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AMERICAN RIVER GUARD STATION, WA
part ofOkanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewAmerican River Guard Station is located about 40 miles west of Naches, Washington on the banks of the American River in the eastern Cascade Mountains.
The rustic cabin and outhouse were built by the men of the 932nd Camp Naches Civilian Conservation Corps crew in 1941 as a summer residence and work site for fire patrol and recreation management personnel.
In the 1970s, volunteers and permit holders sporadically used the cabin, until it was found eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
Today, the cabin, which is located in the heart of the central Cascades recreation area in eastern Washington off the scenic Mather Memorial Parkway, offers visitors a wonderful setting for year-round recreation and relaxation.
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is defined by its diverse landscapes, boasting high, glaciated alpine peaks, lush valleys of old growth forest, and rugged shrub-steppe country.
The cabin setting provides ready access to Bumping Lake, where boating and fishing are popular. Hiking and horseback riding trails extend into the William O. Douglas and Norse Peak Wilderness areas, and off-road vehicle and snowmobile access draws visitors to the Little Naches drainage. In winter, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing are popular in the American River area.
The Depression-era rustic cabin is one and a half stories tall, with a wood frame and shake roof. It has a small kitchen, a living/sleeping area, one bedroom and a full sized sleeping loft and storage room.
Hikers may want to traverse a portion of the spectacular Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), one of the world's premier National Scenic Trails. Enjoy some of North America's most fantastic scenery, as the trail winds from Mexico to Canada through Washington state.
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For security purposes, access to the cabin is through a locked gate; Doors to the cabin are also locked. The combination to the gate lock will be included in your confirmation letter. This same combination will open a security box by the main cabin door, which contains the cabin key.
Please contact the Ranger District at 509-653-1401 prior to your arrival at the cabin for current restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, or weather that may affect the quality of your visit.
From Naches, Washington, follow Highway 410 for approximately 35 miles west to the intersection with Bumping River Road (FR 1800). Turn left on Bumping River Road, cross the bridge over American River, then turn left onto the American Forks Campground Road. The cabin and access road will be on the left shortly after turning onto the campground road.
Up to 4 passenger vehicles may be parked at the guard station site. Additional cars and recreational vehicles may be accommodated in nearby overflow parking off Bumping Road 1800. Major roads accessing the cabin from Naches are plowed in the winter
Mailing Address:AMERICAN RIVER GUARD STATION
STATE ROUTE 410
NACHES WA 98937
Phone Number:Information: (509) 653-1401