We opted to book a short stay @ the ranch as a resupply and respite on our 8 day backpacking trip. We booked only one night on the third night of our trip and although it was an additional 6 miles to the journey,it was worth every extra step!
I arrived with three blisters and contusion to my achilles. We were warmly greeted by Louise and Pat and immediately given cool spring water and iced lemonade! That was followed shortly by free
A one night stay in either the tent cabin ( which is very cute and clean-short walk to bathrooms) or log cabin( which has toilet and sink but no shower and water isn't potable) includes a wonderful dinner, big breakfast @ 7:30 (cooked) or cold (5:45) for the early risers who are putting in big mileage and need to go early. While at breakfast you get to pack your own lunch for the day which includes sandwiches, fresh fruits and snacks.
The dinner served during our one night stay was ALL YOU COULD EAT PRIME RIB
with two kinds of horseradish sauce, grilled vegetables, potato wedges and freshest of fresh green salads with 4 choices of dressings, a nice multi-grained bread and cream puff cake with chocolate sauce dessert! WOW! It was delicious! ( Night prior was spaghetti and sausage)
They also have two ringer type washers from the 1950's that work find and are a fun experience and they are free. Nice to have clean clothes again after 3 days on the trail and 5 to go.
In addition there are two natural hot spring one is 106 degrees and the other 98.
They are built into Japanese type gated structures with concrete and tile and flower gardens and very Zen.
You lock the gates and have very private space for bathing and relaxing day or night, so you don't need to pack along swimwear if you don't want too.
Great for sore, aching muscles.
They even supply shampoo, conditioner and Aloe Vera for sunburns.
There is a nice store open 8-5 which has about everything you might need at this point in backpack trip and they are very fair with pricing given the distance and complexity and bringing things in. If you need bandaids, 2nd skin, aspirin, Imodium, Peptobismol or TUMS it is all there and they sell it by the pill most are quarter each. No need to buy a whole bottle or box. Additionally, if they happen to have what you want in the free donation buckets they offer or give you that first.
No pressure to buy anything.
About the resupply---
Seems EVERYONE packs or mails in too much food and leave behind about 5# per person.
While we were there they were about 15-5 gallon paint buckets all sorted and labeled-snacks, commerical food, home packaged foods, first aid, lotions, equipment and clothing. The assortment of BP foods was amazing. You could arrive empty handed and just supply youself for the rest of the trip. Trail mix, tuna and oatmeal are easy to come by!
Lastly, they have internet connection you can use @ cost $10.
While there you meet other doing JMT, PCT or North Lake/South Lake loop and you end up with some connections that you feel like friends on next segments of your journeys often
leap frogging each other as the days go by. This makes for nice social contact in some isolated areas. Everyone also can offer tips on campsites or ideas for future trip etc.
The lounge is the place. Nice fireplace and everyone congregates before dinner.
One thing is missing wine and beer so you may want to bring in your own.
Great remote place with outstanding hospitality and good senses of humor!
They do take drop ins when not booked solid which is common in July!
We might do the entire JMT if there were other facilities like this along the way!