Flag Point Lookout

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Flag Point LookoutStrap chains to the truck tires, drive half way up the eastern slope of Mount Hood, heft on a backpack full of gear, dry clothes, food and maps, and ski eleven miles through the forest. Ready for a rest? A single bed awaits, sixty feet up the lookout tower. If this sounds like fun, then Flag Point Lookout is the destination for you!

The cabin is atop a 60 foot tower and is surrounded by a wooden catwalk. The 14 x 14 foot room is furnished with a small, single bed, a wood stove for heating, and a table and chair, and is equipped with a propane cook stove and a solar lighting system. There is no water on site; visitors must bring plenty for drinking, cooking and washing. An outhouse is located near by, as well as a shed stocked with firewood. A rope and pulley system is available to transport gear, as well as firewood, up and down the tower with ease. The lookout is surrounded by Badger Creek Wilderness.

  • Availability: Flag Point Lookout is a winter rental, available November 1 through May 31.
  • Price and Capacity: $50 per night per group, with a maximum of four occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the lookout.
  • Reservations: The maximum length stay is seven consecutive nights. Phone 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov


Flag Point Lookout sits at the 5,650 foot elevation on Flag Point Butte. The original lookout was built ca. 1924. It was a 6 foot x 6 foot observation cabin on a 40 foot timber pole tower and the observer used a tent camp. In 1932 the Forest Service built a standard L-4 style lookout on a 30 foot pole frame tower to replace the earlier structure. Some reconstruction occurred in 1955. The present lookout is a 15 x 15 foot R-6 Flat Top Style built in 1973. The lookout still serves as a summer home for a Forest Service fire lookout person, who plays a key role in the detection of fires on the Barlow Ranger District and adjoining lands.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/17/2016: 200 spur roadĀ free of snow until milepost 2
Reservations: The maximum length stay is seven consecutive nights. Phone 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov.
Open Season: Nov. 1
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Dufur, OR
Information Center: Barlow Ranger District

General Information


Head west out of Dufur on Valley Road about 18 miles to the junction of FSR 44 and 4430 at Billy Bob Sno-Park (the road may be plowed to the Sno-Park). Follow FSR 44 to the junction of FSR 4420 road, turn left and follow to 2730. Follow FSR 2730 to spur road 200 and follow this to the end. This is about an eleven (11) mile route one way, and is marked with orange and blue diamond shaped blazers. There is a second route into Flag Point. This route takes you through Friend and puts you on FSR 2730, which leads to the 2730-200 spur. If you are at the Forest Boundary on the 2730, it would be about 10 miles or less to the lookout. This route is not plowed, signed or patrolled.

General Notes:
  • No smoking
  • No pets allowed
  • There  is an additional space for tent camping
  • FS Road 44 & 4430 will be closed to vehicles over 48" wide from Dec. 15th through March 15th. When road is not accessible to lookout you will be able to park at Billy Bob Sno-Park. A Recreation Pass is required.


  • Outhouse
  • Wood stove
  • Propane stove
  • Solar lighting


Be prepared for extreme weather conditions. Visitors should be experienced in back country travel and survival skills. The height of the cabin and the open catwalk pose serious risks for children and pets. The steps and catwalk can become quite slippery due to rain, snow and ice, and the tower may sway in strong winds.

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