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part ofEldorado National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Tue Jun 09 2015   Season Dates


Harvey West Cabin is located on the west bank of the Silver Fork American River, and provides a comfy getaway for those looking for conveniences like a kitchen and hot showers with riverside recreation options. The cabin has beds for 12 people, and comfortably fits 20 people if some don't mind sleeping on the floor or out on the deck. Access is easy by road, and the cabin sits across the bridge from China Flat Campground.

The cabin was constructed in the early 1930s by the Sacramento Box and Lumber Company as an office and recreational facility, and later purchased by Harvey West, a prominent local businessman and philanthropist. He used the cabin as a summer retreat for his family from 1936 to the early 1970s.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits among Ponderosa pine and cedar trees along the Silver Fork of the South Fork American River, at an elevation of 4,720 feet. Gold was found in this river in 1848, creating the famed California Gold Rush. The region's climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters.


Fishing for brown and rainbow trout is a popular activity on the river. Other pleasant pastimes include bird watching, hiking and wading in the river. China Flat Campground offers a picnic area and relaxing beach on the riverbank.


The 2,000-square-foot cabin can accommodate up to 20 people comfortably. A large deck overlooks the Silver Fork and is an excellent place for an additional sleeping area. The two-level cabin has a large, open great room, dining room, kitchen, two downstairs bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms and two large lofts overlooking the great room.

Both bathrooms come with sinks and flush toilets; one has a shower. The great room has a propane heater, propane lights, appliances and a large stone fireplace. The kitchen area has a double sink, hot and cold water, a propane stove and oven, propane refrigerator and a basic assortment of pots, pans and utensils. Sleeping accommodations include one queen bed, two double beds, four single beds and two cots.

The cabin does not have electricity and guests should bring fuel for propane appliances. Guests should bring bedding or sleeping bags, food in sealed containers, toilet paper, sunscreen, matches, flashlights, a compass and map and spare clothing, Firewood can be purchased at China Flat Campground.

Nearby Attractions:

The town of Kyburz is 2 miles away and provides a cafe and general store.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Campers must pick up permits, keys and combination locks in person at the Placerville Ranger Station, open M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; call (530) 644-2324 for more information
  • Be prepared for emergencies; notify family or friends of trip details and expected return date
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Nearest phone is 2 miles northwest at the Kyburz store
  • Off-road vehicles may only be used on designated trails
  • No pets allowed in building
  • Bears frequent the area; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • For current weather conditions and fire restriction status, click here
  • 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):
38.755, -120.275
38°45'18"N, 120°16'30"W

From: Highway 50: Go approximately 30 miles east of Placerville, turn right on Silver Fork Road 11N40 (just beyond Kyburz Lodge). Travel approximately 2 miles on Silver Fork Road. Turn right into the day use parking area approximately 300' feet past the China Flat Campground entrance. The Harvey West Cabin is located on the other side of the Silverfork American River. You will need a combination to cross the bridge. The combination to the cabin, will be given to you when you pick up your permit at the Placerville Ranger Station.

The Placerville Ranger Station is on Highway 50 in Camino (8 miles east of Placerville). Take Exit 54 and go south of Eight Mile Road. The Ranger Station is the first driveway on your right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CAMINO  CA  95709

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)644-6048
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