Dry Soda Lookout
US 116, OR 16
September 2015 photo by Rex Kamstra

September 2015 photo by Rex Kamstra

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 116, OR 16 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered March 8, 1995
Nominated by Ron Johnson, Oregon Registrar
Location Malheur National Forest
Grant County, Oregon
Coordinates N 44° 12.490' W 118° 54.650' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 12' 29" W 118° 54' 39"
N 44.208165° W 118.910830°
Elevation 5,580 ft (1,701 m)
Built 1941
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Blue Mountain Ranger District


Dry Soda Lookout is a vintage USFS 60’ CT-2 wooden tower with a L-4 hip roof 14’x 14’ cab and a wooden catwalk. The structure is in good condition and a rappelling platform has been added at the 45’ level. The Malheur National Forest lookout is still staffed for fire detection each year.


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September 2015 photo by Rex Kamstra

September 2015 photo by Rex Kamstra

Visit Reports

May 27, 2022: Danielle Sullivan


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Overall decent condition and normal wear signs that could be fixed with a fresh coat of paint. I didn't get to go in the cab or on the catwalk so I'm unsure of those conditions.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Road conditions are drivable for any vehicle. I reached the summit in my Honda Civic. There is a gate at the spur to the lookout. There isn't a sign from the major NF-15 road but there is one at the junction of NF-1516 and NF-3925. NF-3925 will take you to the lookout spur road.


Staffed? Yes
It was too early in the season for the Lookout Attendant to be there.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure