Sky Mountain is a rustic mountain ranch house on 80 acres of rolling hills and meadow grassland. There are numerous oak trees and a few pine trees. On the southern boundary there is a quarter mile frontage on year round Capinero Creek.
For over 35 years Sky Mountain has been a family retreat for 3 generations of my family. If you are looking for a change of pace and a quiet, private place to relax and unwind, welcome to Sky Mountain!
The house is divided into two wings. Between the two wings there is an indoor spa pool and a small cool pool. The pools are not automated and require manual operation. If you want to use them you must be willing to check the water level and add water if necessary, add chlorine if needed, and turn on the pump motors and pool heater. Most importantly you will need to turn off of the pump motors and pool heater when you are done. They are not on timers so if you fail to do that the equipment will run 24/7. It is all done with valves and switches so it is not difficult but does require following the instructions and remembering to do certain things. If you want to use the pools I will send you detailed instructions. Heating the cool pool is possible but limited to a 7 day minimum stay. I will need to meet you to show you how to operate the equipment to heat the cool pool. There are a number of valves that must be set correctly. If done incorrectly there is the real possibility of damage to the equipment. The ambient temperature of the cool pool in the summer is about 75° F (24° C). On a hot day it feels refreshing! The south wing or main part of the house has a master bedroom and a guest room, both with bathrooms. The master has a king size bed. Guest room two has a queen size bed. The north wing of the house has a room with accommodations for four, a set of bunk beds, a twin bed and a pull out couch. There is an adjacent full bathroom and also a laundry room.
I list the house with overnight accommodations for 8. In a pinch it could accommodate 12. The pull out couch in guest room three is a double so that room can accommodate 5. The master bedroom has a couch and guest room two has 2 small beds suitable for children. However, the 2 small beds and the master bedroom couch do not have bedding. You would need to bring sleeping bags or your own bedding.
The house is older but well built and well insulated. It is heated with electric space heaters when it is cool outside or a wood stove when it is cold. In the summer space heating is usually not necessary. The wood stove has a catalytic converter and thermostatically controlled blower. There are do's and don'ts for proper stove operation. I will provide instructions. The house is not air conditioned.
Sky mountain is found at the end of a one lane road that meanders through the older original part of Pine Flat village. The last quarter mile is a dirt road that ends at the house. The house is secluded and private with no neighboring homes within sight.
There is a telephone and internet with WiFi but no TV service or cell phone service. A flat panel HD TV with a DVD player is available if you want to watch movies that you bring with you. We joke that Pine Flat TV is sitting around the campfire with family and friends at day end while watching the alpenglow fade on Tobias Peak.
Note: The area is a wildfire high risk area. If you are staying at the house during fire season (summer and fall) campfires are not allowed.
Sky Mountain is located on the western slope of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains at an elevation of 3,750 feet. It is within the boundaries of Giant Sequoia National Monument. To the west and about 10 minutes away is the resort of California Hot Springs. A couple miles to the east by way the crow flies is the southernmost grove of Giant Sequoia redwood trees. About 30 minutes to the northeast is the Trail of 100 Giants and more giant redwood groves. Farther to the north are Mineral King, Sequoia National Park, and Kings Canyon National Park.
For stays less than 7 days the house is self check-in. There is a combination lock on the gate and a key pad entry on the front door. I will provide the codes for both after you have completed the reservations. You will need to turn on a circuit breaker for the water well and two water valves at the house. I will send you pictures and detailed instructions to make it easy.
With the exception of the shop building you are welcome to use the rest of the house. There is a second refrigerator in the garage that you can plug in if you have extra items you need to keep cold. Use of the two 4 wheel drive vehicles in the garage is not included.
If you have a horse or ATV or just hiking shoes you are welcome to roam around and explore the property. If hiking it is best to have boots or high top shoes when walking through the grass in summer and fall. The grass has little burrs that love to get stuck in you socks.
Общение с гостями
While I will not be available in person to check you in, I will be available by telephone if you should have any questions or problems. There is a telephone in the house. I will provide my cell phone number prior to your arrival.
Другие важные подробности
Not to alarm but you should be aware, it is a country house and mother nature’s little critters sometimes appear. Various bugs and lizards are not uncommon. We have not had any mice in years but I do keep a few mouse traps in the house in case one should get in. Ant spray is kept under the kitchen sink. I have not seen a rattle snake in over 3 years but they are a possibility in the summer and fall when the weather is warm.
Please make a habit of closing the door when you enter and exit the house. It is a lot easier to keep little critters out as opposed to catching them once they get in.
Food or garbage must not be left out. especially overnight as animals and insects mistakenly think dinner has been provided for their benefit. Bagged garbage can be stored in the garage when the kitchen garbage can becomes full. There is no community garbage pick up service. Please take any trash you generate when you depart.
There are black bears and mountain lions in the surrounding mountains. A sighting happens occasionally but it is very rare for either animal to venture near Pine Flat.
You may see deer. Just after sunrise and before sunset they will meander through the meadow to get a drink of water from Capinero Creek.