Hike-in Required
Potable water
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Open Year-round


Open from

October 01 to July 15

Price per night



Great views. Secluded.


Steep stairs. Poison oak. Often booked in advance.

Pets allowed


Managed by

Forest Service





I would highly recommend that everyone stay overnight in a historic lookout tower whether it be at Pickett Butte or elsewhere in the Northwest. It is an experience that is unique and unforgettable. You’ll find both solitude and comfort perched on top of the hills.
The area surrounding Pickett Butte is heavily logged. There are not many (or any?) trails that can be accessed directly from the lookout tower. However, there are many logging roads some of which are abandoned and can make for a good place to hike and see the area. Find a good map and a compass and make your own adventure!
This looks awesome.
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