Bear Basin Butte Lookout and Pierson Cabin

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Find solitude, awe-inspiring views, a quiet haven away from the crowd and the opportunity to feel what it’s like to live in a fire lookout. Experience it all at the top of Bear Basin Butte (elevation 5,303 feet) through the rental of a historic fire lookout and a new 1930s style cabin.

A Room with a View

What Will I See?
  • An incredible 360-degree view of forested mountains and rocky peaks
  • An authentic fire lookout
  • A dome of stars above
  • Visitors mountain biking, hiking, camping, and nature viewing
About This Destination

The Six Rivers National Forest lies east of Redwood State and National Parks in northwestern California, and stretches southward from the Oregon border for about 140 miles. It encompasses 957,590 National Forest acres and 133,410 acres of other ownership. 

What Should I Know?

Amenities: Furnished cabin and lookout, picnic area, wood stove, firewood, and vault toilet. No water or power.  Pets are not allowed inside the cabin or lookout.

Fees: $75 per night for one to eight persons; $5 per night for each additional person (max. 12 people).

Reservations:  Required through, 1-877-444-6777 for July, August and September. May be reserved for one to four nights.

Think safety: Be prepared for wind, sun, lightening, weather extremes, bugs, bears, and narrow, gravel access roads.

Accessibility: The 250-foot path to the lookout is steep and unpaved; the lookout is accessed by 13 stair steps.

Nearby camping: Developed Forest Service camping is provided along U.S. Route 199 at Panther Flat, Patrick Creek, and Grassy Flat (fees apply and reservations may be made through  

How Do I Get There?

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