Every Lookout in Oregon

Aldrich Mountain

Type: Three-story enclosed tower
Status: Staffed
Elevation: 6,998 feet
Visited: June 11, 2016

On the second day of the FFLA conference we visited one lookout in the afternoon. Aldrich Mountain is southeast of the little town of Dayville. The drive up Road 21, Road 2150, and Road 523 were smooth sailing, easily doable by any vehicle. We drove through several areas of burned forest, some of which was from the 2006 Shake Table Complex fire, and some of which was from 66,000-acre South Fork Complex fire in 2014.

The lookout wasn’t staffed yet when we visited. We were told that this tower is owned by the Oregon Department of Forestry even though it is in the Malheur National Forest.

Aldrich Butte Lookout

Aldrich Butte Lookout

Aldrich Butte Lookout

It was a beautifully sunny day and the views were awesome. A panorama looking east:

Aldrich Butte view

Fields Peak is on the right, the distant peak left of center is Strawberry Mountain:

Aldrich Butte view

Looking south:

Aldrich Butte view

Looking west:

Old lookout site

Looking northwest:

Aldrich Butte view

Looking north:

Aldrich Butte view