The Indian Ridge Lookout sits at an elevation of 5,405 feet in the Willamette National Forest. Indian Ridge was named for the old Indian hunting trail that runs along the summit. Built in 1958, the lookout was used for firefighting by Forest Service personnel until 1973. The lookout is still staffed occasionally during emergencies. The lookout is accessible by car, although the access road is rocky. Guests must be prepared to climb steep, narrow steps up the 30-foot tower to access the lookout's cabin. The accommodations are primitive, so guests should be prepared to pack in most of their own supplies and gear. Entry to the cabin is by combination lock and key; Call (541) 822-3381 at least 72 hours prior to arrival to confirm combination code and for updates. The McKenzie River Ranger District office is open Monday-Friday, and is closed on the weekends. Please call ahead for information at least 72 hours prior to arrival for updates or other information.Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The office will not be open on weekends. Indian Ridge Lookout has a 2 night stay minimum requirement. Single days that appear to be available cannot be rented. There is no water or heat at the lookout Propane lamps, stoves and heaters are recommended Due to the height of the tower and the sheer cliffs near the lookout, this location is not recommended for small children There is no tent, trailer or RV camping at the site Please pack out all trash and clean cabin before departure by wiping down all surfaces and sweeping floors Guests must close all windows and doors and lock the lookout upon departure No smoking No pets or livestock allowed at site Guests should contact the Ranger District prior to arriving to check on any restrictions or conditions that may affect their visit Learn more about the <a href=” http://www.fs.usda.gov/willamette”>Willamette National Forest Don’t Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.
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