Our address is:
8525 Homestead Lane
Etna, CA 96027
to the Ranch
Most guests fly into one of the following airports and rent a car to drive the rest of the way to JH Ranch. Guests typically share that flying Southwest or Delta are the best options for them.
Please note that your drive time will vary greatly depending upon the airport you fly into and route you take, so please plan your total travel time when booking your flight. Some guests enjoy driving up/down the coast before or after their time at the Ranch.
You may wish to consider carpooling as the only time you will need your car is for the drive to and from the airport and to drive to the river on your rafting day. Please see the Carpool tab on our pre-arrival page for more details.
Medford, OR (MFR): 1.5 hours
Redding, CA (RDD): 2.5 hours
Sacramento, CA (SMF): 4.3 hours
San Francisco, CA (SFO): 6.15 hours
Arrival & Departure Information
Your travel days are the first and last days listed on your program dates.
For example, if your program is from June 3 – June 10, then you will book your plans to arrive at JH Ranch on the evening of June 3 and to depart JH Ranch on the morning of June 10.
Your Arrival: Check-in will be between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM on your arrival night. Please note that dinner will NOT be served at the Ranch on arrival night, so be sure to eat before you arrive. We suggest grabbing a bite to eat in Yreka or Fort Jones. We will have light hors d’oeuvres.
Your Departure: Your final evening will be a closing banquet that usually concludes by 11:00 PM. Guests are free to depart for home anytime after this banquet. A continental breakfast will be available the following morning (the last listed day of your program). (For example, if your program date ends on Saturday, the closing banquet is Friday night and Saturday is your travel day.)
Not a problem. Just give us a call at 800.242.1224 and let us know about the delay in your travel plans.
When you arrive, you will drive up Lodge Hill where a staff member will be on-duty throughout the night to welcome you and take you to your cabin.
JH Ranch provides transportation between the Sacramento airport and JH Ranch. Please arrange to either drop your student off at the Sacramento airport or have them fly in before 2:00 PM PT on the first day of their program.
Please also book their departure flight no earlier than 9:30 AM to allow plenty of time for their buses to arrive at the airport from JH Ranch.
Upon arrival at the Sacramento airport, our staff (who will be wearing red JH t-shirts) will greet them, help them get their luggage, and give them further instructions. You will receive an email with your student’s photo upon our staff checking them in at the airport.
Be sure to check your individual airline’s policies on restrictions and fees, especially regarding unaccompanied minors. Each airline has a slightly different policy. If your student is traveling as an unaccompanied minor, please let us know and a staff member will be there to meet him or her at the arrival gate.
Lastly, please remember to pre-pay your student’s baggage fees for both their arrival and return flights, or ensure that they have enough money for the various fees.
Let us know!
It is critical that you inform us of your student’s travel itinerary as soon as you confirm their flight.
Once the flights are booked, please provide your travel information to us via your account at jhranch.com
If you have any questions, reach out to us at 800.242.1224.
Sacramento, California Airport (Airport Code: SMF)
JH Ranch is located about 5 hours north of the Sacramento Airport. Exit the Sacramento Airport, going north on I-5. Travel north on I-5 to Exit 773, Yreka (HWY – 3). Take HWY-3 south through Fort Jones to Etna. Just before reaching Etna, turn left and continue on Highway 3 toward Callahan. Four miles south of Etna, turn right on French Creek Road. The Ranch is located four and a half miles up French Creek Road on the right.
Medford, Oregon Airport (Airport Code: MFR)
JH Ranch is located about 2 hours south of the Medford Airport. Exit the Medford Airport, turning left on Biddle Road. Go 1 mile until you see signs for I-5 South. Take I-5 South to Exit 773, Yreka (HWY -3). Take HWY-3 south through Fort Jones to Etna. Just before reaching Etna, turn left and continue on Highway 3 toward Callahan. Four miles south of Etna, turn right on French Creek Road. The Ranch is located four and a half miles up French Creek Road on the right.
San Francisco, California Airport (Airport Code: SFO)
From the Bay area, take Highway 80 east to I-505 north to I-5 north. Travel north on I-5 to Exit 773, Yreka (HWY- 3). Take HWY-3 south through Fort Jones to Etna. Just before reaching Etna, turn left and continue on Highway 3 toward Callahan. Four miles south of Etna, turn right on French Creek Road. The Ranch is located four and a half miles up French Creek Road on the right.
View the 2023 Preparation Packets below!
Be sure to download your program’s specific pdf to see your packing list, travel details, and other important information.
Parent & Teen Adventures
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The Giving Tree program exists to provide financial assistance to families to help alleviate any financial burden of attending JH Ranch! We are so excited that you are looking into sponsorship to attend a program.
In order to apply you must have an active registration (not on a waiting list) and have paid your $300 deposit. Applications open the beginning of September of the fall prior to the summer you'd be applying for. Inquiries about this application can be made via phone call at 800-242-1224 or by sending an email to our Giving Tree Manager, Alexis Schmid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have applied, we will begin the reviewal and prayer process as a staff and will pursue donations on your behalf (this typically takes 1-2 months). We will then be in touch about whether or not we are able to award you a partial sponsorship and set up a payment plan for the remaining balance of your registration!
Please note it is not guaranteed that applying for financial aid will result in financial assistance to attend.
If you are interested in giving directly to the Giving Tree Fund, please visit jhranch.com/donate or call our office.