Flag Point Lookout

Area Status: Closed

Surrounded by Badger Creek Wilderness, Flag Point Lookout has some of the most scenic views around, boasting a spectacular panorama view of snow-covered treetops, alpine lakes and rugged Cascade peaks. It offers a unique, remote winter camping experience and also provides access to a variety of recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing, as well as winter sports. Staffed as a fire lookout during the summer from June 1 through October 31, Flag Point plays a key role in the detection of fires on the Barlow Ranger District and adjoining lands.

The cabin is atop a 40-foot tower and is surrounded by a wooden catwalk. The 14 ft. x 14 ft. room is furnished with a small bed, a wood stove for heating, and a table and chairs. It has a propane cook stove and solar-powered lights. There is no water on-site. An outhouse with a vault toilet is located on the ground, as well as a shed stocked with firewood. A rope and pulley system is available to transport gear, as well as firewood, up and down the tower with ease. Guests will need to bring their own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes, as well as their own sleeping bags/bedding, a flashlight or lantern for emergencies, first aid kit, washcloths and towels, dish soap and garbage bags. This is a "Pack it in, Pack it out" facility; guests will need to carry out all trash and clean the facility prior to leaving. Learn more about Leave No Trace ethics.


Flag Point Lookout sits at 5,650 ft. elevation on Flag Point Butte. The original lookout was built circa 1924. It was a 6 ft. x 6 ft. observation cabin and the staff person had to climb a 40 ft. timber pole to reach the platform. In 1932 the Forest Service built a standard L-4 style lookout on a 30 ft. pole frame tower to replace the earlier structure. Some reconstruction occurred in 1955. The present lookout is a 15 ft. x 15 ft. "R-6 Flat Top" style built in 1973.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Flag Point Lookout used as fire lookout 6/1 - 10/31.
Reservations: Reservations available on Recreation.gov. Fire lookouts are very popular and reservations are fully booked quickly. It's recommended that those who weren't able to make a reservation set availability alerts on Recreation.gov if interested in reserving canceled bookings. To set availability alert: Sign in at Recreation.gov, go to the recreation site, and click on the bell under the "Campsite List" tab.
Fees: Overnight use: $50/night
Day use: $5 day use fee required at Billy Bob Sno-Park.
Open Season: Nov. 1 - May 31
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Winter
Restrictions: This lookout is located in a very remote area and can only be accessed by skiing, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing up to 10 miles from a parking area at Billy Bob Sno-Park. It's recommended that only people experienced in backcountry travel and survival skills use this recreation site.
Closest Towns: Dufur, OR
Water: None
Restroom: Outhouse
Passes: Recreation Passes accepted.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Barlow Ranger District: (541) 467-2291
Recreation.gov hotline: (877) 444-6777

Please contact the Barlow Ranger District prior to departing for the lookout to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather, or storms that may affect the quality of your visit.

General Information

General Notes:
  • No smoking  
  • Pets are welcome
  • A recreation pass is required to park at Billy Bob Sno-park


  • Bed
  • Cooking pots & utensils
  • Firewood
  • Outhouse
  • Propane oven
  • Wood stove
  • Table & chairs

More details about amenities are listed on Recreation.gov.


Be prepared for extreme weather conditions. Visitors should be experienced in back country travel and survival skills. The height of the cabin and the open catwalk pose serious risks for children and pets. The steps and catwalk can become quite slippery due to rain, snow and ice, and the tower may sway in strong winds.

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