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Tom Coan

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Home Near Crystal Mountain, Mt Rainier and Chinook Pass

46 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Washington Chalet Rental Photos and Description

home, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Spend your next vacation in a beautiful Crystal River Ranch mountain home near the Crystal mountain ski area and Mount Rainier Sunrise Lodge. In the spring, summer and fall travel across Chinook pass or White Pass over the Cascade Mountains or drive Cayuse Pass to Mt. Rainier’s Paradise Lodge. The CRR home is 65 miles, 90 minutes, from Seattle off highway 410, 10 miles from the White River/Sunrise entrance of Mt Rainier National Park and 18 miles from the Crystal Mountain ski area. In addition to riding the gondola to the 6872' Crystal Mountain Summit House for an alpine dinner, spectacular views of Mt. Rainier and a mountain top alpine adventure Crystal offers special summer events in their day lodge and base meadow.

In July through September the wild flowers on the upper elevations Mt. Rainier and Crystal are blooming. The National forest offers multiple day hike and overnight trails to crystal clear lakes and alpine meadows. From the White River campground experience high alpine weather and walk on the Inner glacier, the second most popular approach to Mt. Rainier’s summit. Or, drive to Sunrise and a Mt. Rainier National Park day lodge. The 90 mile Mount Rainer Wonderland trail circumnavigates the mountain and travels through Sunrise and the White River campground.

In the lowlands off highway 410 explore the banks of three rivers, go for a mountain bike ride , horseback ride, fish, relax or take a motorcycle trip across the Cascade Mountains on the Naches trail. Crystal River Ranch has a river walk, community center and recreation area. The cabin has a supply of outdoor furniture, a hammock and a tree swing for the kids.

Our Crystal River Ranch home accommodates a maximum of 6 people in three bedrooms, on two queen beds and two single beds. The loft bedroom is large and has its own bathroom. The second bathroom and two bedrooms are located on the main floor.

CRR is a community of part time and full time residents located at 2300’. A local herd of Elk wander the community and can be viewed on the roads, in yards and on the lawn of the community center. There are no businesses in the Ranch but a handful of stores and one dining/tavern option are two miles west in Greenwater. There are additional dining and store options east at Alta Vista and Crystal mountain or further west beyond Greenwater in Enumclaw.

The cabin is furnished with linens, towels, blankets, cutlery and all the pans you can imagine using. The only thing missing is you, your food, clothing, personal toiletries and 5 friends.

Keywords: Crystal River Ranch, Crystal Mountain ski area, Mt Rainier National Park, Chinook Pass, Cascade mountains, Greenwater, White river watershed, snow ski, winter retreat, cross country, snow shoe, virgin forest, winter recreation, winter holiday, private setting, forested, wildlife habitat, Elk preserve, community center

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  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Tom Coan (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Tom Coan

My time at the cabin is priceless. It is more than a stopping off spot to sleep and eat. It is an escape into the sights, smells, chill of the nights and outdoor exploration associated with camping in the woods. But, this cammping trip comes with hot/warm water, central heating, soft beds and warm blankets.

Tom Coan purchased this chalet in 2007

Why Tom Coan chose Washington

The ranch has a caretaker providing a secure environment and the home is close to our home in Seattle, Crystal saki area and Mt Rainier. We now snow ski several days in a row and cross country ski from our back door. When we aren't skiing we road and mountain bike, hike in the Nation forest and explore the forest service roads. On occasion we take a morning trip across Chinook pass for breakfast at Gold Creek or Whisky Jacks. Within 30 miles we can bike across three mountain passes or up to Sunrise on wide shoulders in slower car traffic than the other Cascade passes.

What makes this chalet unique

At 2300' elevation RR receives snow when snow is falling in the NW foothills. Summers are warmer than Seattle and it rains less frequent. There are walking trails running throughout the CRR community, one along the White river. Within walking distance forest service road 74 is gated and good for longer walks, very safe bike riding and cross country skiing.

A Crystal Mountain parking lot A reserved parking pass is provided during the ski season.


based on 46 traveler reviews

Home Near Crystal Mountain, Mt Rainier and Chinook Pass
average rating of 4.978261 based on 46 reviews

Nice upgrades. Super clean. Perfect for us.

