Distance from Portland: 100 miles, two-hour drive
Five Mile Butte is no joke. To actually camp out at this fire lookout cabin, you have to work your ass off for it. This is no drive-to-your-camp site situation. Here, you have to ski, snowmobile, or snowshoe three miles to access this 40ft-tall fire-lookout cabin. Your mama always said that nothing in life is free, and she meant it. You also have to ski/snowshoe/snowmobile your own water, food, and booze in. If there was anything ever worth slaving away for, though, this serene cabin experience would be it. So, mush!
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Michelle Udem is a Portland-based writer who absolutely did not listen to "Life is a Highway" as she wrote this piece. At all. Follow her @mudem.