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Grassy Knob

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Lookout site, Grassy Knob (bobcat)

Description

A narrow stone staircase leads up to the old lookout site at Grassy Knob. From here, a Japanese plane carrying incendiary bombs was spotted in 1942. Apparently, the plane actually dropped the bomb, intended to start a forest fire, but the device didn’t explode and has never been found. These days, views are restricted by the shrubbery of tanoak, silk tassel, madrone, and manzanita. You can see the thickly forested ridge of Anvil Mountain just to the south and then, farther south, Pearse Peak, Purple Mountain, and Father Mountain. To the west, the Pacific Ocean is visible through the vegetation. Four guy cable anchors are all that remain of the cabin lookout that was erected in 1934 and decommissioned in the 1960s.

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