Bringing Your Dog to Mount Rainier

by Three Bears Lodge on May 25, 2010 Category: Pets

Dog friendly cabins and trails at Mt. Rainier

It’s something every dog owner can agree upon: our canine comrades make a career out of making us happy – and sometimes that can be a full-time job. Next time the family needs a refreshing escape from the city, why not give your pup a vacation, too?

From a spacious fenced enclosure nestled beneath the cedars, to a cozy washable dog bed, to a fully-stocked “doggie basket” complete with treats and personalized cabin ID tags, our Little Bears Cabin and our Three Bears Lodge cabin have been outfitted with thoughtful amenities to make Fido’s stay at the mountain as wonderful as your own. The Nisqually River is just a hop, skip, and a springing leap away from our Three Bears Lodge cabin, where you can walk along the levy for miles.

Although dogs aren’t permitted on the trails inside the National Park, the one exception is the Pacific Crest Trail that runs along the eastern border of the park. Hikers find themselves strolling through sub-alpine forests, passing lovely lakes and ponds, waterfalls and meadows filled with summer flowers. This hike offers spectacular views of Mount Rainier and other distant peaks.

Outside the National Park there are a multitude of trails in the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest and leashed dogs are welcome. One of our favorites is High Rock Lookout, which offers incredible views of the Sawtooth Ridge, Mount Rainier and the surrounding peaks. The trail head is just 10 minutes from our dog friendly cabins.

There’s no shortage of outdoor adventures to explore and enjoy with the whole family!

We guarantee a tail wagging good time!


Spring Is In The Air At Northwest Trek

by Three Bears Lodge on April 9, 2010 Category: Activities

Northwest Trek Bison JumpingA majestic bear snatching a salmon from a stream, an elk sauntering through tall mountain grasses, eagles soaring slowly across a blue sky- all these images are easily evoked when considering a wild wonderland such as Mount Rainier. It’s not too often that we get to witness firsthand these lovely vignettes of the natural world, but guests of Three Bears Lodge are in luck! Conveniently located a mere half hour from our Mount Rainier cabins is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive and exciting destinations: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. At Northwest Trek, even the slickest of city dwellers can comfortably come face-to-face with all of our region’s most cherished wild creatures.

Spring is in the air, and anyone who’s ever seen Bambi knows precisely what that means! The bison, the deer, even the skunks are “twitterpated” this time of year, making for an especially heartwarming day-trip to the wildlife park from our cabins. Under the warm spring sunshine, you and your family can enjoy a tram tour through the park, an unpredictably entertaining trail-side encounter with the wildlife, and more than anything, you can delight in this season’s most precious bounty: baby animals of all shapes and sizes!

The Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a wonderful resource for children and adults of all ages to benefit from and explore our natural Pacific Northwest heritage.

Wolf Pups SleepingPhoto courtesy tambako