Greetings from Idaho! 🙂
Today we are taken to a really cool shipping container cabin in Idaho’s Jug Mountain. Gear Junkie recently went there an wrote an awesome article about him and his family’s time there. If the pictures aren’t enough, the cabin certainly is with all the amenities it packs!
Idaho’s Jug Mountain Ranch has carved out a nice round-the-year niche for active families. For unique digs, the Ranch dragged the corrugated cargo box through the stands of Ponderosa Pines and perched it over the Jug Mountain Reservoir, so close, in fact, that in summer you can swing your legs off the deck and dangle your toes in the water below.
The 20-foot-long cargo cabin was divided in half; a pair of bunks racked with all-weather mattresses stood behind a roller door, the kitchen and main quarters ran down the right flank. Just a short walk outside led you to the eco-outhouse and the ‘pee’ tree. A shed was stacked with enough wood to keep the cabin warm for two winters.
Inside, the entire cabin was paneled in plywood and fortified with everything one might need for a stay. A propane-powered stove fueled a kitchen stocked with cookware, flatware and cleaning supplies. A small wood stove sat prepped and ready to light. And windows galore cut through the corrugated wall, ready to soak in the light and judicious mountain views. Powered by solar, I flipped the Goal Zero battery, illuminating the cabin with a string of holiday lights, then lit the stove to heat up our weekend home. Just $100 a night got us a prime outdoor location all to ourselves in a neat little corrugated package.
Well if this doesn’t make me want to pack my bags and head there, I don’t know what does! So I checked Jug Mountain’s website and found all the information for the shipping container cabin. Seems like a pretty sweet deal!
The most unique lodging experience in McCall! Stay in our brand new Alpine Cabin right on the shore of the Upper Jug Creek Reservoir. The cabin sleeps 7 and comes equipped with beds, furniture, and a wood stove. Just bring your own sleeping bag and gear (we can haul it for you)! You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks. At the cabin you will have access to miles of trails, stand up paddle boards, kayaks and discounts on Jug Mountain Ranch bike rentals.
We have provided quite a few amenities to help make your stay comfortable and to limit the amount of gear you need to bring to the cabin.
- Wood stove, fire starter and firewood
- Overhead lighting
- Gas cook stove (Please do not use gas for melting snow. See snow melting below)
- Pots and pans
- Cooking utensils
- Salt, Pepper, Oil
- French Press
- Plates, bowls, cups, silverware (4 place settings)
- paper towels
- Cutting board and knives
- Trash bags (trash disposal is at clubhouse parking, please pack trash out with you)
- Dish tubs, Clorox, Soap, scrubbers and dish towels
- Table, chairs and couch
- Beds: 2 twin and 2 double
- Goal Zero Yeti 400 solar power box for phone charging, music etc…
- Cooler with ice
- toilet paper
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
- There are of course things you will need to bring to make your stay more like home.
- Bring a cell phone and charger, there is service at the cabin and they are very helpful in an emergency and to brag to friends (Hey, guess where I am!).
- Backpacks for gear unless you arrange for gear to be delivered and picked up.
- Sleeping bags (20 degrees or colder rating HIGHLY recommended)
- Sports appropriate clothing:
- This may include: Hats, gloves or mittens, long underwear (no cotton), wool or synthetic socks (no cotton), insulated over pants and jacket/coat (no cotton, No jeans), wicking shirts, fleece or sweater (no cotton). It is very important that you wear layers of clothing. Wicking layers against skin (no cotton), thin to thick insulation layer, water resistant breathable outer layer. This way you can take off and put on as needed. It is better to start warm than to try and get warm, and you can’t put it on if you left it at the trailhead. Bring extra clothing even if you don’t think you’ll need it, weather can change rapidly in the mountains.
- Bug spray
- Day packs for trips from yurt
- Trail map
- First aid kit
- All your food and drinks
- Slippers OR Cabin shoes
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Midweek = $80 for up to 4 people
- Weekend = $100 for up to 4 people
- Add $10 for each additional person up to 6*
- *Two single beds, 2 double beds, and 1 couch (max occupancy is 6 people)
So what do you think? Would you stay here? 🙂