Carpenter Mountain Lookout

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Elevation: 5349 ft.
Built: 1934, renovated 1995
Trail: 1.0, moderate
Staffing: Currently staffed by McKenzie River Ranger District.

This lookout, situated atop a basalt plug, offers an impressive view of the McKenzie River Valley, Wolf Rock (an exposed monolith), the Cascade Crest, Mt. Jefferson & Three Fingered Jack, the Three Sisters peaks, and Mt. Washington, plus  Sand Mountain Lookout.

The hike is short with impressive rock formations and never fails to awe visitors. 

The lookout is staffed during fire season and not available for public rental.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:

New for 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District

General Information


From Blue River, OR, travel 3 miles east on Highway 126 to Forest Road 15.  

Turn right on Forest Road 15, heading north to Forest Road 1506.

Turn right on Forest Road 1506, heading east up Lookout Creek to Forest Road 350.  

Turn left on Forest Road 350, heading north 5 miles to Carpenter Mountain Trailhead.  

Follow Carpenter Mountain Trail #3302 uphill to Carpenter Mountain Lookout.

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