High Ridge Lookout
US 551, OR 104

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 551, OR 104 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered February 12, 2004
Location Umatilla National Forest
Union County, Oregon
Coordinates N 45° 41.039' W 118° 06.189' (view using Google Maps)
N 45° 41' 02" W 118° 06' 11"
N 45.683980° W 118.103150°
Elevation 5,277 ft (1,608 m)
Built 1959
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Walla Walla Ranger District

Description

One of the last sites developed on the Umatilla National Forest, High Ridge lookout was built in 1941 as an L-4 cab on a 24’ pole tower. In 1959 it was replaced with the present R-6 flattop cab with catwalk on a 67’ treated timber tower. Placed on standby status for awhile, it is now in active service.

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Visit Reports

July 24, 2005: Richard W. Galloway

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response
Comments: We could not get to the very top so cannot comment on the glass. There was some plywood sections on the observation tower as well, blocking the view and perhaps keeping people away from a handrail that needs repair? Again, no way to confirm this at this time.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Other enroachments? nothing in the area close by.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? if there was a sign I did not notice it.

Staffing

Staffed? No
It was not staffed at that time, but it might be and they were away at the time. There has been a lot of traffic there.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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

September 12, 2003: Rex Kamstra

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: Some interior work was done in 2002 (new ceiling and interior paint). Needs a new floor, the old tiles are falling apart. Exterior in need of new paint and decking.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Road has recently been gated 1/2 mile up from the main Forest Road 31.

Staffing

Staffed? Yes

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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