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Unforgettable Experiences - Squaw Peak Lookout

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National Forest: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Nearest major town or city: Medford, Oregon

Constructed in 1942, historic Squaw Peak Lookout sits in the heart of the Siskiyou Mountains of southwest Oregon. Visitors to the lookout are treated to expansive views of the neighboring Red Buttes Wilderness Area, prominent peaks in the Cascade Range, including the rim of Crater Lake, and views down into California. Clear nights provide guests with a dazzling display of stars and planets.

Traditionally staffed during fires, the lookout underwent a major restoration by the Sand Mountain Society in 2016, and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest now rents this historic lookout during the summer and fall seasons. While amenities are sparse, visitors are rewarded with dark, quiet nights and an authentic mountain-top experience on their Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Learn more and plan your visit:

About the Author

Chamise Kramer is the Public Affairs Specialist for the RRSNF. In her free time, she loves exploring public lands with her family, biking, travel, and quiet moments

​Photo by Chryssa Hunlock​

​Photo by Chryssa Hunlock​

​Photo by Chryssa Hunlock​

The view from the lookout.

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