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High Ridge

Type: 67′ tower with R-6 cab
Status: Staffed
Elevation: 5,303′
Visited: October 17, 2021

On my way home from staying at the Fry Meadow Guard Station I made a detour to visit the High Ridge Lookout. As I approached I could see it from Road 31:

High Ridge Lookout

I turned onto Road 270 then immediately left onto 271, then parked at the gate and started walking:

High Ridge Lookout

High Ridge Lookout

High Ridge Lookout

High Ridge Lookout

It was one mile from the gate to the tower, which was built in 1959:

High Ridge Lookout

This late in the season it wasn’t being staffed anymore and the catwalk was locked, as I expected. But there’s a nice viewing platform just below where I got to experience being blasted by the wind:

High Ridge Lookout

The views were great and I could see lots of beautiful larches:

High Ridge Lookout

High Ridge Lookout

High Ridge Lookout

The distant Wallowa Mountains were visible:

High Ridge Lookout

Nice view along the ridge:

High Ridge Lookout

I could see the old outhouse in the trees:

High Ridge Lookout

I spotted some deer grazing below:

High Ridge Lookout

Lookout shadow:

High Ridge Lookout

After coming down from the tower I walked out along the ridge. There are remains from the prior 1941 lookout out there:

High Ridge Lookout

High Ridge Lookout

High Ridge Lookout

Looking back at the tower:

High Ridge Lookout

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