Hobo Inn - Caboose Lodging - Visit Rainier

Hobo Inn – Caboose Lodging



54106 Mt. Hwy. East
Elbe, WA 98330

7 Rooms | Sleeps 16

Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM

About the location of the Hobo Inn:

Located along Mountain Highway East, in the small town of Elbe, Washington the Hobo Inn is adjacent Alder Lake, a historic church, and within walking distance of Alder Lake. Two minutes from the inn is the EZ Times Outfitter which offers year-round guided trail rides. The Nisqually entrance to Mount Rainier National Park is approximately 18 miles from the inn.

About the Hobo Inn:

Welcome to a trip back into yesteryear, when the rails were the beginning of travel. Cabooses once played a huge part of railroading. Now they rest in the little town of Elbe, nestled 13 miles from the park entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park, and the shoreline of Alder Lake and the Nisqually River. The cabooses came from all over the world, by rail and by truck. In fact, here in the little town of Elbe, The Hobo Inn is one of the largest collection of cabooses in North America! In this collection, you can view the first year made and the last year made! All cabooses have heat/AC units, refrigerators, hairdryers, coffee makers, and alarm clocks. Some also have copulas, one even has a jacuzzi jet tub! Cabooses sleep up to 4 people per room, with 2 double beds; others with either queen or king-size beds. There is no cable television or wifi, but all rooms have books for your reading enjoyment along with board games and playing cards — a great way to unplug and unwind. The Mt. Rainier Railroad Dining Company is on-site serving guests breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Free parking for overnight guests.

Ideally suited for:

Train enthusiasts, families on vacation, anyone who enjoys a unique lodging experience.

Q: Are pets allowed? 

A: Only in caboose #7.



  • Original rustic caboose with modern conveniences. Sink, Toilet, Shower, Beds and Electricity!
  • The largest collection of cabooses in Washington
  • Oldest and newest car onsite
  • Some cabooses have cooplas (bunkbed type area)
  • One with kitchenette
  • Some have jetted tubs