Suiattle Guard Station

Area Status: Closed
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The Suiattle River and surrounding old growth forest and mountain peaks provide a serene backdrop to the Suiattle Guard Station. The charming log cabin sits on a gently sloping lawn at the edge of the forest and offers visitors a tranquil, remote spot to spend the night.

Guard Station History

The Suiattle (pronounced "Sue-attle") Guard Station is located in the Suiattle River drainage. In 1913, Tommy Thompson was the Assistant Ranger of the Suiattle-Finney District. As a ranger, one of his tasks was to construct his own station. He used hand-split shakes and log construction to supplement purchased building materials. Because of budget limitations, the Forest Service often relied upon rangers to construct their own stations. Construction details on the Suiattle Guard Station, such as the half-dovetail notching, is a tribute to Ranger Thompson`s craftsmanship. As a testament, the cabin survives to this day as one of the two oldest administrative buildings in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The Suiattle Guard Station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

At a Glance

Fees $50 per night per group for a maximum of four people in the cabin. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the guard station.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Spring/Summer/Fall
Restrictions:
  • No smoking.
  • Pets allowed.
Water: Not for drinking
Restroom: Flush
Information Center: Darrington Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

The Guard Station is located approximately 26 miles northeast of Darrington. Travel northeast on Highway 530 about 7 miles from Darrington and turn right (east) onto Forest Service Road 26, a gravel road also called Suiattle River Road. The cabin is located about 19 miles out FS Road 26.


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The cabin was built in 1913 to house a forest guard working in the Suiattle drainage. The guard was responsible for fire prevention and suppression, issuing fire permits to campers and hikers, and patrolling campgrounds along the Suiattle River. The guard was usually the first person on the scene of a wildfire.

The cabin was constructed by Tommy Thompson, Assistant Ranger of the Suiattle-Finney district. Prior to World War I, Forest Service construction budgets were limited and building costs could not exceed $800. Because of budget limitations, rangers built their own stations. Many rangers used log construction and hand split shakes, reducing the need to purchase building materials. Poor construction was common result of budget limitations combined with rangers’ lack of construction experience. However, construction details on the Suiattle Guard Station, such as the half-dovetail notching, show that Ranger Thompson knew how to work with logs. It is a testament to his skill that the cabin survives to this day as one of the two oldest administrative buildings on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

In 1913 the Suiattle drainage patrols were conducted on foot or by pack string. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed a road through the drainage during the late 1930s. In 1935/36, the CCC added a garage for storing fire tools. The Suiattle Guard Station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Cabin Description

This one bedroom cabin contains one full-sized bed, a table, two benches, one futon couch/bed, two chairs, a propane refrigerator, stove and hot water heater, and a wood stove (firewood available outside). A bathroom with a flush toilet is located at the back of the guard station. An outhouse is located 20 feet from the building. The water source to the building consists of a spring that is run into a small collection box on the hillside behind the cabin and piped into the building.

Reservation InfoDue to flood damage to the Suiattle Road (FS Road 26) the Suiattle Guard Station is inaccessible until further notice.
Size RestrictionsMaximum of four people in the cabin. Room on site for two to four tents and/or one to two RV’s (self contained - no electricity).
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
48.2618126872

  Longitude : 
-121.318391628

  Elevation : 
1088 feet

 



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