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DRAKE PEAK LOOKOUT, OR

part ofFremont-Winema National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: DRAKE PEAK LOOKOUT
Status: Closed through Wed Oct 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Located on the crest of the Warner Mountain Range at an elevation of 8,222 feet, Drake Peak Lookout hugs the wind-swept land surrounding it, offering unparalleled views into Oregon, California and Nevada. The lookout was built in 1948 and has served as a fire detection site for the surrounding area.

Historically, Forest Service personnel lived long seasons in the cabin, scanning the region for lightning, flames, curls of smoke or any other indicator of possible forest fires. At one time, hundreds of these types of lookouts were in service throughout the Pacific Northwest. Today the lookout provides a unique lodging experience for guests seeking recreation and relaxation in the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

Although the lookout offers some basic amenities, for guests to enjoy their experience completely, they must bring several of their own supplies.

Natural Features:

Drake Peak Lookout sits beneath a vast sky, overlooking distant peaks, volcanic landscapes and wide-open sage basins. From its scenic perch, the lookout offers panoramic vistas and glimpses into wild places where visitors can still find solitude.

Although the lookout does not sit on Drake Peak, the nearby mountain is one of several high peaks in the immediate vicinity, including Twelvemile Peak, Light Peak and Crook Peak. Composed of uplifted and eroded basalt, and sparse vegetation, views from this mountain offer unobstructed views of unique geological landforms.

Diverse habitats support a variety of species. Deer, Rocky Mountain elk and pronghorn find homes in nearby forests, while several varieties of trout inhabit the lakes and streams. In the spring and fall, migrating geese, ducks and swans frame the Oregon sky. Black bears, mountain lions and bobcats, also find homes in the surrounding area.

Recreation:

Hiking, stargazing and wildlife viewing are popular activities. The Drake-McDowell area provides solitude for backpackers and horseback riders with spectacular views of the Warner Mountains, Hart Mountain, Warner Valley and Abert Rim. A hike to the summit of Drake Peak is a popular excursion from the lookout.

At night the lookout is an ideal setting for stargazing, as constellations and planets put on a dazzling display.

Facilities:

The small, 14 x 14-foot lookout is designed to accommodate up to four people and is furnished with folding cots, a table and chairs, a wood stove for heat and limited counter space for food preparation. A picnic table is located outdoors, as is a vault toilet.

There is no water on site, so guests must bring sufficient supplies for drinking, cooking and washing. Guests may fill water jugs at Mud Creek Campground approximately 6 miles away. Guests must also provide their own sleeping bags, sleeping pads, towels, dish soap, matches, cooking gear, first aid kit, toilet paper, firewood and garbage bags.

Although lighting is available, it is recommended that guests bring an additional light source in case of emergencies. The Forest Service does not provide firewood for this facility.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Cot(s)
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Stargazing
  • Table and Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • No water available at this site
  • Entry to the cabin is by combination lock; the lock combination will be provided in your reservation confirmation letter or you can also stop by or phone the Lakeview Ranger District Office at (541) 947-3334 to receive the lock combination; office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; office is located about 2 miles north of Lakeview on Highway 395
  • Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit
  • Pets are welcome at this facility
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • The cabin is a non-smoking facility
  • Off-road vehicles allowed on designated trails only
  • Learn more about the Fremont-Winema National Forest.


  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.31417, -120.15556
42°18'51"N, 120°9'20"W

From the Lakeview Ranger District Office, travel 2.5 miles north on Highway 395, and turn right on Highway 140. Take Highway 140 east for 8 miles, then turn left on Forest Road 3615. Continue on Forest Road 3615 for 7.5 miles and turn right on Forest Road 019. Follow Forest Road 019 for 5 miles to the lookout.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

DRAKE PEAK LOOKOUT
18049 HWY 395
LAKEVIEW  OR  97630

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)947-3334
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