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Watchman Lookout Station

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“The view that Park Rangers enjoyed”

The Watchman Lookout Station No. 168 is one of two fire lookout towers in Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon. For many years, National Park Service personnel used the lookout to watch for wildfires during the summer months. It is also a popular hiking destination because it offers an excellent view of Crater Lake and the surrounding area. The building is unusual because it serves the dual purpose of fire lookout and museum. The Watchman Lookout Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the Watchman Lookout Station has significant interpretive value. Since the lookout was built, there has been a major philosophical change in how forest managers deal with wildfires. The Watchman tower provides visitors the opportunity to experience the essential elements of 1930's era fire lookout. The accessibility of the site, the unobstructed view on all sides, and the use of native materials that blend the structure into the surrounding landscape combine to make the Watchman Lookout Station a unique and historically significant structure.

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  • 15 Reviews
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August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is only a .5 mile hike with a moderate incline. The view is beautiful and panoramic.

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  • 18 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
October 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

Very worth the moderate uphill hike. The view is unreal! Highly recommended.

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