Spodue Mountain Lookout
US 503, OR 95
May 2019 photo

May 2019 photo - courtesy of Parker Twiss

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 503, OR 95 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered March 31, 2003
Nominated by Howard Verschoor, Oregon Registrar
Location Fremont National Forest
Klamath County, Oregon
Coordinates N 42° 35.575' W 121° 16.184' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 35' 35" W 121° 16' 11"
N 42.592920° W 121.269730°
Elevation 6,374 ft (1,943 m)
Built 1965
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Bly Ranger District


The western-most lookout on the Fremont National Forest, Spodue Mountain Lookout (sometimes call Black Hills Lookout) first went into service in 1965 and remains active. It is a 15’x15’ R-6 flattop live-in cab with catwalk on a 41’ treated timber tower.


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Visit Reports

May 1, 2021: Parker Twiss


Needs paint? Not Applicable
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Has fairly recent paint (forest brown).

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: Tower shares mountaintop with cell-phone towers.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? Yes
I was the individual who staffed the Fire Lookout on the Spodue tower in SE Oregon (2018-2019 seasons). It was a highlight of my personal life and professional career, and would hope individuals find the location as breathtaking as I did!

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No