If your adventures take you high into the wilds of the Oregon Central Cascade Range, then you’ll want to mark the Warner Mountain Lookout Tower on your map. It’s a cozy, remote, and beautiful destination to stay at after a hiking or snowshoeing in the mountains.
The tower is 5,300 feet up, and offers up a pristine, panoramic, snow-covered landscape to admire. The actual building is just a compact 14 by 14 feet inside, but is surrounded by a wraparound deck that can be enjoyed when the weather breaks. The interior of the lookout is well-supplied, and able to accommodate up to four people.
Expect to find propane stoves, dishes, basic utensils, a broom, and a two-way radio. There is no electricity or water supplied, and guests often melt snow to boost their water supply. There is an outhouse nearby at the base of the tower, but expect to bring your own personal hygiene materials, especially after mid-season use.
There’s enough space in the tower to lay around and play games, and several trails and backcountry day-trip destinations (including Logger's Butte and Moon Point) are nearby. And, of course, you can always explore the winter wonderland directly outside the tower.
On clear nights, take advantage of the remote location and elevation and enjoy the dazzling night sky. Note that the lookout tower can only be accessed by skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles.
Warner Mountain Lookout is used as an active fire tower in the summer months, so plan to book only through May 15 and starting again November 1. Lookout tower guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements, and it’s advised that only experienced snow make the trip. Absolutely no pets are allowed in the lookout tower, so leave your four-legged friends at home!
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