Gold Butte Lookout

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Gold Butte Lookout

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The Gold Butte Lookout: The cabin sits on the summit of Gold Butte at an elevation of 4,618 feet in the Willamette National Forest. It was built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. During World War II, the lookout served as part of Aircraft Warning System station in defense of the nation against air attack. It was staffed around the clock, usually by a husband and wife team, who reported all passing aircraft within sight or sound to a central filter center.

Pack List:

  • Sleeping bag & pad
  • Warm clothing
  • Headlamps
  • Cookware
  • Stove & fuel
  • Matches/lighter
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Additional Information

Hiking distance: It is accessible by car, but guests should be prepared to walk the last 1/2 mile on difficult and steep terrain to reach the lookout.

Peak season:  Early July - Mid-October. It is accessible by car, but guests should be prepared to walk the last half mile on difficult and steep terrain to reach the lookout. A high clearance vehicle is recommended for the drive. Guests will need to pack in most of their own supplies and gear.

Facilities: The 14x14-ft. wood cabin accommodates 4 people and comes equipped with 1 twin bed with mattress and 3 folding cots. Other amenities include a table, bench, chair, cabinet, wood bins, fire extinguisher, broom, dustpan, cleaning supplies, dishes and utensils. A wood stove is provided for heat. An outhouse with vault toilet and a woodshed stocked with firewood are located nearby. An axe is available for chopping wood.

*Water, a cook stove and electricity are not provided. Guests must bring enough water for drinking, cooking and washing.