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part ofWillamette National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Timber Butte Lookout is located in the Fall Creek area of the Willamette National Forest at an elevation of 3,650 feet 19 miles from Lowell, Oregon. The cabin is open from mid-May through late October, offering the chance to enjoy beautiful scenery and a variety of recreational activities.

The lookout was constructed in 2005 as a replica of the L-4 gabled-style lookout with wooden catwalk commonly built in this region in the 1930s. It was built through volunteer efforts with a $10,000 grant from Lane County and other contributions by individuals and organizations.

The cabin can be accessed by car, but guests should expect to walk about 300 feet uphill from their parking spot. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended.

Natural Features:

The lookout offers panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains and the surrounding evergreen forest. On clear days, guests may see Mount Jefferson and the peaks of the Three Sisters.

Willamette National Forest offers prime habitat for such species as Roosevelt elk, black bear, Northern bald eagles, mule deer and bobcats, among other wildlife.


The lookout is located near the Fall Creek Trail Area. Several hiking trails can be accessed from this area, including the Fall Creek National Recreation Trail, which also offers opportunities for fishing and picnicking. Swimming holes can also be found along this trail.

Hunting is another popular activity in this area.


The 14x14-ft. cabin is encircled by a catwalk. It sits slightly off the ground and is accessed by a ramp.

The cabin accommodates 4 people and contains a double bed with sleeping pad, a propane heating stove, fire extinguisher, broom and dustpan. A 3-burner propane cook top is located on the deck. Propane is provided. Dishes and cookware are available. A picnic table and fire ring are located in a nearby group of trees, and an outhouse with vault toilet is located about 300 feet away.

No drinking water or electricity is provided. Guests must bring their own supply of drinking water.

Items such as bedding, lanterns or flashlights, matches, extra toilet paper, first aid supplies, trash bags, dish soap, towels and an ice chest are not available. Guests are expected to pack out their trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

Nearby Attractions:

Guests can explore up to 20 historic covered bridges in nearby Lane County by car.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Hunting
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Creek Access
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Trails
Know Before You Go
  • No drinking water is available at the cabin
  • Entry to the cabin is by combination lock; guests must contact the Middle Fork Ranger District Office (541) 782-2283 several days prior to arrival for the combination. It is very important that you relock the gate behind you after passing through to prohibit others from interrupting your stay.
  • During periods of severe fire danger, open campfires may be prohibited
  • There is no tent, trailer or RV camping at the site
  • Guests must bring their own trash bags and pack out all trash
  • Guests must clean out the cabin before departure
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Smoking is not permitted
  • Guests should contact the Ranger District prior to arriving to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire, road closures or weather, that may affect their visit
  • Learn more about the Willamette National Forest

  • 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):
43.92583, -122.5725
43°55'33"N, 122°34'21"W

Total mileage from Lowell to Timber Butte Cabin is 19 miles.

From Interstate 5 (I-5), take Highway 58 East (Exit 188) and travel for 13 miles toward Oakridge. Turn left off of Highway 58 at the Lowell covered bridge and proceed toward the town of Lowell. At the 4-way junction in Lowell, turn left onto Boundary Road. Take the next right (Moss Street) for 2 miles to the crossroads of Unity, where you'll see another covered bridge. Do not cross it. Rather, turn right (east) onto Big Fall Creek Road and proceed for 0.5 mile. Turn right onto Winberry Road and drive for 12.8 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road (FSR) 1821 and continue 1.3 miles. Turn left onto FSR 1821168 and proceed 1 mile. Turn right onto FSR 1816175 and proceed 100 yards. Turn left onto FSR 1816131 (gated entrance road to the cabin).

Cabin parking is located about 1 mile up FSR 1816131, adjacent to the outhouse. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

46375 Highway 58
Westfir  OR  97492

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)782-2283
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