Fuzztail Butte Fire Lookout Traditional Geocache
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The nearby benchmark was described by the Forest Service in 1932
"STATION IS SE OF BEND, ON THE NORTHERN SLOPES OF THE PAULINA
MOUNTAINS, ON THE SUMMIT OF FUZZTAIL BUTTE, AT AN ELEVATION OF 5719
FEET". This was once the site of a forest service fire lookout.
Built in 1933, this site once housed an L4 cab that rested on the
ground just 51 feet south from the benchmark that still exists. It
was in use until 1952, and then destroyed in 1965. There are no
remains of the lookout, but there are still some pieces of a
foundation left from another structure. I am doing some research on
the lookout, but as of now that is all I have.
The best route is to walk up from the bottom of the butte, but if
you do want to ride up in a vehicle, there is a road that starts to
the south of the butte and goes to the top. BE WARNED: The best
place to park is about 350 feet short of the cache. There is a good
turnaround spot here and a nice place to park. The road from here
up is rather rough and not for the faint of heart. To the parking /
turnaround spot, a high clearance vehicle should suit you fine. I
would not do it in your grandmothers Cadillac though.
The cache is about 30 feet due north (true) from the benchmark.
It is under a stump hidden by some wood and rocks. From the
benchmark, follow the manzanita to a small opening that leads into
the trees. Please re-hide well as there are signs of muggles up
This cache is one of our contributions to the
Oregon Forest Fire Lookout Challenge.
(No hints available.)