Acorn Woman Peak Lookout

Area Status: Open

Acorn Woman Peak Lookout was constructed in 1942. It is an L-4 style cabin, and is on the National Historic Site Registry. The lookout is constructed with glass windows on all sides, providing visitors with an unparalleled view of the steep drop-offs and breathtaking views of the rugged Siskiyou Mountains. This historic lookout is available for rent during the snow-free season. Guests must bring most of their own amenities.

Natural Features

From the lookout, guests are treated to expansive views of the Red Buttes Wilderness Area, Acorn Woman Lake and the Little Applegate Valley. To the north are expansive views of the Rogue Valley and Mt. McLoughlin, and to the east is Wagner Butte and Dutchman Peak. On a clear day, visitors can see the rim of Crater Lake, Mt. Bailey and Mt. Thielson. Clear nights provide guests with a dazzling display of stars and planets.


The 14 x 14 foot one-room cabin is designed to house only one or two people, and offers a primitive camping experience. The room is equipped with a small wooden table, and the center of the building has a working Osborne Firefinder on its work table. Broom, mop, and fire extinguisher are on site, as well as a small storage box with toilet paper, Forest and Ranger District maps, and information about the lookout and its surroundings. A primitive vault toilet is located near the lookout. No water is available on site, so guests must pack in water for drinking, cooking and washing. Guests must also provide their own camp stove, light source, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, towels, dish soap, matches, cooking gear, and garbage bags.

Nearby Attractions

The United States Congress designated the Red Buttes Wilderness in 1984 and it now includes a total of 19,940 acres. Management of the Red Buttes Wilderness, located on the California/Oregon border, is shared by the Klamath National Forest and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, although the majority of the Wilderness lies within the boundaries of the RRSNF.

Several lakes are located in the vicinity of the lookout. Acorn Woman Peak, where the lookout is located, looks south to Acorn Woman Lakes, a semi-primitive developed recreation area that accepts camping reservations from May through September. Applegate Lake is a large reservoir with boat ramps, campgrounds, viewpoints and a developed recreation area named Hart-Tish. Both Acorn Woman Lakes and Applegate Lake are open for fishing year-round.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations must be made at
Fees: $65/night during operational season (May-September, depending on snow)
Open Season: Spring - Fall
Closest Towns:
  • Ruch, OR
  • Jacksonville, OR
  • Medford, OR
  • Ashland, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District

General Information


From Ruch, OR, turn left onto Upper Applegate Road and continue approximately 9.2 miles and turn left onto Beaver Creek Road (Forest Road 20 / Siskiyou Summit Road). Continue approximately 3.7 miles and make a right turn onto Hanley Gulch Road (Forest Road 2010). Turn left at junction with Forest Road 200 to continue on Forest Road 2010. Veer right at the next intersection with Forest Road 220 to continue on Forest Road 2010. Veer right at next intersection with Forest Road 250 to continue on Forest Road 2010. Veer left at next intersection with Forest Road 300 to continue on Forest Road 2010. Turn left at next intersection onto Forest Road 350, and continue to roads end, at Acorn Woman Peak Lookout / Cabin.

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