Hayes River Patrol Cabin

Hayes's Cabin

Figure No. 1: Hayes River Patrol Cabin

The Hayes River Patrol Cabin is located roughly 22 miles up river from the Elwha Ranger Station. The cabin is a single story log structure measuring roughly 18' wide and 20' long. It has a full width, 7' deep porch across the front. The cabin was totally rebuilt in 1970 as a Youth Conservation Corps project.

  • It sits in an open clearing on a slight bench above the creek. Vegetation is clear of the cabin on all sides.
  • Recommendations:

    It appears the good drainage patterns are being maintained around the building, though the deterioration in the sill logs (see discussion below) suggests more positive drainage is needed on the eave walls to encourage drying of the sill logs. This practice should be implemented to allow airflow around the sill logs and to reduce moisture content of local grade.

Hayes's Cabin

Figure No. 2: Hayes River Patrol Cabin
  • The cabin logs are flat notched at the corners, with full log gables. The 8/12 roof has full length log purlins and ridge log to carry 36" long cedar shakes. The floor is 1 x 4 tongue and groove fir. The door is fabricated from log planks, 2 1/2" wide x 15" thick. There is a 29" x 34" window on each elevation. The interior has two built-in bunks.
  • The cabin was last assessed in 2006. It was found to be in generally good condition. Recent repairs include significant work on the porch. This work included new sill logs, floor joists, deck, fascia board and steps. Deficiencies, though. were noted.

  • Both the north and south sill logs were observed to have significant deterioration. The north wall sill log was 40% rotten, all along the bottom face. The south log was 30% rotted in the bottom half.


    Both sill logs will need to be replaced. This should be done in conjunction with some probable repair of the stone foundation and site grading.

  • Many loose and out of place shakes at the southeast corner of the roof. From the inside there are open holes and white mold on the underside of the shakes. In addition, the guy-wires on the stovepipe have failed.


    The roof shakes need to be replaced for a watertight weather envelope. If the shakes are from the rebuilding of the cabin in 1970, then a complete new roof needs to be installed.

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