Hamma Hamma Cabin

Lilliwaup, Washington

Overview

The Hamma Hamma Cabin is a historic cabin that offers guests a tranquil setting to relax and recreate. Formerly a guard station, the cabin was built from 1936-1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The facility was used as an administrative site for Forest Service fire and trail crews. The site is nominated to the National Register of Historic Places for the skill and craftsmanship that went into its construction and architecture. The cabin is open year-round and is typically accessible by car; however, snowy conditions may require alternative transportation such as cross-country skis or snowshoes. Many amenities are offered, so guests only need to bring a few of their own supplies for an enjoyable stay.

Recreation

Hamma Hamma Cabin is conveniently located near The Brothers Wilderness, Mt. Skokomish Wilderness, Hood Canal, and Olympic National Park. Numerous activities, such as hiking, mountain climbing, fishing, hunting and river walks are available in the area. From Hamma Hamma Cabin, guests can wander the Living Legacy Trail, an interpretive trail that details the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. At only a quarter mile, the trail offers a scenic, open view of the Hamma Hamma River. In the spring, Harlequin ducks arrive from the sea to nest in this freshwater spot. Lena Lake Trail #810 offers a great hike a few miles west of the cabin. Anglers will enjoy fishing the scenic Hamma Hamma River for chum, pink, chinook, coho and steelhead.

Facilities

Hamma Hamma Cabin can accommodate up to six guests. The single-story cabin features a living room with a hexagonal bay window overlooking the Hamma Hamma River drainage, and is furnished with a futon that unfolds into a bed. There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with bunk beds, all with mattresses. The kitchen is equipped with a table and chairs, stove, dishes, pots, silverware and cooking utensils. The bathroom has a flush toilet. The cabin is equipped with a propane heater and propane lights. An outdoor picnic table and fire ring are available for cooking and campfires. Drinking water is not available. The indoor plumbing is for the toilet only and is not potable. Guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing. Guests need to provide their own sleeping bags, linens, towels, dish soap, matches, first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. All food and garbage must be packed out, and guests are expected to clean the cabin before leaving. Please leave nothing behind, if you would like to make a donation of goods to the cabin please contact the Ranger Station for a list of needs.

Natural Features

Hamma Hamma Cabin sits on a landscaped clearing surrounded by old-growth Douglas firs, dogwoods and rhododendrons. The scenic Hamma Hamma River flows nearby, which is fed by the Mildred Lakes within the Mt. Skokomish Wilderness and drops from the eastern slope of the Olympic Range into the Hood Canal. The name Hamma Hamma comes from a Twana village once located at the river's mouth and called Hab'hab, referring to a reed that grows along the river's banks. The Brothers and Mt. Skokomish Wilderness, located in the southeast corner of Olympic National Forest, are accessible from the area. Bold rocky summits and numerous sharp spires dot the ridges at elevations ranging from 2,000 to over 6,000 feet. Magnificent old-growth western hemlock, western red cedar and Douglas fir dominate the forest in the lower elevations, providing habitat for elk, black-tailed deer, black bears and mountain lions. Higher elevations display firs, pines, dwarf juniper and open rock faces.

Nearby Attractions

Take some time to visit the 3.5 mile Lena Lake trail or go beyond to the Valley of the Silent Men.

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Adventures Nearby

Hike to Lena Lake

5 Miles Round Trip - 1300 ft gain

Backpack to Upper Lena Lake

14 Miles Round Trip - 3900 ft gain

Climb the Brothers (South Climb)

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