Clear Lake Butte Lookout

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

To ensure public health and safety surrounding COVID-19, Clear Lake Butte Lookout is temporarily CLOSED until likely mid-April.

Clear Lake Butte LookoutOf the nine peaks in Oregon’s Cascade Range, Mount Hood stands the tallest at 11,239 feet, thickly forested and capped with glaciers and snow. Clear Lake Lookout, perched on the mountain’s side near the northwest corner of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, offers winter sports enthusiasts a tranquil, remote spot to spend the night amongst the tall timbers.

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.

  • Availability: Clear Lake Lookout is a winter rental, available November 1 through May 31.
  • 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


The original lookout was built by the Forest Service in 1932, and was on a 100 foot tower. In 1962 it was replaced with the present lookout. The lookout is an "R-6 Flat Top" style cabin, a design introduced in 1953 as the last generation of fire lookouts in the region. The design, which includes a flat, tarred roof, originated in the Pacific Northwest and was designed to alleviate costs and hazards associated with re shingling the roofs typical of earlier style lookouts. Window shutters, a feature of earlier lookouts, were eliminated in this new design, and an extra foot of dimension added over previous lookouts (15 x 15 ft.). These newer lookouts used plywood as a construction element, another new feature.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visit or call 877-444-6777 for winter reservations.
Open Season: Nov 1
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Pine Grove, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Outhouse nearby
Information Center: Barlow Ranger District

General Information


Check your map to locate the normal access beginning at the junction of Hwy 26 and FS road 42, Skyline Sno-park. Proceed on road 42 to the 240 spur road and on to the lookout. The evelation climb is about 900'.

General Notes:
  • No smoking
  • Pets are welcome
  • There is an additional space for tent camping
  • A sno-park permit is required to park at Skyline Sno-park


  • Outhouse
  • Wood stove
  • Propane stove
  • Solar lighting


Be prepared for extreme weather conditions. Visitors should be experienced in back country travel and survival skills. The height of the cabin and the open catwalk pose serious risks for children and pets. The steps and catwalk can become quite slippery due to rain, snow and ice, and the tower may sway in strong winds.

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