Activities and Amenities
Attention: The rental is in need of some repair, but is still functional. Repairs will be ongoing throughout the summer. The Forest Service will try and schedule repairs when the cabin is not occupied, but please consider this when renting Bald Butte
BALD BUTTE LOOKOUT, OR
Status: Closed through Sat Jun 14 2014 Season Dates
OverviewBald Butte Lookout is perched atop the windy summit of Bald Butte in the Fremont-Winema National Forest in south-central Oregon. It is surrounded by forested hillsides and expansive views.
The lookout was built in 1931 and served as a Forest Service fire detection site for over 50 years. It was constructed from an Aladdin L4 ground-mounted lookout kit in which all of the pieces were pre-cut in six-foot lengths or less so the entire kit could be packed by horses into the remote site. The total cost of the structure at the time was $668.49 and only took a few days to assemble.
At one time, hundreds of these types of lookouts were in service throughout the Pacific Northwest. Today only two such structures remain in Oregon, providing a unique lodging experience for guests seeking recreation and relaxation.
The lookout offers basic amenities, though for guests to enjoy their experience completely, they must bring several of their own supplies.
Fremont National Forest is known for its towering snow-capped peaks, volcanic landscapes, wide-open sage basins, scenic vistas and wild places where visitors can still find solitude.
Hiking, birding, stargazing and wildlife viewing are popular activities. Bald Butte Trail is a quiet all-season trail that offers a variety of terrain and wildlife viewing opportunities. Hikers traverse large open meadows filled with summer wildflowers, heavily wooded forests and ridgetop scrambles along Oak Ridge Trail and Surveyor's Ridge Trail, overlooking the Hood River Valley. Trails in the Gearhart Mountain Wilderness are also nearby.
Fully accessible to visitors, the 14' x 14' lookout is furnished with a double bed and mattress, a table, bench and storage cabinets. It is also equipped with a propane heater, cook stove, refrigerator and lights. An outdoor picnic table and an accessible vault toilet are also on-site.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From the Paisley District Office, travel 0.5 miles north on Highway 31 and turn left on Mill Street. Stay on Mill Street to the Y junction, then turn right on Forest Road 3315. Continue on Forest Road 3315 for 21 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 28, and travel 0.5 miles to the junction with Forest Road 3411. Turn right on Forest Road 3411 and travel 2 miles to Forest Road 450. Turn right on Forest Road 450; this leads to the top of Bald Butte. The last 2 miles of road on Forest Road 450 to Bald Butte Lookout are minimally passable for low clearance or highway vehicles. The road is steep, rough and may have large rocks that should be moved. Large RVs are not recommended on this road.
Mailing Address:BALD BUTTE LOOKOUT
303 HWY 31
PAISLEY OR 97636
Phone Number:Information: (541)943-3114