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Beautiful Northwest Lodging - Bugling Elk Bungalow w/elk & nearby creek

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,011 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

3+ bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,011 sq. ft. (maximum occupancy 6)

Remodeled in 2011 (new: double-paned, vinyl windows, roof, siding, paint and propane 'wood' stove). Four sleeping areas - (comfortable) beds for six. FREE Wifi, AC, iron & board, TV & DVD and charcoal BBQ. The hot tub completes any day in the woods or on the slopes. The well-appointed kitchen makes 'eating in' easy and the washer and dryer keeps everything clean and dry. Bugling Elk Bungalow is 7 miles from the southeast entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, 19 miles to White Pass Ski area, and 1/3 of a mile from downtown Packwood.

Packwood and the Bugling Elk Bungalow are situated between Mt. Rainier, Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Adams, and surrounded by Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Leave the fast pace and hassles behind, and embark on an adventure of natural scenic delights and wildlife so abundant, you will wonder if you are driving through the heart of a wild life preserve. Elk even appear a natural extension of the downtown Packwood landscape.

Getting to Packwood, on Hwy 12, Washington's White Pass Scenic Byway, 'Playground of Volcano Country' (received state and federal designation) is half the fun!

Historic Packwood, WA, is considered the dream of recreational enthusiasts, and White Pass ski area (17 miles beyond Packwood) has 1,510 vertical feet, ski lifts, great family skiing/ snowboard programs, terrain for all ages, and all in stunningly beautiful surroundings. They also offer lessons and rentals for classical cross-country, skating, or snowshoeing.

In December 2010, White Pass re-opened following a $9 million expansion project that opens 767 acres to riding, two new chairlifts, 13 new trails and a new day lodge. 'Paradise Basin's opening is the biggest new thing in years for Cascade skiers and snowboarders . . . turning White Pass into a midsize Northwest ski area . . . Even though its ski terrain has doubled, White Pass retains the feeling of a small resort.'

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Packwood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1011 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • PROTECT OUR SEPTIC: No grease in any sink! DO NOT FLUSH excessive amounts of toilet paper, ANY hair, floss, Kleenex, feminine products, wipes, etc.!!
  • NO open flame devices (candles, oil lamps or incense) inside / fireworks outside. OBEY posted Burn Bans by the local fire department on Hwy 12.
  • PROTECT OUR LINENS: No sexual enhancement creams/oils/ointments or massage oils are permitted IN or ON bedding. If your visit requires them BYO sheets
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is on the main floor and has a shower ONLY
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • The downstairs master has a queen, 1 bedroom upstairs has a queen, 1 bedroom upstairs has a single bed and the bonus room has a single.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Smoking is allowed, but only outside and only with windows and door closed.


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Beautiful Northwest Lodging - Bugling Elk Bungalow w/elk & nearby creek
average rating of 4.6538463 based on 27 reviews
Buffalo, Ohio

A comfortable quite escape near Mount Rainier

  • 5 of 5

This monthly rental was everything we needed. We were close enough to Mount Rainier to enjoy the park (even a sunrise at Tipsoo Lake). Packwood has a little grocery store that kept us well stocked up. Quite and comfortable. The internet was good and the kitchen had more utensils and dishes than we needed. Even when all the houses were occupied in the area it was still peaceful. It was as advertised. We did not use the hottub. The A/C worked even when it was over 90 outside. We did have to let a few geckos out (or maybe the same one kept coming inside).

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear AD, We appreciate the time you took to write this review, thank you! It was a pleasure hosting you and we wish you well in your continuing travels!! Packwood is a delightful hamlet located inside Gifford Pinchot National Forest with about 450-500 year-round residents. Our immediate neighborhood is a cluster of 5 houses, all short-term vacation rentals except Bugling Elk Bungalow which is a long-term VR set back into or flanked by woods, Hall Creek and a sprinkle of those year-round, human residents (at present 4) and includes an even larger variety of flora and fauna, not the least of which is a local herd of elk, deer, fox and flying friends like bats, owls, bald eagles and Pileated woodpeckers, just to name a few. The "Gecko" is a new addition to that list, and I'm guessing was actually a salamander or newt. Regardless, I'm glad you "showed him the door."
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Packwood elks lakes and mnts

  • 4 of 5

The cabin and location is great. Really comfy beds and nice kitchen. Everything you need really.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear FM, Good luck on the relocation and new job. It was a pleasure hosting you! Marilly
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Gresham, Oregon, USA

A great and wonderful place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

We had the whole house to ourselves. All the amenities were there for us,

eventhough we did not use them all. The house was clean, warm and quiet. My wife especially liked the comfortable mattres. What better place to take a little nap, just because I wanted to. A great place for a group to have fun, enjoy the fellowship and the short walks or long ones the scenic routes or the coffee shops. One thing we missed however; this time around, we were not visited by some "Bugling Elk". Our hosts, well, they were top in friendliness and helpfulness. We have been there 3 different times and will be back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Time

