Timber Butte Cabin

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Rustic one-room cabin surrounded by glass windows and exterior catwalk

Timber Butte Lookout is located in the Fall Creek area of the Willamette National Forest at an elevation of 3,650 feet 19 miles from Lowell, Oregon. The lookout offers panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains and the surrounding evergreen forest. On clear days, guests may see Mount Jefferson and the peaks of the Three Sisters.

The lookout was constructed in 2005 as a replica of the L-4 gabled-style lookout with wooden catwalk commonly built in this region in the 1930s. It was built through volunteer efforts with a $10,000 grant from Lane County and other contributions by individuals and organizations.

The cabin can be accessed by car, but guests should expect to walk about 300 feet uphill from their parking spot. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended.

The 14x14-ft. cabin is encircled by a catwalk. It sits slightly off the ground and is accessed by a ramp.

The cabin accommodates 4 people and contains a double bed with sleeping pad, a propane heating stove, fire extinguisher, broom and dustpan. A 3-burner propane cook top is located on the deck. Propane is provided. Dishes and cookware are available. A picnic table and fire ring are located in a nearby group of trees, and an outhouse with vault toilet is located about 300 feet away.

No drinking water or electricity is provided. Guests must bring their own supply of drinking water.

Items such as bedding, lanterns or flashlights, 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.

The lookout is located near the Fall Creek Trail Area. Several hiking trails can be accessed from this area, including the Fall Creek National Recreation Trail, which also offers opportunities for fishing and picnicking. Swimming holes can also be found along this trail.

Hunting is another popular activity in this area.

Know Before You Go

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

No drinking water is available at the cabin

There is no tent, trailer or RV camping at the site

Guests must bring their own trash bags and pack out all trash

Guests must clean out the cabin before departure

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not permitted

Guests should contact the Ranger District prior to arriving to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire, road closures or weather, that may affect their visit

Rustic one-room cabin surrounded by glass windows and exterior catwalk Interior of Timber Butte Cabin  showing platform bed, hutch and desk Interior of Timber Butte Cabin showing door, bookshelf and table Interior of Timber Butte Cabin showing propane stove view of mountains in distance from Timber Butte Cabin

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Middle Fork Ranger District: Cabin is currently open. Closes November 19, 2018
Operational Hours:
  • Check in at 12:00 p.m.
  • Check out at 11:00 a.m.
  • Day visitors - please respect the privacy of rental occupants.
Reservations: Reserve online at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777. Minimum stay of 1 night on weekdays and weekends, with a maximum stay of 14 nights per year.
Fees $65.00 per night
Open Season: 4/14/2018 - 11/19/2018
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Mid-May through the end of October.
  • No smoking or pets
  • The cabin houses two comfortably. Four is the maximum occupancy.
  • Campfires may not be permitted during periods of high fire danger.
Closest Towns: Lowell, Oregon
Water: No drinking water is available at the cabin. You must bring your own water supply.
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger District
46375 Highway 58
Westfir, OR 97492

General Information


Total mileage from Lowell to Timber Butte Cabin is 19 miles.

From Interstate 5 (I-5), take Highway 58 East (Exit 188) and travel for 13 miles toward Oakridge. Turn left off of Highway 58 at the Lowell covered bridge and proceed toward the town of Lowell. At the 4-way junction in Lowell, turn left onto Boundary Road. Take the next right (Moss Street) for 2 miles to the crossroads of Unity, where you'll see another covered bridge. Do not cross it. Rather, turn right (east) onto Big Fall Creek Road and proceed for 0.5 mile. Turn right onto Winberry Road and drive for 12.8 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road (FSR) 1821 and continue 1.3 miles. Turn left onto FSR 1821168 and proceed 1 mile. Turn right onto FSR 1816175 and proceed 100 yards. Turn left onto FSR 1816131 (gated entrance road to the cabin).

Cabin parking is located about 1 mile up FSR 1816131, adjacent to the outhouse. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended.

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3650 feet