Stone Creek Lodge is located within sight of the gate at the Nisqually Entrance to Mount Ranier National Park. This could be an advantage to bikers or avid hikers, but most people will be driving into the park, so being that close has minimal advantage. You can’t see the mountain from there.
The cabins themselves were clean with no ugly surprises. This is a cabin, not a Hilton. Our cabin had a dorm size refrigerator, a stove and sink and a kitchen table. There was a decent set of cooking and dinnerware. Bed linen, towels, soap and shampoo (bulk dispenser in the shower) were all provided. The cabin was not large, and doesn’t have separate rooms. The only inside door was a sliding door for the bathroom which needed a little help staying shut. The bathroom was small with a sink, toilet and shower. The double bed was next to the bathroom and the twin beds were stacked (one pulls out from under the other) in what served as the living area. Fine for a couple or with small children, but more than two adults would be a bit cozy. The internet add talks about hot tubs, but these are for four specific “mountain” cabins and not available to everyone. There is one phone for the site - outside the office. Sandy, the owner, was quite friendly and helpful. She does expect you to be out by 11AM.
The grounds have a small park-like area in the center with the cabins arranged around it. Sandy has a bonfire there every evening where you can meet other travelers and sit and share stories. There was also a nice flower bed between the cabins and the road. The site is right next to the road and there is some noise, but we did not find it enough to be bothersome. There wasn’t constant traffic, rather minutes between cars. The “mountain” cabins are at the back of the property, but you could hear a passing car about as much in front of them as anywhere else on the property.
There are no hiking trails at the immediate site and no particular scenery there (and some junkiness at the side and back periphery). This is a place to base from rather than to spend the day. In the immediate area, one could walk or mountain bike on a flood control dike on the Nisqually River. This is within an easy walk from the cabins (right out the exit and right down the first street). Sandy said the dike goes into the park up to the washed out Sunshine Point Campground.
Stone Creek looked to be consistent with the cabins in the area – they all looked small, and many not as nice, from the road. If this isn’t what you’d be looking for, there are a number of condos for rent in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 200 yards outside of the Nisqually (Paradise) entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, Stone Creek Lodge offers natural cedar cabins with vaulted ceilings, picture windows, private baths, gas fireplaces, and comfy queen beds to mountain guests who are searching for a clean, quiet, cozy retreat in a garden setting tucked against towering cedar and fir trees. Five Garden Cabins with kitchenettes accommodate small families with children; four Mountain Cabins with hot-tubs sleep two adult guests. ... more less