Garwood Butte Trail #1471


Area Status: Open

This trail accesses Garwood Butte Lookout. The butte and lookout were renamed for Leroy Garwood, at one-time a District Ranger on the Diamond Lake Ranger District, who died in 1944.

The trail begins with a gentle climb and becomes steep and rocky with narrow switchbacks and protruding rocks. At 0.4 miles up the trail, Mt. Bailey is visible through the trees. At 1 mile the trail gets steep and rocky, gaining 1,000 feet in elevation in 1.5 miles, and the Crater Lake Rim can be seen to the southeast. The footing is difficult on the last few feet of the climb. The trail ends at the old lookout with excellent views of Old Man Camp, Bear Creek, Mt. Bailey and the Crater Lake Rim. Caution is recommended near the lookout as the structure is in poor condition.

In 2012 this historical lookout was protected by firefighters by covering it in its entirety in Structure Protection Wrap.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 08/09/2022: Trail was last groomed on 4-16-22
Fees: No
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Roseburg, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information

Directions:

From Roseburg, Oregon turn on OR-138 East / Northeast Diamond Lake Boulevard. Continue on Highway 138 to milepost 83 to turn right (west) on Highway 230. Traveling on Highway 230, turn north onto Road 3703, the Three Lakes Road, 2 miles west of Diamond Lake. Go 6.5 miles to Forest Service Road #3703-370. Trailhead is 1.5 miles on the right.


General Notes:
  • Once named Bear Butte, the lookout was built in 1942 using the L-4 cab design.
  • The butte and the lookout were renamed Garwood for Leroy Garwood, a one time District Ranger on the Diamond Lake Ranger District who died in 1944.
  • Caution is recommended near the lookout as the structure is in poor condition.

Activities

Mountain Biking

  • This is a challenge for experienced mountain bikers.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Day Hiking

Backpacking

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Viewing Scenery

  • Excellent views of Old Man Camp, Bear Creek, Mt. Bailey and the Crater Lake Rim.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
0.7 miles

  Elevation : 
6,000 feet - 7,024 feet range