Recreation Rental: Peterson Prairie Cabin

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2017 newly renovated cabin

The newly renovated Peterson Prairie Cabin is now available for the public to rent beginning in Jan. 2018. After the rustic 1926 Peterson Prairie Guard Station was destroyed in an accidental fire in 2012, the former Willard Tool House building was relocated to the site. It underwent a complete restoration, resulting in a beautiful cabin that 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: 4/18/2019: Expect 1-2 ft. of snow on the road to cabin. Cabin renters will need to park at Atkisson Sno-Park and either walk, snowshoe, or xc-ski up the road to the cabin. A WA Sno-Park permit is not required for parking at this time of year. Overnight reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance on Please contact Mt. Adams Ranger District for updates 509-395-3402.
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Trout Lake, WA
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District

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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