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Suiattle Guard Station

With the Suiattle Road reopened in 2014 after being closed for 11 years the Suiattle Guard Station will undergo renovation and once again be listed as a vacation cabin rental!  We'll keep this webpage updated as to when this will again be available.

The cabin was built in 1913 to house a forest guard working in the Suiattle drainage. The guard was responsible for fire prevention and suppression, issuing fire permits to campers and hikers, and patrolling campgrounds along the Suiattle River. The guard was usually the first person on the scene of a wildfire.

After Tommy Thompson, Assistant Ranger of the Suiattle-Finney District, needed to relocate to the Suiattle River, he would again be building another Forest Service Guard Station to service as a dwelling as well has an office headquarters. Prior to World War I, Forest Service construction budgets were limited and building costs could not exceed $800. Because of budget limitations, rangers built their own stations. Many rangers used log construction and hand split shakes, reducing the need to purchase building materials. Poor construction was common result of budget limitations combined with rangers’ lack of construction experience. However, construction details on the Suiattle Guard Station, such as the half-dovetail notching, show that Ranger Thompson knew how to work with logs. It is a testament to his skill that the cabin survives to this day as one of the two oldest administrative buildings on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

In 1913 the Suiattle drainage patrols were conducted on foot or by pack string. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed a road through the drainage during the late 1930s. In 1935/36, the CCC added a garage for storing fire tools. The Suiattle Guard Station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Cabin description:
This one bedroom cabin contains one full-sized
bed, a table, two benches, one futon couch/bed, two chairs, a propane refrigerator, stove and hot water heater, and a wood stove (firewood available outside). A bathroom with a flush toilet is located at the back of the guard station. An outhouse is located 20 feet from the building. The water source to the building consists of a spring that is run into a small collection box on the hillside behind the cabin and piped into the building.

Also See:

The Suiattle River
Waterfalls of the Suiattle River

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Near by campgrounds:
For more information see the Darrington Ranger District website