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Flag Point

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Flag Point Lookout (romann)
Mount Hood from Flag Point Lookout (romann)
Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams from the lookout (romann)



Flag Point is a small peak in Badger Creek Wilderness. The summit is graced with one of the tallest lookout towers in Oregon.

The summit area is outside of the wilderness boundary and there is an access road to the lookout, but it's surrounded by wilderness on all sides. The lookout is staffed during the summer. It used to be available to rent November through May, but in 2016 the Forest Service removed it from the rental program. If the lookout is staffed, do not go up the tower unless you are invited to.

There are also a shed, a new restroom, and a solar-powered cabin at Flag Point. This is also the west trailhead for the Douglas Cabin Trail #470 (signed for Sunrise Springs), which is only partially maintained.

If you're up for a hike to Flag Point (rather than just driving in), a good approach is via the School Canyon-Little Badger Creek Loop Hike to the Helispot Viewpoint junction near Gnome Rocks (3.6 or 4.3 miles, depending on which trailhead you start from). It's 3.8 miles from there to Flag Point (see the Flag Point Add-on Hike).


  • How to Rent a Fire Lookout in the Pacific Northwest by Trish McFadden & Tom Foley



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