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.