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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.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)

Open Year-round

Yes

Price per night

$1-70/night

Pros

Panoramic view of Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier. Stocked wood stove.

Cons

Difficult to reserve.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Managed by

Mount Hood National Forest

Address

Eightmile Loop Trail #496
Dufur, OR 97021
United States

Features

Firewood provided
Kitchen
Wood stove

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area

Comments

11/17/2017
We had a beautiful stay at the lookout on a Friday evening. Fresh snow blanketed the mountains and we were welcomed to the most beautiful sunset... and clear skies brought us views for the meteor shower and then sunrise of Hood, Adams, Rainier and Helens. Excited to go back! **SUPER TIP** Please read instructions on how to get there from Portland! You will need to drive to The Dallas and then through Dufur. Google Maps/Waze will not help :)

Also! This fire lookout allows dogs :)
just found what must have been an abandoned reservation & got three nights next month!!
The last picture of what looks like an Engelmann spruce (Picea Engelmannii) appears to have a pineapple gall, which is caused by an insect (Adelges cooleyi). The insect infects the new buds of native spruce trees, and then creates these galls.
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