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Clear Lake Butte fire lookout
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service; written by Ted Katauskas

Clear Lake Butte fire lookout, Mt. Hood National Forest, OR

One of the world’s cheapest rooms with a (killer) view comes with a price: a four-hour uphill kick-and-glide over a groomed snowmobile trail. Destination? The historic fire lookout on Oregon’s Clear Lake Butte, one of dozens of U.S. Forest Service fire lookouts around the West. It has a full-size bed (BYO bedding for additional guests) plus a gas range for fixing dinner, a potbelly stove for staying warm— and a 360° panorama that’ll keep you mesmerized till it’s time to turn in. $50; www.fs.fed.us/r6/recreation/rentals; book at recreation.gov. For a list of fire lookouts around the West, check out firelookout.org/lookout-rentals.htm

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