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GREEN RIDGE LOOKOUT, OR

part ofDeschutes National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: GREEN RIDGE LOOKOUT
Status: Closed through Fri May 16 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Green Ridge Lookout is perched on a ridge more than 2,000 feet above the Metolius River. It offers guests a unique lodging experience in Deschutes National Forest. The lookout, a 20-foot tall fire lookout with unmatched views of Mt. Jefferson and the Metolius River basin, was built in the 1960s.

Green Ridge Lookout is available for rent early May - June and mid September - mid November. During the summer months, the lookout is staffed with Forest Service volunteers who help with forest fire detection.

Natural Features:

Guests to Green Ridge Lookout are treated to views of snow-capped mountain peaks and dense forests of Douglas-fir, cedar and Ponderosa pine that stretch out to the horizon. Mount Jefferson, the most prominent peak in view, is a stratovolcano that reaches an elevation of 10,497 feet, the second highest mountain in Oregon.

In addition to stunning vistas, Green Ridge Lookout overlooks Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery, offering birders opportunities to observe eagles feeding on resident fish. Osprey also frequent the area.

The scenic Metolius River flows through the basin beneath the tower lookout. The headwaters of the river are at Metolius Springs at the base of nearby Black Butte, a 3,076 ft. cinder cone. The clear, cold river flows north from the springs through diverse coniferous forest and a landscape of volcanic activity.

Recreation:

Fishing and hiking top the list of recreational activities in the area. For anglers, the Metolius River offers a stunning setting for fly-fishing. Its clear, cold waters support rainbow trout, whitefish, bull trout and kokanee salmon.

For day hikers and backpackers, the area offers a wide variety of scenic terrain, ranging from riverside trails to routes through subalpine forests. Several pleasant day hikes are found along the Metolius River and to the top of Black Butte.

Lake Billy Chinook, approximately ten miles away, offers boating and fishing opportunities.

Facilities:

The lookout sits on a two-story tower hugging the side of Green Ridge. From the parking area, there is a short boardwalk to the lower 20x20-ft. wooden deck. A one story flight of steps leads to the catwalk of the upper deck surrounding the cabin.

The one-room cabin is furnished with a futon, a table and two chairs. It is also equipped with a propane refrigerator, an overhead light, a propane wall heater, a three-burner propane stove and oven and basic cooking utensils.

Guests must bring several of their own amenities, including food, water, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, towels, dish soap, matches, toilet paper and garbage bags. There is no water available at the site. Guests must bring water for drinking, cooking and washing. Although lighting is available, bringing an additional light source is recommended.

Nearby Attractions:

Lava Lands Visitor Center in Bend, Oregon, and the unique geological landscape of Newberry National Volcanic Monument draw visitors to the region.

Visitors may also enjoy traveling the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, known as Oregon's Highway in the Sky. The 66-mile drive through the Cascade Mountain range weaves through snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes, highlighting the beauty of central Oregon.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Biking
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lights
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Propane Refrigerator
  • Propane Stove
  • Restroom
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Table and Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
Know Before You Go
  • Please be aware that Green Ridge Lookout is a remote location and Forest Service personnel may not always be available for assistance, especially after hours and on weekends
  • Maximum of four persons allowed in lookout, but there is only one futon available
  • Cell phone service us unreliable
  • Keep the building and grounds clean to deter squirrel, mice, rats, bears and other wildlife from area
  • Pets are allowed outside only
  • Pack out all food and garbage
  • Doors and windows should be locked and all personal items removed upon departure
  • The lookout is a non-smoking facility
  • Learn more about Deschutes National Forest

    Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.53389, -121.60861
44°32'2"N, 121°36'31"W

Entry to the lookout is by combination lock. Please call the Sisters Ranger District at (541) 549-7700 one week in advance to get the gate combination.

From Sisters, travel 5.5 miles west on U.S. Highway 20 to Forest Road 11 at Indian Ford Campground. Turn right on Forest Road 11 and travel approximately 10 miles to the end of pavement at the junction with Forest Road 1150. Take the left fork of Forest Road 1150, to the junction with Forest Road 1154. Turn left on Forest Road 1154 and continue to Forest Road 1140. Turn left on Forest Road 1140 and continue to spur road 600. Take a very sharp right on spur road 600, and travel approximately 0.5 miles on the spur road to the parking area for Green Ridge Lookout.

Early and late season travel may require high clearance four-wheel drive vehicles. If snow blocks access to the facility during the early season, opening may be delayed. In the event of a delayed opening, reservations will be canceled and money refunded.

Please contact the Ranger District at (541) 549-7700 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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GREEN RIDGE LOOKOUT
P.O. Box 249
Sisters OR 97759

Phone Number:

Information: (541) 549-7700
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