Deep within the Umpqua National Forest, a few miles from Tiller, Oregon stands a cabin with a difference. It has been modelled after the fire lookout towers that were built by the US Forest Service in the early 1900’s and sits more than 40-feet above the hilltops.
This unique treehouse in Tiller, Oregon, is not exactly a treehouse but rather an enhanced lookout tower built on private land surrounded by the Umpqua National Forest in Douglas County.
It is located on a 160-acre property in Southern Oregon and boasts a modern set of amenities with an uninterrupted view of the surrounding Forests and mountains in the distance.
The only way to access the cabin is by clambering up 4 flights of stairs and climbing up through a trap door. Once above the treeline, you'll find a large, open-plan room with full kitchen, propane heater, guest beds, and surrounding deck with an open-air shower.
The tower has a queen bed and two twin beds. Couches in the cabin can also be converted into sleeping areas, while the fold-down ladder on the ceiling leads to the private bedroom in the top of the lookout tower.
The lofted cabin includes hot and cold water, a refrigerator, a propane stove, a heater and lamps. Unfortunately, the bathroom is located back down the stairs and about 30 metres away from the base of the tower.
Having been featured on more than 20,000 Airbnb Wish Lists means the cabin is extremely popular and you will need to be very quick, and lucky, to secure a booking. It is also only open for the summer season and might close occasionally due to bad weather.
The tower is located deep within the Umpqua National Forest so there are wild animals that roam freely in the area - deer, elk, bear, cougar, coyote, bobcats, skunks, mice, lizards etc. There are also insects on the ground, in the air and sometimes in the cabin. If you are not comfortable with this, then the cabin might not be appropriate for you.
Being located in a forest in the depths of Oregon means that you get to enjoy the spectacular scenery that the different seasons will bring. Each day is different and no two visits are alike.
In April/May - The meadow is in peak bloom, carpeted with waves of wildflowers. Deer and elk graze in the meadow almost every evening and early morning.
In July, the rains taper off and the grasses turn a stunning amber colour. Thunderstorms can be seen rolling in each afternoon and provide a dramatic light show.
October/November is autumn/fall when the temperatures start to cool off and fog covers the hilltops each evening and morning. Truly a magical place.
Address: Tiller, Oregon, United StatesView larger map