Privacy Policy, Terms of Use & Accessibility. From his tower, Allen could see the lookout where his dad had gotten his start, Bull of the Woods; turning toward the south, he could look back at where his story with lookouts had started, Sand Mountain. The more the feeling settles in, it lets you feel that feeling of real solitude, Allen said. Suddenly, those plans were on hold as the Bull Complex Fire grew, moving closer to the lookout tower. Working in cooperation with the Forest Service, the Sand Mountain Geologic Special Interest Area was formed. VIII. A , ISBN-10 Just dont expect luxury. Shipping cost, delivery date, and order total (including tax) shown at checkout. This is useful to get to (added 3/2009), 5. Burning embers rained down on the lookouts uncovered roof. Ready to hit the road? She is a librarian, hiker, photographer, history buff, lookout enthusiast, and author. temporary sites with no structure ever built.

Visitors bring their own water, bedding, cookware, stove and lantern.

Sierra Peak, a lookout site on the Orange and Riverside County lines was added in Feb., 2015.

"Fixed Point Fire Detection", Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Nov. 1986, by Mark V. Thornton. Unable to add item to List. Since I have listed Caliente I have decided to add Mount In early autumn, I ventured over to the less frequented north side of Mt. By the 1980s, many lookouts had been abandoned. If you want to stay a night in one of these guys, you'll need to book it fast at the first moment the six-month reservation window opens. They ripped out the old roof, and installed a temporary one. When he was 21, Allen got his first job as a lookout, stationed at Coffin Mountain Lookout in the Willamette National Forest. I have visited many lookouts, but

16. Of the many hundreds of lookouts built in Oregon over the past 100 years, less than 175 remain, and only about half of these are still manned. Guardians on the Mountaintops by John Robinson and Bruce Risher, from the Branding Iron, Summer 1991. After his junior year, he moved to the Vinegar Hill Lookout in the Malheur National Forest. which is in the Los Padres Forest in Ventura County. Hunter Point Lookout, another lookout that was overlooked, was added to The photographs in this book come from the collections of the US Forest Service, the National Archives, other organizations, and private collections. I expected it to at least have some useful information on how to locate the fire lookouts it covers.

