Green Ridge Lookout
Set your camera on a tripod and sit back to watch nature’s stunning light show, both sunrise and sunset. Views of snow covered mountain peaks and dense forests of Douglas-fir, cedar, and Ponderosa pine stretch before you. As well as a stunning view, Green Ridge Lookout offers a bird watcher’s paradise. Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery, located just below the ridge, feeds the eagles every morning. Osprey also frequent the area. Keep binoculars handy.
The cabin sits on a two-story tower hugging the side of Green Ridge. From the level parking area, there is a short boardwalk to the lower 20’ x 20’ wooden deck (with railings!). Follow a short, one story flight of steps to the catwalk of the upper deck surrounding the cabin. The one room cabin is furnished with a futon, a table and two chairs. It also features a propane refrigerator, an over-head light, a propane wall heater, and a three burner propane stove and oven, as well as miscellaneous basic cooking and eating utensils. Visitors must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing.
- Availability: Green Ridge Lookout is available for rent early May - June, and Mid September - Mid November. During the summer months, the lookout is staffed with Forest Service volunteers who help with forest fire detection.
- Price and Capacity: $40 per night per group, with a maximum of four occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the lookout.
- Reservations: The maximum length stay is fourteen consecutive nights. Phone 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov
At a Glance
|Open Season:||Mid-April - Mid-June|
|Information Center:||Sisters Ranger District
201 N. Pine Street
PO Box 249
Sisters, OR 97759
From Sisters, OR: Travel 5.5 miles west on Highway 20 to Forest Service Road (FSR) 11 at Indian Ford Campground. Turn right on FSR 11 and travel approximately 10 miles to the end of pavement at the junction of FSR 1150. Take the left fork, FSR 1150, to the junction with FSR 1154. Turn left on FSR 1154 and continue to FSR 1140. Turn left on FSR 1140 and continue to spur road 600. Take a very sharp right on spur road 600, go approximately a half-mile to the locked gate on the right, spur road 650 (no signs). The cabin is at the end of the spur road.
- No smoking
- Pets are allowed outside only
- Propane heat
- Stove and oven
- Vault toilet
- Picnic table
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
The lookout sits above and a little north of the historic Camp Sherman community and above the beautiful Metolius River. There are several pleasant day hikes along the Metolius River and to the top of Black Butte, another fire lookout located to the south. The Metolius is also a fly fishing stream. Lake Billy Chinook, approximately ten miles away, offers boating and fishing opportunities.
This is a great place to observe migrating raptors. Between mid-September and late-October, rising air along the prominent ridge creates suitable conditions for your overhead inspection of sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper's hawk, golden eagle, bald eagle, turkey vulture, and northern goshawk. Less abundant are American kestrel, osprey, rough-legged hawk, and merlin. On peak days, observers have counted more than 200 raptors in 8 hours. Scan the surrounding grounds for blue grouse.
Featured Wildlife Groups:
- Birds of Prey
- Upland Birds
- Forest - Mixed Conifer
- Forest - Ponderosa Pine
- Shrub/Grassland - Tall
- Rock - Outcrop