Coffin Mountain Lookout

Elevation: 5771 ft.
Built: 1984, modern flat-top roof.
Trail: 2 ½ miles, moderate
Staffing: currently staffed by Detroit Ranger District

This lookout rests atop an elongated coffin-shaped ridge, from which it derived its name. The lookout building itself is at the north end of the ridge, and a radio transmission building is in the saddle area. Historically, it is an important part of the fire detection system, having been the location of at least three other lookout structures dating back to 1905.

The trail, while somewhat long, is an easy walk through the old Coffin Mt. Burn area, with open bear-grass slopes and snags. The hike offers many overlooks and beautiful views of the Mt. Jefferson area. Detroit Lake is visible from the mountaintop. This is a very worthwhile walk and offers an excellent overview of the northern end of the Willamette National Forest.

At a Glance

Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information

  • From Detroit, Oregon travel east on Highway 22 for approximately 19.5 miles to Forest Road 11 (Straight Creek Road).
  • Turn right on Forest Road 11, travel for approximately 4 miles to Forest Road 1168. (Do not turn at first  Forest Road 1168 junction).
  • Turn right on Forest Road 1168, travel for approximately 3.5 miles to the trailhead.

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5771 Feet