Complete mountain log home on 62 ac. horse ranch. At 4900 ft. in the Sequoia National Forest & Monument No Coronavirus in or near Posey. We block renting the home for 52 hours to ensure time to deep clean and air the home. A 3 Bdr. ready for 6(1qn, 1 full, 2 twins) HVAC, fireplace, front porch & back deck with views of forest & stars! Lots of outdoor activities.All summer & winter mountain sports can be enjoyed. Pets,horses,RV welcome w/fees after contacting owner. Kennel&panel corral available
This is not Sequoia National Park, it is in Sequoia National Forest. Sequoia National Park is about a 2-hour drive north to the Ash Mt. Entrance near Three Rivers, Ca.
Unlike most rentals, you are not in a subdivision surrounded by other cabins and people. The rental house was our second home on our 62-acre private horse ranch. This was our parents home and is about a ¼ mile apart from our home. Our ranch and the surrounding Sequoia National Forest is a relaxed place to get away from crowds and in tune with nature on the trails on the ranch and the surrounding National Forest. Or just relax and enjoy the great views, watching wildlife and the horses or stargaze from the from the large front porch or the back deck without being surrounded by other homes and visitors. If you have not seen the night sky away from the city, you will be amazed. Then again you may just want to cozy up to the fire with a book or picture puzzle. We do have basic Satellite Direct TV, Satellite Internet and phone with some VCR’s & DVD’s, cards, games and puzzles.
Be aware Satellite TV, Internet and phone service often go down during snow storms due to the dish being covered with snow.
There may be ranch, forestry and property maintenance activities and noise occurring during the day in the forest or on the property. You are allowed access to the ranch property but once you leave the yard surrounding the rental house you are on an active ranch in the forest were there are inherent hazards of barbwire fences, new and used materials, implements, equipment, livestock, wildlife and all the normal forest hazards that can hurt you if utilized or handled incorrectly. These really attract kids to play with. This is no problem if you leave stuff alone, use common sense and always keep close watch on your children. While it is a wonderful place for chilldren, do not come here and plan to turn kids lose on the property without constant mindful supervision.
There is a small mountain cabin subdivision called Poso Park and 2 church camps about ½- ¾ mile away.
Sequoia National Forest: The National Forest land surrounding the ranch is public land with no entrance station or fee and all areas open to exploring, hunting, fishing (in season designated by CDFW), hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing with vehicles, green sticker dirt bikes and Mt. Bikes allowed on its many designated routes. Discover the vegetation and wildlife of the forest and meeting our horses. Poso Ck runs by the property and it is great to explore and for kids to wade in. You may enjoy the challenge of fishing for native trout. We have unique and fun sights with incredible views. There are 2 historic Forest Service Lookout Towers, Tobias & Baker Pt. Other unique sites that take some exploring to find are; Tobias creek Indian camp site with several very large grinding holes carved in the rocks and Deep Ck. Cave. Be advised many forest roads are gated and closed to vehicle traffic in winter to protect the roads. Sequoia Forest information and maps can be found at there website or Offices in Porterville, Kernville or Springville.
Giant Sequoias: Our area of the Sequoia National Monument, which is within Sequoia National Forest and again this is not the National Park. does have some widely scattered Ancient Giant Sequoia groves. We do have young Sequoias growing on our property, and in the area. The four closest groves of Ancient Giant Sequoias near us are, and in order of distance, Deer Ck. Grove, Starvation Grove, Packsaddle Grove, and “Trail of Hundred Giants”. These Giant Sequoias are only 4-5 airmiles away but do take 1 to 1 ¾-hours to drive to and all but the “Trail of 100 Giants” then require hiking about a mile. The "Trail of Hundred Giants" is where President Bush came to declare our area within the Sequoia Forest as the Sequoia Monument. The “Trail of 100 Giants” is easily accessible in the summer and fall on paved roads with a paved nature trail guiding you through the grove. There are 5 routes to Trail of 100 Giants from the ranch, ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. These allow for scenic loops of travel, with many sights and small communities along the way. Deer Ck. Grove, Packsaddle Grove, & Starvation Grove are the closest, 4-5 air miles away. These Groves are secluded and require hiking to access. The only grove accessible in winter is Deer Ck grove which requires a 4-mile hike in the winter past the winter road closure gate on Deer Creek Mill road.
Sequoia National Park, north of Three Rivers or Mt. Home State Forest, north of Springville, do have a greater concentration of Giant Sequoias. Sequoia National Park and its groves are very crowded and teeming with tourists. The opposite is true of our area, at “Trail of 100 Giants” you may see a few tourists while at our other Groves you will probably see no one.
