Harl Butte Lookout
US 550, OR 103

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 550, OR 103 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered February 12, 2004
Location Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Wallowa County, Oregon
Coordinates N 45° 19.755' W 116° 52.605' (view using Google Maps)
N 45° 19' 45" W 116° 52' 36"
N 45.329250° W 116.876750°
Elevation 5,983 ft (1,824 m)
Built 1954
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Wallowa Valley Ranger District

Description

The outrigger hip roof L-4 ground house without catwalk at Harl Butte was built in 1954, replacing another L-4 dating from 1934. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest site overlooks the lower reaches of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is in active service.

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Visit Reports

July 31, 2005: Richard W. Galloway

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: Overall, it was in good shape, with normal wear and tear on the floor and furniture.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Other enroachments? There is a portable weather station over the rock wall that is distracting and the blue port-a-potty is a bit tacky, if more usefull on this rocky gound than a traditional outhouse.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? I did notice road signs pointing to this tower, but again, did not notice the NHLR sign at the tower.

Staffing

Staffed? Yes
Rod Bacon is staffing this tower, we had a good discussion of towers, history and photogrpahy, Interests that are of great importance to both of us. Very nice man and a ton of info available

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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

July 18, 2003: Rex Kamstra

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
Not staffed at time of visit.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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