Drake Peak Lookout - Oregon

Fremont-Winema National Forests

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This rugged little hut hugs the wind-swept land beneath a vast sky. At an elevation of 8,222 feet above sea level, Drake Peak Lookout offers unparalleled views of three states: Oregon, California and Nevada. The lookout's centerpiece, an Osborne Firefinder, a large disk with a map and compass directions, helps pin-point the many peaks and valleys. Panoramic photographic opportunities abound from the first glimmer of the rising sun to the golden evening glow of sunset.

 

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MORE INFORMATION: History | Description | Area Attractions & Activities | Amenities | Pets | Smoking | Directions

Price & Capacity

$40 per night, per group, with a maximum of four occupants (a maximum of two adults is recommended). Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the lookout.

There is additional space for tent camping, but the area is very rocky.

Reservations

www.RECREATION.gov

1-877-444-6777

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Lakeview Ranger District
18049 Highway 395
Lakeview, OR 97630
541-947-3334.

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Availability

Temporarily Closed for Maintenance.

Drake Peak Lookout is available for rent June 15 through October 15, depending on snow levels. The lookout may also be available in late June, weather permitting.

The lookout may be closed for administrative use if large wildfires start in nearby areas.

[IMAGE: Available Summer and Fall]

 

-- The maximum length stay is fourteen consecutive nights. --

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History

Drake Peak, an L-4 Aladdin ground house cabin, was built in 1948 on the crest of the Warner Mountain Range and has been used as a fire lookout since then. Half a century ago, the life of a forest lookout was full of long, lonely hours with no time off. Groceries and other supplies were brought in by packers on horseback or by mule. During daylight hours, lookouts scanned the region watching for lightning, flames, curls of smoke ��������� anything that might hint at the start of a forest fire. The moment they spotted something, they telephoned the information and location to the Ranger Station, and then helped with mapping the blaze if it spread.

Description

The small, 14 x 14 foot lookout is furnished in period furniture, including a double bed, table and bench. It is equipped with a propane refrigerator, lights, cook stove, and a wood stove for heating, as well as fold-up cots, and a small table and chair. A vault toilet is located near the cabin. Drinking water is not available on site, but visitors can fill water jugs at Mud Creek Campground approximately six miles away.

Area Attractions & Activities

In addition to the views, visitors can enjoy bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, wildflowers and wildlife viewing, relaxing and star gazing.

Amenities

  • Wood Stove
  • Propane Cook Stove
  • Lights
  • Vault Toilet

There is additional space for tent camping, but the area is very rocky.

Pets

Pets are welcome.

Smoking

No smoking.

Directions

From the Lakeview Ranger District Office, travel 2.5 miles north on Highway 395, and turn right on Highway 140. Take Highway 140 east for 8 miles, and then turn left on Forest Service Road (FSR) 3615. Continue on FSR 3615 for 7.5 miles and turn right on FSR 019. Follow 019 for 5 miles to the lookout.





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