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BIG ELK GUARD STATION, OR
part ofRogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Wed May 20 2015 Season Dates
OverviewWith a history that dates back to 1907, Big Elk Guard Station is the oldest continuously used administrative site within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and a delightful setting for guests seeking a comfortable and unique getaway.
For many decades the guard station served as summer headquarters for solitary forest "guards" who built trails, fought forest fires and patrolled the land on horseback. Most recently the site was used to house Forest Service seasonal fire crews.
The cabin is the last remaining example of Forest Service log construction in the Forest and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Big Elk Guard Station sits on the fringe of Big Elk Meadow, a grassy expanse that floods as a shallow in spring and dries out in the summer, providing excellent grazing grounds for a dozen or more horses.
Hiking opportunities abound in the area, including the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail to the south and west of Brown Mountain. The Brown Mountain Trail is also nearby, crossing through the Brown Mountain lava flows located between Fish Lake Campground and Lake of the Woods.
Big Elk Guard Station is a rustic log cabin with a main room and a kitchen on the ground floor and two upper-story bunkrooms, reached by a double landing stairway. The first floor rooms include a large, comfortable living room with a mortared-rock fireplace and a well-equipped kitchen with a table and chairs, a dry sink, and an electric range and refrigerator.
Visit Crater Lake National Park and learn about its unique natural and cultural history. At a depth of 1,943 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the ten deepest lakes in the world.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Drive east from Butte Falls on the Butte Falls-Fish Lake Highway (County Road #821) for approximately 19 miles to the junction with State Highway #140. Turn right, go .08 miles on Highway #140 to the junction with Forest Service Road #37. Turn left, and travel approximately 4 miles to the junction with the guard station driveway. The station is visible on the left from this location. Turn left, travel through the gate to the guard station.
Mailing Address:BIG ELK GUARD STATION
PO BOX 227
BUTTE FALLS OR 97522
Phone Number:Information: (541)865-2700