Clear Lake Butte Lookout

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Of 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. It is ideally situated between Mount Hood to the north and Mount Jefferson to the south. 

What Will I See?
  • The views include Clear Lake, Timothy Lake and deep into the expanse of Eastern Oregon.
  •  Wildlife.
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About This Destination

Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon, and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson. 

What Should I Know?

Amenities: There is an additional space for tent camping. 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. An outhouse is located nearby, as well as a shed stocked with firewood.

Operating Hours: Clear Lake Lookout is a winter rental, available Nov. 1 - May 31.

Fees:   $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  

Think safety: No smoking. Visitors should be experienced in back country travel and survival skills.  Be prepared for extreme weather conditions.

Accessibility:  At the junction of Highway 26 and Forest Service Road 42, 12 miles south of Government Camp, Ore., at the Skyline Sno-Park. Guests must ski, snowshoe or snowmobile to the facility. From the parking area approximately 3.2 miles with an elevation climb of 900 feet. It is a good path for moderate skiers and will take three-and-a-half to four hours to complete. Maps are available online or for purchase by calling the Barlow Ranger District.

Other info: Pets are welcome. Carry out all trash and clean the facility prior to leaving. Bring your own bedding, food and clothing, towels, toilet paper, among other necessities. It also provides access to a variety of recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing, as well as winter sports.

How Do I Get There?

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