Of all the parks in the United States, Mount Rainier National Park is the one I frequent the most. You’ll find me there basically any time of the year – snowshoeing in the winter, going on wildflower hikes in late summer, and looking for fall foliage in the fall season. While I sometimes do day trips to the park, I recently started staying at Mt. Rainier cabins, so I’m not rushing to get home in the dark.
Being able to book a stay at a Mount Rainier cabin lets you extend your trip longer so you can go on multiple hikes or viewpoints throughout the park. This is a big park, and it’s impossible to do it in just one day. That’s why I recommend that everyone stay at least one night, if not longer, to truly enjoy the area (even if a Seattle day trip is possible).
However, I know there are many options out there, so I put together this article with tips for finding the best cabins near Mt. Rainier and other things to keep in mind. Let’s get into the post so you can find the ideal place for you to stay!
Tips for Staying at Mount Rainier Cabins
Here are a few factors to keep in mind before you book your cabin rental near Mt. Rainier:
- Planning ahead is essential, so book your preferred Mt. Rainier cabin and travel dates as soon as possible. These adorable places book up very quickly, so you’ll want to get yours sooner than later.
- Bring clothing and gear suitable for the weather and your activity. Equipment like sturdy shoes for hiking outside, a raincoat and other rain gear in case it rains, and winter hiking gear in case it gets chilly at night are all good examples.
- Keep in mind that cabins near Mount Rainier won’t have as many luxuries as a hotel. You’ll need to bring whatever food you want with you as well as toiletries.
- During winter at Mount Rainier, snow and ice can cause road closures in the park. Even though the park’s main road leading to Paradise (the park’s most popular destination) is plowed and maintained all winter long, it may be closed temporarily during or after a heavy snowstorm. Check the official website for updates.
- Some roads in the park, like Stevens Canyon Road, are closed for the season. If you plan on visiting the park in the winter, it’s smart first to check the road conditions to see if there will be any closures or delays.
- Tire chains are required, and you should have additional winter driving equipment in case of snow or ice.
- Keep in mind that even if it’s summer in Seattle, summertime at the mountain doesn’t really start until July and August, which is when the snow will finally melt, and you’ll see wildflowers.
13 Best Mt. Rainier Cabins to Stay At
Here are some of the best cabins near Mt. Rainier that you’ll love renting.
1. River’s Edge Cabin With Majestic Mountain Views
Rate per night: $195+
Have you ever dreamed of staying in a cozy cabin near Mount Rainier? Envision yourself waking up in a picturesque tiny house on the banks of a peaceful river, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Relax in the comfort of a hot tub or around a fire pit to warm up after a long day of snowshoeing after spending a day at Mt. Rainier.
There’s a king-sized bed in a fun loft for those who want to live dangerously (the ceiling’s only 4 feet high, so keep your head in your hands). You’ll also find a full-size bed in the main floor bedroom, a modern bathroom, and a small kitchen where you can cook a meal.
There is a washer and dryer in the cabin for dirty clothes and a propane barbecue if you want to grill after a day on the mountain.
In addition, the living area has a flat-screen TV, a Blu-ray player, and wireless internet. There is also a water cooler to fill up your water bottles before the next hike (such as the Naches Peak Loop hike) at this cabin rental near Mount Rainier.
2. Stunning Creek-Front Cabin
Rate per night: $179+
This lodge is just five minutes from the Ashford entry to Mount Rainier National Park, so you can’t get much closer to some of the best hikes in Washington. I stayed here last winter while snowshoeing on the mountain and absolutely loved it.
The living area has a chalet-style vaulted ceiling and huge windows that look out over Big Creek and Osborn Mountain. You’ll also have access to a stove, a microwave, a refrigerator, a coffee maker, a dishwasher, and a dining table in the kitchen.
The upstairs loft has one queen-size bed with a pillow-top mattress. You’ll find a deep tub in the bathroom ideal for a long soak in soothing bubbles, which is perfect for your aching muscles. In the winter at Mount Rainier, you can sip hot beverages on the spacious deck overlooking the creek while listening to the quiet snowfall.
3. New Modern Mt. Rainier Cabin
Rate per night: $228+
This newly built cabin is the perfect place to stay as you relax on the spacious wrap-around deck after a long day. If you prefer to be indoors, you can snuggle up on the down-filled couch, fire up the propane fireplace, and watch a movie. I love nothing more than doing this after going on a rainy day hike around Seattle.
