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'Mountain Crest' - One of a Kind, Secluded, Hand-Hewn Log Cabin, Incredible View

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms + Other (see description), 1 Bath (usually sleeps up 1-5)

'Mountain Crest', a beautifully hand-hewn, non-smoking, authentic log cabin. It occupies five acres on a mountain top, about six miles northwest of Deadwood, off county-maintained, Maitland road, the 'backdoor’ road to Spearfish, SD. The cabin offers a large parking area suitable for multiple vehicles. it is a great location to come together with friends, entertain visitors, conduct family reunions, etc.

Secluded, with dual access, well-maintained roads, this cabin works well to enjoy winter sports, delightful spring and summer activities, or to just 'escape' and 're-charge' one's self.

(Attention Snow Mobilers: Mountain Crest enjoys abundant snow fall. Given its relatively secluded location and being adjacent to national forest land and trails, it is ideally suited to have fun playing in the snow. Where else can one drive their snow mobile up to their front door?)

This unique log cabin can be a romantic getaway or a great location for enjoyable get togethers with friends or family. It is very clean and well maintained and offers guests complete privacy.

The cabin provides excellent support to its guests. While delightfully secluded, there will always be guest support available to assist and answer area questions.

Why the Owner Chose Deadwood... Since the Air Force assigned me to South Dakota in the late 80's, I have loved the Black Hills. The are always open and accessible (public land), safe (no bears), and the people here are so very friendly and welcoming. They appreciate visitors. The northern 'hills' are especially beautiful and have so much history and fun things to do. I very much enjoy my stays at Mountain Crest. I take great interest in making sure my visitors are able to enjoy and appreciate it as much as I do.

The special appeal of this cabin... I bought 'Mountain Crest' in 2005, a dream come true. The trees that grew on my mountain top are still there. They repose as a part of this handmade log cabin. Watching eagles soar, deer graze, chipmunks play, or turkeys strutting is something I always yearned to be able to do. You can too, by simply sitting on the veranda or looking out of the kitchen window. I love having the freedom to adventure out and not come across barbed wire limitations.

More Details

Tom McCord
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
5 April, 2017

Why Tom McCord chose Black Hills

Since the Air Force assigned me to South Dakota in the late 80's, I have loved the Black Hills. The are always open and accessible (public land), safe (no bears), and the people here are so very friendly and welcoming. They appreciate visitors. The northern 'hills' are especially beautiful and have so much history and fun things to do. I very much enjoy my stays at Mountain Crest. I take great interest in making sure my visitors are able to enjoy and appreciate it as much as I do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hey Debbie, Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Mountain Crest and that it was especially meaningful for you. In addition to its natural beauty and ambiance, I strive to provide guests a lasting, memorable experience. Maybe we 'hit the mark' during your stay. Unique to Mountain Crest, Bob & Lynn are more than cabin greeters or maintainers; they genuinely do set the tone for our visitors to enjoy a delightful experience in the hills.
Jun 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Lead, South Dakota

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • Here, there is also a full sized washer & dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 1 double bed , In addition to the queen bed, there is a double bed fouton
    Other options - The cabin also has a queen size blow up bed and a couch.
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • wooden decking
  • long term rentals available
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Comfortable, friendly, and easy to use, one can enjoy: a fully furnished kitchen with native wood handcrafted cabinetry, full sized washer and dryer, expansive, rocked, Forest Service approved fire pit and outdoor dining area, a covered veranda wrapping around three sides or the view from the balcony off the master bedroom. There is plenty of wild life to see, including deer, turkeys, chipmunks, and eagles. VISA and Master Card credit cards may now be used.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(54 traveller reviews)

'Mountain Crest' - One of a Kind, Secluded, Hand-Hewn Log Cabin, Incredible View
average rating of 4.8703704 based on 55 reviews

Mountain Crest Peace! Quiet! Nature! Beauty!

  • 5 of 5

Mountain Crest... My husband and I spent a wonderful time here!! The views are breathtaking!!! We arrived late evening but we were so welcomed by this quaint little cabin on the Mountain Crest. :) The moon was gorgeously full, the breeze in the Ponderosas so fragrant. Gave us that 'coming home' feeling. :)

Tom, the owner, gave us really good directions for the winding roads. My hubby likes to get a bird's eye perspective of the lay of the land so he studied the satellite view before leaving our home. Combined with that and Tom's very clear direction's, we drove right to the door.

The kitchen was very nicely furnished for a cabin. Full fridge, Keurig, lots of dishes, pans and little extras for that thing you may have forgotten.

The bed in the main room was very comfy! We were super excited about the electric blanket for that first night. Arriving late like we did, the heaters were unable to catch up to the chill quick enough. The wood stove was great! Only we didn't think to light it when we arrived. Silly us! We did enjoy it the rest of our stay smelling the wood smoke and hearing the crackle of a fire all while feeling cabin cozy warm.

The bathroom was very nice for a cabin! Full tub/shower, nice big vanity, big mirror, good lighting, washer and dryer.

