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part ofUmatilla National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Nov 15 2015   Season Dates


Summit Guard Station Bunkhouse sets the stage for a truly relaxing getaway. Located on the breaks of Meacham Canyon in Umatilla National Forest, spectacular views of the Blue Mountains are guaranteed. The rustic bunkhouse, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, dates back to 1938.

The site of the cabin was the Summit Ranger Station in 1908, when the land was part of the Wenaha National Forest. Wenaha was one of the first national forests in the country, established in 1907. It was renamed Umatilla National Forest in 1920.

Natural Features:

Summit Guard Station is located on a high ridge nestled in an open stand of large Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. The view to the south and west from this ridge-top setting is exceptional. Prominent points in the area include Wilbur Mountain, Spring Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain and Green Mountain.

Bird species in the region include kinglets, sparrows, chickadees and hummingbirds, while wildflowers include larkspur, lupine and orchids.


Bird and wildlife watching is exceptional at Summit.


The single-room cabin accommodates up to four guests. The red, wood framed cabin has four beds with mattresses, a table and four chairs, and is equipped with a propane cook stove, propane lights and a propane heater. The cabin is stocked with a limited supply of pots, pans, eating utensils and cleaning supplies. A vault toilet is located a short distance from the cabin and additional guests may use the yard to pitch a tent.

No water is available on-site, so guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing. Other items to bring include food, bedding, towels, garbage bags, dish soap and a first aid kit. It's a great idea to bring binoculars as well. Click here for more cabin details.

Nearby Attractions:

The Whitman Route Overlook is a short drive away, boasting views of Meacham Canyon and the Hell Hole Roadless Area, as well as a look back into the history of the area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Berry Picking
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Firewood
  • Historic Sites
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • 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 contact ranger district prior to arrival for updated restrictions and weather conditions
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack in-pack out" facility
  • No water available; bring enough for drinking, cooking and washing
  • No horses or livestock allowed
  • For current fire restrictions click here or call ranger district
  • Guests should be aware that there is a risk of exposure to hantavirus when visiting remote cabins; click here to learn more

  • 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):
45.47639, -118.20889
45°28'35"N, 118°12'32"W

The lookout is located about 41 miles southeast of Pendleton, Oregon. From Pendleton, follow I-84 east toward La Grande, Oregon for about 34 miles to Exit 243 (Mt. Emily Exit). Take the off-ramp, turn left at the stop sign and proceed straight ahead. The road becomes Forest Road 31 at the cattle guard. Follow FR 31 for about 12 miles to the junction with FR 3113. Turn left onto FR 3113 and follow for about 1 mile. Turn left onto FR 3113-015. Stay to the right and follow the road back to the cabin (about 0.1 miles) on the right side of the road.

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

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

1415 W. ROSE

Phone Number:

Information:  (509)522-6290
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