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Clearwater Big House

Umatilla National Forest



Clearwater Big House offers guests a winter chalet hideaway perfect for activities such as hiking, horseback riding, scenic drives and snowmobiling in winter. The cabin has 868sqft of living space on the first floor and 336sqft upstairs and can accommodate up to 10 people. It is situated on a gently rolling slope at an elevation of 5,600 feet, surrounded by various wildlife in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. Nearby store and gas stations are a 40 minute drive away.


Clearwater Big House gives the feel of a winter chalet hideaway, even during the warmest months of the summer. Hiking, horseback riding and scenic drives abound, delighting guests year after year. The Clearwater Lookout Tower is a mile away. The tower is not open, but the area is nice for scenic views.

An old trapper cabin was located at the current site and was later used as a ranger station. From 1928-29, a ranger built a three-room house and by 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps was tasked with building a barn, warehouse, outhouse and garage.

In winter, the cabin is well-suited for snowmobiling and cross country skiing on groomed snowmobile trails. These modes of over-snow transportation are required for winter access to the cabin.


The cabin provides nearby access to hiking and horseback riding trails that lead to Teal Springs and the lush Tucannon River Drainage. The scenic drive along the Tucannon River Drainage to Sunset Point is also a recommended activity.

In winter, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails are right out your front door.


The cabin has 868 square feet of living space on the first floor, and another 336 square feet upstairs, and can accommodate up to 10 people. It is fully furnished with 3 queen, 1 full, and 5 twin beds, and a dining table and chairs. Propane heat and lighting are included, and the kitchen is equipped with a propane cook stove and refrigerator. The cabin does not have indoor bathroom facilities. There is an outdoor fire ring and a picnic table. An outhouse is located across the road. Cabin should be cleaned before your departure. Mop, bucket and cleaning supplies provided.

No water is provided. Guests need to bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking, and washing. They should also bring cooking pots and utensils, bedding or sleeping bags, dish soap, matches, a flashlight and all other basic camping items.  

Natural Features

Set on a gently rolling slope at an elevation of 5,600 feet, the cabin is nestled in a clearing dotted with young Christmas trees. The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness is nearby, stretching across the northern Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon.

The mountain slopes are carpeted with bunchgrass, lodgepole pine and subalpine fir. An array of wildlife, including Rocky Mountain Elk, bighorn sheep, white-tailed and mule deer, black bears, cougars and coyotes, may be spotted.

Nearby Attractions

The nearest general stores and gas stations are in Pomeroy, a 40-minute drive from the cabin.

Charges & Cancellations

For Changes & Cancellation Fees, please see Rules & Reservation Policies.

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