Clear Lake Butte Lookout

Mount Hood National Forest

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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Clear Lake Butte Lookout

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  • View to the south of Timothy Lake.- Clear Lake Butte Lookout
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  • Clear Lake under Mount Hood.- Clear Lake Butte Lookout
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  • Cooking with Mount Jefferson in view.- Clear Lake Butte Lookout
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  • The Clear Lake Butte Lookout was originally constructed in 1932, but the present replacement was constructed in 1962.- Clear Lake Butte Lookout
  • Mount Hood through the north window.- Clear Lake Butte Lookout
  • At the top of the stairs you are greeted with this view!- Clear Lake Butte Lookout
  • The views are amazing.- Clear Lake Butte Lookout
  • Mt. Hood with Clear lake visible below.- Clear Lake Butte Lookout
  • Morning comes beautifully.- Clear Lake Butte Lookout
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Fantastic views. Historic accommodation. Easy/moderate access.
Cons: 
Difficult to obtain reservations. Steep access in sections.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Sno-Park Parking Permit
Open Dates: 
November 01 to May 31
Bedrooms: 
1
Outhouse only: 
Yes
Dogs allowed inside: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Clear throughout the day.
78°F
42°

Sun

Partly cloudy overnight.
84°F
47°

Mon

Partly cloudy starting in the evening.
82°F
52°

Tue

Light rain starting in the evening.
75°F
49°

Wed

Mostly cloudy until afternoon.
59°F
46°

Thu

Partly cloudy until evening.
63°F
44°

Fri

Partly cloudy overnight.
60°F
43°

Details

ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Wood Stove: 
Yes
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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Built in 1962, the Clear Lake Butte Lookout is ideally situated between Mount Hood to the north and Mount Jefferson to the south.  The lookout also peers over Clear Lake, Timothy Lake and deep into the expanse of Eastern Oregon.  If you are lucky enough to get a reservation in this heavily used winter accommodation, you’ll get some of the best views in the area. 

The snowshoe or ski to the tower is short, but it is steep enough to encourage packing a light load. The route up from Forest Road 42 is sometimes groomed by the Mount Hood Snowmobile Club, which makes it easier to commute with a loaded pack. If you are choosing skis over snowshoes, the descent for your return is a quick thrill that asks for some advanced skills in some spots. Please refer to the Clear Lake Butte Lookout ski adventure for more information.

The tower sleeps four, has a wood stove for heat, and a small range for food preparation. The wood shed is near the base of the tower stairs, and it is common courtesy to leave cut wood on hand for the next guest. The station lists solar lighting as a possibility, but bring plenty of light just in case. An outhouse located just east of the tower completes the accommodation’s amenities. There is no running water, and guests may also want to bring sheets. If you have a party that is larger than four, there is plenty of additional space for tents around the base of the tower.

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