Recreation Rental: Peterson Prairie Cabin

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Peterson Prairie Exterior

After a complete restoration this historic cabin west of Trout Lake is available for rent and can accommodate up to six guests.


Peterson Prairie Guard Station was built between August and December, 1926, by District Ranger Harvey A. Welty and Forest Guard Eilert Skaar, with some help from Forest Supervisor Harry White and other staff. The "new" cabin was built to replace a deteriorated log cabin erected by homesteader John Peters in 1890, and abandoned after his first winter at the site. The Forest Service used the old Peters cabin as one of their first ranger stations in the area. Peters built his cabin along the old "McClellan Trail" used by Captain George B. McClellan during his 1853 railroad survey. Traces of the old McClellan trail are still visible near the Peterson Prairie Guard Station.

In his diary for October 1926, Ranger Harvey Welty listed the equipment stored at Peterson Prairie Guard Station at the end of the season: "2 riding saddles, 2 riding bridles, chaps, 6 halters, blankets for saddles, 1 sledge (#8), 1 double-bitted axe, 1 gas lantern, 1 kerosene lantern, 1 lamp stand, 1 gas lantern pump, 1 gas lantern wrench, 1 heating stove, 1 Colonial Jr. stove, 1 6 1/2 ft. falling saw, 2 saw handles, 1 grind stone." It was nearing the end of the era of the horseback rangers.

Living Room Bedroom double bed Dining Room

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/25/2020: The cabin will be open for weekend reservations only Fri., Sat.,& Sun. nights with a 2 night minimum stay required. Reservations can be made at www. Contact Mt. Adams Ranger District for information 509-395-3402.
Reservations: Weekend reservations only Fri., Sat., & Sun. nights with a 2 night minimum stay required. Reserve online at or call  1-877-444-6777.
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Trout Lake, WA
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District. (509) 395-3402

General Information


Take Highway 141 north 24 miles to Trout Lake. At Trout Lake, go 4 miles past the Mt. Adams Ranger Station to the end of Highway 141. Continue west on Forest Road 24 for 2.5 miles. Site is on the left.

General Notes:
  • No pets permitted on site
  • No smoking allowed on site
  • No additional camping is allowed on site
  • Sno-Park pass required Dec 1 - Apr 1


  • Vault toilet
  • Water (summer only)
  • Propane lights
  • Propane heater and cook stove
  • Fireplace


  • During the winter months the weather can change abruptly. Visitors should come prepared with extra provisions for an extended stay in case the weather delays their departure. A foot of snow falling overnight is not uncommon. The Forest Service does not plow the road to the site.

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