Hager Mountain is one of many fire lookouts managed by the Forest Service, but it is one of the few that is still manned by fire tower operators in the summer months. Located in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the Hager Mountain Fire Lookout is perched at 7,195 feet atop an 8 million-year-old dome of volcanic rock. The elevation of the lookout makes for amazing 360-degree views that encompasses Mount Hood to the north and Mount Shasta to the south.
Hager Mountain is equipped with a small bed and a bunk bed, so the lookout can accommodate up to 4 people. In addition, there is a wood stove, a propane heater and lights, and a small refrigerator. There are a few kitchen items, but you should bring everything you need to ensure a comfortable stay. There is no water source at Hager Mountain, so be sure to pack in what you will need. Because this lookout is built on the ground, this is a good lookout for family adventures. It's a bit safer for children and pets as it's not swaying in the wind 40 feet in the air.
Depending on the time of year, the trail to Hager Mountain can be anywhere from a mile to 4 miles of hiking, skiing or snowshoeing. It's best to call the Silver Lake Ranger Station at 541.576.2107 to get updated conditions at Pole Butte Sno-Park to determine the best method of access. Weather conditions can change quickly in this area, and it's important to be prepared for heavy winds and winter storms.
Seeing as you'll be in the area, it's worth making the time to eat the the infamous Cowboy Dinner Tree. They are only open on the weekends, and you need to make reservations. After a night or two on the butte you'll be ready for a true cowboy cut of 30-ounce top sirloin steak or a whole roasted chicken.