Type: 82′ tower with 7×7′ cab
Visited: June 29, 2007
While visiting the Wallowa Mountains my sister and I drove out to Hat Point one day. This lookout is staffed and there’s an observation deck part of the way up.
It was CRAZY windy up there, but the views were great. Looking southwest to the Wallowa Mountains:
Looking east to the Seven Devils:
Looking down on the Snake River far below:
Descending the tower:
Just a few weeks after our visit lightning started a fire on July 14. It eventually grew into the Battle Creek Complex and burned more than 75,000 acres. The fire burned right up onto Hat Point but thankfully the tower itself did not burn. Read more here.
From the town of Imnaha turn onto Road 4240. Follow this road 22.6 miles all the way to its end at Hat Point. The road is steep and narrow at times.
In 1916 a 60′ tower with a 7×7′ cab was built:
In 1948 an 82′ tower with a 7×7′ cab was built, which is the lookout that still stands there:
At some point (maybe in the 80s or 90s?) an observation deck was installed about 60 feet up the tower, enabling visitors to climb up and get a view without disturbing the staffer in the cabin.