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ONION MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT, OR
part ofRogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sat May 16 2015 Season Dates
OverviewTHIS FACILITY IS CLOSED TO RESERVATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Onion Mountain lookout sits atop a 12-foot tower at an elevation of 4,438 feet, offering guests expansive mountain views in southwestern Oregon.
The original Onion Mountain Lookout was a raised platform, built on top of a tower in 1916. In 1924, a second lookout without a tower was built on site. The current structure was placed on site in 1952 and served as a fire lookout and Aircraft Warning Service observation station.
The lookout offers a unique lodging experience in the Rouge River-Siskiyou National Forest, but visitors are required to bring a few of their own supplies to enjoy a safe and comfortable stay.
On a clear day, Onion Mountain offers panoramic views of layered mountainous terrain and forest stretching out in all directions.
Hiking, mountain biking, stargazing and wildlife viewing are popular among guests to this lookout.
The cabin offers a 14 x 14 foot room with large windows on all sides. It is designed for one or two people, and is furnished with a bed with a mattress, a table and chairs. Amenities include a propane cooking stove, refrigerator, and lanterns. There is no propane heater.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Entry to the lookout is by a key. Please call the Wild Rivers Ranger District office at 541-471-6500, four days prior to arrival to arrange pick up and drop off of the key. The office is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is closed on weekends and holidays. It is located at the Grants Pass Interagency Office, 2164 NE Spalding Avenue in Grants Pass, Oregon 97526.
From Grants Pass travel Highway 199 south to Riverbanks Road (milepost 7-just past the Applegate River) and turn right. Proceed on Riverbanks Road, 5.5 miles to Shan Creek Road and turn left. Travel 8 miles on this gravel road to Forest Service Road 2509 and turn right. Proceed 0.75 miles to the Onion Mountain gate.
Note: Onion Mountain Lookout is accessible by car, but the last 8.75 miles are on graveled Forest Service roads.
Mailing Address:ONION MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT
2164 NE Spalding AvenueROAD
GRANTS PASS OR 97526
Phone Number:Information: (541)471-6500