Tower Mountain Lookout
US 142, OR 20

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 142, OR 20 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered December 5, 1995
Nominated by Michael Duffy, FFLA
Location Umatilla National Forest
Umatilla County, Oregon
Coordinates N 45° 03.242' W 118° 34.096' (view using Google Maps)
N 45° 03' 15" W 118° 34' 06"
N 45.054040° W 118.568265°
Elevation 6,812 ft (2,076 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators North Fork John Day Ranger District


One of the few 7’x7’ steel towers ever erected in the Umatilla National Forest in northeastern Oregon, Tower Mountain Lookout, remains in service today. The 92’ tower was constructed by the U.S. Forest Service in 1929, and the attractive CCC cabin living quarters was moved to the site from the old Lucky Strike Lookout in the late 1940s.


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Visit Reports

June 29, 2014: Jackie Fitzgerald


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: There was an unsightly old couch in front of the cabin. The site was spectacular!

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Other enroachments? I believe there is a radar tower in the vicinity.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? No
Unoccupied at the time.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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