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...Better than advertised... Sept 21st-25th 2012

My wife and I stayed at South Fork Lodge for 5 nights for our anniversary. We considered areas in Arkansas, Montana, Vermont and a couple areas further east in Washington, but settled on this area. A couple of highlights are:

The cabin itself was clean, spacious and comfortable. Even with our (4) suitcases, plenty of room. The mattress was very comfortable and so were the sheets...
The Skykomish River that runs in front of the cabin is beautiful and full of fish. It's easy to wade and there were a good number of 6-8 inch trout in the riffles, and larger trout in the bend of the river, directly in front of the cabin. Most were 12 -14 inch, but the largest caught was in the 18 - 20 inch range.

The view is better than the pictures.

The hiking is plentiful and close. The trailhead for Bridal Falls / Lake Serene is at the beginning of Mt Index River Road. The Bridal Falls Hike is fairly easy...Lake Serene hike is fairly difficult. Lake Serene hike was my wife's favorite hike...ever.

The location is perfect....only 70 or so miles from Seattle, 30 miles or so from Monroe (Adam's Bistro is a nicer restaurant in Monroe that was very good)..and 70 miles or so from Leavenworth...very convenient to restaurants and grocery stores.

The owner...very helpful and very friendly without being intrusive...

The problem...actually, there were no problems...5 days, full of hiking, fishing, exploring and resting...with no problems... When we booked this cabin, neither my wife nor I had been to the area, and we had to rely completely on information we found researching the internet....Now, after seeing everything in person and having a explored the area....we wouldn't want to stay anywhere else...

We will definitely return.
Jason and Jen

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Come up, visit and stay at South Fork Lodge and let nature wrap its arms around you. Drive through breathtaking views of Mt Index, Sunset Falls, and the beautiful rolling Skykomish River. This Washington River Front Cabin Rental is your home away from home on your Cascade Mountain Vacation. South Fork is an easy drive from Seattle, about 55 miles; Redmond, about 42 miles; Bellingham, about 98 miles; and Leavenworth, about 65 miles.

This little piece of paradise offers tons of activities close by! In the summer there are numerous hikes, lots of fun fishing holes to find. Terrific kayaking, rafting, and swimming, biking trails and rock climbing just name a few. Or just sit back in your own oasis and enjoy the serene views at this River Front rental. In the winter there are just as many fun thrills with down hill skiing, cross country skiing, snow boarding, snowmobiling, and sledding up at Stevens Pass Ski Resort which is about 20 miles away.

Immerse yourself into this newly remodeled and decorated studio that accommodates up to four. Let the soothing sounds of nature allow you to soar into blissful pleasures. Enjoy the view from all the windows that face out on the bend of the river. Sit and relax in the comfy furniture, before a rustic rock framed propane fireplace and watch tv or read a great book. Put up your feet outside on the deck that spans the whole studio and read, write, relax and enjoy the view. Bring up your food and cook inside in the fully furnished kitchen or barbeque on the deck.

Soak in the hottub at night and watch the stars, hear the river, get lost in this sweet paradise. Sink into the fluffy comfort of the king size bed and let the sound of the river take you away into sweet slumbers.

If you wish to get a bite to eat: Gold Bar has a large grocery store as well as the Prospector's Ale House Restaurant, La Hacienda and the Mt View Diner. Sultan has the Sultan Bakery and Sahara Pizza.

If you wish to wake up and go on a hike, the studio does have a book on many hikes and activities around with more information. But a few great hikes are: Wallace Falls State Park, Lake Serene Trailhead, Bridal Veil Falls, Deception Falls, Barclay Lake, Heybrook, and the Iron Goat Trailhead. You will need a trailpass to hike these trails and more. You can get one at the grocery in Gold bar or at the Index General Store.

You can raft and kayak with They are located in Gold Bar, WA and can outfit you and take you on a grand tour of our majestic rivers. Or Rock Climb on the Index Town Wall. South Fork is located just minutes away from the town of Index and all it has to offer.

I hope that all who come up and stay at South Fork Vacation Rental enjoy the view, the surroundings, the wonderful amenities and all the fun this place can provide. South Fork Lodge has truly touched my soul and I hope that it will touch yours as well.
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