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Attention: Indian Ridge Lookout has been opened early due to low snow levels. Higher clearance vehicles are recommended due to some erosion on the access road and/or the presence of rocks or other debris.
INDIAN RIDGE LOOKOUT, OR
part ofWillamette National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 25 2015 Season Dates
OverviewThe Indian Ridge Lookout sits at an elevation of 5,405 feet in the Willamette National Forest. Indian Ridge was named for the old Indian hunting trail that runs along the summit.
Built in 1958, the lookout was used for firefighting by Forest Service personnel until 1973. The lookout is still staffed occasionally during emergencies.
The lookout is accessible by car, although the access road is rocky. Guests must be prepared to climb steep, narrow steps up the 30-foot tower to access the lookout's cabin. The accommodations are primitive, so guests should be prepared to pack in most of their own supplies and gear.
Views from the lookout include the Three Sisters, which are close and prominent to the northeast, along with views of the Cascade Crest both north and south. The Sand Mountain and Carpenter Mountain Lookouts are visible with binoculars. Hidden Lake is visible below the northern edge of mountaintop.
From the lookout's perch above the tree line and far away from city lights, guests can enjoy spectacular night skies and star gazing.
The 16x16-ft. cabin sleeps 4 and is equipped with 2 twin beds with foam mattresses, a table with chairs, broom, mop and storage shelves. An outhouse with vault toilet is located 50 feet from the lookout.
The Dee Wright Observatory is within easy driving distance. It is located at the summit of McKenzie Pass on McKenzie Highway, State Route 242. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the observatory from lava rock during the Great Depression.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Highway 126, travel south on Forest Service Road (FSR) 19 (Aufderheide Scenic Byway) to FSR 1980. Turn east on to FSR 1980 and travel to FSR 1980-247. Follow to the top where the road ends at the lookout.
From Highway 58, turn at the Westfir junction, traveling north through Westfir (this road becomes FSR 19 or Aufderheide Scenic Byway) to FSR 1980. Turn east on to FSR 1980 and travel to Road 1980-247. Follow to the top where the road ends at the lookout.
Mailing Address:INDIAN RIDGE LOOKOUT
57600 McKenzie Highway
MCKENZIE BRIDGE OR 97413
Phone Number:Information: (541)822-3381