Unique Astronomy Site: Fire Lookout Cabins

Courtesy of Recreation.gov

Overview

  • These are open to the public certain times of the year!
  • Gear that one can bring: Anything! –>Note, that these are available but hard to carry heavy materials up!
Courtesy of Recreation.gov

Note: These fill up fast! What we want to highlight here are different options for astronomy and astronomical viewing + photography for those who want a different experience.
Unlike other places like Stub Stewart, where one can come and go, these are reserved months in advance. Therefore, the weather can change, but if one gets a great weather night, the experience would be a blast!

Oregon

NameLocationBooking SeasonCost per NightBooking URL
Acker Rock
Umpqua National ForestAugust to November$40https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233322
Bald ButteFremont-Winema National ForestJune to October$40https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234186
Bald Knob
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
May to October
$35https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234155
Bolan MountainRogue River-Siskiyou National ForestJuly to October$40https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234154
Clear Lake CabinMt. Hood National ForestNovember to May$50https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234247
Drake PeakFremont-Winema National ForestJune to November$40https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234185
Fall MountainMalheur National ForestMay to November$40https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234125
Fivemile Butte
Mt. Hood National ForestYear-round$50https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234248
Gold ButteWillamette National ForestJune to October$65https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234621
Green RidgeDeschutes National ForestMay to June, September to November$40https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234477
Hager Mountain
Fremont-Winema National ForestNovember to May$40https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234187
Indian Ridge Lookout
Willamette National ForestJuly to October$55https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234173
Lake of the Woods
Rogue River-Siskiyou National ForestMay to November$50https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234158
Pickett Butte
Umpqua National ForestYear-round$40https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234149
Snow CampRogue River-Siskiyou National ForestJune to October$40https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234159
Timber ButteWillamette National ForestApril to November$65https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233133
Warner MountainWillamette National ForestNovember to May$65https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234189

Idaho

PlaceLocationBooking SeasonCost per NightBooking URL
Arid Peak
Idaho Panhandle National ForestsJune to September$45https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234447
Bald Mountain
Nez Perce-Clearwater National ForestsJuly to October$45https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234507
Castle Butte
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
July to September$45https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234325
Deadwood
Boise National ForestJuly to October$55.56https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233881
Deer RidgeIdaho Panhandle National ForestsJune to September$45https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234429
Little GuardIdaho Panhandle National ForestsJune to September$55https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234435
Lookout ButteNez Perce-Clearwater National ForestsJuly to September$40https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233128
Lunch Peak Idaho Panhandle National ForestsJuly to October$35https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234430
Shorty Peak Idaho Panhandle National ForestsJune to September$45https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234386
SurveyorsIdaho Panhandle National ForestsJuly to September$55https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234395


Washington

CabinLocationBooking SeasonCost per NightBooking URL
Burley MountainGifford Pinchot National ForestUnsureUnsurehttps://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=31222
Evergreen MountainMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestAugust to September$85https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234178
HeybrookMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestMay to October$75https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/269838
Hidden LakeMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestOpen year round limited only by road and trail conditions.


First-come-first servehttps://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recreation/recarea/?recid=17672
Lookout Mountain
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestOpen to the public year round. Access is limited by road and trail conditions.
First-come-first servehttps://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recreation/recarea/?recid=17674
Park Butte
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestOpen year round limited only by road and trail conditions.
First-come-first servehttps://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recreation/recarea/?recid=17644
Quartz Mountain
Mount Spokane State ParkJune 15th to September 30thPeak season – $93 + tax
Shoulder season weeknights – $59 + tax
Shoulder season weekends & holidays – $69 + tax
http://parks.state.wa.us/423/Mount-Spokane-State-Park
Three FingersMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest UnsureUnsurehttps://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recreation/recarea/?recid=17850
Winchester =Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest June to November Unsurehttps://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recreation/recarea/?recid=17586

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