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Attention: Water in short supply, please use water wisely.
Frog Meadow Guard Station Closure: Frog Meadow Guard Station will be closed for the 2015 season due to construction. Facility will be open for the 2016 season starting May 27, 2016.


part ofSequoia National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu Jun 25 2015   Season Dates


Frog Meadow Guard Station sits at a meadow's edge at an elevation of 7,760 feet in the heart of the the Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Monument. The cabin is two hours northeast of Bakersfield, California. It was constructed in the mid-1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a residence for Forest Service fire patrolmen stationed in the area.

The cabin sleeps ten. For larger groups, Frog Meadow Campground is a quarter-mile away and has ten sites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated among firs and pines overlooking the meadow. Cattle or deer can often be seen grazing in the field in the early morning and evening hours.

The lookout tower at nearby Tobias Peak, elevation 8,300 feet, has views of Mt. Whitney, the Golden Trout Wilderness and the Great Western Divide. The tower is a great spot for bird watching, and goshawks, golden eagles, red tail hawks, sparrow hawks, turkey vultures and the occasional condor can be seen.


Visitors enjoy hiking and biking on nearby trails, wildlife viewing, stargazing and picnicking.


This one-bedroom, one story cabin sleeps a maximum of ten guests. It does not have electricity, so visitors should bring flashlights and lamps. Appliances, including the stove, refrigerator, heater and hot water, run on propane.

The bedroom contains two double beds and a roll-away bed, all with mattresses. The living area has two double-size futon couches as well as a folding dining table, chairs and a desk. The fully-equipped kitchen has table and chairs, pots and pans, dishes, glasses and utensils.

A flush toilet, sink and tub-shower are provided in the bathroom.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bucket & Shovel
  • Campfire Ring
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Futon(s)
  • Kitchen
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Stove
  • Showers
  • Water
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Stargazing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • There is no electricity; guests must bring flashlights and lanterns
  • Guests must provide their own sleeping bags and/or linens and pillows
  • Guest must bring trash bags and pack out all trash
  • Confirm the cabin combinations before arrival by calling 559-539-3004
  • Contact the Ranger District before arrival to confirm that there are no conditions, such as fire or weather, that might affect your visit
  • Elevation can pose a hazard; learn more about the high altitude illness
  • This facility is operated by Sequoia Recreation, A Division of California Land Management, and your comments are appreciated; comment forms are available from campground hosts or on CLM's website
  • Click here for more info about the Sequoia National Forest
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Kern River Ranger District (760) 376-3781.
    • 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):
    35.87389, -118.56861
    35°52'26"N, 118°34'7"W

    From Bakersfield or Porterville take Highway 65 to Highway 155 and travel east to the Jack Ranch Road. Turn left (north) on Old Stage Road (M3) and travel to the Sugarloaf Road (M9). Turn right on Forest Road 23S16 and continue through Portuguese Pass to Forest Road 24S50. Turn left on 24S50 and travel approximately 4.3 miles to the intersection with Forest Road 24S86. Turn right and travel approximately one-half mile to the cabin.

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    Information:  (559)539-5230
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