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Rustic hideaways

Rent a fire lookout or historic cabin for some back-to-basics relaxation

Thursday, September 13, 2001

By GREG JOHNSTON
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

On the Peninsula, the Hamma Hamma cabin is near the river of the same name and almost within hollering distance of trailheads for wonderful hikes to Lena Lake and Mildred lakes, as well as a 1.2-mile interpretive trail. Maintained by Girl Scout Troop 624 in Hoodsport, it is popular in winter among cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

Interrorum cabin -- no one knows the origin of the name -- is near the Duckabush River and not far from the trailhead for one of Olympic National Park's premier trails, which follows the river up to O'Neill Pass deep in the interior of the Olympic Mountains.

Louella guard station -- named after its builder's wife -- is south of Sequim near trailheads for hiking up the Dungeness and Graywolf river valleys into the Buckhorn Wilderness and Olympic National Park. It does have electricity, running water, showers and flush toilets.

All the cabins are extremely popular and open dates in the immediate future can be tough to find.

But planning ahead is a small price for spending a night or two in the past.

Cabins and lookout rental information

The historic cabins on the Olympic Peninsula and others can be rented through the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877-444-6777 (www.reserveusa.com).

More information on rental cabins can be found at these Web site:
Nature of the Northwest, www.naturenw.org
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs
Olympic National Forest, www.fs.fed.us/r6/olympic
Wenatchee National Forest, www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, www.fs.fed.us/r6/gpnf
Umatilla National Forest, www.fs.fed.us/r6/uma

P-I reporter Greg Johnston can be reached at 206-448-8014 or gregjohnston@seattlepi.com


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