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DITCH CREEK GUARD STATION CAB, OR
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewDitch Creek Guard Station, located about 27 miles southeast of Heppner, Oregon, is a cozy little cabin that accommodates six overnight guests, plus additional guests camped in a tent outside. Equestrian campers are welcome and a corral is provided.
The guard station was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid-1930s. It is a classic example of forest building structures of that era and is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
Wintertime brings opportunities for snowmobiling and cross country skiing. These modes of transportation are necessary for accessing the cabin in winter.
The cabin sits near Ditch Creek on a large, flat lawn surrounded by a dense pine forest at an elevation of 4,800 feet. The creek is one of numerous small perennial streams that flow south into the North Fork John Day River.
The route to the cabin is located off the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway, which boasts incredible views. Over 26 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails run throughout the Heppner Ranger District, ranging between 4100 and 5300 elevation, through forests and meadows with views of Ditch Creek. Fishing opportunities abound in nearby streams, Penland Lake and Bull Prairie Lake. Other activities include hunting for deer and elk, wildlife viewing and enjoying the scenic landscape.
The cabin is a one-story building containing a bedroom, living room, kitchen nook and a bathroom. The cabin does not meet accessibility standards due to narrow doorways and halls. A picnic table, campfire ring and a 20' X 20' horse corral are located outside. Guests may pitch tents in the yard for additional sleeping options.
The nearest town with a general store is in Heppner, a 40-minute drive away.
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Lexington, OR, take Highway 74/207 east to Heppner. Continue south, on Highway 207. At the junction in Heppner, bear right to continue south on Highway 207. Just outside the city limits, take a left (east) on paved Willow Creek Road. Travel 23 miles past Willow Creek Lake, Cutsforth County Park and up Coalmine Hill. At the top of the hill, Forest Service Road 21 joins Willow Creek Road. Take a right (west) on FSR 21 (a gravel road) and travel 3.5 miles. The cabin is located on a hill on the north side of the road and is accessed by two short entrance roads (FSR 050 and 051).
In winter from mid-November to mid-May, part of FSR 21 is closed to automobile access. The closest parking is 5.5 miles away at Cutsforth County Park. From this point, access to the cabin will require skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles.
Mailing Address:DITCH CREEK GUARD STATION CAB
P.O. BOX 7
HEPPNER OR 97836
Phone Number:Information: (541)676-9187