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Beautiful Riverfront Getaway in the Cascade Mountains

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Private Home With Hot Tub

A Cabin On The Sky is a fully furnished riverfront home located directly on the bank of the North Fork of the Skykomish River in the town of Index, WA.
In addition to the unobstructed world class river and mountain views found at A Cabin On The Sky we have provided our guests with an outdoor hot tub, fire pit, charcoal BBQ, picnic table, satellite beamed flat screen television with blu-ray dvd player and HBO, free WiFi connection, unlimited long distance telephone, stereo w/ CD player and iPod/mp3 dock, washer/dryer, board games and a propane fireplace for their comfort and convenience. All bed and bath linens are provided as well as bath soaps, shampoo and a hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Sleeping quarters for up to 4 persons are a master suite with a king size bed and an additional bedroom on the main floor with a queen size bed. There is a 1/2 bath in the upstairs master suite and a full bath on the main floor. In addition to the comfortably furnished living room there is also a dining room and a sun room, a cozy space where many guests spend a lot of their time while at the cabin. Sipping a hot beverage in the morning with the river flowing just out the window is a great way to start a day of relaxing. Fine art prints adorn the walls throughout the home as well as hand-crafted stained glass windows. The kitchen is fully furnished for our guests to prepare most meals. Kitchen amenities include a full-size refrigerator and stove, coffee maker, coffee grinder, French press coffee maker, pots and pans, flatware, dinnerware, microwave, blender, cooking utensils and glassware.
The 972 square foot home is on 150’ of riverfront.
Views upstream from the property are some of the peaks in the Wild Sky Wilderness Area (before it was designated a Wilderness Area we supported that effort as a business when it was before the U.S. Senate and Congress), downstream you will see Mts. Index and Persis. Looking south out from the living room to the tree line beyond the river is the newly developing Heybrook Ridge County Park and to the north is the Index Town Wall, a mecca for rock climbers, located in the Forks of the Sky State Park and is also home to Peregrine falcons. Steven’s Pass Ski Area is about a half hour drive away. Other outdoor activities include river rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing, photography and plein-aire painting. It is also a great place to just relax and renew yourself. In the Fall and Winter months resident bald eagles often perch in the trees across the river and snack on a salmon on the shoreline across from the cabin.
In addition to our many local guests and those from throughout the U.S. others have stayed with us from all around the world including Europe, South America, Canada, Australia and China.
Come and stay at this owner-maintained and cleaned home where you will feel hugged by the mountains and be whispered to sleep by the river.
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 972 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The person renting the cabin must be at least 21 years of age....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    At the present time children are welcome, however, the proximity to the fast flowing river with a steep rocky bank may not be suitable for smaller children. Parents must be completely comfortable with being able to keep an eye on their kids at all times when staying at A Cabin On The Sky. We would rather lose a booking than have to worry about someone's child. Serious injury or worse is possible due to the inherent risks associated when staying near water. Also, the propane fireplace unit generates significant heat and could burn an unwary child. Do not use it if you have small children. No child under the age of 12 will be left unsupervised in the hot tub. It is not intended as a play area for children. If you are uncomfortable with any of these warnings, please, stay someplace that might be more appropriate for your needs. A Cabin On The Sky or its representatives will not be held liable for anyone failing to use due caution....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Outside smoking permitted only....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We often travel with our own canine companion and, based on past experience, understand that some pet owners are not always as responsible and considerate as others. We will consider requests based on the size, breed and age of a dog. Fees and/or damage deposits may apply. Dogs are the only pets we will consider welcoming. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Beautiful views can be had while just lying in bed. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Great upstream river views from this bedroom....moreless

