Carpenter Mountain Lookout


Elevation: 5349 ft.
Built: 1934, renovated 1995
Trail: 1.0, moderate
Staffing: Currently staffed by McKenzie R.D.

This lookout, situated atop a basalt plug, offers an impressive view of the McKenzie River Valley, Wolf Rock (an exposed monolith), the Cascade Crest, Mt. Jefferson & Three Fingered Jack, the Three Sisters, and Mt. Washington. Sand Mountain and Iron Mountain lookouts are both visible.

The site is fenced for safety, and boundaries must be respected. With the increasing importance of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the McKenzie River Ranger District, the lookout has been rehabilitated and is once again staffed during fire season (not available for public rental).

The hike is short with impressive rock formations and an extreme location. It never fails to awe visitors and offers a one-of-a-kind experience. The wet meadows on the south slope nurture interesting flowers and berries.

At a Glance

Fees No Fee
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District



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