Every Lookout in Oregon

Chase Mountain

Type: 20′ steel tower
Status: No longer staffed
Elevation: 6,349′
Visited: June 11, 2022

This was the first of three lookouts I visited today. This sign at the bottom of road where I turned off of Highway 66 was ominous, but I think they are referring to winter maintenance, because the drive was fine:

Chase Mountain

The lookout is no longer staffed. It now serves as a structure upon which equipment and cameras are mounted:

Chase Mountain Lookout

Chase Mountain Lookout

Chase Mountain Lookout

Saw some rusty old cans:

Chase Mountain

The old outhouse:

Chase Mountain

Chase Mountain

Chase Mountain

There are communication towers all over the place up here:

Chase Mountain

There were a lot of clouds this day but I still had some views. This is Hamacker Mountain to the southeast with some kind of dome equipment:

View of Hamacher Mountain

Only the bottom of Mt. McLoughlin was visible:

Chase Mountain

View to the northwest:

Chase Mountain

View to the north:

Chase Mountain

View to the northeast:

Chase Mountain

Directions

From Highway 66 west of Keno turn south onto Hamacker Mountain Road. Drive 5.6 paved miles, then look for an unmarked gravel road on the right. Turn here and drive 1.9 miles to summit. It’s a good gravel road up until the last 0.2 miles when it gets a bit rough.

More information
Forest Lookouts
Rex’s Forest Fire Lookout Page
National Historic Lookout Register
Peakbagger
Panorama Photos
Geocache

History

In the 1920s a lookout tower was built on Chase Mountain, and in 1928 an accompanying ground cabin was built for living quarters.


KFPA photo


Klamath County Museum

In 1951 a steel tower was built, which is the tower that still stands there now:


Klamath County Museum


KFPA photo

In 2004 the lookout was remodeled with new windows and flooring, but at some point in the last ten years or so the lookout stopped being staffed.