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MINERS RETREAT, OR

part ofUmatilla National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: MINERS RETREAT
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Miner's Retreat is an old Forest Service cabin that allows guests to relax in the outdoors and also step back in time to when the cabin was used during the bygone gold mining days. Miner's Retreat is part of the Fremont Powerhouse complex, a hub for mining built in the early 1900s. It is one of four cabins located at the site near the town of Granite, and provides great flexibility for larger groups.

The surrounding valleys once teemed with mining activity, primarily gold. The Fremont Powerhouse was built in 1908 as an economical method for mining. Two dams were constructed at Olive Lake, and water from the lake was piped through an 8-mile wood and steel pipeline to the powerhouse to generate electricity. Homes were constructed to shelter workers who monitored the pipeline. Today, these same shelters are where visitors can stay overnight.

The cabin is uphill from the Fremont Powerhouse, flanked by Caretakers Cabin and Hilltop Hideaway. Winter access may require skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits at an elevation of about 5,000 feet, on a hillside overlooking the expansive Umatilla National Forest near the North Fork John Day Wilderness. A grassy lawn in front leads to the other three cabins in the area. The forest lies in the Blue Mountains and is home to Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir.

Birds in the area include the black-backed woodpecker, American kestrel and the Boreal owl. Black bear, elk and deer are among the native land mammals. Click here to learn about bear safety.

Recreation:

Guests can hike on trails into the North Fork John Day Wilderness or go mountain biking on forest roads. A drive along the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway is a treat, as are other activities like berry picking, bird watching, wildlife viewing and photographing the vast landscape. Nearby Olive Lake offers boating, fishing and swimming.

Facilities:

This cozy little cabin offers a covered front porch and features two bedrooms, a full bath with hot and cold running water (during the summer months only) and a kitchen and living room. The cabin has electric lights throughout and is heated with electric wall heaters.

The cabin sleeps up to six and is fully furnished with beds, a couch and a table with chairs. The kitchen is equipped with an electric stove and oven, refrigerator and a variety of utensils, such as skillets, a coffee pot, glasses, cups, dishes and silverware. Cleaning supplies are also provided. Guests must bring sleeping bags or bedding, a flashlight, first aid kit, washcloths, towels and dish soap, among other general camping supplies. Click here for more cabin details.

Nearby Attractions:

The cabin is located less than 6 miles from Granite, Oregon, a ghost town that once bustled with prospectors and pioneers. The town provides groceries and fuel.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cooking Pots
  • Drinking Water
  • Grills
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hot Water
  • Hunting
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Showers
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • General Store
  • Grocery
  • Group Camping Facility
  • Restaurant
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Horse Corrals
  • Ranger Station
Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the cabin is by combination lock, which is provided on confirmation letter; please call the district office for questions at (541) 427-3231
  • In winter, access roads may be closed to vehicles due to snow; cabin can be accessed by snowmobile and skis
  • No horses or livestock allowed
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack in-pack out" facility
  • No smoking allowed
  • No drinking water or plumbing from October to May
  • For current fire restrictions click here or call ranger district


Firewood restrictions are in effect to prevent the spread of invasive insects and disease; click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.79667, -118.49806
44°47'48"N, 118°29'53"W

From Pendleton, travel south on Highway 395 for 50 miles to the Ukiah exit. Turn left on Highway 244 to Ukiah. Take Forest Road 52 from Ukiah city center, and drive 50 miles to the small town of Granite. From Granite, go west on County Road 24 for approximately 6 miles. The main road veers left along the creek bed. At this junction, go uphill on FR 10 and follow the signs to the Fremont Powerhouse.

In winter, access to FR 10 may require snowmobiles, cross country skis, snowshoes or 4-wheel drive, depending on weather conditions. The closest plowed road comes within 1.2 miles of the cabin. Please call the district office for road conditions.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

MINERS RETREAT
P.O. BOX 158
UKIAH OR 97880

Phone Number:

Information: (541)427-3231
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