Also known as the Salt Basin Cabin, Bob and Ward’s cabin is a little wooden cabin that is all that remains of a 1920s mining camp in this isolated valley.
These days the cabin is available as a first come, first-served camping spot and receives many visitors each month. The place is furnished and has two bunk beds (that sleep four), a table, a wood-burning stove, and a kitchen area that is usually stocked with extra supplies. There is a water tank on the roof that supplies water to an outdoor shower, but I haven’t tested it to see if it works.
Be aware that there are mice here and they will visit you at night. And besides stealing your food, they carry the risk of Hantavirus.
Even with the heavy visitation, the cabin is well cared for and in good condition. Please follow Backcountry Cabin Etiquette and keep it in great shape.
From Baker, CA, drive north 29.7 miles (47.8 km) on CA 127 to the Harry Wade Cutoff (Saratoga Springs) graded dirt road and turn left on to it. The GPS track starts here. You will need high clearance to reach the cabin but usually not 4WD.
Drive west on Harry Wade Road for 6.5 miles (10.5 km) – passing all side roads – and make a left onto a track heading south towards the hills. At 8.4 miles (13.5 km), turn right and contour along low hills and cut across another wash. The road will be rougher here. The road enters a short canyon at 9.1 miles (14.6 km) and drops into Salt Basin with the cabin. Use the GPS track to find the route.
Last Updated on May 21, 2021 by Guy Starbuck