We were pleased with the cleanliness as well. Lots of little extras, like fans, blankets, games.. things to make staying here more like home.

There were neat, unique features that you will only find in Mountain Crest. The logs used (if I understand correctly) were from trees grown on the property. Our favorite was the beautifully carved stairs. The craftsmanship of the hand carved steps bringing out the natural God made beauty - a true work of art!! The owner has secure handles on the top and all the way down to assure safe passage on this unique feature.

Tom, the owner, was so nice to work with!! We scheduled very last minute and he was so good to work with our 'sudden' trip. He was prompt in communication. Very clear in details for us to follow as guests. We barely arrived home and he contacted us about our security deposit refund as well as to be sure our stay was pleasant. It sure was!!

We recommend Mountain Crest to anyone who is looking for the perfect quiet get away cabin with many of the niceties we creatures seem to 'need'. So come on home to Mountain Crest!! Relax, breathe and ENJOY living in the moment!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kyle, Marla, Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience staying at Mountain Crest Log Cabin. Yes, it actually is composed of the original trees/logs that grew on that mountain. I know that I always enjoy spending time at this cozy, little cabin situated on this crest. Each time I am there, I challenge myself to try to notice a little extra natural something. It is amazing what one can see if they spend a quiet moment simply observing their surroundings. You write well and certainly observed a lot during your visit. (smile) I always want my guests to feel like they are staying at a comfortable place outfitted as though it were their own. Happy to know that you appreciated those guest-friendly touches. (smile) Would love to welcome you back.
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Seabrook TX

A little paradise in the Black Hills

  • 5 of 5

We never know what to expect when we visit a new vacation rental but we were more than pleasantly surprised. All the reviews were spot on. This place is clean and private and comfortable. The kitchen was stocked with not only the essential utensils but everything is clean and well maintained. We used the grill on the patio and it also is clean and well maintained. Tom refunded the cleaning deposit very quickly. The road up to the cabin works out fine as long as you follow Tom's directions. We enjoyed the deer that visited every morning, and the chipmunks running around. We also were able to enjoy the wood burning stove in the cabin as a cold front came through while we were there. Tom has thought of everything to make the cabin an enjoyable experience.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased to learn that Mountain Crest lived up to your expectations and that you enjoyed your stay. My housekeepers and me always try to focus on: 1. attention to detail, 2. how we would want to be treated, and 3. treating guests not as customers, but really, as guests. Hopefully, this approach is working. I know that we are more than just a 'hop, skip, and a jump' from Seabrook, TX, but we would love to welcome you back.
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Bloomington, Illinois

We just left, and already miss it!

  • 5 of 5

Mountain Crest is appropriately named, perched on the top of a beautifully wooded mountain, just outside Deadwood. The cabin feels solid and cozy, we marveled at how well made and well cared for it was.

Our kids (7 and 9) thought it was pretty cool to sleep in the loft, and my 9 year old daughter exclaimed, "This place is cool, Mom! You did good!"

We feel lucky to have stumbled across this gem, and spent a carefree week exploring the beauty of the black hills and always happy to return to the comforts if this beautiful cabin.

Fully stocked kitchen, plenty of hot water, towels, washing machine, blankets and pillows... it felt like home.

Thank you, Tom, for sharing it with us!

The Bulls

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased to know that you all enjoyed your stay and that the kids loved it. It is very rewarding when the children are exposed to a unique setting like this mountain top. Thank you for your complimentary words on the place and for choosing this cabin over all of your other options. We are always trying to make it even better and would love to welcome you back.
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Waseca, Minnesota

The perfect get away.

  • 5 of 5

If your looking to get away from it all, this cabin is perfect. Mountain crest is situated on top of a Mountain between Lead, and Deadwood. Watch the sunrise while relaxing and enjoying a cup of coffee on the veranda. While there we had the luxury of witnessing the northern lights overlooking Deadwood, a couple of beautiful sunrises, and many woodland creatures. The cabin itself is very cozy. The beds were quite comfortable, and the cabin was clean. Having a washer and dryer onsite was a very welcome addition, It feels nice to come home without having a weeks worth of laundry to do. Flat screen TV with Satellite, and HBO made the teenage sons day. Along with the ability to connect to our cell providers 4G network. The drive from the main hi way to the cabin was a bit nerve-wracking for the first couple of trips. hair pin turns, bumpy roads, and locals driving it like a nascar course, but after a few trips up and down the mountain we had a pretty good grasp on how to handle it. Toms directions were spot on, and like he recommends drive it during the day for the first time. I would recommend driving during sunlight hours always, as you can't see around the tight corners during night hours very well. Being pet friendly we were able to bring our four legged family member too. Our pooch Ozzy, enjoyed being able to run free, and smell anything he wanted. This was really a great whole family vacation. The only real draw back is that we couldn't stay any longer. Thanks Tom for opening up your cabin for others to enjoy. If we're ever back in the blacks hills we will book this again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Derek, I enjoyed reading your well written review. Your fellow travelers will appreciate your stay description and your suggestions. I do appreciate you taking the time to be so thorough. I think you aptly described what one can expect while staying on this mountain top. (smile) I envious that you were able to see the Northern Lights during your stay. I had that same wonderful experience a few years back while enjoying a Christmas there, but you got to see this in August! I think it is a rare treat when the weather conditions cooperate and we in ‘the lower 48’ get to enjoy this sight. Thank you again for choosing Mountain Crest Log Cabin. Would love to welcome you back and extend to you my repeat guest discount
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My idea of a perfect cabin experience

