Bear Basin Butte Lookout / Pierson Cabin

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Bear Basin Lookout

Are you seeking solitude, awe-inspiring views, a quiet haven away from crowds, or perhaps you've wondered what life would be like for a fire spotter in the Forest Service? While fire lookouts may be passing into history, they remain objects of interest for many people, both for their beautiful locations and the mystique surrounding existence in a high and remote site. Now you have an opportunity to feel for yourself what it's like to live in a fire lookout. The Bear Basin Butte Lookout is situated high atop a narrow mountain ridge and offers a 360° view of the Siskiyou Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The Six Rivers National Forest invites you to experience life at the top of Bear Basin Butte through rental of a historic fire lookout and a new 1930's style cabin. The Lookout and Pierson Cabin, rented as a pair, may be reserved for one to four nights between July 1 and September 30.

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At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: You can request a reservation by visiting the National Recreation Reservation Service website ( Or, if you prefer, you can call the NRRS reservation center by dialing 1-877-444-6777 (toll free), to speak with one of their agents. The NRRS can also be contacted through TDD 1-877-833-6777 and International (518) 885-3639.
Fees The rental rate is $75.00 per night for 1 to 8 persons; $5.00 for each additional person. The occupancy maximum is 12 persons.
Restrictions: Pets are not allowed in the cabin or lookout.

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Cabin Rentals

Reservation InfoThe reservation season is from July 1 through September 30. Call the district office to inquire about availability in the off season. The Lookout and Pierson Cabin, rented as a pair, may be reserved for one to four nights.