Oregon Roadtrips: Timber Butte Lookout Cabin
by Rainbow Bobbins
Char and I had a great get away to Timber Butte fire lookout cabin in the Fall Creek Wilderness east of Eugene. This cabin is a cozy, affordable treasure. It is not far from amenities but feels like it is tucked in the wilds — deep on unpaved forest road. We got there at dusk and the butte (at 3600 ft) was cloaked in clouds and fogs. We ate Bahn Mi that we picked up from An Xuyen Bakery drank some Jubelale and played dominoes and Yahtzee. The cabin has 360 degrees of windows and sits on the highest peak in the area but the cabin’s small squarefootage and workhorse stove keep the place cozy and warm. The next day we explored Lane County’s collection of covered bridges and the emptied reservoir. We also made it to the town of Oakridge where the sun peaked out for a moment as we sampled home-crafted Anglo beers from Brewers’ Union Local 180. At the pub we heard rumors of winter weather advisory — there was suppose to be overnight snow down to 1000 ft. We headed back up the hill to hunker down in our cabin for the night. We listened to tunes, ate mountain tacos, played dominoes, yahtzee attempted the Sunday NY Times crossword until almost 1:00 in the morning waiting for the snow to drop. Finally we tucked in the for the night only to awake at dawn to a blanket of whiteness. Snow!!! We made some stumptown coffee, ate muffins with jam, talked about how the car would make it down the hill and made a snow pig. Fun. It turns out the snow did not fall past about 3400 feet so the trip home was smooth. We stopped off in Eugene for lunch at Keystone Cafe and made our way homeward. This cabin is such a treat and the area is consistently lush and beautiful. We can’t wait to return.