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part ofSEQUOIA NF - FS, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Fri Jun 19 2015   Season Dates


Big Meadows Guard Station is located 75 miles east of Fresno, California, in the Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Monument. The cabin sits at an elevation of 7,600 feet and has views of the meadow and surrounding mountains.

The cabin was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a residence for Forest Service fire patrol men. The exterior is constructed of redwood board over diagonal sheeting nailed to a standard wooden frame.

It was used as a guard station between the 1960s and the 1980s and was restored in 2001. It has its original cabinets and features historical photographs.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits across the street from Big Meadows, an open meadow that is surrounded by a variety of pines, including Lodgepole, Jeffery and red fir. A creek runs through the meadow.

A trailhead across the street leads into the Jennie Lakes Wilderness.
Buck Rock Lookout, perched at an elevation of 8,500 feet, is a short drive away. Hume Lake is approximately 15 miles from the cabin.


Hiking into the Jennie Lakes Wilderness and fly fishing in Big Meadows Creek are popular options.

Horseback riders have access to the nearby Horse Corral Pack Station. Numerous trailheads provide access to popular wilderness areas including Jennie Lakes, Monarch and National Parks wilderness destinations.

Guests looking for water activities can visit Hume Lake, only 15 miles away.


The one-story cabin measures 900 square feet and consists of one bedroom, one bathroom, a living room and a kitchen with a service porch. The original cabinets, living room and bedroom flooring and bath fixtures remain.

The bedroom includes a queen size bed, twin bunk beds, a bookcase, a night stand and small closet. The kitchen is fully equipped with pots and pans, utensils, coffee maker, microwave, along with paper towels and miscellaneous cleaning supplies. There is a refrigerator with freezer, stove and oven, and a kitchen table with four chairs with four additional folding chairs.

The living room has end tables, coffee table, bookcase, rocking chair, an overstuffed chair, a double sofa sleeper that sleeps two and a desk.

There is also an outdoor fire ring/barbecue and picnic table. (Click here for a photo and details).

Guests should plan on bringing bedding and linens.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunk Beds
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Couch
  • Drinking Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Showers
  • Hunting
  • Kitchen
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Stove
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Climbing
  • Fishing
  • Grocery
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Laundry
  • Post Office
  • Restaurant
  • Trailhead
Know Before You Go
  • Guests will be required to purchase a forest/park permit at the entry of the Kings Canyon National Forest
  • Guests may purchase a 7-day pass for $20 or an annual pass for $30
  • The cabin is locked with a combination lock. Guests should call 559-338-2251 five days prior to their arrival for the combination
  • Guest must bring their own linens and/or sleeping bags and pillows. Out-of-state or out-of-country guests call 559-338-2251 to make special arrangements
  • The cabin sleeps six, and up to two more can tent camp outside
  • No pets are allowed on the premises
  • There is parking for one RV; no additional RVs may be parked at the cabin.
  • This cabin is not intended to be used by large groups, or as a base camp for reunions, meetings, or wedding receptions
  • Guests should contact the Ranger District before arrival to confirm that there are no conditions, such as fire or weather, that might affect their visit
  • This is bear country; food should be stored properly; (the Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Monument
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.71889, -118.835
36°43'8"N, 118°50'6"W

Take Highway 180 east to the Kings Canyon National Park entrance, where you will be required to purchase a forest/park permit. After entering the park, continue 2 miles to the park Wye. At the Wye, turn right as though you were going to Sequoia National Park and continue on the General's Highway approximately 6 miles to the turn off to Big Meadows. The Big Meadows Road (Forest Road 14S11) is located on the left-hand side of the road. Follow this road approximately 4 miles, where you will find the Guard Station on the left side of the road. Please refer to the small scale map, or contact the Hume Lake District office for more specific directions.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

DUNLAP  CA  93621

Phone Number:

Information:  (559)338-2251
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