The Poso Guard Station Cabin is situated on a mountain top in the Giant Sequoia National Monument in the Sequoia National Forest. Perched at an altitude of 4,480 feet, the cabin is only an hour from Bakersfield, California. The cabin has expansive views of the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding mountains, including Tobias Peak, and is a great base for a forest getaway.
Poso Station Cabin was constructed in 1933 near the small town of Posey to provide a residence for fire patrolmen stationed in that area. The exterior is constructed of board and batten-style paneling nailed to a standard wooden frame. The interior has been modified with paneling, modern sliding glass windows and modern counter tops in food preparation area.
The one-story, one-bedroom cabin sleeps five and offers electricity, hot and cold running water and a furnace for fall and winter seasons. The bedroom contains a queen-size bed and a twin bed. The living room has a double hide-a-bed couch that sleeps two.
The kitchen includes a stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, pots and pans, dishes and utensils and a small table. There is a a bathroom with a flush toilet and a tub-shower.
A picnic table and campfire ring sit outside. There is also room outdoors for cots and tents, and space to accommodate a motor home, although there are no hookups available.
Guests should plan to bring linens, pillows, blankets, towels, toiletries, food and trash bags. Suggested additional items include toilet paper, paper towels, camp chairs, wood for the outside fire ring, insect repellent and dish towels.
Due to COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and county restrictions, cabin availability is limited to a two-night minimum on Friday & Saturday, three-night minimum for holidays. Weekday is limited to a two-night minimum for Tuesday and Wednesday only.
Fire restrictions are currently in effect that prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire. Persons with a valid California Campfire permit may use portable stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves, using pressurized gas, liquid fuel or propane.
This location currently closed due to nearby Windy Wildfire
You must call the Kern River Ranger District at (760) 376-3781 ahead of your arrival during normal business hours to obtain the access code.
The cabin is situated amidst pines and oaks and has views of the Greenhorn Mountains, which are part of the Sierra Nevada range.
The cabin also has views of Tobias Peak, site of a 8,300-foot-elevation lookout tower.
There are deer and cattle in the area, as well as raptors such as Golden Eagles and an occasional condor.
Temperatures range from the 20s in the winter to the high 90s in the summer. The weather can change suddenly, so guests need to be prepared with warm clothing.
In the summer, hiking, fishing, biking and horseback riding are popular options. Skiing and snowmobiling are popular in the winter. Stargazing is enjoyable year-round.
During the summer, The Tobias Fire Lookout and the Trail of 100 Giants, both an hour drive from the cabin, make a nice outing.
For campground inquiries, please call: 760-376-1815
From Bakersfield, California, take Highway 65 north to Highway 155. Turn east on 155 and continue to the Jack Ranch Road. Turn left (north) and travel to the Old Stage Road (M3). Travel through the Balance Rock settlement until you come to a 4-way intersection. The driveway to Poso Cabin is a hard turn back to the left.
From Porterville, travel south on Highway 65 to Ducor. Turn left (east) on Avenue 56 to Fountain Springs. At the 4-way stop, turn right onto Old Stage Road. Travel southeast to the intersection with the Jack Ranch Road. Turn left (north) on M3. Travel through the Balance Rock settlement until you come to a 4-way intersection. The driveway to Poso Cabin is a hard turn back to the left.