Pickett Butte Fire Lookout

Umpqua Wilderness, Oregon

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Pickett Butte Fire Lookout

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  • Campfire, beers, and stars: Pickett Butte Fire Lookout is the perfect place for them all!- Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • The view west at sunset from Pickett Butte.- Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • The view from the top of Pickett Butte Fire Lookout.- Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • Orion keeping watch over a warm and cozy lookout.- Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • The steep stairs can be a little dangerous at night, so don't forget your headlamp.- Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • Inside the lookout there is a propane heater to keep you warm at night.- Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • There is one double bed in this lookout.- Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • The kitchen.- Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • The lookout from the firepit and picnic area.- Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • - Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • Pickett Butte Fire Lookout from the road. - Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • Pickett Butte Fire Lookout from the road. - Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
  • The turn toward the Pickett Butte Fire Lookout.- Pickett Butte Fire Lookout
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Secluded.
Cons: 
Steep stairs. Poison oak. Often booked in advance.
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Region:
Umpqua Wilderness, OR
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
October 01 to July 15
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Price per night: 
$1-70/night
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ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Wood Stove: 
No
Electricity: 
No
Heating (forced air or radiant): 
Yes
Potable Water: 
No
Firewood Provided: 
No
Kitchen: 
Yes
Linens provided: 
No

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
Forest Service
Reservation phone number: 
1-877-444-67
Address: 
United States
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Property Description

Property Description

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This historic lookout in the Umpqua National Forest was originally built in 1934 and stood 25 feet tall. It was replaced in 1948 with the 40-foot flat-top structure that stands today. 

The butte is named for William Pickett, who homesteaded the area in the early 20th century. The fire lookout itself is compact, like most fire lookouts, measuring 12 feet by 12 feet. The steep stairs that lead up to the lookout are treacherous at times, which is something to keep in mind if you are bringing a dog. You'll find a stove, a propane heater, and a mini-refrigerator; bring your own plates, utensils, and bedding for the double bed (the tower can accommodate four people, however). Keep in mind that you will have to bring all of your own water, as well, and that vault toilet facilities are at the base of the tower. From the top, at 3,200 feet, you'll have great views of the Jackson Creek Drainage and the lands in and around Tiller in addition to the peaks of the Rogue-Umpqua Divide.

The road to the tower is open for much of the year, though it does get snow. Call 541-825-3100 to check road conditions prior to your arrival.
 

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