Hemlock Butte Cabin is a very primitive backcountry winter experience, and guests who stay here should be experienced in winter backcountry travel. This remote setting makes the four-mile ski or snowshoe to the cabin worth the effort. The cabin was built by the Edelweiss Ski Club in 1990 and has room for 8 people. There are often occupants from several different groups staying in the cabin at the same time. Only a few basic amenities are offered, so guests should be prepared to pack in most of their own supplies and gear.
The cabin is a three-story A-frame with a wood stove for heating the cabin and melting snow. The ground floor serves as the living area with benches around the stove. The middle floor is the sleeping area. The top floor is available for light storage via a wall-mounted ladder. The only provided cooking pot is for melting snow. Firewood is provided through Edelweiss Ski Club volunteers and U.S. Forest Service staff, but guests are asked to use it conservatively. An indoor outhouse with vault toilet is located at the cabin. No electricity or drinking water is provided. Guests typically melt snow to use for drinking, cooking and washing. The cabin does not have beds. Guests should bring sleeping bags and pads, a camp stove, cookware and utensils, lanterns or flashlights, a first aid kit, matches, extra toilet paper and garbage bags. All trash and food should be packed out, and guests are expected to clean the cabin before leaving.
The cabin is situated at the base of Southern Oregon's Mount Bailey in Umpqua National Forest, near scenic Diamond Lake. Mount Bailey is a popular backcountry ski destination, averaging 600 inches of snow per year and boasting 6,000 acres of ideal skiing terrain. Mount Bailey, part of the Cascade Mountain Range, is a shield volcano topped with a 2,000-foot tephra cone. The mountain is heavily forested with pine at lower elevations, which gives way to hemlock and fir at higher elevations. The peak rises above treeline and crests at 8,363 feet.
Several winter recreation trails crisscross the area. The Hemlock Butte Trail, which is used to access the cabin, is a challenging backcountry ski experience. Skiers on this trail can enjoy views of Mount Thielsen, Mount Bailey and even the rim of Crater Lake on a clear day. Advanced skiers can make the difficult trek up Mount Bailey, a two-mile trip from the cabin with an elevation gain of 3,300 feet. Skiers should make sure to have proper backcountry equipment and be aware of avalanche dangers.
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to establish a new fee of $10 per person per night at Hemlock Butte Ski Cabin on the Umpqua National Forest and is soliciting comments from the public between March 6 and July 31, 2020.
Fee changes are being considered to allow the forest to continue to provide services and for maintenance and improvement projects at the cabin. Recreation fees on the Umpqua National Forest were last changed in 2009.
Public input on the proposed changes is a welcome and a valued part of the overall process. Forest Service staff will evaluate and later present the public comments and input to a citizen advisory committee. The advisory committee will review the recommended fee change before making a recommendation to the Regional Forester. The change would not go into effect until after approval of the Regional Forester and after having reviewed public comments and other associated data.
Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act in 2004, which authorizes the Forest Service and other federal land-management agencies to collect and retain recreation fees at public recreation sites and use the funds to operate, maintain, and improve these fee sites. Recent recreation site investments on the Umpqua National Forest made possible using recreation fees include sewer system upgrades at Diamond Lake, water system upgrades at Rujada and Horseshoe Bend campgrounds, and new propane appliances in Acker Rock Lookout.
Forest Service staff anticipates presenting the proposed fee change to a citizen advisory committee for review in 2020. The public is welcome to comment in writing and at all advisory committee meetings. The exact meeting times, location, and agenda will be announced on the forest website and through local media.
Written comments on the proposal should be mailed by July 31, 2020, to Umpqua National Forest, ATTN: Recreation Fees, 2900 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97471, or emailed to SM.FS.email@example.com.
For additional information about this proposal, contact the Forest Recreation, Lands and Minerals Program Manager at 541-957-3349.
This location is closed. All affected reservations have been cancelled and fully refunded. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
A permit is required during the peak season of November through April; however, over snow access is typically available from late December through March. During this time, the cabin requires guests to ski or snowshoe to the cabin. Access can vary year to year; be prepared with snowshoes or skis for over-snow access.
Reservations can be made six months in advance. Same-day reservations are available.
Need to Know
Drinking water is not available at the cabin; a pot is provided for melting snow
The cabin is only available to reservation holders; there is no first-come, first-served use
The cabin has a capacity of 8 people per night
Guests who make a reservation for two people for a single night could potentially be sharing the cabin with 6 others from multiple groups; please be respectful of others
Pets are not allowed in the cabin or surrounding area
Please pack out all trash and leave the cabin cleaner than found
Mid-season firewood restocking is impossible; please be conservative with the firewood
Snowmobiles are not permitted on the Hemlock Butte Trail
Learn more about Umpqua 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.
Guests need to purchase an Oregon Sno-Park permit to park at Three Lakes Sno-Park. These can be purchased at Diamond Lake Resort or other outlets
Reservation Fee: $6.00 (non-refundable)
Please cancel your reservation 10 or more days in advance in order to allow others the opportunity to reserve the space. There are no refunds.
Changes can be made to the group size or to the length of stay if made 10 days or more prior to your arrival date and depending upon availability. Changes cannot be made to the reservation if made nine days or less prior to your arrival date.
Print Permit Information
You may print your permit up to 10 days prior to your arrival date. Once you print your permit, you cannot make changes to your reservation. If you need to make changes to your permit, you must call the Umpqua National Forest at (541) 498-2531.
2020 Toketee Ranger Station Rd Idleyld Park OR 97447