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TWO COLOR GUARD STATION, OR

part ofWallowa Whitman National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: TWO COLOR GUARD STATION (OR)
Status: Closed through Sun Jun 01 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

The Civilian Conservation Corps originally constructed the Two Color Guard Station in the 1930s for use as crew quarters and bunkhouse. The original building was removed in 1976. The current guard station was built in 1959.

Two Color Guard Station is open year-round. Guests can drive to it except in winter, when it's only accessible by snowmobile via a series of groomed snowmobile trails. Guests staying in the winter are required to bring extra supplies to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Natural Features:

Outside the cabin, the crystal clear waters of the Wild and Scenic Eagle Creek work their way through the mountains to the valley floor in a series of small waterfalls and whitewater rapids. The landscape features subalpine firs and white bark pine as well as meadows that burst with colorful wildflowers. Guests will find blue-green pools and dramatic rock formations scattered along the creek's path.

Two Color Guard Station is just a short distance away from the Eagle Cap Wilderness. This wilderness is characterized by high alpine lakes and meadows, bare granite peaks and ridges, and U-shaped glaciated valleys.

Recreation:

The cabin is near the Main Eagle Trailhead, which is southern portal into the Eagle Cap Wilderness (2 miles away). This trail is open to hikers and horseback riders.

Forest Road 7755 is one of the designated roads on the snowmobile route south of the Eagle Cap Wilderness, and it can be used for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Two Color Guard Station is the end of the groomed trail. Other open and closed forest roads are available for winter time exploring, but snowmobiles are prohibited within the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Anglers can fish for rainbow trout in Eagle Creek, just 150 feet from the cabin's front door.

Facilities:

The cabin is comfortably furnished with a table and chairs, couches, and enough beds to accommodate 12 people. Other amenities include propane lights, a propane cook stove and oven, refrigerator and heating stove. Cookware, place settings and most cooking utensils are provided.

During the summer months, the cabin has potable water in the kitchen. Outside is a picnic table and a corral large enough for several stock animals. An outhouse is provided for winter use. The outside vault toilets is accessible.

Potable water is not available during the winter, and guests must bring plenty for drinking, cooking and washing.Guests need to bring garbage bags for packing out trash, and the cabin must be cleaned before leaving.

Bedding, towels, dish soap and emergency items like flashlights and first aid kits are not provided. Click here for additional cabin details.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Bed(s)
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Corrals
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Dining Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Hitching Racks
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Mattress(es)
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • RV Parking
  • River Access
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Berry Picking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • During the winter, snow conditions may necessitate closing the access road to this facility. If the road is closed, the cabin may only be accessed by over-snow transportation. For the latest conditions, please call the La Grande Ranger District at (541) 963-7186.
  • Please call the Ranger District at (541) 963-7186 prior to arrival at the cabin to obtain the keys or combination.
  • Water is not available during October and November.
  • No smoking inside the cabin
  • Pets are welcome but must remain outside
  • There is additional room for limited tent camping
  • Additional use of RVs, tents and trailers must be within the capacity of the cabin and site usage; guest camping at the site is not allowed
  • Click here for more information about Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.05028, -117.43556
45°3'1"N, 117°26'8"W

From La Grande, Oregon: travel east on Highway 203 to Union. From Union, follow Highway 203 to Medical Springs. Go straight through Medical Springs and take County Road 71 until it turns into Forest Service Road (FSR) 67. Follow until you reach the FSR 77 junction. Take FSR 77 and turn left on the FSR 7755 junction. Go straight on FSR 7755 approximately 2 miles past the Two Color Campground to the cabin, which is on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

TWO COLOR GUARD STATION
3502 HIGHWAY 30
LA GRANDE OR 97850

Phone Number:

Information: (541)963-7186
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