Fivemile Butte Lookout
Ponderosa pines, Douglas-fir and western hemlock provide a dense canopy over the mountainside, shading numerous creeks and providing a lush and varied habitat at Fivemile Butte. While hiking the many trails, be sure to have binoculars on hand and watch for golden eagles, wild turkeys, grouse and the brilliant blue flash of camp robbers, common nickname for stellar’s jays. Other wildlife, such as elk, deer, coyote, cougars, and bears frequent the area and visit the nearby creeks for a drink or a meal.
The cabin is atop a 40 foot tower and is surrounded by a wooden catwalk. The 14 x 14 foot room is furnished with a small, single bed, a wood stove for heating, and a table and chair, and is equipped with a propane cook stove and a solar lighting system. There is no water on site; visitors must bring plenty for drinking, cooking and washing. An outhouse is located near by, as well as a shed stocked with firewood. A rope and pulley system is available to transport gear, as well as firewood, up and down the tower with ease. There is also a fire ring for campfires and barbecuing on site.
- Availability: Fivemile Butte is available for rent year round.
- Price and Capacity: $50 per night per group, with a maximum of four occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the lookout.
- Reservations: The maximum length stay is seven consecutive nights. Phone 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov
The original lookout was established by the Forest Service in the 1920s, and was just a small cab on a 30 foot pole tower. In 1932 a standard L-4 lookout was built to replace the earlier lookout, but was destroyed by heavy snow in 1942. A non-typical L-4 replacement was rebuilt. In 1957 it was replace by the present R-6 Flat Top style lookout.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Visit recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777|
|Reservations:||The maximum length stay is seven consecutive nights. For reservations hone 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov|
|Closest Towns:||Dufur, OR|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Barlow Ranger District: (541) 467-2291|
Head west out of Dufur on Dufur Valley Road about 18 miles to the junction of FSR 44 and 4430 at Billy Bob Sno-Park (the road may be plowed to the Sno-Park). Follow FSR 44 to the junction of FSR 4430 and turn right on to FSR 4430-120, then turn left and follow to spur road 122. There is a gate that you will have to unlock (in winter months the gate is left open), then follow the 122 road to the end. The route is approximately 3 miles and is marked with orange and blue diamond shaped blazers. This route is not plowed, signed or patrolled.
- No smoking
- Pets are welcome
- There is an additional space for tent camping
- FS Road 44 & 4430 will be closed to vehicles over 48" wide from Dec. 15th through March 15th. When road is not accessible to lookout you will be able to park at Billy Bob Sno-Park. A Recreation Pass is required.
- Wood stove
- Propane stove
- Solar lighting
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
In the summer months, enjoy hiking and mountain biking and the gorgeous view. The lookout is near Eightmile Creek (the pioneer wagon road crossed the creek about eight miles from The Dalles). Eightmile Trail (area is unavailable)(which ties into the Bottle Prairie Trail for a short distance) travels through and around a riparian area, old clear-cut, dense second growth, and old growth Ponderosa Pine, and features views and wildflowers.
Winter sport activities include skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.