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INTERROREM CABIN, WA

part ofOlympic National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: INTERROREM CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Interrorem Cabin is located beneath magnificent stands of old-growth forest and hardwood trees, offering guests an ideal location for relaxation and recreation in Olympic National Forest. The cabin was built in 1907 as the first administrative site in the Olympic National Forest. Emery J. Finch, Ranger and Hoodsport pioneer, built the cabin for his new bride, Mabel, and they moved in on April 22, 1908.

Between the years 1933 and 1942, the station hosted several government programs such as the Emergency Relief Administration, Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps. From 1942 to 1986, the cabin was a fireguard station, and from 1986 to 1994, it was used by Forest Service volunteers.

Today, the site offers guests a unique and comfortable lodging experience year-round in Olympic National Forest. The cabin is accessible by car. Many amenities are offered, but guests will have to bring some of their own supplies and gear.

Natural Features:

Interrorem Cabin sits on a grassy clearing located in the Duckabush Recreation Area, with nearby access to the Duckabush River, The Brothers Wilderness, Olympic National Park and Hood Canal.

The Brothers Wilderness is located in the eastern portion of the Olympic National Forest just south of Buckhorn Wilderness and north of Mt. Skokomish Wilderness. The Dosewallips and Hamma Hamma Rivers run cold and clear, bordering the area. At 6,866 feet, The Brothers is the highest peak in the area, with a double summit that ranks among the most popular climbs in the Olympics.

Near the cabin, western hemlock, western red cedar and Douglas fir dominate the dense forest, providing habitat for elk, black-tailed deer, black bears and mountain lions. Higher elevations are home to marmots and mountain goats.

Recreation:

A nature trail with interpretive signs and historic photos that describe the life of Emery and Mabel Finch is located behind the cabin. Mr. Finch, an avid fisherman, was responsible for building the Ranger Hole Trail, a path to his favorite fishing spot on the Duckabush River. A few trout and some wonderful views of the river can be caught here.

Facilities:

The historic 24x20-foot one-story cabin is a square, peeled-log building and includes an open porch across its facade and a pyramidal cedar shake roof. It can accommodate up to four guests. The kitchen is furnished with a table and chairs, cookware, utensils, propane cook range, refrigerator and lights. The living room has a futon and the bedroom has twin bunk beds. A propane heater keeps it cozy during the winter months. Propane is furnished.

Potable water is available from an outdoor hand pump. During camping season (mid-June through September), potable water is also available from a hand pump at Collins Campground, one mile west on Forest Service Road 2510. An outhouse with vault toilet, fire ring and picnic table are located on the cabin grounds.

No electricity or indoor plumbing is available at this facility. Guests need to provide their own sleeping bags, pillows, towels, dish soap, matches, first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. All trash and food must be packed out, and guests are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.

Nearby Attractions:

Take some time to visit Olympic National Park, known for its diverse and spectacular ecosystems.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Climbing
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Fishing
  • Futon(s)
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • River Access
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • There is no electricity or indoor plumbing available at this facility; water is available from an outdoor hand pump
  • Entry to the cabin is by a key stored in a lock box; the required combination to gain access to the key pickup box must be obtained by calling the Hood Canal Ranger Station in Quilcene at (360) 765-2200 (office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on holidays)
  • Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit
  • The maximum cabin capacity is 4 people, although provisions can be made for extra people on a case by case basis with approval by the District Ranger; an extra $5.00 per person per night will be charged with payment and approval through the Quilcene Office
  • The road to the cabin is plowed in the winter
  • Pets are not allowed at this facility
  • Pack out all food and garbage and clean the facility before you leave
  • Doors and windows should be locked and all personal items removed upon departure
  • The cabin is a no-smoking facility
  • No open flame in the cabin
  • Learn more about Olympic National Forest

    Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.68056, -122.9925
47°40'50"N, 122°59'33"W

Travel approximately 22 miles north of Hoodsport on Highway 101 to the Duckabush Recreation Area, turn west onto the Duckabush River Road (Forest Service Road #2510). Follow the Duckabush Road for 4 miles to the end of the pavement. Interrorem Cabin is on the left side of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

INTERROREM CABIN
HOOD CANAL RANGERSTA.P.OBOX280
QUILCENE WA 98376

Phone Number:

Information: (360)765-2200
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