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GODMAN GUARD STATION, WA

part ofUmatilla National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: GODMAN GUARD STATION (WA)
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Godman Guard Station, built in the 1930s, sits just outside the impressive Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. The complex is adjacent to a historic Civilian Conservation Corps campground. Horseback riding and hiking trails into the wilderness are easily accessed from the cabin. Horses are allowed and may be tied near the cabin, and a barn about 200 yards up the hill is available for use.

Winter access is by snowmobile, snowshoes or cross country skis. A groomed snowmobile trail passes right by the cabin.

Natural Features:

Godman Guard Station is perched above the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness at an elevation of 5,600 feet. From a barn about 200 yards up the hill from the cabin, expansive views of the wilderness can be seen. The wilderness includes nearly 180,000 acres of rugged basaltic ridges, steep canyons, rushing rivers and their tributaries and abundant wildlife.

Rocky Mountain Elk, bighorn sheep, white-tailed and mule deer, black bears, cougars, coyotes and pine martens inhabit the region.

Recreation:

Guests will delight in viewing scenery along Skyline Drive Road and the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. During the summer months, horseback riding or hiking in the wilderness are popular pastimes. Many trails descend into the rugged river canyons and offer an angler's paradise. The Godman Trailhead can be accessed from the cabin.

In winter, campers enjoy snowmobiling on groomed trails, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. These sports are necessary for cabin access in winter.

Facilities:

The two-story, wood frame structure sleeps up to eight people and features three bedrooms, a living area, kitchen and bathroom. An outhouse is available year-round. Furnishings include three bunkbeds, two single beds, a couch, a table and chairs. Also provided are a propane stove, heat, lights and refrigerator.

Guests should bring water year-round. A spring is nearby for those who wish to treat and boil water for drinking.

Guests will also need to bring food, bedding, dishes, cooking utensils, pots and pans, trash bags and a first aid kit. Click here for more cabin details.

Nearby Attractions:

The cabin is 28 miles or a one-hour drive from Dayton. Groceries and fuel are available. The Tucannon Last Resort Store is also about an hour's drive away.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horse Stalls
  • Pets Allowed
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane heater and lights
  • Refrigerator
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the cabin is by combination lock; please call the Pomeroy Ranger District at 509-843-1891 one week prior to your arrival for the combination to the cabin
  • No running water available; no indoor restrooms, shower or bath facilities available
  • Please bring your own garbage bags and clean the facility before you leave; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" site
  • This is a non-smoking facility
  • Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the guard station to check any restrictions or conditions, such as fire closures, road, weather or storm conditions that may affect the quality of your stay
  • If you have children or pets, please be aware that this facility may have mice killing poison (d-con) placed within its perimeter
  • 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):
46.125, -117.75278
46°7'30"N, 117°45'10"W

From Dayton, take 4th street south for 6 blocks, and turn east on Eckler Mountain Road for about 15 miles. Turn right at the Y intersection. Continue on Forest Road 46 for 12 miles to Godman. The guard station will be on the left. The site is accessible to vehicles from mid to late-June through mid-October to early-November. Call the Pomeroy Ranger District for road and water conditions at (509)843-1891.

Winter use requires skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles. From Dayton, Washington, take 4th Street south. Follow road directions to Bluewood Ski Area. Before the entrance to the ski area, park in the available snowmobile parking at Touchet Corral. Travel the groomed snowmobile route, taking all lefts to Godman, approximately 13 miles. Directional signs lie along the route, put up by the local snowmobile club. Although guests may ski to the cabin, the route is difficult and for advanced skiers only. A Washington State Sno-Park permit is required to park at the Sno-Park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GODMAN GUARD STATION
71 WEST MAIN ST
POMEROY  WA  99347

Phone Number:

Information:  (509)843-1891
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