  • 5 of 5

We all enjoyed our stay in the Alpine Bungalow. Marilly was very responsive in answering questions prior to booking and providing directions and instructions prior to the visit. The one bathroom worked just fine for the four of us. The location in Packwood was ideal and close to Mt. Rainier which was our goal for lots of hiking. It was great to be able to come back to an air conditioned, clean bungalow that had everything we needed. When we arrived the a/c was on and the unit was cool. The kitchen met all of our needs for breakfast and dinner, DVD's were extensive and internet was excellent. The area was very quiet and peaceful. The washer and dryer was great and full size. We did not use the hot tub during the stay, but it looked very inviting and was clean. We stayed for 3 nights, but wish we could have stayed longer. Look forward to another visit to Mt. Rainier in the future and the Alpine Bungalow is on my list to come back to. Thank you Marilly!!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Extremely clean, quiet, and private

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is provided with everything for a very relaxing stay here. Beautiful hot tub, peaceful atmosphere, and view of Mr. Rainier are hard to beat! Excellent communication in the reservation process was thorough and easy. We will reserve again!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location for Mt. Rainier visit

  • 4 of 5

This was a great location for our visit to Mt. Rainier National Park. The property was as advertised. We enjoyed the elk grazing in the yard!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marilly Morton
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Marilly Morton

Fred, as a teacher, is a life time learner. His passion is family, reading and sports. Marilly has a passion for family, birds, photography and traveling, visiting Nicaragua, The Netherlands, Germany & Italy. We both visited Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Switzerland, Aruba, Vancouver Island & Victoria BC, and Fred managed a sailing trip to Belize with our oldest son.

To keep the international flavor in our home, we hosted exchange students including: two German, two Japanese, two Koreans, and one Colombian.

Besides our four vacation rentals, we own 2 Subway stores (in Portland, OR).

Marilly Morton purchased this house in 2006

Why Marilly Morton chose Packwood

We love the mountains, and Packwood is very like Switzerland, only the mountains are smaller and farther apart. It is in the center of Gifford Pinchot Nat'l Forest, 7 miles from the southern entrance to Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park, and surround by Tatoosh, William O Douglass, and Goat Rocks Wilderness areas. There is a constant flow of wildlife including: elk, coyotes, raccoon, fox, black bear, bald eagles, beaver and more, and year round recreational activities.

What makes this house unique

We spent every weekend for almost a year in Hall Creek Cabin while we built the Rainier View Lodge. We really made it our home away from home. I enjoyed the hot tub under a star studded sky, the song of Hall Creek, wood smoke on the wind and the plethora of passing elk . . . what a combination! It's a great place to dream and build!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Erica: What a snug home away from home! We looked forward to coming back from skiing and settling in for games, reading and movies. The queen bed is the most comfortable one ever! Thank you for the well-stocked kitchen. My daughter and I enjoyed preparing our own meals. She would love to return with friends and utilize the cute spaces upstairs too! Thanks for sharing your wonderful retreat with us!

Daughter, Jordan: This is the cutest place ever! The upper bedrooms are just the place...
Jan 2012
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Nearest Airport
140 Miles
Sea-Tac (WA) & PDX (OR)/Yakima Regional-75 mi.
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Blue Spruce Saloon
Nearest Ferry
190 Miles
Anacortes, WA
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Maple Grove
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Chehalis, WA Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy 12 (White Pass Scenic Byway)
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Cruisers Pizza
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
White Pass Ski area
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Washington Coast
Car: necessary

Bugling Elk Bungalow is 7 miles from Mt. Rainier National Park, and an easy day trip to Mt. St. Helens, surround by William O Douglas, Goat Rocks and Tatoosh Wilderness Areas, where you can disappear all day with an endless banquet of choices. White Pass Scenic Byway (Highway 12), 'Playground of Volcano Country', is a veritable smorgasbord of brown recreation signs where you can satisfy your activity appetite every season of the year with fishing, boating, wind surfing, hang-gliding, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain bikes, geocaching, birding and much, much more.

Bugling Elk Bungalow is just .3 of a mile east of downtown Packwood, WA en route to White Pass Ski Area, just 17-18 miles away. So embark on an adventure of natural scenic delights and wildlife so abundant, you will wonder if you are driving through the heart of a wildlife preserve. Elk appear a natural extension of the downtown landscape. Packwood is considered the dream of recreational enthusiasts, and White Pass Ski Area has great family skiing (downhill & cross country), snowshoeing and snowboard programs, terrain for all ages, and all in stunningly beautiful surroundings. In 2011, White Pass expanded by adding 767 acres, including 2 additional ski lifts, 18 new ski trails, and a mid-mountain lodge.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
one-time cleaning $150

WEEKEND/HOLIDAY RATE & MINIMUMS: Weekends - 2 night minimum / EXCEPTIONS: MLK Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July (when applicable), Labor Day, and Christmas/New Year's Break - 3 night minimum
CANCELLATION FEE: $50.00 w/60 day, less than 30 days, NO REFUND will be given for ANY reason (see website for complete details). Our language: SECURITY DEPOSIT vs VRBO's "Damage Deposit".
Reservations are not final until monies are received. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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