Round Top Lookout
US 501, OR 93

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 501, OR 93 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered March 31, 2003
Nominated by Howard Verschoor, Oregon Registrar
Location Jackson County, Oregon
Coordinates N 42° 42.118' W 122° 59.464' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 42' 07" W 122° 59' 28"
N 42.701970° W 122.991070°
Elevation 4,626 ft (1,410 m)
Built 1973
Administered by Oregon Department of Forestry
Cooperators Oregon Department of Forestry, Southwest Oregon District


South of Grants Pass overlooking federal BLM land is Round Top Lookout. First put into service by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry in 1950 as an L-4 on a 20’ pole tower, it was replaced in 1973 with the current ODF flattop live-in cab with catwalk on a 20’ treated timber tower. It is in active service.


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Visit Reports

October 15, 2016: Jeffrey Naas


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No
I manned this tower summer 2016, the last year it was in active service. As of summer 2017, cameras have been installed on the tower. It is no longer staffed.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No


Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Naas