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The HemLoft: A Secret Treehouse in the Woods

Climb through the trails in the woods of Whistler and if you’re lucky you can find Joel Allen’s secret treehouse called The HemLoft.

It’s a wonderful modern micro cabin nestled on a tree surrounded by forest, greenery, and mountains.

Once you find it, the little round wooden steps lead you right inside the perfectly built modern micro home.

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Micro Cabin Built on a Tree

Entrance to the Hemloft Micro TreehouseImage: TheHemLoft/Flickr

So, come on in, and watch the video tour too below:

The HemLoft Micro Cabin Treehouse

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Micro Cabin Treehouse The HemLoft

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Entrance Steps to the HemLoft Treehouse Micro Cabin

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Inside the HemLoft Treehouse

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Interior of The HemLoft Treehouse Cabin

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Once inside you can climb up and open up one of the top windows to enjoy amazing views of the forest and mountains.

Ladders to Climb to Windows Skylights in The HemLoft Micro Cabin

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Looking Up Inside the HemLoft Treehouse

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Skylight Observatory Windows in the HemLoft Treehouse

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Open another window down below and you can water the plants. And somewhere nearby there’s even a waterfall you can use to shower (you’ll see in the video below).

Window with Plants in the HemLoft Micro Cabin Treehouse

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Ultimate off grid living at its finest, if you ask me. You can explore, hunt, and hike if you wanted to.

Outdoor Kitchen

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Then when you decide to come back to the micro tree cabin you can cook, chill, read, write, invite a friend or a loved one, or even just use your laptop to work, write, blog, or write code.

Hanging Out at The HemLoft Treehouse

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

And at the end of the night you can enjoy an amazing sunset over the mountains while you use the little outdoor kitchen outside. Just beware of bears!

The HemLoft Treehouse by Joel Allen

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Unfortunately, the HemLoft is now in danger of being taken down (read below).

“Since the treehouse was built on crown land, I don’t technically own it, and so its fate is uncertain. For three years I kept the HemLoft secret, but now that I’m finished, I’ve found myself wanting to share it. I even shared it with a big glossy magazine! Coming out of the bush about the HemLoft is fun, however it poses a few problems; if people know about it, they might try to find it. And if the wrong people find it, they may make me take it down.

It took a lot of work to build it, and I’d rather not take it down, just yet. So I’ve been thinking of ways to expose the HemLoft, while somehow making it legal. To the best of my knowledge, Squatting on Whistler Mountain, beneath some of Western Canada’s most luxurious mega-homes would not be looked favourably upon. However, I’ve thought of a few ideas that might be… I’d like you to read the ideas below and vote on the one you think I should do!” (source)

If you want to help save it click here. Correction: The HemLoft has been giving away for free. So somebody has taken it and moved it elsewhere.

Video Tour of The HemLoft Treehouse by Joel Allen

Click here to visit The HemLoft’s official website.

The HemLoft Treehouse in the Forest

Image: TheHemLoft/Flickr

Read the Complete Story on the HemLoft

Click here to read the complete story on Joel Allen and his tiny egg-shaped treehouse in the woods.

So, What Happened to it?

According to The HemLoft Facebook Page, it’s been giving away for free. Read below:

“The official ad the the HemLoft that will be posted on Craigslist:

The HemLoft is a secret treehouse, hiding in the woods of Whistler. If you are not already familiar, you can learn more here: http://hemloft.com/.

I was fortunate in being able to acquired the materials I needed to build the HemLoft for free from Craigslist, and so I am now returning the HemLoft to Craigslist for free!

It will be taken down and passed on to the recipient as a disassembled DIY package. The beneficiary will be responsible for helping with the removal of the HemLoft (with my guidance), providing transportation from the site to its final destination, and reassembling it on their own.” (source)

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  • Shar
    December 5, 2013, 5:46 pm

    What happens when the tree grows?

  • mark sinclair
    December 6, 2013, 3:43 am

    if you like tree houses check out “george clarke’s amazing spaces” on google its a tv programme we have here in the UK, should be accessable via you tube etc and has lots of tree house content as well as tiny houses/spaces.

    • Alex Pino
      December 6, 2013, 9:42 am

      Thanks Mark, love that show

  • Dee
    February 17, 2015, 4:20 pm

    What a great tree house. Tree housd masters would have loved to see it. I hope it gets a forever home in the woods were it can be enjoyed and loved the way it was ment to be.

  • Karen R
    February 17, 2015, 4:34 pm

    I hope it survives, because it is beautiful!

  • gale
    February 17, 2015, 6:26 pm

    OK gotta ask….how much is his liability insurance;)

    • Arlene McCormick
      August 14, 2017, 8:38 pm

      I have to wonder too. Those steps to the treehouse look treacherous and there isn’t even a rope to hold on to. Otherwise, really cute, would be a fun place to spend the night.

  • puneet
    February 17, 2015, 6:37 pm

    i heard it has already been taken down and was being auctioned…

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  • Waldo Stoate
    March 20, 2017, 6:08 pm

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  • Canyon Man
    August 4, 2017, 2:31 pm

    For forest wildlife watching I find this brilliant.

  • AmyCat =^.^=
    August 4, 2017, 5:49 pm

    I hope whoever has it now has built a safer walkway! Those TINY round “stepping-stone” stairs, with slick, smooth, polished surfaces and NO hand-rails would be a DEATHTRAP in the rainy Pacific Northwest… Imagine trying to walk along that access-way when the steps are covered with rainwater! 🙀😿

    Otherwise, it’s gorgeous, but I think this guy’s a fool for stealth-building it in public forest-land (IIRC, “Crown lands” in Canada are similar to federally-protected wilderness areas or national parks in the USA).

  • Gabriella
    August 5, 2017, 9:23 am

    “Who leaves the old road for the new, he know what leaves, but he does not know what find….” In this case the change of life style is Just pleasant .

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    August 5, 2017, 12:31 pm

    I propose these solutions on the trees
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