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd time renting Mountaincrest.....and it just gets better every time. We have rented cabins in various places in the US and Canada ( mostly Canada),for over 30 years, but we have never experienced a better place. The Black Hills is very beautiful, but also a hot, and busy place. Great fun is guaranteed...but you will be so much happier up on the mountain. It just makes the whole Black Hills experience so much better. Totally quiet; listen to the wind whisper to you through the pines.Watch the deer and wild turkeys.Star gaze at night. . Large BBQ and extra propane,wrap around deck, Satellite TV, great fire pit, games, Keurig for coffee on the upper balcony in the morning. Cabin is fully stocked, other than your own groceries, drinks, etc.It is evident that the owner and his caretakers have put a great deal of thought into the comfort and safety of their guests. Very,very clean.....and the owner is absolutely excellent to deal with. Tom is incredibly fair and just, prompt and efficient. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Mountaincrest; an experience you will not regret. A real gem....and I dare you to find a better cabin experience.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: "Wow! I can feel my head getting bigger. (smile) Such a nicely expressed review of your stay. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement to keep doing what we are doing. Sounds like our efforts are working to keep our guests happy and provide an enjoyable and peaceful retreat. Hope you find your way back yet again. We are working to enhance and make Mountain Crest even better."
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A little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Amazing, very quiet, nature abounds! Comfortable beds, clean, SAT TV if needed, washer dryer, but you are in a rustic setting...just perfect! Owner communicated well, deposit came back fast! Embrace the drive up the Mountain as that is the only way you will feel you are on the top of the world, really a wonderful experience!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: … ”A wonderful experience”. Thank you for sharing your feelings about your visit to Mountain Crest. We do strive to provide a fun escape and a unique experience apart from other traditional cabins. It really is a stay on a mountain top. (smile) Would love to welcome you back and extend that repeat guest discount.
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Deadwood, SD
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Spearfsh, SD
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Interstate 90 (I90)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Central City; Deadwood
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Terry Peak
Car: necessary

Nearby, one can hike, fish, bike, explore, 4WD/off road, snow shoe, cross country or down hill ski, or snow mobile. It is only a short drive to ski at Terry Peak or Deer Mountain or to hike/bike the Mickelson Trail. It is adjacent to forest service/public land, trails, and nearby rustic, Carbonate Road (back way to Terry Peak skiing).

Mountain Crest is located close to the fun, historic, and exciting communities of Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish, and Sturgis in the 'northern hills' (most beautiful area of 'The Hills').

These communities also offer the traditional services one might expect, including parks, recreation centers, libraries, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

One can easily drive to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, scenic Spearfish Canyon, or other hills destinations. A recent guest and his family have the cabin featured on the tube website as Mountain Crest.mp4.

Other Activities: Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, rock climbing

Ski: Mountain Crest is a great location from which to enjoy snow mobiling or riding one's ATV. The area is relatively secluded, borders forest service land, and there is very little traffic on nearby roads and trails. One can actually drive their snow mobile up to the cabin's veranda and steps.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Lead, South Dakota

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day
26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Independence Day
1 Jul 2017 - 4 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$66 per night, per additional guest
Days of 76
24 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sturgis Rally
4 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$133 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$66 per night, per additional guest
Columbus Day
6 Oct 2017 - 9 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$66 per night, per additional guest
Veterans Day Weekend
9 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$66 per night, per additional guest
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$66 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Years Holiday
15 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$66 per night, per additional guest
Martin Luther King
13 Jan 2018 - 16 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$66 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$46 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Dep, one time, each A$66.34
Pet Fee A$66.34
Housekeeping Fee A$159.23
Refundable Damage Deposit A$265.38
Tax Rate 5.5%

- Any isolated, single, 'open' dates available may be rented. Please inquire.
- Double weekend premium - Guests often prefer a stay that includes a
Fri & Sat/Sun or a Sat and Sun. Stays beginning on a Sat or Sun and
ending on the following Sat or Sun limit other guest’s travel opportunities.
There is a $75 double weekend charge for such stays. (Double weekend stays are generally not avail Jun, July, and Aug)

- Winter Special - 10% discount off of the already reduced winter rate for a stay of 5 or more nights. "Repeat Guest Discount' can still be used with this special.
- Repeat Guest Discount does not apply during holiday or Sturgis periods.)
- Prices do not include cleaning & pet fees or pet deposits
- Longer stays & rates may be negotiable and eligible for a discount

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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