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CLEARWATER LOOKOUT CABIN, WA
part ofUmatilla National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewClearwater Lookout Cabin is a single story, wood frame structure constructed in 1935. It is tucked at the base of the Clearwater Lookout tower, a 94-foot steel tower constructed by the Civil Conservation Corps in 1933. Through the years, the tower has been used as a landmark by the public and employees of the Forest Service. The tower is no longer manned during fire season, but it is used on occasion during extreme fire conditions. The tower is closed to public access, but the rental cabin is open year-round.
The cabin is located about 25 miles south of Pomeroy, Washington in the Umatilla National Forest. Access by car is from June 1 to November 1. In winter, access is limited to cross country skis, snowshoes or snowmobile.
Perched at 5,600 feet elevation, Clearwater Lookout Cabin offers panoramic views of the expansive Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, from sunrise to sunset.
Horseback riding and hiking trails can be accessed from the cabin. During spring and summer, guests can enjoy a short and scenic drive along the Tucannon River to Sunset Point. Mushroom and berry picking may also entertain guests. At night, guests enjoy gazing up at the star-filled sky.
The cabin is divided into a kitchen and a bedroom, and is furnished with two double beds and two single beds. It is kept warm in the winter by a propane heater, and features propane lights, a cook stove and a refrigerator, as well as some cookware, dishes and utensils. It is suggested that visitors bring their own dishes, pots, pans and utensils, however. An outhouse is located nearby.
The nearest general stores and gas stations are in Pomeroy, a 40-minute drive from the cabin.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Pomeroy, take 15th Street south to the forest boundary. Continue on Forest Service Road 40 for about 7 miles to Clearwater Junction. The cabin is located to the right at the base of Clearwater Lookout Tower. Guests may park right beside the cabin, but not on the concrete helipad.
Automobile access to the site is from June 1 to November 1. In winter, visitors must park at the Rose Springs Sno-Park, about 1.5 miles inside the forest boundary. From this point, guests can either snowmobile or cross country ski about 5.5 miles on a beginner to intermediate-level trail.
A Washington State Sno-Park permit is required to park at the Sno-Park. Permits can be purchased from any Washington State Park office.
Mailing Address:CLEARWATER LOOKOUT CABIN
71 WEST MAIN ST
POMEROY WA 99347
Phone Number:Information: (509)843-4629