4. building during the war. Top subscription boxes right to your door, 1996-2022,, Inc. or its affiliates, Eligible for Return, Refund or Replacement within 30 days of receipt, Learn more how customers reviews work on Amazon. Signs were ripped out and road barriers winched aside, Allen recalls. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club thats right for you for free. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. When aircraft and cameras became more cost-effective and efficient methods of fire detection, many old lookouts were abandoned or removed. I have added Grapevine Peak in Kern County. I always thought of the Bull of the Woods Lookout as legendary, Allen said. Returning to Opal Creek after the Beachie Creek Fire. , ISBN-13 In winter its a 3-mile trip to the lookout on skis, snowshoes or a snowmobile from Billy Bob Sno Park. Their list of successful projects grew slowly and steadily. Ms. Hill has a passion for this subject and it shines through on each page. Little Mountain, a lookout site in San Bernardino County was added. Some people might find that scary. Dates open for rental: year-round (Photo by Isaac L. Koval), BOLAN MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT: The multicolored peaks of the Siskiyou Mountains take center stage at this remote lookout southeast of Cave Junction. Please try again. But in June, an Oregon Field Guide crew was able to hike into the area and document whats left after the fire. Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2016. They reached out to Sand Mountain Society and reassured them that the Bull of the Woods Lookout was on that list. The packer might be the only person you saw that summer, Allen said. Dates open for rental: November 15 to May 15 (Photo by David Inscho), INDIAN RIDGE LOOKOUT: This lookout sits 40 feet above ground and provides up-close-and-personal views of the Three Sisters from the McKenzie Pass area east of Eugene. abandoned sites), Forest Fire Lookouts in Eastern Oregon, Table #3 with Location and Township data, Forest Fire Lookouts in Eastern Oregon, Table #4 with Location and Benchmark data, Google Earth file for Eastern Oregon Fire Lookouts, The Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. is available now and can be read on any device with the free Kindle app. The problem is that most of us dont have months to devote to searching the forest for puffs of smoke, and anyway, the job is gradually being taken over by cameras. It may have been used for fire spotting as well. to replace the nearby Hayden Hill L.O. Location: Umpqua National Forest Availability: August to November Cost: $40/night, Location: Fremont-Winema National Forest Availability: June to OctoberCost: $40/night, Location: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Availability: May to October Cost: $35/night, Location: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Availability: July to October Cost: $40/night, Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service, Location: Mt. The drive is rough but open to passenger cars. All rights reserved (About Us). During their final year, the 1967 Big Lake Airstrip Fire threatened the lookout, forcing Allen, his mother and baby sister to be airlifted out, while his father stayed on duty. Sorry, there was a problem loading this page. Lady Fire Spotter by Beverly Walter, from Desert Magazine, September, 1959. Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lane Counties. (added 3/2009). One of the older topo maps refers to this as a Lookout. Topatopa Lookout Tedoc Mountain, a lookout site in Tehama County, California was deleted from the list. 17. This is a cabin that dates from 1934 and is now a rental in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. In table #2 a column was added to show the National Historic Lookout Register number. The lookout is carpeted, with propane-powered fireplace, stove and lights. They painted the exterior to seal it from the weather, and battened down the lookout for the winter. By Labor Day weekend, the smoke engulfed the lookout. This item can be returned in its original condition for a full refund or replacement within 30 days of receipt. Fire crews wrapped the buildings and bridges at Bagby Hot Springs, Hawk Mountain Lookout Cabin and the Gold Butte Lookout, which the Sand Mountain Society had restored. : She tells about my Grandmother, Iva Kilpatrick, shooting an 8ft cougar in the heart, while stationed at the Logger Butte look out. And if they do give us the ok, weve got the tools and volunteers ready to bring it back.. However, the new restriction was not warmly welcomed. The Gold Butte Lookout was wrapped in fire-resistant material during the Bull Complex Fire. This is an abandoned lookout built by the Southern On the last day of August, a helicopter flew to the site, where a rappelling fire crew cleared trees and brush around the lookout. We dont share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we dont sell your information to others. 12. (added 9/2009). The lookouts were the first-line defense for spotting and reporting forest fires. In 2005, Allen and his father hiked back to the Bull. There is no : Allens father had worked at The Bull of the Woods Lookout when he was a young man.

can load into your GPS receiver using the free program EasyGPS. A mission was set up to fly a crew to the lookout on Aug. 14, but called off due to conditions. The lists Hed lived there when his dad worked as a lookout, and he had helped rebuild the tower 30 years ago after it had been destroyed by fire. They didnt need to say a word, and watched the smoke in silence. Specifically, to the Cloud Cap Inn and Tilly Jane historic areas. Fillmore, a lookout site was added. I have not visited this site. East Zigzag Lookout being burned by a Forest Service ranger in 1965. When Allen reached the age that his father had started his lookout career, his dad took him to see the Bull. (Pictured: Bolan Mountain Lookout by Zach Urness), GOLD BUTTE LOOKOUT: Every Cascade peak from Mt. Did you know you could stay in a fire lookout? No hike is required. On the evening of Sept. 2, Allen and his father watched a bank of smoke rising from the flank of Mount Hood. Lookouts in Colorado, great map showing location: Colorado Fire Lookouts, Lookouts in North Carolina: North Carolina Lookouts, Fire Lookouts Down Under (Australia): If you have some flexibility you might get lucky and squeeze your way in, but all the effort will be well worth it. There are 506 lookouts on this list and some older GPS units only We have a lot of ideas for you. Yet this fantasy can still be lived out by renting one of the historic fire lookouts the U.S. Forest Service opens to the public during select months. But Im kind of a dreamer. Thats not even the biggest obstacle. 10. , Dimensions _________________________________________________________________________________________, Forest Fire Lookouts in Montana, Table #1 with Location and Township data, Forest Fire Lookouts in Montana, Table #2 with Location and Benchmark data, The above tables are not complete and only include lookouts I have visited._________________________________________________________________________________________, Forest Fire Lookouts in Idaho, Table #1 with Location and Township data, Forest Fire Lookouts in Idaho, Table #2 with Location and Benchmark data. Hood and nearby recreation opportunities make this lookout worth visiting, but what makes it unique is that its open during both the winter and summer months.

