Rent a Fire Lookout

American Ridge Lodge

American Ridge Lodge – USFS Photo

The U.S. Forest Service has a very active rental program for stays at old fire lookouts and cabins in the National Forests.  In just Washington and Oregon there are 74 opportunities to experience the life of a fire lookout and explore some of the most scenic terrain in the world.

Hirz Mountain Lookout

Hirz Mountain Lookout with views from Mt. Shasta to Mt Lassen in California. The access road is rocky and steep and ends a quarter-mile from the lookout. $75/night sleeps four. USFS Photo.

Most of these rustic rentals can handle two people and some up to ten or twelve. Rental rates start at around $30 per night depending upon the location, popularity and available amenities.  “Amenities” might include things like the availability of drinking water.

One, the American Ridge Lodge 38 miles west of Naches, Washington, can handle up to 60 people and only costs $100 per day (bring your own water).  It’s at the end of the road adjacent to the William O. Douglas Wilderness.  Like the other sites,  it is very rustic and very remote.

To find a location and reserve it for specified days,  go to and browse, or search for something specific like “lookout.”  Don’t delay, some of these sell out early!

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