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Cozy 1930 log cabin near Mount Rainier asks $349K

The US Forest Service cabin by Goat Creek has been lovingly maintained

A log cabin is to the right. To the left is an outbuilding with large double doors and exposed-grain exterior. An open dirt area is between the two, but it’s surrounded by evergreen trees.
The cabin and its outbuildings have a timeless woodland feel.
Curt Bartkowski

Around 14,000 Forest Service cabins—that is, privately owned cabins on United States Forest Service land—exist in the United States, and we have a whole lot of them in the wilds of Washington State. These cabins all have a carefully guarded woodland aesthetic thanks to rules similar to landmark laws, although each one varies in design and how much you’re actually roughing it.

This one along Goat Creek near Mount Rainier National Park, originally built in 1930, is a true getaway. It’s in pristine condition thanks to a recent restoration, including interior log walls, a vaulted cedar ceiling, and a large, cozy, wood-burning fireplace. But at the same time, it’s not so elaborate that you forget you’re in the woods—its simple, 560-square-foot design has just enough room for fireside gatherings, a queen bed, and an eat-in kitchen.

It comes with more than a half-acre of forest, along with three outbuildings: a garage with a chimney (the current owner thought about turning it into a bunkhouse), a giant woodshed, and an outhouse (it’s BYO water out here). While much of the property is still wild, there’s a spacious back deck overlooking the creek and a stone patio for relaxing by the fire.

18 Silver Creek is on the market for $349,000 through Windermere. While Forest Service cabins are usually a cash transaction since they’re leased on national land, listing agent Theresa Doherty notes that Sound Community Bank recently started offering loans for them.

Two couches face each other in a room with log walls and a vaulted ceiling with exposed log-beams above. In the middle of the far wall, there’s a stone fireplace. To the right of that an open door leads to another room.
A cozy living area has plenty of room for board games if the weather doesn’t cooperate for hiking.
Two couches face each other in a room with log walls and a vaulted exposed-log-beam ceiling. Through a wide cased opening there’s a bed with built-in storage underneath, and there are windows along the right wall.
Dramatic exposed-log ceilings give a fully woodsy aesthetic.
A kitchen with an exposed wood-slat ceiling. Along the near and left wall, there’s countertops above exposed-grain cabinetry. Ahead there’s a dining table and four chairs. The room is lined in white-trim, paned windows.
An eat-in kitchen offers plenty of counter space for collaborative meal prep—and keeps the cabin look with exposed-grain cabinetry.
A queen-sized bed in a room with a log wall and vaulted exposed beam ceiling. There’s a wide cased opening behind it leading to a room with a stone fireplace and more log walls.
The bedroom isn’t too far away from the fire, separated from the living area via log wall and cased opening.
A bed in a room with wood-slat and log walls, plus an exposed grain vaulted ceiling with exposed log beams.
The bedroom opens up to a wide back deck and the forest around it.
A low wooden patio surrounded by evergreen trees. To the right, an eave of a roof with exposed log beams is visible.
A large back deck perfect for barbecues looks out over the woods and Goat Creek.