  • The master suite is truly a beautiful, romantic space to retire to. One guest wrote that she felt as if she were sleeping in a treehouse and could just dangle her feet over the side of the bed out over the river. The main floor bedroom alone would be a great place to sleep. Even with the windows closed you will be lulled to sleep by the river in both bedrooms. Down comforters and flannel or fleece sheets in cooler months and line-dried (in the warmer months) cotton or silk sheets are great to slip into. Extra pillows are always furnished. We do not use any fabric softeners or dryer sheets and usually wash our linens in unscented, dye-free detergents. If we use scented detergent it will be a vegetable based detergent with natural scents. Both bedrooms feature a chest of drawers and closets. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bathroom also features a skylight and pull chain toilet....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    1/2 bath has toilet and sink vanity....moreless

  • The full bath is on the main floor and the 1/2 bath is in the upstairs master suite. Hand soap, body wash and shampoo is provided....moreless

Other Amenities

  • We can provide our guests with contact information for possible on site massage with a Licensed Massage Practitioner. Guests will make their own arrangements, thereby, eliminating us as a 'middle man' and not incur any extra fees or commissions for that service....moreless


  • Books:

    Assorted books and magazines....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Blu-ray DVD Player. Access your Netflix or other movie watching app or see what's current on HBO....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Bookshelf stereo/cd player with iPod/mp3 dock. ...moreless

  • Television:

    37" Flat screen television....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    A Cabin On The Sky is surrounded by the mountains located in county and state parks, the Wild Sky Wilderness Area and the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Unlike all other communities along the SR2 corridor, Index is 1 mile off the highway. Its remote location lends itself to very little traffic and no urban distractions. We are surrounded by nature....moreless

  • Village:

    Index is the 3rd smallest incorporated community in Washington state and the smallest Township in Western Washington. The population ranges between 150-160 persons. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    Guests have unobstructed views of the river all along the property and about two miles upstream with peaks of the Wild Sky Wilderness Area as a backdrop. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The home sits on 150' of private riverfront property with unobstructed river and mountain views. Eagles, otters, beavers, and varied waterfowl have been seen in and around the river....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    The separate dining room, with antique oak table and chairs, offers a more formal dining experience. Couples often opt to eat on the tiled table in the sunroom with beautiful river and mountain views...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer available for long-term guests....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Ease of use and cleanliness of the propane unit adds a nice trouble-free ambience and heat in the cooler months....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric heat throughout the cabin with supplemental propane fireplace....moreless

  • Internet:

    Free High Speed Wi-Fi....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All bed linens are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room has 2 recliners, a willow rocker, sofa, entertainment units and the fireplace unit....moreless

  • Parking:

    Onsite parking....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landline with unlimited long distance calling. Cellphone service can be 'iffy' due to the solid rock horizons that surround us....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All bath and kitchen towels are provided. There are extra towels for hot tub use....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer available for long-term guests....moreless

  • Free Wifi


  • Coffee Maker:

    In addition to the electric coffeemaker there is a bean grinder and French press coffeemaker. Coffee filters provided....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We have appointed the cabin with most items needed to prepare most meals. In addition to nonstick pots and pans; dinnerware, flatware, serving dishes, glasses, mugs and wine glasses are provided. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is small, but efficient and well-appointed. Knives, cutting boards, potholders, teapot, hand mixer, hot air popcorn popper and blender are also provided. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Full size stove....moreless

  • Toaster:

    The toaster can accommodate larger items, such as, bagels....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    Two mountain bikes are available at the cabin for biking around the area. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The graveled patio area features chairs, a picnic table and fire pit. The deck has a bistro table with 2 chairs....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayak rentals can be had from a local adventure center....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    150' of riverfront....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber kettle-type charcoal BBQ for grilling....moreless

  • Tennis:

    There is a combination tennis/basketball court in the town park just a few blocks away....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Outdoor hot tub with river and mountain views....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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from 67 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$155 $155
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $20 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10.9%