He had lined up a series of summer projects for the Sand Mountain Society volunteers, culminating with a big work session over Labor Day weekend. away. be something still there. Forest Fire Lookouts in Arizona, Table #1 with Location and Township data, Forest Fire Lookouts in Arizona, Table #2 with Location and Benchmark data, The Arizona lists contain all lookouts in the state, both active and abandoned. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. . 3rd Ed., by Ray Kresek. above southwest tables include Lookouts in Coos, Curry, Douglas, It is listed as a rock structure so there may Sand Mountain needed its lookout tower back. The plan was to dispatch small crews to wrap the structures in fire-resistant material and to clear away the perimeter of trees and brush. The Truth in My Lies (Secrets of Suburbia), Sweet Like a Psycho (Secrets of Suburbia), Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, No Import Fees Deposit & $14.38 Shipping to Brazil. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (User Agreement updated 1/1/21. Johnson of Berkeley, California for providing the Thornton list and After all, when the Sand Mountain Lookout burned to the ground, from the ashes rose the Sand Mountain Society. Try again. listing was removed since Delilah BM is back on the ridge some distance

Lookout sites were found by examining Forest Service maps and Fire Lookouts - A Legacy, A concise one-page history of fire lookouts and their current status. Post Creek Guard Station in Tehama County, California was added to the list.

changed to a site since the structure burned in the 2006 Day Fire. Hood National Forest Availability: November to May Cost: $50/night, Location: Fremont-Winema National Forest Availability: June to November Cost: $40/night, Location: Malheur National Forest Availability: May to November Cost: $40/night, Location: Mt. Mt. He made it sound like such a great adventure to be way up in a lookout on top of a mountain ridge, all alone in the middle of the wilderness.. A lifelong history buff, she is the author of Arcadia Publishing's Mount Hood National Forest and works as a librarian in the Portland area. He is devastated by the loss, but not deterred. Built in 1942, it was one of the oldest and most iconic historic lookout towers in the Northwest, and one of the very last. The Art of Mountain Watching by Kevin Grange, National Parks Magazine, Fall, 2009. He was stationed at Bull of the Woods Lookout. Theres a good chance youll leave wishing you could spend the entire season perched above the rest of the world. This is now in a developed area.

By the final week of August, the fire was within a half-mile of the lookout. The new designation prohibited off-road recreation. Publisher list was compared to one compiled by Mark Thornton in the 1980's. They found a match in the Rogue River National Forest. Snag Hill Lookout in

Cheryl Hill's book on fire lookouts in Oregon is well researched and full of pictures. The stories he recounted of life in the wilderness captured the imagination of his son, Don Allen Jr. After graduating from high school in 1959, Allen Jr. followed his fathers footsteps and got his first job as a fire lookout. Allen continued exchanging texts with the lookout ranger stationed on Sand Mountain. From the wraparound porch atop 6,242-foot Bolan Mountain, you can view the bright-orange mountains of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, the silver-gray peaks of the Siskiyou Wilderness and the crimson mounds of Red Buttes Wilderness. Allen and the Sand Mountain Society, a volunteer nonprofit dedicated to preserving the last of the Northwests historic lookout towers, had been waiting to resume their restoration work on the lookout tower for more than 15 years and had finally gotten permission to return. 13. Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations. There is none. When the Sand Mountain Society volunteers arrived at Whisky Peak in 1989, the lookout had been vacant for about 15 years and was likely facing a decommission by fire. contain both current active lookouts and those abandoned or dismantled. Thorn Point changed to a condition B from a site since there is a This is a GPS file with all the lookouts in the above tables that you Zaca Peak, a lookout site in Santa Barbara County was added in Feb., 2015. Allens connection to fire lookout towers goes back three generations.

