Forty acres of cross-fenced pastures dotted with pines and surrounded by towering lodgepole pine on gently rolling hills, make Lodgepole Guard Station the perfect destination for horse lovers and large groups. The large grassy meadow has a long history of being a major grazing area for horses and cattle, and that tradition continues today. The meadow offers plenty of room on the even terrain for a large group of visitors to spread out, camp, horseback ride, hike, mountain bike or just relax.
Sitting amongst 40 acres of cross-fenced pastures, Lodgepole Guard Station can easily serve as the base camp for a group of campers and their horses, as well as other large recreation groups. However, while bringing horses and many friends is an option, it's certainly not a requirement; the appeals of the cabin and area are plentiful for couples and small families.
- Availability: The guard station is available for rent from May 20 through October 31.
- Price and Capacity: $50 per night, with a maximum of four occupants in the cabin. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the cabin.
- Reservations: The maximum length stay is seven consecutive nights.
The guard station at Lodgepole Meadow was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps to be used as a remote guard station for the early Forest Service crews working in the area, and replaced the original guard station that had been built in 1911. During WWII, Herb (in photo at right) and Zella Wright, a husband and wife lookout team, lived throughout the winter high up on the Blue Rock Lookout several miles away watching for enemy aircraft. Lodgepole Guard Station acted as their base camp and Forest Service guards cross county skied or snow shoed through deep snow to bring supplies and food every couple of weeks or so, while the couple continued their warning watch. This small, three room, rustic-style cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered to be an outstanding example of Civilian Conservation Corp construction in the Pacific Northwest.
Drive east from Butte Falls on the Butte Falls-Fish Lake
Highway (County Road #821). Less than a mile from town, turn left onto the Butte Fall-Prospect
Highway (County Road #992) and travel north on County Road #992. Go 9 miles on County Road #992 to Forest Service Road #34. Turn right, go 5 miles on Forest Service Road #34 until its junction with Forest Service Road #3400-600. Unlock the gate and travel North/Northeast on Forest Service Road #3400-600 1 mile. Turn left through gate and proceed 200 yards to the guard station.
For an alternative route to Lodgepole that bypasses the town of Butte Falls, take State Highway #62 to the town of Prospect. At the Prospect Hotel turn east onto the Butte Falls-Prospect Highway (County Road #992), travel approximately 14 miles and take the left turn on Forest Service Road #34. Travel approximately 4 miles on Forest Service Road #34 until its junction with Forest Service Road #3400-600. Unlock the gate and travel North/Northeast on Forest Service Road #3400-600 1 mile. Turn left through the gate and proceed 200 yards to the guard station.
Visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding (both on the guard station grounds as well as old logging roads accessible from the guard station). Additional horseback riding trails are a short trailer ride away, and include the South Fork and Middle Fork Trails, as well as the Seven Lakes Trail #981, all of which lead into the Sky Lakes Wilderness
High Cascades Ranger District
- No smoking
- Pets are welcome
- This is a horse friendly facility
- Flush Toilet
- Propane Heat
- Heated Shower
- Table & Chairs
- Picnic Table
- Horse Corrals
- Water Troughs
- Cross Fenced Pastures
- 40 Acre Fenced Pasture
- No Lighting
- There is additional space for tent camping. The existing yard can accommodate up to three, 4-person, family size (9' x 12') tents.