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WENATCHEE GUARD STATION, WA
part ofUmatilla National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015 Season Dates
OverviewWenatchee Guard Station, located about 40 miles southeast of Pomeroy, offers a panoramic view of Wenatchee Creek and access to a scenic drive along Wenatchee Creek Canyon. The year-round cabin attracts cross country skiers and snowmobilers in winter and horseback riders and hikers in summer. Dogs and horses are allowed at the cabin.
As early as the 1910s, the site was used as a Forest Guard Camp. In 1927, a log cabin was built and used until it was replaced with the current guard station, completed in 1935 by the Civil Conservation Corps.
Wenatchee Guard Station sits in a grassy clearing on a high plateau dotted with mixed conifers, offering majestic views of the northern tip of the Blue Mountains. In the spring, wildflowers, such as yarrow, Piper's anemone, Big-leaf sandwort, Showy Aster, Camas pink fairy, daisy and sagebrush sweep color down the slopes into the valleys.
Horseback riding and hiking trails can be accessed from the cabin. Another way to enjoy views along Wenatchee Creek is by taking a scenic drive. Berry and mushroom picking is possible, and in winter, trails are groomed for snowmobiling and cross country skiing.
The wood-framed, single story cabin accommodates up to four people. It features a kitchen, bedroom and living room that also serves as a bedroom. Furnishings include two single beds, a double bed, chairs and a table.
The cabin is about an hour from any general store. The town of Pomeroy has a county museum, art gallery and antiques.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Pomeroy, WA, take 15th Street south (which becomes Peola Road at the city limits) for approximately 15 miles to the forest boundary. The paved road will end here. Continue on Forest Road (FR) 40 for 17 miles to Misery Junction. Take FR 44 east for 3 miles, then FR 43 east for approximately 3 miles. The guard station will be on the left.
The site is accessible by automobile June 1 to November 1. Winter access requires skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles.
For winter use from Pomeroy, travel east on Highway 12 to Clarkston, Washington. From Clarkston, travel south on Highway 129 to Asotin, Washington. Just before entering Asotin, turn right at the bridge onto County Road 105 to Cloverland. Continue past Cloverland to the Sno-Park. Park here, then travel by snowmobile or cross country ski (beginning to intermediate level skiing) southwest on FR 43 to the junction with FR 4304, about 3 miles. Turn right and travel west on FR 43 for a quarter-mile to Wenatchee Guard Station.
A Washington State Sno-Park permit is required to park at the Sno-Park. Permits may be obtained from any Washington State Park.
Mailing Address:WENATCHEE GUARD STATION
71 WEST MAIN ST
POMEROY WA 99347
Phone Number:Information: (509)843-4629