Flag Point Fire Lookout

Mount Hood National Forest

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Flag Point Fire Lookout

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  • Flag Point Lookout with Mount Hood (11,249') in the distance. - Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • The lookout with Mount Hood (11,249') in the sunshine.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • Amazing views in all directions from Flag Point.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • Mount Hood's Heather Canyon from Flag Point.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • Flag Point Fire Lookout from the ground. - Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • The view of the valley from Flag Point Fire Lookout.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • You may have to to chop your own kindling.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • The shed is stocked with plenty of wood to keep you warm in the lookout.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • The wood stove in the lookout. Be sure to stock the wood bin for the next person before you leave..- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • Alternate view from inside the lookout.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • Inside the lookout you'll find a bed for two, a stove, pots, and a wood stove.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • Mount Hood (11,249') under the moonlight.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • Flag Point under the stars.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • The wood stove takes a bit to warm the lookout, but it does a great job if you keep it going.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • Hiking options around the lookout.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • The trail to the top of Flag Point.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • The trail is wide enough to be traveled by skiers and snowmobiles.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • After you pass the sno-park, take a left on Forest Service Road 4420.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • At the fork, stay right on Forest Service Road 4420.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • As you follow the signs to Flag Point, the roads are clearly marked.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
  • Take a left on Spur Road 200 and follow this to the lookout.- Flag Point Fire Lookout
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Secluded. Amazing views.
Cons: 
Difficult to obtain reservations. Rough roads.
Alerts: 
Repeated incidents of vandalism have forced the Forest Service to remove Flag Point Lookout from the rental service system.
Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Sno-Park Parking Permit
Open Dates: 
November 01 to May 31
Bedrooms: 
1
Outhouse only: 
Yes
Dogs allowed inside: 
Yes

Details

ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Wood Stove: 
Yes
Electricity: 
No
Heating (forced air or radiant): 
No
Potable Water: 
No
Firewood Provided: 
Yes
Kitchen: 
Yes
Linens provided: 
No

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
Forest Service
Reservation phone #: 
541-467-2291
Address: 
United States

Current Local Weather

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Today

Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
33°F
18°

Sun

Light snow (1–2 in.) throughout the day.
37°F
26°

Mon

Light snow (1–3 in.) throughout the day.
34°F
21°

Tue

Light snow (under 1 in.) in the morning and evening.
38°F
26°

Wed

Light snow (under 1 in.) in the morning and evening.
37°F
31°

Thu

Mixed precipitation until afternoon.
37°F
30°

Fri

Rain throughout the day.
36°F
33°
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Property Description

Property Description

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Originally constructed in 1924, Flag Point Lookout stands on a 5,650-foot tree-covered butte in the Badger Creek Wilderness. The 60-foot tower once held the original 6 foot by 6 foot cabin, but this has since been renovated to a roomier 16 feet by 16 feet. The main draw to Flag Point is the fantastic views of the cascade range from the east. Mount Hood sits right out your front door. To the north you can see Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. To the south you can see Mount Jefferson and the Three Sisters. 

In the deep winter months, Flag Point Lookout is about 11 miles from the Billy Bob Sno-Park. It is recommended that you do the trip on skis, snowshoes, or with snowmobiles. The trek by foot can take up to eight hours. Be sure to give yourself enough time to make the journey. During the early winter or late spring, you can often drive closer to the lookout with a four-wheel drive vehicle. The trip featured here was taken in early May, and the last 2 miles of the road were still covered in snow. 

The trek to the lookout is certainly worth the spectacular views. A wood shed and stove are waiting to warm you once you reach the lookout. There is a bed for two people, but the lookout can accommodate up to four people. There is extra room for camping below the lookout should anyone in your group be so inclined. There is one propane light, a propane stove and enough cookware to suit your needs. It may not be a bad idea to bring an extra light source if you wish to play games or read once the sun goes down. 

Other items of note:

  • Access to the lookout is not recommended for novice skiers. The route is moderate to difficult depending on the snow conditions. 
  • The stairs are quite steep and may not be suitable for small children and pets.
  • If you pack it in, pack it out. Take all your garbage with you.
  • One vault toilet is located at the base of the lookout.
  • There is plenty of firewood, but please restock the wood bin in the stove before your departure. 

The lookout can be reserved for $50 per night, but it often books up well in advance. Plan ahead and make your reservations early.

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