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 R.D.

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 are close and prominent to the northeast, along with accompanying views of the Cascade Crest both north and south. Sand Mountain and Carpenter Mountain Lookouts are visible with binoculars.

If the rental is occupied, a barrier will stop vehicles below the final approach. A trail takes off on the left through alpine trees and beargrass, however, and hikers may then explore the mountaintop.

  • To rent this lookout, see "Fees" information below.
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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: 7/7 (depending on snow)
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


Approximately 65 miles SE of Eugene, OR on FS Road 1980-247

From Hwy 58, proceed down FS Road 19 and turn east on FS Road 1980. Then proceed to FS Road 1980-247.
From State Hwy 126, proceed down FS Road 19 and turn west on FS Road 1980. Then proceed to FS Road 1980-247.

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.

Close to:

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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