Interrorem Cabin

Brinnon, Washington

Overview

Interrorem Cabin is located beneath magnificent stands of Big Leaf Maple trees, offering guests an ideal location for relaxation and recreation. 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 1908.

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

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, 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. 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, cleaning supplies 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. 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

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 the 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 cold,clear Duckabush River runs through the drainage. 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 the endemic Olympic Marmot.

Nearby Attractions

Murhut Falls, a short hike to a beautiful waterfall. Also nearby are several public access sites to the fjord-like Hood Canal. Visitors can also enjoy taking some time to visit Olympic National Park, known for its diverse and spectacular ecosystems.

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