Tamarack Mountain Lookout
US 1516, OR 130
Tamarack Lookout - 2008

Tamarack Lookout - 2008 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1516, OR 130 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered October 4, 2021
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Umatilla National Forest
Grant County, Oregon
Coordinates N 44° 52.427' W 119° 39.689' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 52' 26" W 119° 39' 41"
N 44.873791° W 119.661483°
Elevation 4,979 ft (1,518 m)
Built 1933
Administered by US Forest Service - Umatilla National Forest
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


The original Tamarack Lookout for forest fire detection on this site was a platform built in a tree back in 1925. The current 96' steel Aermotor tower replaced the glorified tree fort in 1933.

Tamarack Lookout Cabin, the housing for Forest Service personnel using the lookout for fire detection, was built in 1934. An accidental fire destroyed the cabin in 1966, and a garage/utility shed was then converted into the existing cabin. The cabin is now available for rental. 

The Friends of Blue Mountain Lookouts completed a stair replacement project in September 2021.

Tamarack Lookout is staffed irregularly.


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Tamarack Lookout - Residence Cabin

Tamarack Lookout - Residence Cabin - courtesy of US Forest Service