Beware, Fuel is far between. Depending on travel routes, the closest fuel is at Bakersfield, Ducor, Kern Valley, and Porterville. Do not go past any of these on your way back up here without topping off.
Trails and Roads: You may roam the short hiking or horseback trails on the ranch and enjoy wildflowers, wildlife and visit with the horses. Poso Ck. is about .5 mile away. You can hike or drive to it from the ranch and explore for miles the small wading/fishing pools and several small water falls.
USFS designated trails can be accessed by driving or hiking from the ranch. The closest ones are the Bull Run Trail & the Marshall Mdw Trail. Bull Run Trail travels from Poso Ck. up to Bull Run Pass near Tobias and on over the top to Tyler Mdw total of about 5 miles with some fairly steep grades. At Tyler Mdw it intersects roads and other trails. The Marshall Mdw Trail starts where Von Helm Ck. crosses Sandy Ck. Fire Road and continues to Portuguese Pass, then Intersects roads and trails there, again for a total of about 5 miles. The Marshall Mdw trail has some fairly long steep pitches. There are some popular rock-climbing rocks on the Marshall Mdw Trail shortly after the beginning of the trail near Sandy Ck. Fire Road and Von Helm Ck. You can make a one-way trip by parking cars at several different trail road intersects along either trail or you can make loops of varying length by using connector roads and trails. For safety and better enjoyment while hiking these trails, bring & wear good Hiking boots to guard against injuries, burrs, snakes and rocks. If hiking more than an hour from the ranch a back pack, butt pack or web gear with water, map, granola bar, knife, first aid, bug spray and pepper spray is a great idea. The Sandy Ck. Fire road and several other USFS logging roads and fire roads in the area make great ways to explore the forest in high clearance vehicles or approved dirt bikes. All are great hiking/Mt. Biking and equestrian trails and none will be crowded. Consult the current USFS Sequoia National Forest Map for designated routes and use restrictions before planning trips with vehicles, motorcycles or bikes. Due to livestock on our ranch, we restrict trail use on our ranch to hiking or horseback only! You may bring and ride motorcycles or bikes on the ranch driveway to travel in and out. We can set up panels for a private corral for your horses. You must let us know in advance if you wish to bring horses so we can set up the corral. Make sure your horses are experienced on mountain trails, horses who have never been ridden in the forest, on rugged, rocky and steep trails with wildlife and creek crossings can easily spook or bolt being dangerous to you and others around. Most of these forest roads are closed to vehicle use in the winter. The Sequoia Forest posts information on sites and regulated use on its web site. Maps for the area and designated use may be obtained at Forest Service Offices or at the Sequoia National Forest web site.
River Rafting, The Kern River offers outstanding white water rafting in spring and early summer. The length of the rafting season varies each year. Rafting CO. in Kernville are about 1 hour away, reservations recommended.
Closest stores, Cafés and Bars: (2 ea.) are small with limited inventory and 10.5 miles away. With NO GAS. Top off before leaving last town.
Wildlife: There is lots of wildlife in the area many birds, squirrels, quail, deer, racoons, bob cats, racoon, foxes and coyotes in that order. But we do occasionally see wildlife that can be dangerous such as Black Bears, Mt. Lions, Rattlesnakes and Wild Pigs. While these could be dangerous, here they are very reclusive and seldom seen. In our area this wildlife does not see humans very often and most have not lost their inherent fear of man. But you should always be vigilant while hiking in the forests, pepper spray can be a good deterrent for all predictors. The most common wildlife issue is mosquitoes, yellow jackets and ticks. These are not very bad but always wear DEET insect repellant while in the woods. Citronella candles and repellant for outside eating protection is a good idea. If you have an allergy to insects be sure to bring your EpiPen.
Fishing: Fish can be caught in Poso Ck., Peel Mill Ck. and Tobias Ck. from the last weekend in April to Nov.15. These are small stealthy natives; we use a light wt. fly or ultralight spinning rod with barbless hook, so we can through back the ones too small to eat. It’s fun, but do not count on a major fish fry unless you travel and hour or so to some of the larger water ways or lakes. The Kern River and Lake Isabella is about an hour or so away. These both year around fishing and planted trout. The Kern River also has a special regulation area for barbless fly fishing for the Kern River Rainbow, a fish related to the Golden Trout and only found there.
Hunting: The National Forest land around the ranch is open for hunting. This area is Deer Hunting Zone D-8, there are also seasons for Gray Squirrels, Valley Quail, Mtn. Quail, and Bear. Hunting is difficult due to the amount of cover provided by the thick forest. Guest are not allowed to hunt on our ranch, but we do hunt year around on the ranch for pests and game in season.
Target shooting: You must contact us before renting for advanced permission and further rules from Pat or Carrie. We have a short-range target shooting area and limit hours to 9am-4pm.
