Hemlock Butte Cabin is a very primitive backcountry winter experience, and guests who stay here should be experienced in winter backcountry travel. It is this remoteness that makes the 4-mile ski or snowshoe to the cabin worth the effort. The cabin was built by the Edelweiss Ski...
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  • Drinking water is not available at the cabin; a pot is provided for melting snow
  • The cabin is only available to reservation holders; there is no first-come, first-served use
  • The cabin has a capacity of 12 people per night
  • Guests who make a reservation for two people for a single night could potentially be sharing the cabin with 10 others from multiple groups; please be respectful of others
  • Pets are not allowed in the cabin or surrounding area
  • Please pack out all trash and leave the cabin cleaner than found
  • Mid-season firewood restocking is impossible; please be conservative with the firewood
  • Snowmobiles are not permitted on the Hemlock Butte Trail
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Hemlock Butte Cabin is a very primitive backcountry winter experience, and guests who stay here should be experienced in winter backcountry travel. It is this remoteness that makes the 4-mile ski or snowshoe to the cabin worth the effort.

The cabin was built by the Edelweiss Ski Club in 1990 and has room for about 12 people. There are often occupants from several different groups staying in the cabin at the same time. Only a few basic amenities are offered, so guests should be prepared to pack in most of their own supplies and gear.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated at the base of Southern Oregon's Mount Bailey in Umpqua National Forest, near scenic Diamond Lake. Mount Bailey is a popular ski destination, averaging 600 inches of snow per year and boasting 6,000 acres of ideal skiing terrain.

Mount Bailey, part of the Cascade Mountain Range, is a shield volcano topped with a 2,000-foot tephra cone. The mountain is heavily forested with pine at lower elevations, which gives way to hemlock and fir at higher elevations. The peak rises above treeline and crests at 8,363 feet.


Several winter recreation trails crisscross the area. The Hemlock Butte Trail, which is used to access the cabin, is a challenging backcountry ski experience. Skiers on this trail can enjoy views of Mount Thielsen, Mount Bailey and even the rim of Crater Lake on a clear day.

Advanced skiers can make the difficult trek up Mount Bailey, a 2-mile trip from the cabin with an elevation gain of 3,300 feet.

Skiers should make sure to have proper backcountry equipment and be aware of avalanche dangers.


The cabin is a three-story A-frame with a wood stove for heating the cabin and melting snow. The ground floor serves as the living area with benches around the stove. The middle floor is the sleeping area. The top floor is available for additional sleeping space via a wall-mounted ladder. The only provided cooking pot is for melting snow.

Firewood is provided through Edelweiss Ski Club volunteers and U.S. Forest Service staff, but guests are asked to use it conservatively. An outhouse with vault toilet is located near the cabin.

No electricity or drinking water is provided. Guests typically melt snow to use for drinking, cooking and washing. The cabin does not have beds.

Guests should bring sleeping bags and pads, a camp stove, cookware and utensils, lanterns or flashlights, a first aid kit, matches, extra toilet paper and garbage bags. All trash and food should be packed out, and guests are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.

Booking Window
Fri Apr 25 2014 - Thu Oct 23 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates
Start Date: 11/01/2012
End Date: 04/15/2013

Start Date: 11/01/2013
End Date: 04/15/2013

Season Schedule

Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Firewood
  • Hiking Trail
  • Snowshoeing
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Within 10 Miles
  • Parking Area
  • Snow Park
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
General Season
Apr 24 2014 -
Apr 24 2015

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.13306, -122.1975
43°7'59"N, 122°11'51"W

From Roseburg, OR, take Highway 138 E/NE Diamond Lake Blvd. Continue to follow OR-138 E for approximately 83 miles. Turn right onto OR-230 west and follow for 3 miles to Three Lakes Sno-Park/Trailhead (Forest Road 3703). Park in Sno-Park lot and ski or snowshoe in approximately 4 miles.

From Medford, OR, take Highway 62 E/Crater Lake Highway toward Crater Lake/Klamath Falls for approximately 55 miles to Highway 230 N for approximately 21 miles. The Three Lakes Sno-Park/Trailhead (Forest Road 3703) will be on the left.

Guests need to purchase a Sno-Park permit to park at Three Lakes Sno-Park. These can be purchased at Diamond Lake Resort or other outlets. Click here for permit information and a list of outlets.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

2020 Toketee Ranger Station Rd
Idleyld Park OR 97447

Phone Number:

Information: (541)498-2531
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