  • 5 of 5

The Coans made is extremely easy to access this home (detailed email instructions for entering the house, and no need to meet with a live person to unlock the door), and offered some exceptional upgrades. The kitchen boasts stainless appliances and even a high-end Technivorm coffee brewer and Miele dishwasher. The only trick we had to navigate was figuring out how to close the dishwasher to engage it in running. It took a firm pressing (but not slamming) to lock it so it would operate (but I think that's only because the Miele system has some seriously solid seals)!

More important to us was the cleanliness. The linens were some of the cleanest we've ever seen (even the mattress protectors). Bathrooms were spotless. The home was comfortable and conveniently located for our tour of Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park.

Overall, we couldn't have been more delighted with these accommodations.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Terrific location, well-stocked cabin!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is in a beautiful location and is well-stocked with everything you could need. The owner's instructions

are clear and easy-to-follow for the tv and the internet and the hot tub and all amenities. We saw elk each

morning and evening - grazing in the nearby property. We booked it for a ski weekend at Crystal Resort and

plan to stay here again next year! Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Spectacular winter weekend in a very comfortable home. We loved sitting in the comfort of a well appointed living area staring out the window at the snow sculptures in the yard and the icicle lace hanging from the roof. It seemed like Tom has thought of everything. It helped that Crystal Mountain was bathed in sunlight and clear blue sky but that was just luck I suppose.

The work was done before we arrived. All we had to do was enjoy and appreciate. I think we did our part.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Great Stay!

  • 4 of 5

Overall, it is a lovely, clean, well-maintained cabin. I would like to point out to future potential guests that it was not as secluded as it appears in the photos, especially the snowy profile photo. We were able to see approx 5+ homes in very close proximity, in just about every direction, as it is in a heavily forested neighborhood development. If seclusion is not a factor for you, then I do not hesitate to recommend this cabin, especially if you just need a place to pit stop after hiking or snow activities!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear renters, Our home is on one acre of tall trees, has a wrap around deck and yard. The community is forested, running parallel with the White River. A trail system and a circular road are used by a local Elk herd and families for walks. The trail system provides access to the river and two picnic areas. Hikes in to the surrounding National forest is within a mile of the home and many trails on NFS lands are within a short drive. Winter snow sports within 18 miles biking and hiking in the Rainier National park within the same distance are the year around attractions. A winter road closure across Chinook pass restricts driving beyond the Crystal Mountain access road but also opens up the road for cross country skiing. Snow at the home has fallen recently but be mindful the home is at 23oo feet, the foothills of the cascades. There are yours snow falls in December and snow remains on the ground through March. There re other years, 2014-15, when there was minimal snowfall and few days of an accumulation of more than a few inches on the ground. the average is several inch to a foot on the ground in Dec/Jan/Feb. I also like the snow on the ground and my privacy and strive to provide the same for renters when possible.
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Genuine vacation home

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable vacation home with great amenities. Our relatives from England remarked that the rental is truly an American home in the mountain with an American decor and feel. We had a wonderful time hiking Mt Rainier National Park. Definitely a place to come back to.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Great property, great house!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for some place to relax and let the kids play. The house was very nice and the yard was beautiful. Our girls loved playing in the wooded yard, while we sat on the deck and chatted. Plenty of beautiful hikes nearby.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
47 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Natches Tavern
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Washington State Ferry System -
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Enumclaw, Yakima area
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Sounder light rail, Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
highway 410
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Natches Tavern, Crystal resort (several)
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Crystal Mountain ski area
Nearest Point of Interest
Natches Pass
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary

Mt. Rainier summit route via the Emmons Glacier, Mt. Rainier Sunrise Lodge, Mt.Rainier White River Campground

gondola ride to the summit of the Crystal ski area for breakfast and 'first tracks' during the ski season and dinner and a sunset the rest of the year.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 1 2016 - Sep 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
fall off-peak
Sep 11 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
peak holiday
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $140 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.9%

Crystal Mountain ski area priority parking pass provided Dec - April

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Washington Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bath mat, floor rug, (4) hand/bath towel/wash cloth
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , second floor bathroom, floor mats and towels incl.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , large loft room with attached bathroom
  • Queen size Beds (1) the loft room has it's own bathroom and queen bed, Double Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
The property is located in Crystal River Ranch across the river from highway 410. the yard is fenced sunny yard surrounded by tall firs at the end of cul-de-sac. The CRR community is an Elk preserve, the Elk wander the commuity year round and a neighbor feed the elk each winter.

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