Located one hour south of Silver Lake, Oregon, Hager Mountain Lookout sits at an elevation of 7,195 feet, boasting panoramic views all the way to Mount Hood and Mount Shasta on clear days. It is still staffed for fire detection annually during the fire season and is open for guests to stay in the winter and early spring. The site is available to rent from November 15 to May 15, offering secluded accommodations for guests seeking a quite winter vacation. The remainder of the year it is staffed by Forest Service personnel.
This rugged, cold-weather destination awaits hardy outdoor adventurers as it is only accessible by foot, snowshoes or cross-country skis. Skiing or snowshoeing can take from a couple of hours to half a day, depending on weather conditions and one's physical endurance, as it’s about a four mile hike. Foot travel into remote locations in the winter requires experience and advance preparation.
Hager Mountain Lookout is a 14' x 14' room that can accommodate up to four people. It is furnished with a bed (plus mattress) and three folding cots, table and chairs, propane stove, heater and refrigerator. Limited cookware is available. Outside guests will find a picnic table and vault toilet. There is no water on-site, so guests must bring sufficient water and supplies for drinking, cooking and washing.
Guests can take advantage of outstanding winter recreation opportunities including snowshoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, and stargazing. The remote mountain top location makes it conducive to observing wildlife during the day and viewing dazzling constellations in the starry night sky.
- Availability: Drake Peak Lookout is available for rent November 15 through May 15.
- Price and Capacity: $40 per night, per group, with a maximum of four occupants (a maximum of two adults is recommended). Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the lookout.
- Reservations: Online at: www.recreation.gov or by telephone at 877-444-6777.
The lookout was built in 1954, and the deck was added in 1954.
At a Glance
||(Silver Lake Ranger District)
||Silver Lake, OR
||Silver Lake Ranger District
From Silver Lake, drive to County Road 4-12. Travel south on County Road 4-12, which turns into Forest Service Road 28. Continue south to mile post 9. The car pull off is on the left. Walk, ski or snowshoe 4 miles to the National Recreation Trail to get to Hager Lookout.During the summer, a four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary to drive to the top of Hager Mountain. In the winter, please check with the Silver Lake Ranger District for Sno-Park conditions at Pole Butte, and to determine the best method of access prior to departure. The lookout is accessed by trail (2.1 miles in summer, 4 miles in winter) via cross country skis or snowshoes. The rental season begins and ends during periods when snow levels fluctuate, making walking or driving access questionable. The Forest Service does not allow the public to drive up to the lookout unless given prior permission.
Pets are welcome
Horse tie racks
There is an additional space for tent camping, but the ground is very rocky
Skiing or snowshoeing can take from a couple of hours to half a day, depending on weather conditions and one’s physical endurance. Travel into remote locations in the winter requires experience and advance preparation. When making plans to visit Hager Mountain, be sure to take the following precautions: Notify someone of your plans, including departure and return times; carry extra waterproofed clothing; bring a compass and topographic map; bring extra food, and be sure to notify your contact person upon your return home.