Every Lookout in Oregon

Dry Mountain

Type: 70′ steel tower
Status: Used for emergencies
Elevation: 6,281′
Visited: May 29, 2018

At the start of our long Memorial Day Weekend Greg and I visited several lookouts. The first one was Dry Mountain. We took Highway 20 towards Burns, then turned north into the forest at the little “town” of Riley. Then we drove 30 miles up to Dry Mountain.

Dry Mountain

Dry Mountain

Dry Mountain

Dry Mountain

Dry Mountain

The tower is 70′ feet tall. Both it and the ground cabin were built in 1932. It’s located in a section of the Ochoco National Forest that is actually detached from the rest of the ONF. Because it’s closer to the Malheur National Forest, it falls under that forest’s administration. Here is what the site looked like back in the day:

Dry Mountain

There were wildflowers blooming up there, which was great:

Dry Mountain

Dry Mountain

Dry Mountain

We saw this strange circle of white rocks. Maybe this was a rudimentary helipad at one point? Right now there are some trees pretty close to the circle so I’m not sure a helicopter could safely land:

Dry Mountain

I climbed up a pile of big boulders to get some views. Looking south:

Dry Mountain

Southwest:

Dry Mountain

East:

Dry Mountain

Looking west back towards the lookout:

Dry Mountain

I could hear bald eagles and then I saw them. I bet they have a nest somewhere up here:

Dry Mountain

Greg was totally absorbed in the wildflowers:

Dry Mountain

I was surprised to find the outhouse still intact:

Dry Mountain

The stairs were not blocked off so I went up a few flights:

Dry Mountain

Dry Mountain

Looking west:

Dry Mountain

Looking north:

Dry Mountain

Looking east to Bald Butte, our next destination:

Dry Mountain

I only went about halfway up, not sure how stable the stairs were:

Dry Mountain

The back window of the cabin was broken and I could see inside. The place was in pretty bad shape:

Dry Mountain

Cool spot up here! I was pleasantly surprised to not find rampant vandalism and trash here.

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