Ever wanted your own private cabin in the woods? The Forest Service rents out former ranger stations in the Blue Mountains for an affordable price. They’re a great option for staging near the trailhead the night before your hike or recuperating after you’re finished. If you’d rather not rough it, rent the Tucannon Guard Station ($100/night), which offers showers and electricity in a peaceful setting along the Tucannon River. If you’re up for something a bit more rustic, reserve the Clearwater Lookout Cabin ($50/night) atop a ridge at 5,600 feet. On a clear day, you can just barely see the outlines of Cascade volcanoes on the horizon—one of the longest unobstructed sight lines in the United States! Check out both of them (and others) at recreation.gov. 

View of the Blue Mountains from hiking the Oregon Butte Loop // Photo: Paul Chisholm