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Mt. Hood National Forest
Fire Lookouts


A Word About Forest Fires

Please note that many of the trails, routes, and landscapes described in this hiking guide CD have been seriously altered due to the forest fires that have occurred during and since the creation of this hiking guide.



Bull of the Woods
Hike 82

Established in 1923 with a log cabin with cupola, the present 10' treated timber L-4 tower, built in 1942, is available for emergencies. It is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.

Clear Lake Butte
Hike 96

The original lookout was built by the Forest Service in 1932, and was on a 100 foot tower. In 1962 it was replaced with the present 41' treated timber lookout. The lookout is an "R-6 Flat Top" style cabin, a design introduced in 1953 as the last generation of fire lookouts in the region. The design, which includes a flat, tarred roof, originated in the Pacific Northwest and was designed to alleviate costs and hazards associated with re shingling the roofs typical of earlier style lookouts. Window shutters, a feature of earlier lookouts, were eliminated in this new design, and an extra foot of dimension added over previous lookouts (15 x 15 ft.). These newer lookouts used plywood as a construction element, another new feature. The tower is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register, it is staffed every summer.

Here is the number to call to reserve this lookout:
 1-877-444-6777


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Devils Peak
Hike 60

A 12x12' log cupola cabin was built here about 1924, replaced by an L-4 cab in 1933. The present 8' wooden L-4 tower, built in 1952, has not been staffed for many years. It is presently open to public use.

Five Mile Butte
Hike 58

First used in the 1920's with a 30' pole tower, a 30' pole L-4 tower replaced it in 1932. This was destroyed by heavy snow in 1942, replaced by another L-4 tower with an unconventional inside trap door. The present 30' treated timber tower topped with an R-6 flat cab was built in 1957. The lookout is presently on the Recreation Rental program.

Here is the number to call to reserve this lookout:
 1-877-444-6777


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Flag Point
Located near Hike 46

The summit was developed about 1924 with a 40' limber pole tower with a 6x6' cab and tent camp. This was replaced in 1932 by a 30' pole L-4 tower that had an unconventional inside trapdoor. The present 41' treated timber tower with R-6 flat cab, built in 1973, is staffed every summer.

Here is the number to call to reserve this lookout:
 1-877-444-6777


If you are connected to the internet, for more information:
 Click Here

Sisi Butte
Hike 87

A 41' treated timber tower with L-4 cab, built in 1940, was removed in 1996 to make way for the present 50' pole tower topped with an 8-sided live-in cab. It is staffed every summer and is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.

Hawk Mountain
Hike 102

The site was developed in 1919 with a 60' three-legged timber platform tower and a frame cabin (still there). The site was abandoned in the 1950's.

Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service