Box Canyon Guard Station Cabin

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed
 

Box Canyon Guard Station Exterior View

Box Canyon Guard Station sits beneath a canopy of Douglas fir at an altitude of 3,620 feet on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. The surrounding landscape features alpine meadows, waterfalls, lava fields, glaciers and glacial lakes abundant with trout. The forest is dense and varied, with Douglas fir, silver fir, sub-alpine fir, mountain hemlock, true fir, lodgepole pine and ponderosa pine.

The guard station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 and used as a dwelling for fire guards. They were the smoke chasers, often riding on horseback through the tall timbers to the location spotted by the lookout tower guards. The first on the scene, they often tried to put out any fires they may have found on their own, or reported back for additional help.

The guard station is accessible by car. Some creature comforts are already provided, but guests should be prepared to pack in most of their own supplies and gear.

The 16x24-ft. cabin sleeps 4 and comes furnished with 2 twin beds with mattresses, a desk, a sofa bed, a table with chairs, wood stove and cleaning supplies. An outhouse, fire ring and picnic table are located nearby. A horse corral that measures approximately 45 feet in diameter is provided. Electricity, firewood and potable water are not provided. Guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing. Water is available from a nearby stream, but it should be treated before using. Items such as bedding, lanterns or flashlights, dishes and cookware, matches, extra toilet paper, first aid supplies, trash bags, dish soap, towels and an ice chest are not available. Guests are expected to pack out their trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

Trailheads into the Three Sisters Wilderness and the Chucksney Mountain Roadless Recreation Area are adjacent to the Guard Station. The nearby Box Canyon Trail Area offers a variety of multi-use trails for mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers.

Know Before You Go

Overnight stays are by reservation only. Walk-ins are not allowed.

There is no water in the cabin; guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing

Guests must pack out all trash and recyclables and clean cabin before leaving

No camping allowed at the cabin, additional camping is available at the adjacent Box Canyon Horse Camp, an 11-site campground

Pets and livestock must remain outside the cabin

Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms, etc., that may affect your visit

At a Glance

Current Conditions: McKenzie River Ranger District: 9/18/2018: Closed for public and firefighter safety due to the Terwilliger Fire...details
Reservations: Reserve online at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777. Reservations can be made for up to 6 nights.
Fees $60.00 per night
Open Season: 5/4/2018 - 10/21/2018
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:
  • Check in at 2:00 p.m. Check out at 1:00 p.m.
  • Day visitors - please respect the privacy of rental occupants.
  • Maximum 4 people
  • NO pets allowed in guard station.
Closest Towns: McKenzie Bridge, OR
Westfir, OR
Water: There is no water in the cabin; guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing
Restroom: An outhouse is located nearby
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413
541-822-3381

General Information

Directions:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.90487, -122.08333
43°54'18"N, 122°5'0"W

From Highway 126, travel south approximately 26 miles on Forest Service Road (FSR) 19 to Box Canyon Guard Station.

From Highway 58, turn at the Westfir junction and travel through Westfir. This road becomes FSR 19. Box Canyon Guard Station is approximately 32.5 miles from Highway 58.


General Notes:

The cabin is located on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. Trailheads into the Three Sisters Wilderness and the Chucksney Mountain Roadless Recreation Area are adjacent to the Guard Station.

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
43.9048717

  Longitude : 
-122.0822439

  Elevation : 
3620 feet

 



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