Activities and Amenities
FLAG POINT LOOKOUT, OR
part ofMt Hood National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun May 31 2015 Season Dates
OverviewFlag Point Lookout offers spectacular views of Oregon's Mt. Hood to the west, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Ranier to the north, and Mt. Jefferson and the Three Sisters to the south. It also provides access to a variety of winter sports, including snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
The lookout can only be accessed by skiing or snowshoeing about 11 miles from a parking area at the Billy Bob Sno-Park. A permit is required to park and the trek takes approximately eight hours. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The tower sits on Flag Point Butte, a 5,650-foot hillside covered with pine and fir tree forests. It was built in 1924, but renovation and reconstruction took place in 1932, 1955 and in 1973.
The surrounding area is popular among winter sports enthusiasts, as it offers access to miles of great cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The area is also popular for horseback riding and hiking in warmer weather.
The cabin is atop a 60-foot tower and is surrounded by a wooden catwalk. The 14-by-14 room is furnished with a small bed, a wood stove for heating and a table and chairs. It has a propane cook stove and solar-powered lights. There is no water on-site.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Dufur, Oregon, travel west on Valley Road for about 18 miles to the junction of Forest Service Roads 44 and 4430, at Billy Bob Sno-Park (the road may be plowed to the Sno-Park). Turn left and follow the road to Forest Service Road 2730 and continue to the spur road 200. Follow the spur road to its end. The route is approximately 11 miles and is marked with orange and blue diamond-shaped blazers. This route is not plowed, signed or patrolled.
Forest Service Roads 44 and 4430 are closed from the junction of Forest Service Roads 44/4430 to Highway 35, from Dec. 15 through March 15, prohibiting motorized vehicles over 48 inches wide without a permit. A Northwest Forest Pass is required park at the Sno-Park. Maps are available online or for purchase by calling the Barlow Ranger District.
Mailing Address:FLAG POINT LOOKOUT
RD 2730 TO SPUR RD 200
DUFUR OR 97021
Phone Number:Information: (541)467-2291