This Mount Rainier cabin is conveniently located about five minutes from the Nisqually entrance to the park, so you won’t have much driving to do after exploring the fall hikes or stunning waterfalls the park has.
During the summertime in Seattle, head outside to grill on the propane grill and enjoy dinner on the deck in the outdoor dining area. Plenty of board games, such as Scrabble, cribbage, backgammon, and more, are available for entertainment later.
4. Little Cabin in the Woods
Rate per night: $99+
Paradise Estates is home to a cozy Mt. Rainier cabin just steps away from Mount Rainier’s Nisqually entrance, perfect for couples. This little cabin on a country road is perfect for a quiet getaway from Seattle or relaxing after a day of exploring.
The king bed is in the cabin’s single bedroom, and the bathroom is three-quarters size with a glass door leading to the front shower. There is a pellet stove and wall heaters for those chilly winter days.
A full-sized fridge, stovetop, microwave, convection oven, coffee maker, and toaster are just some of the staples you’ll find in the kitchen. There’s a two-person table there, perfect for dinner or game night. You can spend time outdoors on the front deck or by the fire pit.
5. Brand-New Tiny House in the Woods
Rate per night: $193+
Located in the middle of the woods, this tiny house has everything you need for a peaceful getaway. There is a gas grill, a bed with a memory foam mattress and pillows, and a fire pit in the yard. The area has plenty to do, as Mount Rainier National Park, White Pass Ski Resort, and the Pacific Crest Trail are all within driving distance.
Both the king-sized loft bed and the pull-out sofa feature flat-screen TVs to watch your favorite shows at night. There is also a beautiful outdoor area with room for ten people, a gas grill, and views that will take your breath away. This is ideal for a weekend trip from Portland when you want to get out of the city and relax.
All of the bedding and mattresses are high-end memory foam varieties. A large master bathroom with a jetted tub is ideal for unwinding and reading a nice book. Unfortunately, there is currently no Wi-Fi service, but most major cell phone networks should still function.
6. Unique Mt. Rainier Cabin With Hot Tub
Rate per night: $223+
Any couple looking for a romantic retreat near Mt. Rainier should book this Mount Rainier cabin with a hot tub immediately. It has a wood-burning stove, a full kitchen, a bedroom with a queen-size bed, a bathroom, and a living room with a 60-inch flat-screen TV (with Netflix), free Wi-Fi, a DVD player, and a huge plush down sofa.
You can also go snowshoeing with the two pairs of snowshoes and poles that are free to use with the cabin rental. Not a movie buff? Feel free to enjoy the outdoor firepit located on one of the small ponds in Paradise Estates on this relaxing road trip from Seattle.
7. Real Log Cabin With Wood Stove
Rate per night: $182+
This real log cabin was built over 40 years ago, but it has many modern conveniences. Guests can take advantage of the indoor plumbing, hot and cold running water, deep clawfoot tub, refrigerator, stove/oven, smart television, WiFi, Hulu, and extensive DVD movie library.
The loft has plush carpeting and a queen-sized iron bed with a memory foam topper. There is a brand-new leather sofa and loveseat, and a new full-size platform bed with sheets, pillows, and a blanket.
This Mount Rainier national park cabin has stainless steel appliances, a full set of tableware (plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses, mugs, and more), and a complete set of cooking utensils. In addition to the wood stove and the baseboard heating in the bedroom and bathroom, there is also a window-vented air conditioner and a heating unit in the main living area. You’ll love fully being able to relax on a weekend trip from Vancouver, BC.
A laundry room complete with a full-size washer and dryer is also available. This is one of the closest Mt. Rainier cabins to the park due to its proximity to the entrance, which is convenient for climbers, hikers, photographers, and people who like to be in nature.
8. Cozy Packwood Mount Rainier Cabin
Rate per night: $127+
This Mount Rainier cabin rental is only 15 minutes away from the park’s entrance and about an hour from Paradise. There is one queen bed, one bathroom, a futon for the kids (perfect for a Washington family vacation), a fire pit, a BBQ grill, and real mesquite charcoal.
Although it may seem small, the recently renovated cabin is as nice as it gets for the price. The cabin is charming and well-equipped, and if you run out of food while on your trip, you can always find someplace to eat nearby after going on an easy hike in the area.
If you have a pup, you’ll love that this is a pet-friendly Mt. Rainier cabin rental. You’re allowed to bring one medium-sized dog, provided that it is housebroken and that you pick up after it (and no barkers, please). The $50 pet charge is non-refundable.