While our rates are lower than many other rentals it should not reflect on the quality of our accommodations. We have a much lower overhead in that the cabin is owner cleaned and maintained and we wish to pass that savings along to our guests. We do not charge a cleaning fee unless the cabin is left in state that requires additional cleaning.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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60 Miles
Nearest Airport
SeaTac International Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Prospector's
47 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Mukilteo-Clinton (Whidbey Island) Ferry
18 Miles
Nearest Golf
Blue Boy West Golf Course
38 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrac Station, Everett, WA
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Washington State Route 2
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Mt. View Diner, The Prospector's, Zeke's Drive In
30 Miles
Nearest Ski
Steven's Pass Ski Area
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Pickett's Beach

Car: Necessary

A Cabin On The Sky is located in the North Fork of the Skykomish River Valley in the North Central Cascade Mountains. Index is surrounded by mountains, a river and various parks. The notable parks are: Forks of the Sky State Park, Heybrook Ridge County Park , the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest & the Wild Sky Wilderness Area. The geological location lends itself to many outdoor activities. During the Spring and Summer months whitewater river rafting, with class IV-V rapids, draws folks from all over the country. There are rafting companies located in Index to serve you. Fishing is popular for some. Quiet roads for biking. There are many hiking trails in the area. Some of the more popular hikes are Wallace Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Lake Serene, Heybrook Ridge Lookout, Lake Dorothy, West Cady Ridge, Evergreen Mountain, Lookout Point and Barclay Lake, a hike that is suitable for kids. Just step outside the cabin doors. It doesn’t get any better than this.

The natural beauty of the area attracts photographers, plein-aire artists, songwriters and authors who stay with us throughout the year. A fun annual event is the Index Arts Festival, usually held in August, that celebrates music and the arts.

The Index Town Wall, just minutes away, is a well known mecca for the international rock climbing community. Index has been called the Yosemite of Washington State.

During the Autumn months an extra bonus is that we are just a bit more than an hour away from Leavenworth, WA and the beautiful drive over Stevens Pass to see the Fall colors. We are an excellent option for visiting that popular tourist destination without having to stay with all the crowds and high-priced accommodations that are associated with that.

The Winter months attract skiers and snowboarders that are headed to the slopes of Steven’s Pass Ski Area, about a 1/2 hour drive from Index.

Many of the attractions of Seattle and Puget Sound are within an hour or two from Index. Out of state guests find that A Cabin On The Sky is a great base for traveling west to the urban attractions of the greater Seattle area and for day trips to the more rural Eastern Washington attractions. Make a day of it and drive the Cascade Loop Trail that includes the stunning North Cascades Highway.

In addition to our many local guests and those from throughout the U.S., others have stayed with us from all around the world including Europe, South America, Canada, South Africa, Australia and China.

While all are welcome, our target group of the population are couples who are just looking for a peaceful, quiet place to relax and regroup in a beautiful setting. One couple has stayed with us 30 times, to date. Other repeat guests refer to A Cabin On The Sky as 'their place'. We have hosted many honeymooners, a small intimate wedding in the backyard and there have been a half dozen marriage proposals made at our cabin that we are aware of.

Whatever your desire, your stay here will be a memorable experience. Come and stay at this owner-maintained and cleaned home where you will feel hugged by the mountains and be whispered to sleep by the river.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1978

About the owner: Having pretty much grown up in the Skykomish Valley, I, David, moved to the cabin in 1976 and eventually purchased the property in 1978. A Cabin On The Sky is not just a business for me, it has also been my home and that pride of ownership shows throughout the property. I have operated A Cabin On The Sky as a vacation rental since 2002. Lynn and I met, here in Index, in the late 1970's, fell in love and eventually married. We currently reside a few blocks from the cabin with our canine companion Charlie. We both have extensive experience in the hospitality business in that Lynn worked as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines for many years and we operated A Stone's Throw B&B out of our home for ten years. We have recently re-opened our B&B after taking a hiatus for a few years. I worked in the timber industry for nearly 2 decades and after the sawmill closed in the early 1990's, I went back to school to become a cabinet maker. In addition to woodworking and remodeling, I also spend parts of my summer working as a Wildland Firefighter. Wearing these different hats allows me to live and work in this beautiful place. Lynn retired from the airlines and spends much of her time pursuing her interest in gardening and painting. We have hosted plein-aire artist workshops at the cabin and our home. We have traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Mexico and Europe and believe that Index is located in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Community is very important to us. I served in the local fire department as a volunteer and commissioner for nearly 20 years. I currently serve on the Boards of Directors for the Index Historical Society and the Friends Of Heybrook Ridge, a grassroots organization that saved over 100 acres from being clearcut and is now a county park. We open our homes to our guests with the hope that they can come away with a taste of the life we have found in this beautiful valley.