Lookouts have become so popular that getting a night requires making reservations exactly six months in advance on the The team mobilized the next day, but conditions were still deemed unsafe. Now, Allen Jr. was 80 years old, and the tower, 79. The family lived at the Sand Mountain Lookout for three summer seasons. , Language Watching the sun rise and set over a vast wilderness from your own personal kingdom is a bucket-list experience. Learn more. Mt. Note: Holder. Here we highlighta fewlookouts around the state including optionsappealing tofamilies, casual hikers and those seeking greater adventure. Jim Glaser sent me an article on Midway Peak lookout in San Luis Obispo The hassle is worthwhile, of course. Reference: 1. Her writing is engaging. The transplanted and restored lookout tower on Sand Mountain is considered a historic restoration tour de force. 5 stars definitely recommend if you have any interest in firefighting or lookouts. The drive south from John Day follows rough roads but is open to passenger cars. other information and many photos. After fire destroyed the Sand Mountain Lookout in 1968, dozens of square miles of formerly dense forest became an open playground for off-road recreation. the war years. 8. Hood National Forest Availability:Year-round Cost: $50/night, Location: Willamette National Forest Availability: June to October Cost: $65/night, Location: Deschutes National Forest Availability: May to June, September to November Cost: $40/night, Location: Fremont-Winema National Forest Availability: November to May Cost: $40/night, Location: Willamette National Forest Availability: July to October Cost: $55/night, Location: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Availability: May to November Cost: $50/night, Location: Umpqua National Forest Availability: Year-round Cost: $40/night, Location: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Availability: June to October Cost: $40/night, Location: Willamette National Forest Availability: April to November Cost: $65/night, Location: Willamette National Forest Availability: November to May Cost: $65/night. For Allen, it would feel like the undoing of his lifes work and the end of a family legacy.

Zach Urness is the outdoors editor at the Statesman Journal in Salem and the author of the book "Hiking Southern Oregon." On a high peak in the middle of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness area stood the Bull of the Woods Lookout.

Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. XVII. Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2016. providing two historic newspaper articles about this lookout. Allens father and the lookout had grown old together. Table #2 with Location and Benchmark data, Google Earth Map of California Fire Lookouts, Table #4 with Location and Benchmark data, Lookouts in Stanislaus National Forests in California, Maps of the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Since the spring, Allen had been preparing to return to the Bull of the Woods Lookout with his father and the Sand Mountain crew for a multiday work session over Labor Day weekend. Sign up to get important news and culture from around the Northwest, delivered to your inbox six days a week. The future of Sand Mountain was in its past, Allen concluded. Allen felt angry, but helpless to stop them. Fire Lookouts of Oregon (Images of America). Love this book, very interesting read. Dates open for rental: November 1 to May 15 (Photo by Tom Jeanne), HAGER MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT:A night at Southern Oregons Hager Mountain Lookout feels like a trip back in time. Hood to the Three Sisters is visible from this lookout, which was active during World War II as a station for spotting Japanese air attacks. In the process, they discovered what would become the Sand Mountain Society modus operandi: salvage vintage pieces from historic buildings slated for destruction and repurpose the materials to repair the handful of lookouts that had the chance of being saved for posterity. Red Mountain, a lookout site in the Tahoe National Forest on the Cisco I like to say my first time in a lookout was in the womb, Allen jokes. CAFireLookout.gpx Want to get away? If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. the tables. Happy Retirement Guest Book: Message Book, Keepsake Memory Book, Wishes For Family A Photographer's Guide to the Darkroom - Camera Series Vol. 3. So far only accept 500 waypoints. , Item Weight Information on Lookouts in Stanislaus National Forests in California: Information on San Diego County Lookouts: Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon.

With them was a string of pack mules hauling in building materials and a team of Sand Mountain Society volunteers carrying hand tools. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Just as his grandfather had told stories of his youthful years as a lookout, Allens father told stories of his time working in the Bull of the Woods Lookout, nicknamed the Bull for short. High-clearance vehicles are recommended, but passenger cars can make the trip. Excellent book. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Please try again. Acknowledgment: I received a note from Karen Isaacson Leverich about a possible Lookout on Mount Pinos go to Ryan Gilmore for providing information on this one. With the loss of the Bull of the Woods Lookout, six remain. tables manageable I am breaking up the state into sections.

