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Stepping Stone Totem Cabin at Mt Rainier National Park Main Gate

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Ashford Cabin Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom, 1 bath cabin along mountain stream, sleeps 6

This cabin may appear rustic on the outside but don't let that fool you! This cabin was built in 1915, however the interior was remodeled in 2005 with beautifully finished 1 x 12 plank knotty pine floors, walls, and ceilings. Some of the existing beautifully finished cedar paneled walls still remain in the living room. This Totem cabin sleeps up to 6 persons comfortably. There is a master bedroom with custom queen log bed, 3/4 bath with over-sized shower (no tub), full size fully stocked kitchen with stainless fridge plus stainless gas range, large open floor plan, custom knotty pine breakfast bar & bar stools for seating up to 7, plus a table and seating for 3 in the kitchen nook, with a beautifully crafted stone fireplace and wood stove, plus two futons in the roomy living room with space to convert into two full size beds. Several skylights and open floor plan make this cabin light, open and airy! Semi-secluded in beautiful timber, with a tranquil stream bubbling through the front of the property, a flat parcel on almost an acre with an additional second cabin at the rear of the property. The cabin exterior comes with covered parking space, gazebo with propane BBQ, deck chairs, marshmellow roasting pit, oversized picnic table, and hiking trails through the property with two small bridges over the small streams. The Totem is located on a quiet dead end road, but this property fronts highway 706 so has easy access, and only 1/2 mile from Mt Rainier National Park. This the main Nisqually gate to Longmire and Paradise that is open 365 days a year. So roads are kept accessible year round.

If more room is needed, we have additional cabins available that can be rented with this one at a discount. We have three others: the Tahoma studio sleeps 2 and located on same parcel of land, Elk Cottage sleeps up to 7 and is the adjacent property to the south, plus the Cornerstone sleeps up to 8 and is across the road. Please see at these dot coms: steppingstonecabins or thecornerstonecabin or elkcottage for additional info. This website blocks our emails and websites. We do try to keep our calendar updated on all sites we advertise on but for most accurate info please call.

Because we do advertise on several websites, we do not offer instant booking on this website to insure our cabins are not double booked. We do offer online payments through PayPal for card payments.. Call or text to 253.226.2433 for website or email info as this website blocks that info.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Rick or Theresa Cooper
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016
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About Rick or Theresa Cooper

We love this area! It is our playground for hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, sledding, fishing, photography, wildlife viewing, etc.

Rick or Theresa Cooper purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Rick or Theresa Cooper chose Mount Rainier

Mt Rainier National Park is a beautiful any season park to enjoy, and this cabin is just .5 miles from the entrance. It is also within walking distance of our other cabin, The Cornerstone cabin, so that we can use all three units for our family reunions or other large gatherings, and recommend that to others as well.

What makes this cabin unique

We absolutely enjoy sitting in the gazebo under the beautiful timber, next to the tranquil stream burbling through the yard, watching the deer meander through for their morning and evening drinks. We love the stone fireplaces, they are absolutely beautiful! So cozy to curl up in front of the fire on snowy or rainy days after a good hike in the park! The Totem cabin is our favorite for our own large groups with children as it has a wonderful open floor plan with lots of room for children to play.


based on 5 traveler reviews

Stepping Stone Totem Cabin at Mt Rainier National Park Main Gate
average rating of 4.4 based on 5 reviews

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

You can't beat this location for access to Mt. Rainier Park. The Tahoma cabin is very well equipped, clean, and roomy. It is somewhat dark, but that is to be expected given its location among the trees and is not a problem if you are out and enjoying the beautiful park during the day. The only hitch was that we couldn't operate the shower the first day (hint: pull hard!), but Rick was quick in responding and we had no further problems. We definitely recommend this listing to others and wouldn't hesitate to rebook in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for writing a review of your stay! We really appreciate your feedback and so glad you enjoyed your stay! The Coopers
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PERFECT little cabin!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at your Totem cabin this time last week. I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had staying there. It was PERFECT!!! Just the right size, cozy and inviting for our family of 4. You have done a terrific job of providing every essential possibly needed from things for little ones on up to adults. Outside was full of beautiful surprises such as two wooden foot bridges over a creek, small trails, firepit, picnic table and chairs and darts under the carport. The location and proximity to Mt. Rainier National Park was excellent. And I can't forget that bed!!! I think it was quite possibly the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on. We would gladly stay here again. You have a wonderful little slice of heaven there. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review! We greatly appreciate your feedback! The Coopers
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Cozy cabin

  • 3 of 5

Overall it was a nice stay. The area doesn't have any reception nor wifi (except at restaurants) so it was nice to take a break from technology. Cabin itself was very cozy. Communication with Theresa was great. I couldn't figure out how to work the fireplace and had no reception to reach her. So I made a call from a phone at a restaurant and left a message. She sent the housekeeper over the following day to show us how to work it.

One improvement for the cabin would be getting rid of the rusty smell/taste from the water. When you shower, you can totally smell the rust. Granted, drinking water was provided in the fridge, but if the piping could be replaced (I know, it's probably very expensive), it'd be awesome!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tony! We appreciate the feedback and the review! Unfortunately, the well water in that area is heavy with iron. It is not the pipes, those are all upgraded and a filtration system is in place. The water is safe to drink and use but you will still get the slight iron smell. I am so glad the rest of your stay was enjoyable! Theresa
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Quiet, Relaxing location

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was well maintained and had everything except wifi that a family could ever need for a weekend getaway. The bedroom was very cozy and the covers were quite comfortable. The fireplace was great and the owner gave my husband a quick lesson on keeping the fire going and helped us bring in dry wood. We had a great time and would definately be going back to this cabin in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words!
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Cabin in the woods! (it was in February 2012 actually)

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was properly maintained, owner was helpful, nearby attractions were Mt Rainier is nearby to go walk around the Paradise area of Mt Rainier. Restaurants nearby. I almost don't want to say how cute it was so it won't get too popular! So I can keep it for myself....:-)

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Laurie for your kind referral! I hope you get a chance to stay again!
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Nearest Airport
77 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Highlander
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
706 East
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Wildberry Restaurant
Car: necessary

Located 1/2 mile from Mt Rainier National Park with hiking trails, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, water falls, lakes and streams to photograph and enjoy!


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 Totem Peak Winter
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.9%

Peak Season is Memorial Weekend through Labor Day weekend every summer plus the last two weeks of December every winter. Standard pricing applies all other dates. Holiday night rates are at higher weekend rates of that season, regardless of what night they land on. Some holidays require 3 night stays. Some last minute single nights are allowed with the addition of a partial cleaning fee of $25. We offer many discounts including: Military, 4+night stay, 2 Cabin discount, and various seasonal discounts. Please see our website for details.

Please call/email to verify dates are available. To reserve we require payment in full in advance either by check or card. To pay by card we would email an invoice link from PayPal so that you may enter as our guest to add your card info on their secure site. To pay by check you would make it out to "Theresa Cooper" and mail to "PO Box 5026, Spanaway, WA 98387."

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Ashford Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The Totem cabin has 1 bathroom with an oversize shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • One beautiful custom log queen bed in the Totem master bedroom with cushy mattress cover, 500+ thread count sheets, electric blanket, and cozy quilt. There are two futons in the living room of the Totem cabin and both make down easily into full size beds for additional sleeping room. Both have extra cushy mattress covers, 400 thread count sheets, soft snuggly blankets, and comforters.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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