Nestled on the North Olympic Peninsula in a wilderness valley with lush forest and park like meadows cradling the beautifully pristine East Twin River is a special lodge. In addition to modern, comfortable living, feel the good energy viewing and hiking the river through sublime valley scenery on a system of ancient trails and deer paths. The location of this 18 acre camp site is central to all the cool destinations the North Olympic Peninsula has to offer. It's a short 1/4 mile hike to the beaches on the Strait of Jaun de Fuca where surfing, crabbing, beach combing, and fishing can be enjoyed. The NOP offers a "where do ya start?" list of stuff to do. The place is about 26 miles West of Port Angeles, WA, on Hwy 112 and then 1/4 mile south on Bear Creek-West Twin Rd. (Forest Service Rd. 30). The Joyce General Store has gas, food, laundry facility, etc. located in Joyce just 11 miles East of property (on Hwy 112).
The place is essentially open and well lit with windows up to a cathederal celing with a peak at 26', kitchen downstairs and bathroom and shower upstairs. Beams, columns, and logs support the loft style 2nd floor that looks out over and up the river. Acustics are incredible. Heat and cook with wood stove, light by oil lamp and Honda generator for lights and TV/DVD, Hot water by Instant heat (propane). Full shower/bathroom, small (propane) fridge, and a outdoor barbeque (propane) grill. You will find what you would find in a normal home - but it is way off the grid and very private in an enclosed little valley with one access road. Build a bonfire outside in the one of a half dozen campfire pits if ya want! Your pets are more than OK - they will love it!
A new Rumford Fireplace is working well for small fires.
The property was placed in a Conservation Easement Agreement through the North Olympic Land Trust (NOLT) in 2005. This is now pristene wilderness and can never be developed (or really anything else within eye site) in perpetuity. Very cool, thank you very much.
There are shelves of about 200 non-fiction books that include the best on our founding fathers and heroes, environmental conservation, Washington maps and outdoor guides, and of course construction. If ya want to fish, rubber boots and hip waders, and even a level wind and fly rod are there to enjoy. Bring your favorite candle or incense or take a hot shower after Hobit hiking the wilderness terrain and blazon trails along the river. There are plenty of easy trails but my favorite is a real leg burner. "Leg Burner" is a short cut to the beaches located on the north side of Hwy 112. The Twin beaches at the Strait Of Juan de Fuca are a popular surfing destination. There's lots to do at the beaches so head over and hike as far as ya want to find cool stuff.
Small and large campsites are numerous in this secluded river valley that has more than a 1/4 mile of trails along the low river bank. There are half a dozen rock firepits for campers already set up. Plenty of firewood is available. Groups to 150+ can camp and enjoy the outdoors for parties, reunions, or musical concerts.
This place is for lovers of the outdoors and nature. You don't have to be conservation minded to enjoy this place but understand that like any development, guns and pesticides are not allowed - nor needed. Have a wonderful stay and enjoy.
BTW the listed price you pay includes 10.2% sales tax I have to send to the state of WA.
Make sure you print and read the House Manuel.
Easy drive on good roads
Phone is upstairs and guests can call me any time.
This place is great. Beautiful log cabin 20 yards from the river, the wood stove works great and the windows let in lots of great light in the morning. My girlfriend and I spent a great weekend here and will definitely be coming back.
My husband and I and our Siberian Husky had the most wonderful time at this cabin tucked in the woods. We both agreed that this was far better than any hotel rental. This place is made for people who want to be off-grid (aka. no cell service/internet), surrounded by nature in a secluded and very private area, and who want a place for their dog(s) to run around freely. We very much appreciated all the wood work David has put into the house. It's obvious he put a lot of heart and effort in building the place. Cooking on the woodstove was great. We've never had bacon so good :) The cabin is wired like a regular home and is powered by an electric generator with a TV/DVD player, lights, etc., but you hardly need to use it. A combination of headlamps and oil lamps work great for the evening. The hot water and shower work great. This is really a gem of a place - a perfect mix of rustic comfort.
My boyfriend, dog, and I stayed at Dave's house over the new years Holiday and had an amazing time! The property is stunning, the house is so charming and warm with the fire, and it is the perfect place for quiet solitude. Port Angeles is only about 45 minutes away and is a very charming little town to shop and eat in. I would recommend this place to anyone!
Searching for solitude I found the nearly perfect place with Daves and Mitras House! Only "nearly" because of the constant roar of the lumber truck's annoying jake brakes on the nearby downhill-part of highway 112. Weekdays only, though. And I might be a little more sensitive to noise, compared to other homo sapiens, as I have lots of it at my work. Everything else and especially the inside of this wonderful house was pure joy! I loved the style and art of this thoughtful construction and interior! I enjoyed the absence of electricity, which is the greatest symbol of modern dependency in a way-too-fast world. At the same time I realized, that running water ist something precious to celebrate. Not only in the river, but in the house as well! And last, but not least as a lover of fire I enjoyed every touch on the wooden stove, as well as the perfect rib-eye-steakes from it. First night I slept 10 hours. That's double the timeI usually do! And I haven't done that for a looong time! And that's a sign, that speaks for Dave's and Mitra's house!
We had a wonderful time at the cabin. David was available when we have questions concerning the generator. We only turn on the generator for a few hours on the first night, but soon realized we don't even need it for this trip. There are no reception once you drive away from Joyce, if you have Verizon network like us, please print out the guidelines instead of relying on your cellphone for instructions like we did. You may also take snapshot of the instructions just in case.
Overall, it was a great experience and cabin is beautiful.
Thanks a lot for sharing your beautiful home with us. Its an amazing house and we enjoyed it very much. A perfect ending of our vacation
Best regards Rene and Tina
We had a GREAT time at Dave's place. Perfect for us.
Love that he is off the grid...Enjoyed our stay completely..
Thank you Dave
We, a Dutch family on holiday in NW-USS, stayed here with our 2 teenage daugthers for 2 nights. Lots of atmosphere! We got the feeling of some sort of 'pioneer experience', which was very nice. We had bad luck that water supply broke down, which could not be sorted out while we were there. 2 other things which we found a bit disappointing: very hard mattrass and very old outdoor picnick table. So not for everyone, but if you are into a bit of adventure, go for it!
Great place tucked away on the Olympic Peninsula. Enjoyed every aspect of the cabin... stayed for two nights with my parents who were visiting from North Carolina.
We cooked everything on the grill, including a cast iron chicken pot pie. Yum! Built a bonfire by the river and drank wine under the stars... :)
Ran out of water pressure the morning we were departing... that was our only mishap.
Unreal, amazing, awesome little cabin in the middle of the forest. Fell asleep and woke up to the sounds of a babbling brook right outside the window, saw some monster snails, had a lovely mellow time. David and Mitra were great communicators, helpful and kind. Thanks for sharing your lovely cabin! It was an absolute dream. : )