Activities and Amenities
Attention: Please be advised, this is an active fire lookout and will be staffed by Forest Service personnel, during daylight hours, for situations critical to the district.
PICKETT BUTTE LOOKOUT, OR
part ofUmpqua National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewPerched atop Pickett Butte at an elevation of 3,200 feet, this lookout offers visitors a unique lodging experience in Umpqua National Forest in southwest Oregon.
After climbing 40 feet up on a very narrow steep stairway to the one-room structure, guests are rewarded with panoramic views of the entire Jackson Creek Drainage and much of the lower elevation lands around the town of Tiller.
The original lookout was 25 feet tall and built in 1934. In 1948 the tower was replaced with the current flat top structure.
The tower is available for reservations October 1st through July 15th (lookout is utilized for fire season during the summer months). The roads to the lookout are not plowed, nor are they maintained for passenger cars. High clearance or four wheel drive vehicles are recommended for travel to this site, and guests must bring several of their own amenities.
In 1898, homesteader William T. Pickett rode into this area on horseback and decided to stay and build a life and home. Perched atop the butte named after him, the Pickett Butte Lookout offers a view of the entire Jackson Creek Drainage and much of the lower elevation lands around the town of Tiller. The Rogue-Umpqua Divide, south and east of Pickett Butte, has scenic peak landmarks, which are capped with snow until early summer.
Hiking, birding and wildlife viewing are popular among guests. Seasonal changes envelope the area as snowmelt gives rise to spring flowers and vivid autumn colors welcome a landscape dusted with snow.
The lookout cabin is a 12 x 12 room, set 40 feet above the ground. It is furnished with a single bed, and a small table and chair, and is equipped with a propane heater, lanterns, cooking stove with oven and a refrigerator (propane is provided). A vault toilet is located at the lookout site. There is a pulley system available to transport items from the ground to the lookout (use at your own risk). There is no water at the site, so visitors must bring plenty for drinking, cooking and washing. Potable water is available at a spigot in front of the Tiller Ranger Station office (20 minutes).
Visitors may want to take some time to visit nearby Crater Lake National Park for a glimpse into the area's fascinating geological and cultural history.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Entry to the lookout is by combination lock. Please call the Tiller Ranger District office at (541)825-3100 at least 4 days prior to your arrival at the lookout to confirm the combination.
Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit.
From Canyonville take West 1st Street and turn onto SE 3rd St/OR-227. Continue to follow OR-227 approximately 23 miles until you reach Tiller. From Tiller take Douglas County Road #46 which becomes South Umpqua Road, Forest Service Road #28, for 3 miles to Pickett Butte, Forest Service Road #3113. (On the Right) Follow Forest Service Road #3113 for 5 miles to the Forest Service #3113-300 Road. Follow Forest Service Road #3113-300 for 2 miles to Pickett Butte Lookout. The road to the lookout is not snow plowed.
Please use caution during winter months. Pickett Butte's elevation is 3,200 feet and does receive snow. The road to the lookout is not plowed.
Mailing Address:PICKETT BUTTE LOOKOUT
27812 TILLER TRAIL HWY.
TILLER OR 97484
Phone Number:Information: (541)825-3100