9. Alpine Annie’s
Rate per night: $141+
Alpine Annie’s is a traditional Mt. Rainier cabin rental with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom located approximately 30 minutes from White Pass Ski Area. It has a rustic outdoor theme, a gas fireplace, and a large terrace overlooking the woods.
After a day of skiing down White Pass or hiking around Mount Rainier National Park, come home to some hot cocoa made on the gas stove. Take some time out from sightseeing to unwind with your travel buddies on the spacious patio.
Alpine Annie’s Cabin is in a quiet mountain park area, just 7 minutes from White Pass Ski Resort. At White Pass, you can go alpine and cross-country skiing on over 1,400 acres and do other fun things with your family.
The Mountain Goat Cafe, a grocery store, and a supplier of outdoor equipment are all within walking distance. In this cabin, neither smoking nor pets are permitted.
10. The Cedar Cabin on 8 Acres
Rate per night: $135+
Moon Mountain is one of the coziest Mount Rainier cabin rentals, with a big picture window that looks out at nature. It is 25 minutes from White Pass Ski Area, 45 minutes from Mt. Rainier National Park, and surrounded by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It has three cabin rentals on 8 acres with shared common areas, a Koi Pond, and a picnic area.
These cabin rentals near Mount Rainier are equipped with everything guests need to enjoy their stay, including kitchens, linens, bath toiletries, BBQs, board games, books, cable TV, and a DVD player. This Mount Rainier cabin with a hot tub is the ultimate place to relax at night, which is perfect after going on a waterfall hike near Seattle.
In case of inclement weather, the cabins have a generator to keep the well pump going and a wood stove and firewood in case of a power outage.
11. The River House
Rate per night: $250+
The River House is one of the best Mt. Rainier cabins near the beautiful Nisqually River and has stunning views of the ocean and the mountains nearby, and you’ll love coming here after a winter hike in Washington. This house is perfect for those who want a quiet place to stay with plenty of space in the living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms. The master suite features a cozy log queen bed, while the guest room features both bunk beds and a lovely log canopy bed.
Unwind on the plush sofa that doubles as a bed in front of the fireplace in the living room. The kitchen has live-edge slab oak countertops, antiqued cabinets, a dishwasher, a microwave, a range, a refrigerator, and enough seating for six. You can relax in the hot tub or take in the scenery from the large veranda, which looks out over the river and the mountains beyond.
A propane barbecue allows you to grill anything you want, whenever you want. You can go for bike rides or hikes; you can relax by the fire in the evenings. There’s Netflix and free WiFi for your enjoyment.
12. Cute Cabin With Private Creekfront
Rate per night: $119+
Enjoy a peaceful getaway at this rustic cabin near Mount Rainier. This luxurious studio is ideal for a family or small group of friends, thanks to its ample space and modern amenities.
The basement is equipped with a huge TV and DVD player with a wide selection of movies, a small kitchen, a microwave, and an ice maker. You can access the loft through the folding attic ladder, which has a queen-size memory foam bed, a wall-mounted TV, and a DVD player. A beautiful view of the creek can be seen from here at any time of the year.
The back deck features a large grill, an outdoor heater, and a view of the creek below. The main living quarters and the bathroom/utility building share a front deck; the latter has a shower, a huge vanity, and a washer and dryer.
There’s a dog kennel on the property, as well as a fire pit and some seating near the creek. There is currently a WiFi hotspot here.
13. Waterfront Cabin
Rate per night: $199+
Set on two private acres at the end of a quiet country road, this brand-new luxury Mount Rainier cabin is the perfect place to unwind. It has two zones of heating and cooling, a gas fireplace, vaulted wooden ceilings with exposed beams, panoramic windows, luxurious furniture, top-of-the-line appliances, and modern tile and glass bathrooms with heated floors.
This property has direct access to Johnson Creek, its own private entrance, a hot tub, and a sizable covered deck that is heated with propane.
In addition to a Tesla charger, there are regular and decaf Nespresso pads, tea, olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, cooking spices, baking supplies, ice, bathrobes, slippers, toothpicks, toothbrushes, frying pans, spatulas, foil, single-use aluminum foil trays, baking paper, pots, tongs, oven mitts, measuring cups and spoons, chopping boards, washing up gloves, and a chef’s knife.
The closest grocery store is Blanton’s Market in Packwood, and the closest Mount Rainier National Park entrance is the Stevens Canyon one.
These Mt. Rainier cabins are all amazing, so you won’t be disappointed no matter which one you choose.