Hager Mountain Lookout - Oregon

Fremont-Winema National Forests

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A series of dome building volcanic eruptions, about 8 million years ago, gave birth to the 7,195 foot mountain. Hager Mountain was named after a pioneer settler in the Silver Lake Valley. The Klamath Indian name for the mountain was "chock-chock-lisk-se," which, when translated, means "bald faced rock."

Hager Mountain Lookout is perched on these bald faced rocks, offering 360 degree views as far as Mount Hood and Mount Shasta on a clear day. It is one of a diminishing number of lookouts still staffed for fire detection annually from June through October.


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

Price & Capacity

$40 per night per group, with a maximum of four occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the lookout.

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




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Silver Lake Ranger District
PO Box 129, 65600 Highway 31
Silver Lake, OR 97638

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Hager Mountain Lookout is available for rent November 15 through May 15, after the threat of forest fires in the area has passed.

Although the lookout is not available for rent during the fire season, the public is welcome to visit the site and talk with the lookout personnel.

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

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The lookout was built in 1954, and the deck was added in 1954.


This rugged, winter destination awaits the most enthusiastic outdoor adventurers. After cross country skiing or snowshoeing to the cabin, visitors will gladly fire up the wood stove (fire wood is provided) and set up camp in the 14 x 14 square foot one room lookout. It is equipped with a propane cook stove, one bed and three sleeping cots, as well as a few pots for cooking and melting snow. There is a picnic table outside of the cabin, and an outhouse near by. There is no drinking water on site; visitors must bring plenty for drinking, cooking and washing.

Area Attractions & Activities

Enjoy winter activities, including snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Summer activities include hiking, horseback riding (the lookout is equipped with horse tie racks), mountain bike riding, wildlife viewing and photography.


  • Vault Toilet
  • Picnic Table
  • Propane Heater
  • Cook Stove
  • Horse Tie Racks

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


Pets are welcome.


No smoking.


From Silver Lake, drive to County Road 4-12. Travel south on County Road 4-12, which turns into Forest Service Road 28. Continue south to mile post 9. The car pull off is on the left. Walk, ski or snowshoe 4 miles to the National Recreation Trail to get to Hager Lookout.

During the summer, a four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary to drive to the top of Hager Mountain. In the winter, please check with the Silver Lake Ranger District for Sno-Park conditions at Pole Butte, and to determine the best method of access prior to departure. The lookout is accessed by trail (2.1 miles in summer, 4 miles in winter) via cross country skis or snowshoes. The rental season begins and ends during periods when snow levels fluctuate, making walking or driving access questionable. The Forest Service does not allow the public to drive up to the lookout unless given prior permission.


Skiing or snowshoeing can take from a couple of hours to half a day, depending on weather conditions and one’s physical endurance. Travel into remote locations in the winter requires experience and advance preparation. When making plans to visit Hager Mountain, be sure to take the following precautions: Notify someone of your plans, including departure and return times; carry extra waterproofed clothing; bring a compass and topographic map; bring extra food, and be sure to notify your contact person upon your return home.

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