How to Rent a Fire Lookout in the Pacific Northwest

How to Rent a Fire Lookout in the Pacific Northwest

by Tish McFadden, Tom Foley

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Learn how to rent a fire lookout in the Pacific Northwest!

This completely updated edition of the first complete guide to the cabins and fire lookouts available for rent in Oregon and Washington now covers a total of 61 properties (29 new!). Ranging from a luxurious cabin just off the road to a remote 60-foot tower deep in the wilderness, these scenic, secluded, and historic structures can be your own private place in the woods. Inside you'll find:

  • Complete descriptions of each property, including heating, lighting, and water availability, cooking and sleeping facilities, furnishings, and suitability for children and pets
  • Information on rental procedure, cost, capacity, and dates of availability
  • Detailed directions, tips on local attractions, cabin history, and maps

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780899973845
Publisher: Wilderness Press
Publication date: 05/13/2005
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

During the mid-1970s to late 1980s, Tish McFadden worked for the United States Forest Service as an anthropologist and historian. She worked to preserve historic and prehistoric cultural sites, artifacts and architecture on public lands in the Intermountain and Pacific Northwest Regions. In 1988, after many years of fieldwork and federal employment, Tish put her attention to entrepreneurial pursuits and founded a music business in Ashland, Oregon called Rum Tum Music Company. In addition to teaching, performing, composing, and recording music, she writes lyrical stories for children and enjoys camping in the backcountry with her grown sons and big, gentle dogs. Tom Foley was born and reared on a small farm in the west of Ireland, but has spent much of his life traveling and working in other parts of the globe. He now lives with his son, Nino, in Ashland, Oregon, where he works as—among other things—a father, writer, photographer, and storyteller.

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1 Hamma Hamma Cabin


50 miles northwest of Olympia

70 miles west of Seattle, approximately (via ferry)

75 miles northwest of Tacoma

170 miles north of Portland

AVAILABILITY: Year-round, weather permitting.

CAPACITY: Six people. No pets.

DESCRIPTION: Single-story cabin with gabled and hipped roof lines. Living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, full bath. A delightful and very popular lodge in a beautiful setting.

COST: $40 per night plus reservation fee. $25 refundable deposit is required.

RESERVATIONS: Call the toll-free National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or make reservations online at

HOW TO GET THERE: The road is paved all the way. During the winter months access may be limited to cross-country skis and snowshoes for the final four miles, though Hood River Ranger District tells us this happens only rarely. Consult them regarding current road and snow conditions prior to your departure. From Hoodsport, travel 14 miles north on US Highway 101 to Forest Road 25. Turn left. The sign reads hamma hamma recreation area. Continue on the Hamma Hamma Road six miles to a driveway on the right. Watch for the sign on the right: HAMMA HAMMA CABIN: OCCUPIED RESIDENCE. The cabin is about 100 yards up this driveway. The access road is gated; please respect the renter’s privacy. To view the cabin, walk the Living Legacy Nature Trail.

ELEVATION: 560 feet

WHAT IS PROVIDED: Living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, one bathroom with flush toilet. The only water available is to the toilet. Bring your own water for drinking, cooking and household uses. Potable water is available from a hand pump well at Lena Creek Campground two miles west on Forest Service Road 25 during the recreation use season (June-September). Propane heater, cook range, refrigerator, and lights. Propane is furnished. Inquire at Hoodsport office for accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

WHAT TO BRING: Drinking water, or the means to treat the local water. Bring camping supplies as well as garbage bags (pack it in, pack it out), candles or a lantern for emergencies, first aid kit, sleeping bag/bedding, toiletries, washcloths and towels, dish soap, and bar soap.

THE SETTING: If a contest were held to decide the most sought-after rental cabin in this book, Hamma Hamma would be the certain winner, and the runner up would surely be its sister cabin on the Olympic Peninsula, Interrorem. There are compelling reasons for this popularity, beyond the proximity to Seattle. Hamma Hamma is a rare and delightful place where one easily feels at home and at peace. It is more akin to a lodge than a cabin; its lovely living room is embraced by a semicircle of bay windows overlooking the Hamma Hamma River drainage.

HISTORY: The skill and craftsmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which constructed this fine Guard Station during 1936 and 1937, have earned Hamma Hamma Cabin a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. We were intrigued by the origin and meaning of the name “Hamma Hamma.” Having dismissed our suggestion that it was of porcine origin, possibly the name of a Native pork pie, the ever-resourceful Susie Graham of the Hood Canal Ranger District told us that, originally, it was thought to be the Twana Indian name for “Stinky Stinky,” but that further research indicates that it may be the Twana Indian name of the root of a rush that grows in the area. Local Girl Scouts have undertaken the maintenance of the cabin since March 1992. Please help them by keeping the site as you found it—or, at least, as you would like to have found it.