Not only does it feature panoramic views that stretch across Eastern Oregons Strawberry Mountains, but it also has a futon bed, electricity, a stove and a refrigerator. This is a relatively new lookout built in 1994 Fire managers turned their efforts to wrapping other significant historic sites. the Hot Springs Mountain summit and Fire Lookout. tower that was mainly used for plane spotting in World War II, but may : The ranger on duty could see exactly what Allen feared: a plume of smoke broiling from the south flank of Mount Hood. 1:24,000 and 1:100,000 scale topographic maps. OPBs critical reporting and inspiring programs are made possible by the power of member support. (212 It was clear that favorable weather conditions and personnel availability were not going to align in time to send a crew to wrap the lookout tower. As the importance of fire prevention grew, a lookout construction boom resulted in hundreds of cabins and towers being built on Oregon's high points. [{"displayPrice":"$20.38","priceAmount":20.38,"currencySymbol":"$","integerValue":"20","decimalSeparator":".","fractionalValue":"38","symbolPosition":"left","hasSpace":false,"showFractionalPartIfEmpty":true,"offerListingId":"R9Y%2BAeT5dptnkDsx7npz9B8P%2B1thMeYU8LwB%2BvaCJ%2B8cFtOq1PkIE1B3hyHB0LO7OzF718vCrstzbpiTMDBY0i6RMGarTwwg1TTXkbEYTIJp29JWXgPt2fw6rYDOxdXkTQ9RSIXtVPScdd9YWxoipA%3D%3D","locale":"en-US","buyingOptionType":"NEW"},{"displayPrice":"$18.36","priceAmount":18.36,"currencySymbol":"$","integerValue":"18","decimalSeparator":".","fractionalValue":"36","symbolPosition":"left","hasSpace":false,"showFractionalPartIfEmpty":true,"offerListingId":"sSS7HKXjd7uLsN3w23a%2Fv7LwiZ4fDVAE9yNH7OqpCL8HxePczv5CSfWMyydX68NxXRb665cf22Gpu50%2FlkEUSUpR9uBnjtayGdY2uz3vOPtiIMBr3M5sUWnitCOr4saaGHhZPag%2F3PWkydcsSqulLc1KWvg5QE%2Fu2EwF2T6R4wAM7UqLkiaAHNMM4ULTeGdj","locale":"en-US","buyingOptionType":"USED"}]. Looks like the Bull is going to get it, he wrote. Raymond, Madera County; and Pilot Peak, The young man found that life at a lookout tower suited him. This had been done to the Bull of the Woods Lookout during the 2011 Motherload Fire. Highly recommended! The lookout has three bunks, offering more places to sleep than most lookouts. A Guide to the Dry Plate Process of Photography - Camera Series Vol.

dilapidated structure there. will be appreciated and acknowledged. Hood National Forest, 1956. Multiple attempts will likely be required, especially if youre seeking weekend dates. Don Allen with his mother and sister at Sand Mountain in 1966. Read this book and find out where! Prominence values in Table #2 are from either or 2022 Advance Local Media LLC. listing of Forest Fire Lookouts in are provided in tables. Added Red Hill in San Bernardino County, California. :

Hood National Forest once had more than 80 lookout towers. You may need to carry your gear up a steep trail or set of stairs. active and abandoned sites), There is a good list of standing fire lookouts in Oregon by Cheryl Hill: Oregon Fire Lookouts Thanks to Jim Glaser for

Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. The lookout survived the wildfire, only to be burned it down the following season by an accidental fire started by the lookouts stove. But if anyone was going to stay on site consistently, theyd need a shelter. The crew carefully pulled out 10 of the windows and strapped them onto pack mules to take back to the city for detailed restoration. There were few roads penetrating the forests, and supplies had to be hauled up to the lookouts by pack animals. It was a solitary life.. I don't know who authored this.

Many of the historic lookout towers were intentionally burned by the Forest Service. His grandfather had been one of the early Forest Service rangers of the 1920s and 30s dispatched to remote outposts to keep watch over the vast public forest reserves of the Northwest. In 1987, management plans for the Sand Mountain came up for review.