Activities and Amenities
Attention: Pickett Butte Lookout will be closed July 22 through September 30, 2013.
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PICKETT BUTTE LOOKOUT, OR
part ofUmpqua National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
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OverviewPerched atop Pickett Butte at an elevation of 3,200 feet, this lookout offers visitors a unique lodging experience in Umpqua National Forest in southwest Oregon.
After climbing 40 feet to the one-room structure, guests are rewarded with panoramic views of the entire Jackson Creek Drainage and much of the lower elevation lands around the town of Tiller.
The original lookout was 25 feet tall and built in 1934. In 1948 the tower was replaced with the current flat top structure.
The tower is available for reservations November 1 through May 31. The roads to the lookout are not plowed, nor are they maintained for passenger cars. High clearance vehicles are recommended for travel to this site, and guests must bring several of their own amenities.
Guests at Pickett Butte Lookout will be treated to expansive views of the Rogue Umpqua Divide Wilderness area, situated between the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers. Unique volcanic and sedimentary rock outcroppings and dense conifer forests define this landscape, giving way to sub-alpine meadows and summer wildflowers in the higher elevations.
Hiking, birding and wildlife viewing are popular among guests. Seasonal changes envelope the area as snowmelt gives rise to spring flowers and vivid autumn colors welcome a landscape dusted with snow.
The lookout cabin is a 12 x 12 room, set 40 feet above the ground. It is furnished with a a single bed, a small table and chair, propane heater, cook stove and oven and small refrigerator. Outside, a vault toilet is provided, and there is an additional area for tent camping.
Visitors may want to take some time to visit nearby Crater Lake National Park for a glimpse into the area's fascinating geological and cultural history.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Entry to the lookout is by combination lock. Please call the Tiller Ranger District office at (541)825-3100 at least 4 days prior to your arrival at the lookout to confirm the combination.
Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit.
From Interstate 5, take exit 98 at Canyonville. Travel 26 miles east on Highway One to Tiller. At Tiller, take County Road 46, south Umpqua Road for 3 miles to Pickett Butte Road 3113. Follow 3113 for 5 miles to the 3113-300. Follow 3113-300 for 2 miles to Pickett Butte Lookout. The lookout building and gate are locked.
Please use caution during winter months. Pickett Butte's elevation is 3,200 feet and does receive snow. The road to the lookout is not plowed.
Mailing Address:PICKETT BUTTE LOOKOUT
27812 TILLER TRAIL HWY.
TILLER OR 97484
Phone Number:Information: (541)825-3100