AROUND YOU: The Olympic Peninsula and Hood Canal. To the west is Mt. Skokomish Wilderness; to the northwest, Brothers Wilderness; to the east, Hood Canal. Two miles west on Road 25 is the trailhead for Lena Lake, Trail 810. There is parking, a vault toilet and well water at Lena Creek Campground. It is less than three miles to the lake—and the junction with Trail 811, which takes you to Upper Lena Lake—and 3.5 miles to the junction with Brother Trail 821, which takes you several miles into Brothers Wilderness. To reach Skokomish Wilderness, continue west from Hamma Hamma Cabin on Road 25 for about six miles to access Putvin Trail 813, classed as “most difficult.” Or travel eight miles west to Trail 822, also classed as “most difficult,” which leads to Mildred Lakes, 4.5 miles from Hoodsport.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Hood Canal Ranger District—Hoodsport Office P.O. Box 68, Hoodsport, WA 98548 (360) 877-5254

Table of Contents





The Rentals

Seattle/Olympia—Olympic National Forest

  1. Hamma Hamma Cabin
  2. Interrorem Ranger Cabin
  3. Louella Cabin
  4. Seattle/Bellingham—Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

  5. Evergreen Mountain Lookout
  6. Portland/Tacoma—Gifford Pinchot National Forest

  7. Peterson Prairie Guard Station
  8. Government Mineral Springs Guard Station
  9. Portland/The Dalles—Mt. Hood National Forest

  10. Fivemile Butte Lookout
  11. Flag Point Lookout
  12. Clear Lake Lookout
  13. Lost Lake Cabins
  14. Bend/Sisters—Deschutes National Forest

  15. Green Ridge Lookout
  16. Prineville/Paulina—Ochoco National Forest

  17. Cold Springs Guard Station
  18. Lookout Mountain Bunkhouses
  19. Eugene/Bend—Willamette National Forest

  20. Warner Mountain Lookout
  21. Timpanogas Shelter
  22. Indian Ridge Lookout
  23. Fish Lake Remount Depot Commissary Cabin
  24. Fish Lake Remount Depot Hall House
  25. Box Canyon Guard Station
  26. Roseburg/Medford—Umpqua National Forest

  27. Acker Rock Lookout
  28. Pickett Butte Lookout
  29. Whisky Camp
  30. Butler Butte Cabin
  31. Fairview Peak Lookout Tower
  32. Musick Guard Station
  33. Grants Pass/Crescent City—Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest

  34. Snow Camp Lookout
  35. Packers Cabin
  36. Ludlum House
  37. Quail Prairie Lookout
  38. Lake of the Woods Lookout
  39. Rainbow Creek Tent
  40. Pearsoll Peak Lookout
  41. Bolan Mountain Lookout
  42. Bald Knob Lookout
  43. Onion Mountain Lookout
  44. Imnaha Cabin
  45. Willow Prairie Cabin
  46. Walla Walla/Pendleton—Umatilla National Forest

  47. Ditch Creek Guard Station
  48. Tamarack Lookout Cabin
  49. Clearwater Lookout Cabin
  50. Clearwater Big House Cabin
  51. Godman Guard Station
  52. Wenatchee Guard Station
  53. Fry Meadow Guard Station
  54. Summit Guard Station Bunkhouse
  55. Miner’s Retreat
  56. Congo Gulch Cabin
  57. Hilltop Hideaway
  58. Baker City/La Grande—Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

  59. Two Color Guard Station
  60. Moss Springs Guard Station
  61. Antlers Guard Station
  62. Peavy Cabin
  63. Anthony Lakes Guard Station
  64. Boundary Guard Station
  65. John Day/Burns—Malheur National Forest

  66. Murderer’s Creek Work Center
  67. Fall Mountain Lookout
  68. Deer Creek Guard Station
  69. Bend/Klamath Falls—Fremont National Forest

  70. Hager Mountain Lookout
  71. Aspen Cabin
  72. Drake Peak Lookout
  73. Currier Guard Station
  74. Bald Butte Lookout
  75. Pendleton/La Grande—Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area

  76. Totem Bunkhouse—Emigrant Springs
  77. One-Room Rustic Cabins—Emigrant Springs
  78. Two-Room Rustic Cabins—Emigrant Springs


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