The Garwood Butte Trail offers access to Garwood Butte Lookout. It begins with a gentle climb and becomes steep and rocky with narrow switchbacks and protruding rocks. At .4 miles up the trail, Mt. Bailey is visible through the trees. At 1 mile the trail gets steep and rocky (gains 1,000 feet in elevation in 1.5 miles) and the Crater Lake Rim can be seen to the southeast. The footing is difficult on the last few feet of the climb. The lookout at the end of the trail features excellent views of Old Man Camp, Bear Creek, Mt. Bailey and the Crater Lake Rim.
Once named Bear Butte, the lookout was built in 1942 using the L-4 cab design. The butte and the lookout were renamed Garwood for Leroy Garwood, a one time District Ranger on the Diamond Lake Ranger District who died in 1944. Caution is recommended near the lookout as the structure is in poor condition.
This trail is a challenge for experienced mountain bikers.
Directions: From Prospect, Travel northeast on Highway 230 and turn north onto Road 3703, the Three Lakes Road, two miles west of Diamond Lake. Proceed six miles and the trailhead is on the right side of the road near Three Lakes Camp.
Elevation Gain: 1,024 feet
Distance: 1.7 miles
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