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Be the King (or Queen) of the mountain at this lesser known incredible fire lookout!

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With 360 degree views of the Southern Oregon Coast mountain range, it's hard to pass up a spot like this.

Especially when you could have the entire place to yourself!

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While the hike to the lookout typically starts (at the trailhead) just over .8 miles, in the winter months, the service road to the lookout may be closed.

Prepare for a 2 mile total hike up 800ft elevation gain.

Also, the drive to the trailhead itself is a long 1.5 hour drive up windy bumpy forest service roads.

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When you reach the top, you'll notice two main things (besides the lookout itself).

The view, and the throne.

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Yes, that is a porta-potty, and arguably one of the best "number 2 with a view" you'll take!


Due to it being the off season, the fire lookout was boarded up. Though there is still the surrounding deck to walk around, as well as a picnic table to use.

So bring a cup of joe, or my favorite, a single malt scotch, and take in the unobstructed views!  

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If you have the right supplies, and aren't afraid of the dark, I can imagine the night sky is incredible from here!

Though our mission was just sunset, and still breathtaking.

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In the Spring and Summer months (depending on Forest Service), you can rent the lookout to camp overnight for a one of a kind experience.


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Even just for a day hike (or sunset hike), the Snow Camp Fire Lookout is one to add to your adventure list.

I promise with these views, you won't be disappointed!


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PROS:

Family friendly hike.

Currently a free day hike (camping in the lookout is not free).

Lesser known, which means less crowded.

CONS:

Getting to trailhead is a very long FS-Road (1.5 hours worth).

At 4200 feet, weather can be wild. Wind, snow, etc.

The lookout is still in service, and may be closed to public at times.

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