh eggs and was very friendly and kind. We even met his new pup spike and heard about his scary bear encounter. Overall we enjoyed our stay and will be back for sure.
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Jennifer T.recommends
October 11, 2021
Muirs Muse Retreat
Enchanted Forest Getaway
Muir's Muse was a wonderful get away! My partner, my two dogs, and I had a wonderful time and hope we can go back sometime. Deana was very communicative and clear about what we would need to bring and how to find the place--even though we arrived after dark we had no problem getting to the cabin. The cabin and property are clean and well cared for and it's a very quiet and peaceful place. Her parents, Bob and Vicky, were staying up the road and were very kind and generous, sharing fresh eggs and some delicious cake with us. Their dog, Spike, was a cutie and they were really considerate of our dogs, keeping Spike on leash or in the house while we were there since our smaller dogs can be barky. We spent one day just relaxing and enjoying the space and the other day we hiked pioneer trail to the beautiful Bear River. If we had kept hiking it looks like you can hike all the way to Emerald Pools. There were fire restrictions in place so we didn't have a campfire, but the camp heater kept us warm and cozy and the stove worked really well to make our meals--the starter on the stove was a little slow so I recommend using a lighter to light it but other than that it worked like a charm. We ended up heading out a little early to beat traffic back to Santa Cruz but we would have loved to stay longer and hope to come back again.
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