Why the Owner Chose Index, WA, USA:
I spent the first 14 years of my life in North Dakota fantasizing about mountains, forests and clear flowing water. These things were only available to me through the books of Jack London and Saturday matinees. My family moved to Gold Bar, WA in 1967. Even as a high school kid I would drive up the valley to Index to truly be in the mountains, hiking the hillsides and camping along the river. There are few places like this and when I had the opportunity to move here I jumped at the chance. Lynn moved here in 1978 from the Bay Area in California, immediately impressed by the beauty of this valley. Index is a small community, but has a strong core of civic-minded folks that are sometimes the envy of other, much larger communities. We have friends and neighbors that we have known for over 35 years. The river valley and mountains were carved from glaciers and are what limits the growth of this village to what it is today. Few places are blessed with this much beauty.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The views were what brought us here. A strong desire to create comfortable, personalized homes keeps us happy and calms our spirits. The cabin was a very modest residence when I purchased it and then, with a lot of hard work and imagination, transformed it into what it is today. That ethic continues to this day. We are continually thinking of ways to improve our guest's experience. The same can be said about our own home except you would multiply that by several factors. Even though Index is off the beaten path it is located whereby a person can make the jump over Steven's Pass to Eastern Washington and beyond (we often feel like just driving on to Montana. And sometimes do). It is also close enough to Seattle and the rest of the Puget Sound Area when we need a taste of art, culture, shopping and maybe a ferry ride to the San Juan Islands. An hour either way will take you to another world.

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

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  • Mt. Index From The Front Yard

    Mt. Index From The Front Yard

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Hot Tub View

    Hot Tub View

  • Small but well appointed kitchen.

    Small but well appointed kitchen.

  • Fire Pit Seating

    Fire Pit Seating

  • Rafting the Sky with legendary guide, Bucky at the helm.

    Rafting the Sky with legendary guide, Bucky at the helm.

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • A Cabin On The Sky

    A Cabin On The Sky

  • I think they're having fun.

    I think they're having fun.

  • Main Floor Bedroom

    Main Floor Bedroom

  • January view from Heybrook Ridge County Park. Trailhead is 5 blocks from cabin.

    January view from Heybrook Ridge County Park. Trailhead is 5 blocks from cabin.

  • Welcome!


  • Master Suite With King Bed

    Master Suite With King Bed

  • Living Room With River Through The Window

    Living Room With River Through The Window

  • Wild Sky Wilderness Peaks From Backyard

    Wild Sky Wilderness Peaks From Backyard

  • Kitchen


  • View From The Backyard

    View From The Backyard

  • View From The Front Yard In Springtime

    View From The Front Yard In Springtime

  • Bookshelf Stereo With iPod/mp3 Dock

    Bookshelf Stereo With iPod/mp3 Dock

  • Another Living Room Perspective

    Another Living Room Perspective

  • Kayaking On The Sky

    Kayaking On The Sky

  • View from the front yard. End of Summer, heading into Fall.

    View from the front yard. End of Summer, heading into Fall.

  • Propane fireplace.

    Propane fireplace.

  • Sunroom with river and mountain views. Perfect spot for breakfast.

    Sunroom with river and mountain views. Perfect spot for breakfast.

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, May 22, 2017

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