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Camp 4 1/2 Station

Backcountry Shelter

Experience "cabin camping" just a stone's throw from the magnificent Kings River and only a two hour drive from Fresno, California. This completely renovated 1950s Lincoln Log Cabin is situated at 1,100 foot in elevation and is available for rental up to 14 days, year round in the Sequoia National Forest.

Each season brings a different kind of beauty to the southern Sierra Nevada. In the fall and winter the cabin is above the central valley fog, in the spring it is ablaze with wildflowers and wildlife, and in the summer it is hot and dry, with the river to cool you off. This cabin was built in 1957. Until the early 1980s, the cabin was used as a residence and office by various Forest Service Rangers and their families. The cabin has been restored to reflect the past and consists of 2 bedrooms and one bath with a living room and kitchen. The cabin is equipped with a generator to provide electricity, propane stove and refrigerator, and a heater and swamp cooler.

Camp 4 1/2 Station – USDA-Forest Service

ADA Accessibility Notes

The cabin has been modified with many accessible features, but some features may not be fully accessible.

Kitchen Supplies Available (if any)

The cabin is furnished with a kitchen table and benches, couch and reclining chair, 6 lawn chairs, and an outdoor barbeque and picnic table. The bedrooms contain 2 twin beds, a queen and a double hide-a-bed. All the usual kitchen dishes, pots and pans are provided. Cleaning supplies, including a vacuum along with toilet paper, bath soap, and garbage bags are provided. You are expected to leave the cabin clean before you leave. This means all floors must be vacuumed and mopped, bathroom and kitchen cleaned, furniture dusted, windows locked, blinds closed, and all food items removed. There is no garbage service provided and you must haul your garbage home. The generator must be turned off and the thermostat set at the lowest temperature.

Number of Persons Shelter Will Accommodate

Maximum of 12 people (beds for 6 people with room outside for tents/cots).

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets are allowed in the cabin.

Structure Access

Camp 4 1/2 Station is only about 60 miles east of Fresno, California. From the Blemont/Academy Avenue intersection set your trip odometer to zero, it will take approximately 1.5 hours from this point to reach the cabin. Proceed east on Belmont Avenue which turns into Trimmer Springs Road. Stay on Trimmer Springs road, and match your odometer with the following checkpoints: At approximately 13.0 miles you will pass by the tiny community of Piedra, your last opportunity to purchase supplies and gas. The store in Piedra is only open during the day. The community of Trimmer has a payphone and will be at mile post 25.6. The Big Creek Bridge is at mile 33.3. You will be getting close to your destination when you pass the Kings River Power Station on your right (it is brightly lit at night). At mile 42.0 you will pass Kirch Flat Campground, immediately pass Kirch Flat you will cross the Kings River Bridge and are now on the south side of the Kings River. You will be on a paved Forest Service Road for approximately 1 mile, where the road will turn to dirt. At this point there is another bridge that is one lane (Bailey Bridge) but do not cross it, stay on the south side of the river. The last 7 tenths of a mile to the cabin is a dirt road, passable by a sedan.

What to Bring

You will need to bring either sleeping bags or bed linen and blankets, as well as bath linen. Bed pillows are supplied. You will need to bring all food items (including salt and pepper), and may want to include baggies and tinfoil. Other items you may wish to bring might include books, flashlight, camera, insect repellent, sunscreen and fishing poles and a fishing license. The section of the Kings River from Garnet Dike to Pine Flat Lake is open to fishing year round with a two fish limit. It is a part of the wild trout fishery on the Kings River.


Nightly Rate or Fee (if any)



Shelter Warming Source

Propane or Natural Gas Heater

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