Fairview Peak Lookout


Area Status: Temporarily Closed

"Fairview" is something of a misnomer, as the 53-foot tall Fairview Peak Lookout Tower sports an awe-inspiring 360 degree view with a vista unlike any west of the Cascade Range. On a clear day, visitors can see north to Mount Hood, south to Crater Lake and Mount McLoughlin, and east to many prominent peaks in the Cascade Range.

The 15' x 15' one-room cabin is furnished with a futon, a table with chairs, a propane heater, a cook stove, an oven and a small refrigerator. No cooking utensils are provided). Near the tower is a fire ring as well as a vault toilet. There is no water on site; visitors must bring plenty for drinking, cooking, and washing. There is no electricity.

  • Availability: Fairview Peak Lookout Tower will be used as an active fire lookout in summer 2022 and will be unavailable for reservation. It is unknown at this time when the tower will reopen for public use.
  • Price and Capacity: $50 per night per group, with a maximum of four occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the lookout.
  • Reservations: When reservations are available, they must at least two days in advance through Recreation.gov. The maximum-length stay is three consecutive nights.

Fairview Peak Lookout Tower

History

The Fairview Peak site was historically occupied as a fire lookout since the 1920s. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the tower was used as an Air Force "gap filler" radar station. Having a range of around sixty-five miles, these radars were placed in areas where it was thought enemy aircraft could fly low to avoid detection by the lower-range radars of the permanent and mobile radar networks. Gap-filler radar deployment peaked in December 1960 at 131 sites throughout the continental United States. Because the introduction of gap-filler radars alleviated the need for civilians to scan the skies for enemy bombers, the ADC disestablished the Ground Observance Corps on January 31, 1959. The tower continued as a gap-filler radar station until 1964.

Today, Fairview Peak is host to private radio towers and Fairview Peak Lookout. While aerial surveillance has replaced the need for continual summer lookout staffing, the lookout tower is often staffed during high fire danger, frequently during the months of August and September.

Fairview Peak is located within the Slide Patented Mining Claim and is private property. However, the side of the mountain summit where the lookout tower is located is Forest Service property.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/12/2022: Lookout will be used as an active fire lookout and will be closed to the public in 2022.

General Information

Directions:

From Cottage Grove, OR, travel east on Row River Road 2400 for 19 miles to Brice Creek Road 2470. Continue on Brice Creek Road for 12 miles to Noonday Road 2212. Turn right on Forest Road 2212 and travel 8.8 miles to Sharps Creek Road 2460. Keep left and travel on Sharps Creek Road 2460 for 1.1 miles to Fairview Lookout Road 2460-773. Turn right and follow for 1.2 miles to the end of the road. The last mile of road access is steep, rocky and rough. High-clearance vehicles are strongly recommended. 


General Notes:
  • No pets allowed
  • No smoking
  • This site is not recommended for families with small children. The high tower stairway, catwalk access, and potential for inclement weather pose significant risks. 

Amenities

  • Vault toilet
  • Fire pit
  • Propane heat
  • Cook stove/oven
  • Refrigerator
  • When the tower is open for public use, there is additional room outside for tent camping, but the ground is rocky.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Cabin Rentals

The area is surrounded by rugged summits up to 6,000 feet high and steep timbered slopes. Bohemia City can be viewed from Fairview Peak Lookout and from Bohemia Mountain Trail. Musick Mine, one of the most productive gold mines in the district during the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, is a point of interest to history buffs and fortune seekers. Since many of the mines are private property and there are inherent dangers associated with mining sites, it is important not to trespass on, vandalize or enter any tunnels or shafts. Instead, enjoy the spectacular views, hike trails through the forest, and imagine life as it once was in the era of an active mining community.

Day Hiking

  • Bohemia Mountain Trail #1440 is located at the junction of Road 2460 and Fairview Road Spur 773.
  • This trail will take hikers to the tallest mountain on the district.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
43.58781

  Longitude : 
-122.652896

  Elevation : 
5,500 feet