The Silverlake area is a great place to spend a week or a weekend. We are located at the gateway to Mount St. Helens - about an hour's drive from Portland, Oregon and Olympia, Washington, and just just a few miles off of Interstate Five.
This area is the perfect start from which to explore the many different areas of Mount St. Helens with trails and visitor centers or to fish for Bass on Silverlake.
Come prepared to relax and enjoy the beauty of the area.
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Dan is a Fire Commissioner for the Cowlitz County Fire District #3 as well as Silvelake Flood Control Director and is very involved in community projects.
Dan and Susan Belding purchased this cabin in 1998
Dan was raised in this area. He moved back to this area early on and he and his previous wife raised their children here. Dan has very much enjoyed catering to guests and has met and made many good friends from all over the world including the Queen of Englands Page and lady in waiting.
The amazing views of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier over Silverlake are breathtaking. It is common to see deer, and rabbits along with other species feeding on the ever so fertile ground. The peace and serenity that surrounds you will surely make your stay a memorable one.
My wife and I highly enjoyed this unique and charming cabin. The family provided single and double seated kayaks, a jet ski, & paddle boats to enjoy on Silver Lake whenever we like. Star gazing on the Lake was fun, but use bug spray. Exploring the lake and the islands in the middle of the lake where we were going to do a zip line excursion the next day was fun. It is centrally located right by the 1st Mt. St. Helens visitor center and we drove along the one road around the mountain to see all 5 visitor centers and excursions offered in the area.
We're really happy we found this cabin. It was perfectly located along the main road that goes around Mt. St. Helens, which allowed us to stay at the start of the main road, beginning with the 1st visitor center as we journeyed all weekend around the mountain to check out all 5 visitor centers. Nights were like sitting in an enchanted forest, just high enough above the lake grounds, but by the lake and not right next to the lake where the mosquitoes congregate at the basin, which was a 3 minute walk from the cabin. In between helicopter tours, zip lining tours, and driving along the one main road to see the different visitor centers and Bigfoot Gift shops, we enjoyed the kayaks and paddle boats the Beldings provided their guests that was neatly stored right on the lake behind their home. The cabin is built so well inside, that the quaint, country look of the outside of the cabin gave us a nice surprise. We had so much fun coming back to our little cabin in the woods and tooling around Silver Lake in their provided water crafts that we could've been two happy chipmunks just lounging in the cabin and enjoying the lake. We wanted to stay in this cabin and not return to work on Monday. If you get a chance to rent this cabin, DO IT!
My husband and I just returned from our 3 nights up at this cabin, and could not be more pleased with our stay. Everything was perfect and I want to thank Dan and Susan for really making this lovely cabin a fantastic little getaway available for those of us so busy with life that sometimes you just have to stop and disconnect.
From the moment we arrived, to watching all the wildlife, to the fantastic VHS videos provided, we let the stresses of life melt away. Of course we were early in the season to go up to Mt. St. Helens, but we did drive over to the Ape Caves and walk in the nature paths in the area for some fresh air.
Evening spent listening to our Jazz music by the wood fireplace and hot coffee on the porch laughing at the Chimpmunks, BlueJays and Squirrels to the sound of the rain on the roof was complete bliss. The cabin had everything we needed for our basic comforts and the feeling of privacy and beautiful views was just what we both needed.
We look forward to returning one day and enjoying our time in this cabin again.
We really enjoyed our stay at the cabin! Dan was a great host and we sincerely enjoyed swimming off of their dock & taking the kayaks out on the water! The lake has views of Mt St Helens & Mt Adams. The cabin is driving distance to Mt St Helens, and just up the road from Castle Rock, so there are so many options on things to do!
Our family really loved the Sky Cabin (kids age 9, 6 and 1.5). We spent the start of spring break there and loved the whole experience. They had just installed a zip line and the kids loved it (me too!) The nearby visitor's center was well done and very educational...the kids became Jr. Rangers. :-)
The new cabin felt very fresh and clean. The only downside at all was the small kitchenette (vs a full kitchen), but we got creative. During the summer it would be easier with the grill.
Lastly, the hosts were super sweet and we plan to return to see their new puppy grow up, an adorable chocolate lab named Jonah. :-)
There are five Mount St. Helens visitor centers located on State Highway 504, the main route into the National Volcanic Monument. Each offers different educational exhibits and viewing opportunities, along with shops, refreshments, and restrooms. Most offer access to trails.
The best way to experience the mountain is to spend a full day, or more, driving east on highway 504, stopping at visitor centers, trails, and view points along the way. The extent of the devastation - obvious even three decades after the 1980 eruption - unfolds with each mile. Yet you will also see nature's amazing recovery, plants and animals of all kinds.
If you only have a short time to spend on your Mount St. Helens visit, the visitor center at Silver Lake is located just off Interstate 5 and offers excellent exhibits and a moving film. If you have time to drive all the way in, but can only stop at a single visitor center, choose the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Both offer stunning views into the volcano's crater.
Note: Volcano viewing is highly dependent on the weather. However, if visibility does not allow a view of Mount St. Helens itself, spending time in the blast zone, visiting the centers, and hiking along interpretive trails is still an experience of a lifetime.
Mount St. Helens Ape Cave Lava Tube is a popular attraction in the Mount St.
Helens National Monument and the longest lava tube in the continental United
States at over two miles in length. The Ape Caves are located on the south
side of Mount St. Helens and accessed through Woodland - go up highway 503
past Cougar. Driving time from I-5 and highway 504 where all the Mount St.
Helens Visitor Centers are to the Ape Cave is just over an hour. The Ape Caves
are open year-round though the parking lot gets snowed in during the winter.
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE. Guests will be notified of any damages to property/items on property and will be charged to guests credit card.
Cash/Credit Card (we do not accept personal checks). There is a non-refundable fee equal to 50% of reservation total when canceled within 3 days of anticipated arrival. There is also a 10% tax if guests choose to run their credit card.