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CARETAKERS CABIN, OR
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewCaretaker's Cabin allows guests to relax in the outdoors and step back in time to when the cabin was used during bygone gold mining days. It is part of the Fremont Powerhouse complex, a hub for mining built in the early 1900s. One of four cabins located at the site, this cabin offers flexibility for large groups. Guests can rent all four cabins and also pitch tents in the grassy yard.
The surrounding valleys once teemed with mining activity, primarily gold. The Fremont Powerhouse was built in 1908 as an economical method for mining. Two dams were constructed at Olive Lake, and water from the lake was piped through an 8-mile wood and steel pipeline to the powerhouse to generate electricity. Homes were constructed to shelter workers who monitored the pipeline. Today, these same shelters are available for recreational rentals.
The cabin is the furthest uphill of all structures, overlooking neighboring cabins. It can accommodate up to 10 guests. Winter access may require skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles.
Perched on a small rise at about 5,000 feet in elevation, the cabin is set on a hillside looking out at the North Fork John Day Wilderness. A grassy lawn in front spreads to the three other cabins in the area. The forest lies in the Blue Mountains and is home to Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir.
Guests can hike on North Fork John Day Wilderness trails or go mountain biking on forest roads. A drive along the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway is a treat, as are activities like berry picking, bird watching, wildlife viewing and photographing the vast landscape. Nearby Olive Lake offers boating, fishing and swimming.
The cabin is a large house with six rooms including a kitchen, bathroom, dining room, parlor and two bedrooms upstairs. Electric lights are provided and the cabin is warmed with electric wall heaters. The large kitchen is warm and inviting, featuring blue-stain pine cabinets and plenty of counter space, a refrigerator, cook stove and oven, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. It is well equipped with a wide variety of cooking pots, dishes, cutlery and silverware. Cleaning supplies are also provided.
The cabin is located less than 6 miles from Granite, Oregon, a ghost town that once bustled with prospectors and pioneers. The town provides groceries and fuel.
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Pendleton, travel south on Highway 395 for 50 miles to the Ukiah exit. Turn left on Highway 244 to Ukiah. Take Forest Service Road 52 from Ukiah city center, and drive 50 miles to the small town of Granite. From Granite, go west on County Road 24 for approximately 6 miles. The main road veers left along the creek bed. At this junction go uphill on FSR 10 and follow the signs to the Fremont Powerhouse.
In winter, access to FSR 10 may require snowmobiles, cross country skis, snowshoes or 4-wheel drive, depending on weather conditions. The closest plowed road comes within 1.2 miles of the cabin. Please call the district office for road conditions.
Mailing Address:CARETAKERS CABIN
P.O. BOX 158
UKIAH OR 97880
Phone Number:Project Office:(541)427-3231