When you step out of your car in tiny Index, Washington, you can hear the blood circulating in your ears and the white noise of mountain wind and rushing water. It’s amazingly quiet in this tucked-away mountain town—refreshingly so.
It’s that rarest of sensations to experience in the modern world: you can hear yourself think.
A Cabin on the Sky is a vacation rental located a few blocks into this tiny burg. The name refers to the high altitude of the town as well as the fact that it is literally on the banks of the North Fork of the Skykomish River.
This two bedroom, one bath getaway offers 972 square feet of privacy and respite. It’s fully furnished so all you have to do is make a reservation, pack your bags and go. The dishes are there, the bed’s made, the wi-fi is on, and 150 feet of riverfront property is waiting for you. The cabin has a woodsy, fully-furnished interior can comfortably sleep up to four people. Take your loved one or plan a group getaway.
Enjoy riverside hot tub dips, a firepit, and views of the Mt. Persis, Mount Index, Gunn Point, and Heybrook Ridge.
Speaking of Heybrook Ridge, it’s an excellent hike — one of many in the Index area. One of the trailheads to Heybrook is conveniently located right across the bridge from Index. You could walk there from A Cabin on the Sky.
At the top of Heybrook Ridge is the Heybrook Lookout, an old fire tower that rises to 1,700 feet above sea level at its cabin-topped platform.
From Index it’s a ten-minute drive to reach Eagle Falls on the South Fork of the Skykomish River, easily one of the most beautiful formations of river-carved granite anywhere. Swimming and cliff-jumping are not encouraged, but sitting next to deep green pools, listening to waterfalls is restorative to the mind and spirit. Or just sit still and find peace in a river-carved cathedral of stone, moss, and fern.
From across an alpine valley, Bridal Veil Falls looks like a long, gauzy spider’s web. Its misty length is stunning as it gently spills from the aptly-named Lake Serene. Either hike is eye candy; the falls is easier, the glacial lake is for more advanced backpackers.
At the end of the day, you can return to the cozy warmth of A Cabin on the Sky. Netflix and popcorn are great, but if you’re looking for a home cooked meal with local cider and beer, visit Outdoor Adventures. Housed in an alpine lodge, their main building is the town hub, and it’s decorated in vintage hiking and outdoor gear.
It’s time to restore and reward yourself — time to take a break from the omnipresent digital “reality” and connect to your own body and spirit at A Cabin on the Sky.
May your trip to sky clear your head and refresh your soul as you descend from your mountaintop experience.
A Cabin on the Sky