Fairview Peak Lookout

  

Fairview Peak Lookout Rental"Fairview" is something of a misnomer, as the 53-foot tall Fairview Peak Lookout Tower sports an awe-inspiring 360 degree view with a vista unlike any west of the Cascade Range. On a clear day, visitors can see north to Mount Hood, south to Crater Lake and Mt. McLaughlin, and east to many prominent peaks in the Cascade Range.

The 15' x 15' one-room cabin is furnished with a futon, and a table with chairs, and is equipped with a propane heater, cook stove and oven, and small refrigerator (no cooking utensils are provided). Near the tower is a fire ring, as well as a vault toilet. There is no water on site; visitors must bring plenty for drinking, cooking, and washing.

  • Availability: Fairview Peak Lookout is available for rent from mid-June or early July through mid-October. The lookout is in snow country and access is limited. The lookout is typically unavailable during peak fire season, usually the months of August and September. 
  • 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: Reservations must be made at least two days in advance. The maximum-length stay is three consecutive nights. Phone 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov

History

The Fairview Peak site was historically occupied as a fire lookout since the 1920s. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the tower was used as an Air Force "gap filler" radar station. Having a range of around sixty-five miles, these radars were placed in areas where it was thought enemy aircraft could fly low to avoid detection by the lower-range radars of the permanent and mobile radar networks. Gap-filler radar deployment peaked in December 1960 at 131 sites throughout the continental United States. Because the introduction of gap-filler radars alleviated the need for civilians to scan the skies for enemy bombers, the ADC disestablished the Ground Observance Corps on January 31, 1959. The tower continued as a gap-filler radar station until 1964. Today, Fairview Peak is host to private radio towers and Fairview Peak Lookout.

While aerial surveillance has replaced the need for continual summer lookout staffing, the lookout tower is often staffed during high fire danger, frequently during the months of August and September. Fairview Peak is located within the Slide Patented Mining Claim and is private property. However, the side of the mountain summit where the lookout tower is located is Forest Service property.

General Information

Directions:

From Oregon Interstate 5, take Cottage Grove Exit #174, Row River Road #2400. Continue east 19 miles to Brice Creek Road #2470. Keep right and continue on Brice Creek Road for 12 miles to Noonday Road #2212. Turn right on Road #2212 and travel 8.8 miles to Champion Saddle. At Champion Saddle, stay to your left, traveling on Sharps Creek Road #2460 for 1.1 miles to Fairview Lookout Road, #2460-773. Turn right on this road and follow for 1.2 miles to the end. The last mile of road access is steep, rocky, and rough; high-clearance vehicles are strongly recommended.


General Notes:
  • No pets allowed
  • No smoking
  • This site is not recommended for families with small children. The high tower stairway, catwalk access, and potential for inclement weather pose significant risks. 

Amenities

  • Vault toilet
  • Fire pit
  • Propane heat
  • Cook stove/oven
  • Refrigerator
  • There is additional room for tent camping, but the area is rocky

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Day Hiking

  • Bohemia Mountain Trail #1440 is located at the junction of road 2460 and Fairview Road spur 773.
  • This trail will take hikers to the tallest mountain on the district.
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
43.585829
  Longitude : 
-122.6513
  Elevation : 
5,500 feet