The cabins are what may be called a "bach" (bachelor) in New Zealand many years ago. No electricity, no running water. There are windows, some of which can be opened and a wood burning stove. Critters (mice and maybe rats) will enter the cabin during the night. We had good cell service with AT&T (no service at some places in town).
Each cabin has a laminated counter top in the kitchen/family room and there is a BBQ (bring briquettes) just outside. There is a water spigot outside that is shared between a few cabins. We were able to wash ourselves off at the spigot (no showers). We had planned to shower at Stinson Beech park, but the showers were capped off due due to the drought. The 2 bathrooms shared by the cabins were clean and one had handsoap at the sink (no towels or hot water).
Having read about the mice infestation, we just brought a few snacks (in a sealed plastic box) and planned to eat meals in town. You can take a 2.5 mile trail to town (trailhead is across from the gate at the entrance) (round-trip is 5 miles). You can also drive, but the road from the gate to the cabins is only wide enough for 1 car in most places. I would not plan to walk along the hwy to Stinson Beach since it may be dangerous (limited visibility and distracted drivers).
Please don't park sloppily. Only one car is allowed to park for each cabin and the lot is also used by the campground.
We drove to the east peak of Mt Tam and the Pantoll ranger station for some hikes. Parking was easy (just a few cars) on Tuesday in July. In contrast, Muir Woods was a circus - lots of tourist busses. Be sure to arrive no later than 9:30am to get a spot in the Muir Woods parking lot (we visited on Wednesday). When we left at 11:15am, cars were parked a mile away along the road.
Finally, if you are interested in the natural hot springs on the beach just south of the cabins you can walk to them along the beach. However, the hot springs (rocks form "hot tubs") are only accessible during a negative low tide. The hot tubs will be full of naked locals and some adventurous tourists.
- Also Known As:
- Steep Ravine Cabins Hotel Mill Valley