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Tiny Cyclops Cabin in the Cascades

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Tucked in the forest of the Cascades, near plenty of hiking opportunities, hides this cozy cabin dubbed the “Cyclops” for its giant round window. There’s a covered front porch that leads you inside to a quaint tiny home just perfect for a couple’s vacation near Index, Washington.

There’s a comfortable couch, compact kitchenette, loft bedroom, and a 3/4 bathroom hiding beneath the dramatic sloping roofline. A fire pit outside gives you a place to relax after a long day of exploring the outdoors. What do you like about this one?

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The giant window that gives the cabin its name.

The kitchenette with some decent counterspace.

A sturdy ladder to the bedroom loft.

Here’s the comfortable couch.

A fire pit perfect for s’mores.

Reading light next to the bed.

Looking out the big round window!

The electric fireplace gives a cozy vibe.

An incinerating toilet.

Note the tiger wallpaper on the ceiling. Just for fun!

There’s nice patio furniture.

You’re surrounded by beautiful trees.

Would you stay here?


CYCLOPS (named for the giant round window) is located in a gated community just outside of Index, WA. We built the cabin in the summer of 2021 as a passion project, excited to create a space for folks to come and enjoy this incredible part of Washington State.

Think of the cabin as semi-off-grid. It has some unique systems that may be new to you, but most of the modern amenities you’re used to. Please read the details to make sure it’s a good fit.

HEATING: An electric wall heater is the primary heat source. There is also a cool little electric fireplace to enhance the ambience. The fireplace also has a built-in heater.

SLEEPING: The cozy sleeping loft—accessed by a ladder—has a queen-sized Casper bed, Tuft & Needle pillows, and all brand-new linens.

KITCHEN: There’s a refrigerator, an electric kettle, and a pour-over coffee maker. Bring your favorite coffee or help yourself to our favorite blend in the black tin above the sink. We also have a two-burner induction cooktop and everything necessary for making simple meals, including pots and pans, cutting boards, utensils, plates, bowls, cups, and mugs. Potable, filtered water is pumped in from a large tank outside. The bartop in the coffee/dining nook features a topo map of the area with many of the local hiking trails on it.

BATHROOM: The bathroom has a shower and an incinerator toilet. There’s a small hot water heater that’s great for short showers, not long ones 😉 and there are instructions for the toilet. It’s super easy to use. We provide towels, soap, and shampoo.

WIFI: Yeah, it is sloooow—sufficient for receiving WIFI calls and texts and light browsing, but not for streaming movies or downloading large files. We kind of like it that way. As such, we have books, cards, and board games. Plus, there’s a TV with a DVD player and about 20 movies to choose from to keep you entertained.

FIRE PIT: We recently put in a fire pit outside for you to enjoy a bonfire (so long as there is no burn ban in effect). Just bring some wood!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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