Green Ridge Lookout

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

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  • On the deck at Green Ridge Lookout.- Green Ridge Lookout
  • The North Sister (10,085') from Green Ridge Lookout.- Green Ridge Lookout
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  • Looking out over the Deschutes National Forest from Green Ridge Lookout.- Green Ridge Lookout
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Green Ridge Lookout
  • Western larch (Larix occidentalis) in the fall.- Green Ridge Lookout
  • Wolf lichen (Letharia vulpina).- Green Ridge Lookout
  • Western larch (Larix occidentalis) in the fall.- Green Ridge Lookout
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  • Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).- Green Ridge Lookout
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Green Ridge Lookout
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  • Fall colors surrounding the Green Ridge Lookout.- Green Ridge Lookout
  • Green Ridge Lookout on a clear night.- Green Ridge Lookout
  • Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) clings to Douglas firs (Pseudotsuga menziesii).- Green Ridge Lookout
  • Morning dew on Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii).- Green Ridge Lookout
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views. Many nearby activities. Stove, refrigerator, and heat.
Cons: 
Rough roads. Difficult to obtain reservations.
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Alerts: 
August, 2017: The expanding Whitewater Fire has caused the Forest Service to close significant portions of the Mount Jefferson Wilderness at least through August 21, the day of the solar eclipse. The closures may expand, and they may extend beyond August 21. More information can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd553952.pdf https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5420/
Region:
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, OR
Pets allowed: 
No
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
May 17 to November 17
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Price per night: 
$1-70/night
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ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Wood Stove: 
No
Electricity: 
No
Heating (forced air or radiant): 
Yes
Potable Water: 
No
Firewood Provided: 
No
Kitchen: 
Yes
Linens provided: 
No

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
Forest Service
Reservation phone number: 
5415497700
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Property Description

Property Description

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Hovering nearly 2,000 feet above the Metolius River and surrounded by thick forests of ponderosa pine, cedar, larch, and Douglas fir, Green Ridge Lookout is an extraordinary place to spend your time in Central Oregon. The lookout has windows facing every direction, and guests will enjoy a panoramic view of the Deschutes National Forest and nearby snow-covered peaks.

Apart from resting on a picturesque bluff with front-and-center views of Oregon’s second highest mountain (Mount Jefferson), visitors will also have ample opportunity for side-trips and activities. Because of its proximity to the Metolius River, anglers will have world-class fly-fishing opportunities for catch-and-release rainbow trout, kokanee and bull trout. For those looking to stretch their legs, the area offers numerous hiking opportunities through stunning forests and along pristine rivers. You’ll also have a “birds-eye” view of indigenous avians, including osprey and eagles.

As far as fire lookouts go, Green Ridge is stocked with amenities. You'll get a propane refrigerator, a fireplace and heater, a range, and an oven. The two-story cabin includes solar powered lighting (but bring a backup to be safe), a table and some chairs, basic utensils, and a wraparound deck with stunning views. There is also picnic table directly under the cabin and a nearby outhouse and fire pit. You’ll want to bring your own water, bedding, towels, soap, garbage bags, toilet paper, matches, and food. Book Green Ridge Lookout early, as reservations fill up fast!

 

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