Equestrian activities: Horses can be brought to the property for an extra fee. They can be free ranged in 5-acre area or panel pens can be set. You must contact us before renting for advanced permission. Horse back riding in the area is unlimited with miles of trails or off trail riding. You should only bring horses used to mountain trail riding that are familiar with creek crossings and wildlife.
The area hosts rodeos at the Greenhorn Mountain Veterans Assn. community rodeo grounds and hall. A PRCA rodeo in June and others occasionally such as Ranch Rodeos and Junior Rodeos. The GMVA also hosts other activities such as dinners and concerts through the year. Check their web site for activities glennvillerodeo.org.
Winter sports: include X/Country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, downhill skiing (Shirley Mdw) and sledding. To X/Country Ski and snowmobile you normally have to drive to higher elevations to have enough snow. The USFS has a snow park a few miles away and some roads designated for skiing or snowmobiling with a Yurt warming hut in the high country above us. When snow levels are forecasted to 4000 ft or below, we get enough snow to ski and sled on the property and Sandy Ck. Fire Road. Downhill Skiing is at Shirley Mdw, when it’s open, is about 40 minutes away. Always check for conditions as they change rapidly there.
Alta Sierra Ski & Snow Play area web site altasierra.com.
Climate: We get all 4 beautiful seasons but no extremes. Temperatures; lows at night in winter are often down into the 20's, but on occasion in December and January has gone down to 10 degrees F. Summers and fall nights are cool and usually in the 40’s to low 60's. Daytime temperatures in winter are usually 30's - 60's with 70-80's in summer with an occasional 90. In summer thunderstorms with rain and lightning happen occasionally but can develop quickly so come prepared year around for cool wet weather. As with all the forests of the California, the area has very high wildfire danger in the summer so extreme caution must be used with any activity that could produce heat or sparks. Do not park or drive a vehicle wear exhaust pipes could contact dry grass. Firework of any kind are illegal to possess or use in the area. Any time you are in the forests always pay attention to any reported fire activity and follow any directives for fire safety.
Weather forecast: Always check the National Weather Service Weather, this is the forecast for our ranch At weather.gov.
TV weather best for our area is the local news on Channel 23 or 29 out of Bakersfield Ca.
Winter: Snow in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains where we are does not happen as frequently as it does north of Sequoia. We are almost 5000 foot in elevation and we may get snows anytime from Oct-May. While very infrequent, we have had snow on Memorial Day more than once. Some years during the winter we only get a few storms of 6 inches while others may drop 2+ feet in a day. Average years snows occur off and on Nov-April with snow fall of 6"-1'. Always carry chains from Oct-May. The county only plows the county roads once a day and it takes them until about noon or latter to get here. The driveway to the house goes down a hill and it requires chains or 4x if snow covered. Snow of 6"+ require 2X vehicles to park on hill above the house, due to high centering and the steep slope, and 4X often needs chains. Snows of a foot or more often require 4X to chain up all 4 tires or to park on the hill above house. Snows or 2 foot plus require all vehicles to park above the house due to high centering and steep slope. You are also going to have to wait for the snow plow to plow the county road before leaving the area. Forest roads are not plowed and usually gated.
Spring: The spring generally starts in April and usually continues into June. The green up with wild flowers are especially beautiful on the drive up, in the area and on the property. Expect most forest roads and access to Groves to be closed until Memorial Day and possibly some into June. You may still have wet and muddy conditions on roads and trails on the ranch and surrounding area. Use extra caution around all waters, Creeks and the Kern River will be running high, cold and may be murky.
Pat was raised here and Pat and Carrie have lived in their house on the ranch for over 30 years. Both Pat and Carrie started our careers with the USFS and retired from Kern County Fire Department. Carrie also is the Coldwell Banker realtor for the area.
If you have any questions about the area, we can help you.
Very rural and low key area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and forests of California. Scattered Ranch homes, and clusters of subdivisions of Mountain Cabins surrounded by Sequoia National Forest. The closest homes to the rental are 1/4 mile away. There are two church camps for youth, one is on Camp Drive and about 1/2 mile from us and the other is 2 miles away. No commercial operations in the community of Posey. The closest actual town is Glennville, 11 miles mountain road or 15-20 minutes one way. Glennville has two small stores, Hwy 155 Market and Mountain Market, to buy a limited basic supplies, a church, a grade school, a fire station and a rodeo grounds, NO GAS. It also has two eateries consisting of; Saddle Sore Saloon a small bar/café with juke box, pool table in Glennville. The other is a Cedar Creek Pizza restaurant & small bar on Hwy 155 at Granite Rd intersection just outside of Glennville heading towards Bakersfield.
Posey, California, USA