Warner Mountain Lookout

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Warner Mt. Timelapse, photo credit Maxwell Ogden

An effort to salvage the Grass Mountain tower intact was unsuccessful, so the former Rigdon District took what they had and re-built a facsimile. The result, while not truly authentic, is the charming and comfortable hybrid Warner Mountain Lookout. The lookout is the winter wonderland destination for avid winter sports enthusiasts looking for a challenge. This replica lookout sits on a high vantage point of Warner Ridge at an altitude of 5,300 feet approximately 75 miles southeast of Eugene, Oregon. This is a very remote location; the road to the lookout is not plowed or maintained for winter travel. The lookout can only be accessed by skis, snowmobiles or snowshoes, a distance of 2-10 miles. Conditions on the mountain change rapidly. You need to be evaluating conditions and weather throughout your stay. Sudden storms and high winds may make skiing and driving conditions difficult. Experience in cross-country skiing or snowshoe travel is highly recommended. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities. The reward is worth the effort of getting there. Guests will enjoy panoramic views of the pristine snow-covered landscape and starry skies on clear nights.

The 14x14-ft. cabin sits atop a 40-foot tower and is surrounded by a catwalk. The cabin accommodates 4 people and is furnished with one double bed that comfortably sleeps two, a table and chairs, propane stoves for heating and cooking, cookware, dishes, broom and a 2-way radio for emergency use. There is an outhouse nearby. No water or electricity is provided. Guests typically melt snow for their supply of water for drinking, cooking and washing. A large pot is provided for this purpose. Items such as bedding, extra mattresses, flashlights, matches, extra toilet paper, first aid supplies, trash bags, dish soap, and towels are not reliably available after mid-season. Guests are expected to pack out their trash and clean the cabin before leaving. Absolutely no pets are allowed.

To rent this lookout, see "Fees" information below.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Middle Fork Ranger District: Lookout open to reservations through May 29, 2018.
Operational Hours:
  • Check in at 1:00 p.m.
  • Check out at 12:00 p.m.
  • Day visitors - please respect the privacy of rental occupants.
Reservations: Reserve online at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777.
  • $65.00 per night
  • Visit Recreation.gov to make reservations.
  • Minimum stay of 1 night for weeknights, and 2 nights for weekends, with a maximum stay of 7 nights
  • Refunds will not be granted due to weather or snow conditions which may make access extremely challenging
  • No walk up overnights - please make all reservations online.
Open Season: 11/1/2017 - 5/29/2018
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Mid- November to early May
  • 4 people maximum per stay
  • Experience in cross-country skiing or snowshoe travel is highly recommended; renters should plan an entire day of travel to reach the lookout
  • No open flames, including candles, are permitted
  • Smoking is not permitted
  • Pets are not allowed.
Closest Towns: Oakridge, Oregon
Water: There is no water; guests must provide their own water for drinking, cooking and washing
Restroom: An outhouse is located outside the building
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station

General Information


Approximately 75 miles SE of Eugene, OR

From Oakridge, Oregon, head east on Highway 58 for 2 miles to Hills Creek Road/Kitson Springs Road. Turn right on Hills Creek Road/Kitson Springs Road and travel for 0.5 miles to Forest Road 21. Turn right onto 21 and proceed to Forest Service Road 2129, turning left.  Proceed to spur road 439 (access is by skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles, a distance of 6-10 miles).

General Notes:

Warner Mountain Lookout in winter

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Rental Information

FURNISHINGS: Propane stove, table, chairs, single bed, two-way radio (for emergency use)

BRING: water, personal belongings

Special Note for Winter Rentals

  • Winter access is moderate to difficult. Travel across snow can be up to 10 miles in length and difficult (may require a full day of travel). Experience in cross-country skiing or snowshoes travel is highly recommended.
  • Refunds will not be granted due to weather or snow conditions which may make access extremely challenging
  • No smoking is allowed in the lookout tower.

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5273 feet