Hat Point Lookout
US 605, OR 106

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 605, OR 106 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered December 30, 2004
Nominated by Ray Kresek
Location Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Wallowa County, Oregon
Coordinates N 45° 26.280' W 116° 39.748' (view using Google Maps)
N 45° 26' 17" W 116° 39' 45"
N 45.438000° W 116.662470°
Elevation 6,960 ft (2,121 m)
Built 1948
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Description

Hat Point Lookout on the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (part of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest) is a well known attraction and viewpoint. A 60' pole tower with 7'x7' cab was built in 1916. In 1948 it was replaced by this 82' treated timber tower with an L-6 7'x7' cab with catwalk. In the 1980s the tower was extensively restored with an observation deck added at the 60' level.

Map

Change Basemap

Photos

Battle Creek Fire when it reached Hat Point

Battle Creek Fire when it reached Hat Point

"Wish We Could Help"

"Wish We Could Help"

Aerial View the Day After
Aerial View the Day After

Aerial View the Day After Aerial View the Day After

2009 Rod Bacon photo

2009 Rod Bacon photo

2009 Rod Bacon photo

2009 Rod Bacon photo

2009 Rod Bacon photo

2009 Rod Bacon photo

2009 Rod Bacon photo

2009 Rod Bacon photo

2009 Rod Bacon photo

2009 Rod Bacon photo

2009 Rod Bacon photo

2009 Rod Bacon photo

Visit Reports

July 31, 2005: Richard W. Galloway

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: Wood showing some wear, but still in good shape.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? if there was a sign I did not see it, but I was not looking for it either.

Staffing

Staffed? Yes
Very nice young woman and her puppy met us at the top. This tower does a Lot of PR for the USFS so don't be surprised if there is a waiting line to get to the top of the tower. Only 2 people are allowed up there at a time.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response
I did not ask, she did not say if there was, so I would say it would be limited.