The remoteness of the Warner Mountain Lookout almost guarantees solitude on a snowy winter day. But once you make it to the lookout, it is hard to leave.
The interior of the lookout tower is well organized with a sleeping area, a cooking area, and space to lay out gear or do a puzzle. The lookout also provides propane heat and a propane stove for cooking. There are several lights to brighten up the cabin during the long winter nights. A wraparound deck and windows all around offer panoramic views of the mountains when the skies are clear. There is no running water, but there are some large pots for melting snow. An outhouse is only a few steps away once you descend the staircase.
Unlike many lookout towers in the Forest Service rental program, the Warner Mountain Lookout is used as an active fire tower in the summer months. The upstairs portion of the cabin is where the fire spotting table and other equipment are housed in fire season.
From the lookout tower there are a few roads and trails leading to other backcountry destinations that are worthy of a day trip, including Logger's Butte and Moon Point.