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5 Sublime Hiking Lodges in the U.S.

Updated: May 29, 2023

Hiking is one of the best ways to reconnect with yourself and nature, while relieving stress and improving your health. Developed in Europe during the 18th century, hiking is among the top 10 most popular outdoor activities according to The Wilderness Society, an organization whose mission is to protect America’s wild places.

Whatever your reason for hiking, you are sure to encounter the beauty of nature, undergo a physical challenge and go back to your daily life feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. If you are planning a vacation around hiking, consider these 5 sublime lodges with hiking access in the U.S.

#5 - Mt. Baker Hideaway in Washington

Mt. Baker Hideaway is just a 5-minute walk from the Canyon Creek hiking trailhead, where you’ll encounter stunning views of Mt. Baker, the 3rd-highest mountain in Washington. If it is a quiet, rejuvenating hike you seek, then look no further than the Canyon Creek Trail. While hiking it, you can enjoy a calm, babbling creek, and an easy grade perfect for hiking beginners.

The cabin also backs up to national forest land where you can enjoy all the Glacier area has to offer. Hiking and skiing at Mt. Baker is just 35 minutes away from Mt. Baker Hideaway.

After a pleasant walk along Canyon Creek or a vigorous hike at Mt. Baker, you’ll return to a cozy, custom-built lodge. The cabin has two bedrooms and a sleeping loft, two bathrooms, a hot tub, an EV charger and a game room. And when the chilly mountain night arrives, you can revel and enjoy the outdoor fire pit.

When the sun rises the next day, you can enjoy a fully stocked kitchen and drip coffee maker to fuel your next adventure in the Mt. Baker area. Book Mt. Baker Hideaway now:

#4 - Vacation Retreat with Mountain Views in California

Vacation Retreat is a luxurious lodge, but has access to rigorous hiking ventures. Indio Hills Badlands is a close-by trail that varies between wide sandy washes, narrow canyons and winding hilltop trails. While hiking the Indio Hills Badlands trail you will get views of the entire Coachella Valley area.

Another hiking spot near Vacation Retreat is Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park has over 100 hiking trails, on some of which you will encounter the desert plant ocotillo, the iconic Joshua tree, and the “jumping” cholla cactus (don’t get your hopes up, the cactus doesn’t actually jump, its barbs just easily detach onto passers-by).

After a long day of hiking, you’ll come home to Vacation Retreat where you’ll have plenty of room to sprawl out, and enjoy panoramic mountain views. And as the late afternoon turns to night, you can take in the beautiful desert sunset, and make a fire underneath the stars. Book Vacation Retreat now:

#3 - Goldilocks’ Cottage in North Carolina

The place where life is “just right”, you will love the peaceful serenity that Goldilocks’ Cottage affords every guest. It's centrally located with easy access to Murphy, NC and Blairsville, GA.

One of the best hiking trails in the area is Panther Top, a 2.3 mile out-and-back trail in Nantahala National Forest. A moderately challenging trail, the hike is around 1h 20m, and features breathtaking views of the mountains and forest. Goldilocks’ Cottage is the perfect base camp for Panther Top and other trails in the area, and offers a fire pit to relax by after an exhilarating day of hiking. Book Goldilocks’ Cottage now:

#2 - Cascade River Base Camp in Washington

At Cascade River Base Camp, you can enjoy hiking and camping in the most beguiling area of the Pacific Northwest. Sahale Arm is a particularly beautiful hike, and is geared toward experienced hikers. You are likely to encounter plenty of other hikers, as well as campers and runners while you are exploring the trail. And as you do, you’ll enjoy some stunning views of the mountains around Cascade Pass.

After a long day of hiking, you can relax at your Cascade River Base Camp with a hot shower and a campfire under the stars. No tents to set up, no water to bring and no semi-warm showers. Just an easy night after a rewarding adventure in the American Alps. Book Cascade River Base Camp now:

#1 - Arrowhead Cabin in Michigan

If walking right out your door and going for a hike in the woods sounds desirable, then Arrowhead Cabin in Michigan may be just the place for you. You will see all kinds of wildlife right from your back deck, and within a few miles you'll have access to hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate difficulty.

Take the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, a protected area that affords views of the water from over 100 feet up. Along the hiking trails in Nordhouse Dunes, you can enjoy greenery in the form of juniper, jack pine and hemlock trees. The grade varies from flat and easy in the woods to more difficult while climbing the dunes. One such climb rewards your efforts with a high-vantage view of Big Sable Point Lighthouse and Lake Michigan.

After hiking, you can soak in the outdoor hot tub or make a warm fire in the fire pit. Or hang out on the large deck and cook a delicious meal on the gas grill. All-in-all you won't want to miss this rustic setting with lots of hiking options and all of the modern amenities. Book Arrowhead Cabin now:

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