- WILDLIFE VIEWING
Located in the northeast portion of Olympic National Forest, Louella Cabin offers guests a unique lodging experience. It was built in 1912 by Forest Service employee, E. M. Cheney, who dedicated the structure to his wife, Louella. A fireguard was stationed at the cabin during the summer and fall.
During the Great Depression, a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was built in the lower part of the meadow below the cabin and consisted of barracks, a bathhouse and mess hall. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the CCC worked on many projects in the area, including fire lookouts, trails, bridges, roads and planting trees after forest fires. After the CCC camp closed in 1939, the guard station was used by various agencies until 1976.
Today, the site offers guests year-round recreation and relaxation in Olympic National Forest. Access to the cabin is by vehicle; however, snow chains may be required in winter. The cabin offers several amenities, but guests will need to bring a few of their own supplies for a truly enjoyable stay.
Address:HOOD CANAL RNGR STA/PO BOX 280
Directions:From Sequim, travel 4 miles east, across from Sequim Bay State Park. Turn southwest on Louella Road. Travel 1 mile, then turn left onto the Palo Alto Road and travel approximately 4 miles. The access drive to Louella Cabin is by the bulletin board on the right. Turn into the driveway, go past the first building, and Louella Cabin is on the right.
Access to the cabin by vehicle may require chains in the winter during periods of heavy snow; the last 1/8 mile of road is not plowed.