Bolan Mountain Lookout
US 483, OR 76
Bolan Mountain Lookout - 2019

Bolan Mountain Lookout - 2019 - courtesy of Cheryl Hill

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 483, OR 76 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered March 31, 2003
Nominated by Howard Verschoor, Oregon Registrar
Location Siskiyou National Forest
Josephine County, Oregon
Coordinates N 42° 01.048' W 123° 27.257' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 01' 03" W 123° 27' 15"
N 42.017470° W 123.454280°
Elevation 6,169 ft (1,880 m)
Built 1953
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Illinois Valley Ranger District
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


Bolan Mountain Lookout on the Siskiyou National Forest just north of the California line has a long history as a fire detection and aircraft-warning site. In 1917 a cupola cabin was constructed on a log crib base. This was replaced in 1953 with a L-4, hip roof 14’x14’ cab on a 15’ wood tower. The legs were later removed at the cab placed on a low stone base. The site was recently restored with an expanded catwalk including a deck to one side. Now on emergency status, it is in the lookout rental program.


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Bolan Mountain Lookout - 1944

Bolan Mountain Lookout - 1944 - courtesy of Siskiyou National Forest

Lookout Remains - Fall 2020

Lookout Remains - Fall 2020 - courtesy of Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest