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Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

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  • View to the north from Gold Butte Lookout.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • The north deck of Gold Butte Lookout.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Panoramic view with Mount Jefferson on the right.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Mount Hood to the north.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Evening view from the east deck.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Mount Jefferson and evening light on the east deck.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Good visibility to see Mount Hood.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Mount Jefferson is not far away.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • From the left: Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, and the Three Sisters.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Sunset on Mount Jefferson.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Gold Butte is a quaint little lookout.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Excellent star viewing. with minimal light pollution- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Sunrise view from the west deck.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Contributor Dan Sherman takes in the view before sunrise from the west deck.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Mt Jefferson and the distant Three Sisters to the right wth the trail in the foreground.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Woodshed and flag pole.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Sunrise view of Mount Jefferson from the south deck.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Morning light on the lookout and Mount Jefferson.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • View of Mount Jefferson from inside the lookout.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Panoramic windows, of course! Taken from the southwest deck.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • The restoration construction quality is obvious when viewing the lookout.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • View to the south from the west deck.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Morning clouds over Gold Butte Lookout.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Basic furnishings inside.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • A twin bed and pillows are provided.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • The gas stove without propane.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Wood burning stove. Fires outside are prohibited.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Gold Butte is a lovely little place.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Remember to leave the lookout as you found it.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Panoramic view inside the lookout.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • View of Mount Jefferson from the trail.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • The trail to the lookout.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • The second locked gate; it's a walk from here.- Gold Butte Lookout
  • Signage at the second locked gate- Gold Butte Lookout
  • The road to the second locked gate.- Gold Butte Lookout
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Expansive panoramic wilderness views. Official historic structure. Short 1-mile hike. Solitude.
Cons: 
Rough access roads. High-clearance vehicle required. Steep 1-mile hike. No water source. No outdoor fires allowed.
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Alerts: 
August, 2017: The expanding Whitewater Fire has caused the Forest Service to close significant portions of the Mount Jefferson Wilderness at least through August 21, the day of the solar eclipse. The closures may expand, and they may extend beyond August 21. More information can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd553952.pdf https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5420/
Region:
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, OR
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Open Dates: 
June 27 to October 15
Bedrooms: 
1
Outhouse only: 
Yes
Dogs allowed inside: 
Yes
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Clear throughout the day.
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Details

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

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
Sand Mountain Society in Collaboration with the Forest Service
Reservation phone #: 
888-448-1474
Address: 
United States
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Property Description

Property Description

Pro Contributor

The Gold Butte Fire Lookout is the perfect rustic cabin for a getaway. Its somewhat isolated location at the end of a secured access road and trail ensures solitude. The expected expansive, mountain views can cause one to feel utterly insignificant in this vast wilderness. At 4,618 feet and lying just several miles away from Mount Jefferson as the crow flies, there are exclusive views to be had. Mount Hood to the north and the Three Sisters to the south are also visible on a clear day, along with the peaks in between. At night, expect prime star viewing conditions with the ideal lack of light pollution.

The lookout was built in 1935 and usually staffed by a husband and wife couple. During World War II it was used as part of the Aircraft Warning System to spot enemy aircraft. The lookout fell into disrepair and was eventually restored by several volunteers and reopened to the public for rental in 2007. Volunteers continue to maintain this unique lookout, and their commitment to its condition is obvious in the construction.

Basic amenities are found including a stocked wood shed for the indoor wood-burning stove, a composting outhouse, a twin sized mattress, two additional fold-out cots, a propane stove (gas not included), as well as other various games, books, and miscellaneous supplies left by other guests. 

Note: Seek clarification with the Forest Service for the gate lock combination; the reservation system has sent out incorrect gate codes in the past.

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