Indian Ridge Lookout


Looking up at  Indian Ridge Lookout from below.

Elevation: 5405 ft.
Built: 1958,flat-roof tower w/cab
Trail: from gate, 1/4 mile, easy
Staffing: not currently staffed by McKenzie River Ranger District

Indian Ridge is a flat-topped tower maintained as a rental structure. Several other outbuildings and radio installations are located near the tower. The mountaintop itself, however, is lovely with open beargrass and huckleberries. Several rocky outcroppings are covered by wildflowers and mossy vegetation, depending on the season.

From the northern edge of the meadow, Hidden Lake is visible below. The Three Sisters peaks are close and prominent to the northeast, along with accompanying views of the Cascade Crest both north and south. Sand Mountain Lookout and Carpenter Mountain Lookout are visible with binoculars.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Check in at 2:00 p.m.
  • Check out at 1:00 p.m.
  • Day visitors - please respect the privacy of rental occupants.
  • Visit for reservations.
  • 2 night minimum stay.
  • Reservations may be made for up to three (3) consecutive nights per year.
Open Season: May 22, 2015
Usage: Heavy
  • 4 people maximum
  • No liquid gas appliances.
Water: There is no water at the lookout so you must bring in whatever you think you will need for the durat
Restroom: An outhouse is located 50 feet from the lookout.
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District

General Information

  • From Blue River, OR, travel 4 miles east on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Road (Forest Service Road 19).
  • Continue south on Aufderheide Drive, taking a right at the Y and climbing to the top of Cougar Reservoir.  
  • Continue south on Aufderheide Drive past Cougar Reservoir 7 miles to Forest Road 1980 (Just before Hard Rock Group Campsite).  
  • Turn right on Forest Road 1980, winding up Indian Ridge to Forest Road 247.  
  • Turn right on Forest Road 247, circling around the base of Indian Ridge Lookout to a gate.  Past the gate at the summit of Indian Ridge is Indian Ridge Lookout.

General Notes:

Area Attractions

Indian Ridge Lookout is located in the South Fork of the McKenzie River drainage. Cougar Reservoir, the West Cascades National Scenic Byway, Hidden Lake, and the Three Sisters Wilderness are all in the vicinity.

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Rental Information

FURNISHINGS: Two twin beds, table, chairs, shelves for storage. No heat source, so you may wish to bring some sort of propane heater.

BRING: Bedding or sleeping bags are needed. Cooking equipment, utensils, etc. Propane lanterns or flashlights and extra batteries. (Propane stoves and lanterns are recommended since they create less fumes than liquid gas appliances). There is no water at the lookout so you must bring in whatever you think you will need for the duration of your stay.

HEAT: Indian Ridge Lookout has NO heat.

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