Around 14,000 Forest Service cabins—that is, privately owned cabins on United States Forest Service land—exist in the United States, and a bunch of ‘em are in Washington State. In addition to their gorgeous setting, the cabins have a carefully guarded aesthetic, thanks to rules similar to landmark laws that keep their woodland character intact.
Despite the maintenance requirements, Forest Service cabins can vary wildly in size and amenities. But among woodland cabins, this one is kind of a palace. As it’s currently staged, the place could comfortably sleep six or seven people, but 1,708 square feet is a lot of cabin to work with. A palatial ground floor feels even bigger thanks to a cathedral ceiling, anchored by a dramatic river-rock fireplace. Nestled up in the ceiling’s peak is a collection of sleeping lofts, including a master overlooking the living area.. Thoughtful storage solutions abound, including a gear loft above.
While this is a jumping-off point for outdoor adventures—it’s 10 miles to Crystal Mountain Resort, just across 410 from White River, and 20 miles from Mount Rainier’s Sunrise Visitors Center—this is hardly roughing it. Inside from the elements, there’s a giant kitchen with a dining area big enough to fit all the attendees of an extended family getaway, plus a bathroom with laundry and a shower.
- 81 Silver Springs USFS [John L. Scott]