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You have fallen of the face of the earth and into Paradise

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Hot Tub


About the property

A rustic Cedar retreat from the stresses of the world

Unplug ! After spending a few days here we discovered that it truly was as if one “dropped off the face of the earth”. Returning after a weekend spent simply watching the river, we quickly discovered time here changes if you allow yourself to sit with the flow of the Skykomish passing through you. A cabin retreat like this needed a special name. Many of the place names in the Pacific Northwest are a mishmash of French, English, and the ‘locals’. Drawing upon the spoken word of these diverse speakers, a language that came to be known as “Chinook Jargon” was developed so the European trappers could talk with the indigenous peoples who lived here. “Sky ko mish (for example) translates to “Up River People”. The words ‘Deh Cho’ meant “Much Moving Water”. And that phrase came to refer to a ‘crazy’ it was felt that such a person had fallen into a wild river and was ‘lost to us”. Given that we came to know that when you visit the little cabin that sits next to the river you will come to feel that you have literally ‘fallen off the face of the world’, Deh Cho would be the perfect fit for us. But it is more than that . . . the cabin surrounded by tall pines and giant ferns . . . tucked away and secluded . . . feels like a little slice of heaven on earth. The locals didn’t really have a concept of ‘heaven’ but in Chinook Jargon “Saghalie” literally translates as “above”. So adding the word Saghalie to Deh Cho . . . the name given to us is . . . “You have fallen off the face of the earth and into Paradise”. We are proud to share this with you and it is our hope that you will discover "saghalie deh cho" if you spend a few days here. Relaxing from the day to day worries of your hectic life. Rejuvenating your spirit. Retreating to a place where it is quiet enough to hear the voice that speaks inside you. And leaving you . . . Renewed.

The cabin is a one bedroom 400 square foot cedar cabin surrounded by about 400 square feet of decking. A small kitchen, shower, toilet, wood stove, hot tub and river access make it a comfortable spot to put your feet up. Nearby hiking trails, water falls, and mountain lakes are within reach. The nearby town of Index hosts premiere white water river rafting and vertical rock climbs. Just down the road in Gold Bar you will find restaurants, grocers, antique stores and gold panning. In the winter Mt Stevens gives snow boarders and skiers downhill slopes. Would be remiss not to mention, this is Sasquatch country. Knock on a tree and see if you can get a knock back.

More Details

Liam Cole and Heidi Heimarck
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2017

About Liam Cole and Heidi Heimarck

We live in nearby Everett, Washington. Both are writers who purchased the cabin as a retreat where anyone can connect with their individual muse. We both manage Artspace Everett Lofts, residental housing for artists located above The Schack Arts Center in downtown.

Liam Cole and Heidi Heimarck purchased this cabin in 2001

Why Liam Cole and Heidi Heimarck chose Central Cascade Mountains

In the late nineties, we were looking for a place where we might escape the go go go life-pace of Seattle, a retreat where time slows and the creative muse can sit with you. This spot on a curve of the south fork of the Skykomish river was presented to us and we took it.

What makes this cabin unique

Remote yet close, intimate but expansive, a break away from the barrage of the internet and technology but connected with the heart of nature without sacrificing comfort. The cabin is a Pan Abode cedar, which can be an aromatic delight.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A perfect relaxing escape from the city. Sitting on the deck and watch the river flow - perfection. Puppy enjoyed all the new sights and smells as well We actually caught him watching the river! Can't wait to come back!!
Jul 2015
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Index Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Low Flow Flush Toilet - Slate Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Comfy Queen sized bed. Dresser.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski lift privileges
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
A fantastic spot for a "writer's retreat" or home "base" for outdoor adventures. WIFI available. Much like hiking or camping we do ask that you 'truck out' that which you bring in.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

You have fallen of the face of the earth and into Paradise
average rating of 4.9375 based on 35 reviews

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

A very cozy and welcoming cabin! We had a rejuvenating winter wood-heated weekend. Highly recommend walking over to waterfalls. February rain, calming river, and a safe and easily accessed cabin community made this place everything we were looking for. Great retreat for a dog as well!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I have 2 adolescent boys and we really needed some time together away from our crazy busy routine. The Saghalie Deh Cho cabin lives up to its name.

We had an absolutely awesome week here from fishing in the backyard to hiking down to see the waterfall, hot tubbing while it snowed and even making the quick 25 min drive to Stevens Pass. This was a trip my boys will never forget.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for some peace and relaxation.

My next visit is being planned already. Thank you for sharing your amazing little slice of heaven with us!

See you soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, hosts were great!

  • 5 of 5

Very lucky to have found this place. The day time view of the river and Mt Index is only topped by the moon lit view!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Very cute and cozy cabin

  • 5 of 5

My husband myself and our pups decided we needed a little weekend up in the snow. We found this wonderful cabin for our adventure. The owners are extremely responsive and accommodating. We had a fabulous time surrounded by beautiful scenery. The cabin sits right on the river so this would be a great place year round. We are already talking abour our newer visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin in Index!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay! Beautiful, cozy cabin, and great hot tub with a view!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfy, Quiet and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Took my wife here for our first overnight without the little ones and to celebrate her birthday. I was a little concerned about the size but it is just perfect for two. William made sure the place was ready. He went out the day before to shovel, salt, prep hot tub and a fire that I just had to light. As we left my wife said it was the best birthday ever.

Thank you

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Index Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Winter Rates
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $40 + Tax
CC Processing $30
Tax Rate 10.6%

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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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Paine Field
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mt. Index Brewery and Distillery
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Muliteo Terminal
Nearest Golf
50 Miles
Legion Memorial and Walter Hall
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Everett Station
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
WA State Route #2
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Zeke's Drive In
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Mt Stevens
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Howarth Park Beach

A rustic escape located directly on the Skykomish River, there are many hiking trails, waterfalls, and escapes nearby. The area is known for vertical rock climbing, white water river rafting, skiing, snowboarding and seeking Bigfoot.


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