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FRY MEADOWS GUARD STATION, OR

part ofUmatilla National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: FRY MEADOWS GUARD STATION
Status: Open through Sun Nov 16 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Fry Meadow Guard Station offers the peaceful solitude of a remote nature-lover's paradise just south of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness and west of the Grande Ronde Wild and Scenic River. The surrounding area is steeped with native history and culture as it was once home to the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Walla Walla and Cayuse Indians.

This site was originally established as a ranger station before 1908, part of the former Wenaha National Forest. The existing cabin was constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was used as a remote guard station until about 1980. The two-room cabin provides a pleasant escape for up to four guests. Additional guests may pitch a tent in the yard.

Natural Features:

Tucked beneath the shady canopy of towering spruce and fir, the guard station sits at the edge of an expansive meadow of grasses and wildflowers, such as lupine, larkspur, monkey flower and orchid.

As the afternoon slides into evening, deer and elk come out to graze. Hawks perch in treetops or glide over the meadow, scanning the grass for field mice and other critters. In the morning, many varieties of birds, including flycatchers, hummingbirds, swallows, chickadees, creepers, wrens, kinglets, thrushes, sparrows, warblers, tanagers and finches, greet the day.

Recreation:

The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness offers more than 200 miles of managed trails for hiking and horseback riding in summer. The Grande Ronde Wild and Scenic River offers float boating, salmon and steelhead fishing. Hunting is available nearby.

Seasonal mushroom and berry picking can also be enjoyed. Huckleberries, blackberries and morel mushrooms are among the edible picks.

Facilities:

The cabin is a classic 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps two-room design. It is equipped with a propane cook stove, propane heater and propane lights. Furnishings include four beds with mattresses, tables and chairs, limited cleaning supplies, cooking pots and utensils. A vault toilet is located a short distance from the cabin.

The cabin has no water. Visitors must bring plenty for drinking, cooking and washing. Please bring sleeping bags or bedding, a flashlight, first aid kit, washcloths, towels and dish soap. Click here for more cabin details.

Nearby Attractions:

This site is located about 25 miles northeast of Elgin, Oregon, which offers general stores and gas stations.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Firewood
  • Historic Sites
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Entry to cabin is by combination lock; please call the Walla Walla Ranger District prior to arrival at (509) 522-6290, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack in-pack out" facility
  • No pack animals or livestock allowed at the cabin
  • For current fire restrictions and closures, click here


  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.78667, -117.83167
45°47'12"N, 117°49'54"W

From Elgin, OR, drive on the Elgin-Palmer Junction County Road for about 15 miles to the junction with the Lookingglass Road/FSR 63. Go down Lookingglass Road for about 2 miles to the end of the pavement; FSR 63 starts here. Continue on FSR 63 for about 4.7 miles to the junction with FSR 62. Turn right on FSR 62 and travel about 3.9 miles to FSR 6235. Turn right on FSR 6235 and travel about 1.1 miles to the Fry Meadow Cabin, which will be on the right.

Generally, Fry Meadows can be accessed by vehicle from mid-May to mid-November, and parking is available at the cabin. .

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FRY MEADOWS GUARD STATION
1415 W. ROSE
WALLA WALLA  OR  99362

Phone Number:

Information:  (509)522-6290
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