Flag Point Lookout
US 489, OR 82

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 489, OR 82 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered March 31, 2003
Nominated by Howard Verschoor, Oregon Registrar
Location Mt. Hood National Forest
Wasco County, Oregon
Coordinates N 45° 19.025' W 121° 28.133' (view using Google Maps)
N 45° 19' 01" W 121° 28' 08"
N 45.317080° W 121.468880°
Elevation 5,636 ft (1,718 m)
Built 1973
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Barlow Ranger District
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


Located east of Mt. Hood with a great view of Oregon’s highest peak, Flag Point Lookout is both an active fire detection station and a very popular winter lookout rental site. The first structure was a 6’x6’ cab on a 40’ pole tower in 1924. It was replaced in 1932 with an L-4 on a 30’ pole tower. The present R-6 flattop on 41’ timber tower was constructed in 1973. It will be listed on the National Lookout Register until it reaches age 50.


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Visit Reports

November 5, 2007: Jeff Johnson


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: This lookout is on the Historic Lookout Register. It is great shape and is still in service during the fire season. It has a very nice wood stove for heat, propane range, fride, and solar lights. Sleeps 4. It is a difficult cross country ski trip.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: I could see Mt Raineer, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Hood, Mt Jefferson, Mt Washington, Three fingered Jack, North Sister, Middle Sister, and South Sister. Ten major Cascade peaks.
Other enroachments? A small tower which is unobtrusive is in the area.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The route to the lookout is paved most the way, but the last 2 or 3 miles is rough road. The area is gated, without reservations you will need to hike 1/4 mile. With reservations you can park at the base of the lookout.


Staffed? Sometimes
It is staffed in the fire season. June to October. Rentable Nov thru May.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response