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BOX CANYON GUARD STATION CABIN, OR
part ofWillamette National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 25 2015 Season Dates
OverviewBox Canyon Guard Station sits beneath a canopy of Douglas fir at an altitude of 3,620 feet on the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. It is located approximately 75 miles southeast of Eugene, Oregon in the Willamette National Forest.
The guard station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 and used as a dwelling for fire guards. They were the smoke chasers, often riding on horseback through the tall timbers to the location spotted by the lookout tower guards. The first on the scene, they often tried to put out any fires they may have found on their own, or reported back for additional help.
The guard station is open from mid-June through the end of October and is easily accessible by car. Some creature comforts are already provided, but guests should be prepared to pack in most of their own supplies and gear.
Box Canyon Guard Station sits at the doorstep of the Three Sisters Wilderness, a range of major peaks. The North, Middle and South Sisters all tower 10,000 feet above sea level.
Trailheads into the Three Sisters Wilderness and the Chucksney Mountain Roadless Recreation Area are adjacent to the Guard Station. The nearby Box Canyon Trail Area offers a variety of multi-use trails for mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers.
The 16x24-ft. cabin sleeps 4 and comes furnished with 2 twin beds with mattresses, a desk, a sofa bed, a table with chairs, wood stove and cleaning supplies.
The guard station is located along the West Cascades National Scenic Byway, a 220-mile stretch of road that spans 3 national forests and a variety of landscapes. Travelers can enjoy seeing snow-capped mountains, old-growth forests, whitewater rivers, cascading waterfalls and quiet lakes.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Highway 126, travel south approximately 26 miles on Forest Service Road (FSR) 19 to Box Canyon Guard Station.
From Highway 58, turn at the Westfir junction and travel through Westfir. This road becomes FSR 19. Box Canyon Guard Station is approximately 32.5 miles from Highway 58.
Mailing Address:BOX CANYON GUARD STATION CABIN
57600 McKenzie Highway
MCKENZIE BRIDGE OR 97413
Phone Number:Information: (541)822-3381