Bald Knob Lookout

Area Status: Open

Bald knob lookoutAs dusk falls and the sun sets, enjoy spectacular views overlooking Eden Valley to the north, the Rogue River to the south, and the forests beyond, from the lookout perched on the top of Bald Knob. Evening slides into night, offering a brilliant sky ablaze with stars. As dawn breaks the next morning, stroll around the catwalk encircling the lookout and watch the sunrise over the Cascades. Bald Knob Lookout is located near the Wild Rogue Wilderness, offering opportunities for day hikes..

Bald Knob Lookout, at 3,630 feet above sea level, rests atop a twenty-one foot tower. The 16 x 16 foot one-room flat top cabin is equipped with basic amenities, including propane stove, heater, refrigerator and lights. Furnishings include a single bed and a small table and chairs. Be sure to pack sufficient camping equipment, such as bedding and cooking supplies. There is no water on site, so visitors must also bring water for drinking, cooking and washing.

  • Availability: Bald Knob Lookout is available for rent seasonally, depending on the weather.
  • Price and Capacity: $65 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. Call (877) 444-6777 or visit


Bald Knob was originally developed as a lookout site in 1931 when a gable-roofed "L-4" style lookout was built here. The Forest Service removed the old lookout in 1963 and replaced it with the present flat top structure that same year. Bald Knob served as an Aircraft Warning Service (AWS) observation station during 1942-44 (a small cabin was added for the observers to live in); the AWS program ended in 1944 when radar became effective along the Coast.

Until the 1950s, communication was by crank telephones (which meant a lot of work maintaining the phone line during winter, when snow typically caused a lot of trees to come down and break the line). No real effective FS radio system from any of the lookout perched on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest existed until after the Second World War.

At a Glance

Fees: $65 per night per group, with a maximum of four occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the lookout.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:  No smoking, no pets. Young children are not recommended due to height of the tower the lookout is perched atop.
Closest Towns:
  • Powers, OR
Water: No water available
Restroom: Outhouse
Information Center:  Powers Ranger District

General Information


From Powers, OR, drive south on Highway 242 to the Forest boundary. Continue on Forest Road 33 along the South Fork of the Coquille River for approximately 11.5 miles to the junction of road 3348. Travel up Forest Road 3348 approximately 2 miles to the junction of Forest Road 5520. Turn right, and the pavement ends. Take Forest Road 5520 for 2 miles, then turn right on Forest Road 5520-020, and follow this spur road approximately 2 miles to a gate. Go through the gate and continue through a second gate to the end of the lookout road.

General Notes:
  • No smoking
  • No pets allowed


  • Outhouse
  • Propane Stove
  • Heater
  • Refrigerator
  • Lights
  • The site has sufficient space for one small tent, but strong winds could blow a tent off the mountain unless adequately weighted down inside.

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Cabin Rentals

Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at

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3,630 feet