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Green Ridge Lookout Campground is located within the Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon, United States. The lookout provides scenic views of the forest, the Cascade Mountain Range, and the nearby Metolius River.


The Green Ridge Lookout is a historic structure that was originally used as a fire lookout. Now, it serves as a unique rental accommodation for campers who want an elevated camping experience. Not to be confused with a traditional campground, when you rent the lookout, it comes with the exclusivity of not having to share your camping spot with other campers in close proximity. It is perched atop Green Ridge and sits at an elevation of approximately 4,000 feet.

Accommodation & Amenities

Features of the lookout include:

  • Structure: A small cabin-like room with windows on all sides for panoramic views.
  • Sleeping Facilities: Typically, there is room inside for a bed or a sleeping area; it’s important to check if you need to bring your own bedding or if it is provided.
  • Cooking Facilities: A stove or other cooking equipment may be available for use, but confirm what's provided before your trip.
  • Other Amenities: Depending on the season and specific site, potable water, a toilet, or even a fire pit might be available.


Green Ridge Lookout is an excellent base for:

  • Hiking: Numerous trails are accessible nearby for all levels of hikers.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is abundant with wildlife, including deer, elk, and a variety of birds.
  • Fishing: The Metolius River offers opportunities for fly fishing.
  • Photography: The lookout provides a fantastic vantage point for photography enthusiasts.

Booking and Availability

Green Ridge Lookout is generally available for rent during the warmer months when snow and ice do not prohibit access. Rental periods can vary, so it's crucial to check the following:

  • Reservation System: Lookout reservations are typically managed through a national reservation system like Recreation.gov.
  • Advance Booking: Due to the unique nature of the lookout, booking well in advance is recommended as it may fill up quickly.
  • Cost: The rental fee can vary, so check current rates when planning your trip.

Access and Road Conditions

Access to Green Ridge Lookout could be via unpaved and potentially rough forest roads. Specific conditions can change seasonally, so it's essential to:

  • Check Current Road Conditions: Before your trip, contact the Deschutes National Forest ranger district for the latest information.
  • Vehicle Requirements: Make sure your vehicle is suitable for the road conditions to the lookout. High-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles may be recommended.

Rules and Regulations

Remember to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Leave No Trace: Pack out all your trash and leave the lookout as you found it.
  • Campfire Restrictions: Be aware of any seasonal fire restrictions, especially during dry or high-risk periods.
  • Wildlife: Do not feed any animals and store your food securely.
  • Stay Limit: Check if there is a maximum number of nights you can stay.

Safety Tips

  • Weather Preparedness: Be prepared for changeable weather and temperatures that can drop significantly at night.
  • Emergency Plan: Have a plan in place for emergencies and ensure someone knows your itinerary.
  • First Aid Kit: Always bring a well-stocked first aid kit.

For the most current information about Green Ridge Lookout, availability, and specific details about your stay, it's best to contact the managing ranger district directly or visit the appropriate websites for the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.

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