Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower

Mount Hood National Forest

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Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower

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  • Looking north toward Mount Adams (12,280') and Mount Rainier (14,409').- Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower
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  • Looking northwest from the lookout tower toward Mount Adams (12,280') and Mount Rainier (14,409').- Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower
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  • Green manzanita (Arctostaphylos patula).- Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower
  • Mount Hood (11,250') from Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower.- Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower
  • Mount Hood (11,250') from Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower.- Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower
  • Looking out from Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower.- Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower
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  • Green manzanita (Arctostaphylos patula) buried in snow.- Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower
  • Engelmann spruce (Picea Engelmannii) with a pineapple gall caused by an insect (Adelges cooleyi)- Fivemile Butte Lookout Tower
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic view of Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier. Stocked wood stove.
Cons: 
Difficult to reserve.
Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Sno-Park Parking Permit
Bedrooms: 
1
Outhouse only: 
Yes
Dogs allowed inside: 
No

Details

ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Wood Stove: 
No
Electricity: 
No
Heating (forced air or radiant): 
No
Potable Water: 
No
Firewood Provided: 
Yes
Kitchen: 
Yes
Linens provided: 
No

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
Mount Hood National Forest
Reservation phone #: 
877.444.6777

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Property Description

Property Description

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Fivemile Butte Fire Lookout has all the charm of an isolated mountain cabin with the added perk of a lofty vista. Every wall of this 20x20 foot structure is framed with windows, so if the weather is clear you will enjoy a 360-degree view. From the top of the 40-foot tower you will see Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens come and go through the clouds to the north, the summit of Mount Hood looming a mere 10 miles west, and the fertile farmlands of eastern Oregon stretching out the east and southeast.

While the site offers no electricity, there is ample wood available in the adjacent woodshed and a stout little wood-burning stove to keep those of us who are cold-blooded toasty through the night. A sink (no running water) and a stove with a range and an oven round out the appliances, while a twin bed offers a soft place to sleep (do bring a clean sheet).

At one point Oregon claimed 852 fire lookouts, but that number has dwindled to 207, 106 of which are still used in summer to spot fires. Of Oregon’s lookouts, three are in Mount Hood National Forest and are available for rent: Fivemile Butte (available all year), Clear Lake, and Flag Point.

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