08/12/2013 This cabin water system is working however there is NO hot water. Repairs are being made. A pole fence encircles the large yard and corral and several tall Ponderosa pine hug the...[more]
Ditch Creek Guard Station
From West I-84 take Highway 74 to Lexington/Heppner. Drive 45 miles through the towns of Ione and Lexington to Heppner. Continue south, on Highway 207. Just outside the southern limits of Heppner, take a left (east) on Willow Creek Road (paved). Travel 23 miles past Willow Creek Lake, Cutsforth County Park, and up Coalmine Hill. At the top of the hill, Forest Service Road 21 (County Road 603), joins Willow Creek Road. The route from I-84 to this junction is also part of the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway and is periodically marked with signs indicating it as such. Take a right (west) on Forest Service Road 21 (gravel) and travel 3.5 miles. The cabin is located on a hill on the north side of the road and is accessed by two short entrance roads (Forest Service Road 050 and 051). Automobile access to the cabin runs from mid-May to mid-November. The upper portion of Willow Creek Road and Forest Service Road 21 are not plowed during the winter, so the closest parking may be 5.5 miles away at Cutsforth County Park. From this point, access to the cabin will require alternate transportation such as skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles.
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