Lookout Below – Warner Mountain

We spent the past weekend enjoying life from one of Oregon’s awesome Forest Service fire lookouts, Warner Mountain.

Fire lookouts are pretty neat, they’ve become one of my favorite ways to glamp over the past year. Warner Mountain (or Warner Ridge, as the sign at the gate says) is located SE of Oakridge, Oregon. It was built in the eighties, though its unique cupola feature earned it a place on the National Historic Register. Pretty neat, huh? It’s a bit fancier than the others we’ve stayed in, with double pane windows and carpet (gross). There’s also a sink basin with a drain which is amazingly awesome.

Warner Mountain is one that is only rentable during the winter months and typically requires those inhabiting it to hike in up to 10 miles. We were fortunate that the April heat in tandem with our Tacoma allowed us to get within 3 miles before hiking in. We enjoyed our time there and were supremely fortunate that the fog lifted and we were treated to astounding views of the surrounding Cascade Mountains. Sunset was beyond words.

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Rye in the mountains is an absolute must.

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Diamond Peak finally made an appearance around sunset.

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Woo, self-timer!

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I’m already looking forward to our next lookout adventure later this month.

 

Until next time,

Dretta

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