E L K   C O T T A G E   ~ lodging near Mt. Rainier ~
Blue Wave

************Located a half mile from Mt Rainier National Park entrance, Nisqually gate, Ashford, WA************Remodeled again in 2019!************See our special's page, we always offer a military discount!*************Sitting on 6+ beautiful acres with forest and meadows to explore!************

Elk Cottage
Rick & Theresa Cooper
PO Box 5026
Spanaway, WA 98387

253-232-2436 (Text/Cell Rick)
253-226-2433 (Text/Cell Theresa)


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Louise Lake

View of Louise Lake from Far Away Rock

Myrtle Falls

Myrtle Falls

Black Fox near Narada Falls

Black Fox near Narada Falls in Mt Rainier National Park

Welcome to the Elk Cottage, near Mt Rainier!

Reflection Lake

Reflection Lake at Mt Rainier

Mt. Rainier

With the Paradise entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park just a few minutes East of the cabin, to visit the beauty there is a must see. Entrance fee is $25 per car load (valid for 1 week) or $50 for an annual pass. Military receive a discount. The mountain has plenty of views that can be seen from the car, and many more viewed from short jaunts to the 93 mile long Wonderland trail that encircles the mountain itself! Longmire has a museum, small store, hiking center, rest rooms, restaurant and Inn. Paradise has a vistors center with learning center, gift shop, restaurant, and rest rooms. Plus there is an Inn remodeled in 2014. For trail information also try: Mt. Rainier Trail Conditions


The Alpine Gift Shop is within walking distance of our cabins on Highway 706 E, with local art, trinkets, and wonderful finds! Then located just 5 minutes West of the cabin, Ashford has a pottery shop, gift shops, an espresso stand, several restaurants, a few small mom & pop type stores, gas station, post office, mountaineering center, and lodging available. Start looking for the elk in the fields here! Need more local information like snow shoe rental places? Here is a good website: Visit Rainier.


Home of the famous Elbe Train Rides is a "must do." And the Scale Shack has great shakes and burgers! There are other great places to eat as well, grocery stores, gas station, along with a couple of espresso stands, and a post office. There is also a fantastic Horse Back Riding experience available! Located just 10 minutes West of the cabin.

Alder Lake

This large reservoir is fed by the Nisqually River, which originates at the Nisqually Glacier on Mt Rainier. Alder Lake is located just 15 minutes West of the cabin. There are boat ramps and docks for mooring, fishing, water sports, swim areas, picnic and camping areas. The day areas at Rocky Point Recreation Area and Sunny Beach Point do not charge for day use, but the main entrance to Alder lake at Alder Lake Park does charge a day use fee in the summer months.

Mineral Lake

Nestled in the forested mountains in view of the majestic Mount Rainier, Mineral Lake, located only 17 miles from the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park and easily accessible off Highway 7 between Elbe and Morton, offers some of the best trout fishing in western Washington. A Washington State Trout Management Lake, Mineral Lake is stocked with Rainbow, German Brown, Triploid Steelhead and Brood Stock. Both Cutthroat and crayfish are natural inhabitants. The natural feed in the lake from decomposed logs and freshwater shrimp boosts the fertility of Mineral beyond the norm for lakes in western Washington and promotes rapid growth and big healthy fish well over 11 pounds. The lake is about 25 minutes southwest from the cabin. Here is a website for fishing info there: Mineral Lake Fishing

NW Trek Wildlife Park

This wonderful wildlife park showcases the wildlife native to our area and is approximately 45 minutes north west of the cabin, and just north of Eatonville. There are walking trails to view animals in their native habitat. There is also a tram to ride with over 400 acres of grazing animals to view, plus zip lines, & a play area. For more info: Things to do at NW Trek Wildlife Park

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