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Onion Mountain Lookout

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USDA Forest Service

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Overview

THIS FACILITY IS CLOSED TO RESERVATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Onion Mountain lookout sits atop a 12-foot tower at an elevation of 4,438 feet, offering guests expansive mountain views in southwestern Oregon. The original Onion Mountain Lookout was a raised platform, built on top of a tower in 1916. In 1924, a second lookout without a tower was built on site. The current structure was placed on site in 1952 and served as a fire lookout and Aircraft Warning Service observation station. The lookout offers a unique lodging experience in the Rouge River-Siskiyou National Forest, but visitors are required to bring a few of their own supplies to enjoy a safe and comfortable stay.

Recreation

Hiking, mountain biking, stargazing and wildlife viewing are popular among guests to this lookout. On trails throughout the area, hikers will enjoy mountain views, old-growth forest canopies and natural pools for swimming. The lookout is located near the Taylor Creek/Onion Way mountain loop, a trail popular among mountain biking enthusiasts. At night, the rustic cabin becomes an astronomer's heaven as the expansive night sky is littered with a dazzling display of stars and planets.

Facilities

Hiking, mountain biking, stargazing and wildlife viewing are popular among guests to this lookout. On trails throughout the area, hikers will enjoy mountain views, old-growth forest canopies and natural pools for swimming. The lookout is located near the Taylor Creek/Onion Way mountain loop, a trail popular among mountain biking enthusiasts. At night, the rustic cabin becomes an astronomer's heaven as the expansive night sky is littered with a dazzling display of stars and planets.

Natural Features

On a clear day, Onion Mountain offers panoramic views of layered mountainous terrain and forest stretching out in all directions. Onion Mountain is named for the tiny wild onions that grow among the rocks at the summit. In early summer, the area is dotted with plumes of Bear Grass, bright yellow Snow Mountain Buckwheat and purple penstemon.

Nearby Attractions

Visit Crater Lake National Park and learn about its unique natural and cultural history. Reaching depths of 1,943 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the 10 deepest lakes in the world. Oregon Caves National Monument is within a hour's drive.

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Location

Onion Mountain Lookout is located in Oregon

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Directions

Entry to the lookout is by a key. Please call the Wild Rivers Ranger District office at 541-471-6500, four days prior to arrival to arrange pick up and drop off of the key. The office is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is closed on weekends and holidays. It is located at the Grants Pass Interagency Office, 2164 NE Spalding Avenue in Grants Pass, Oregon 97526. From Grants Pass travel Highway 199 south to Riverbanks Road (milepost 7-just past the Applegate River) and turn right. Proceed on Riverbanks Road, 5.5 miles to Shan Creek Road and turn left. Travel 8 miles on this gravel road to Forest Service Road 2509 and turn right. Proceed 0.75 miles to the Onion Mountain gate. Note: Onion Mountain Lookout is accessible by car, but the last 8.75 miles are on graveled Forest Service roads.

Address

2164 NE Spalding AvenueROAD
Grants pass, OR 97526

Coordinates

42.4544444 N
123.6163889 W

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Reviewed Jun. 29, 2016

Onion mountian

I came here for at night and it was absolutely amazing. You are at 4000 feet and you can see the milky way clearly. I did not camp here but simply visited. The campsites are really expensive, 40 dollars but i think it would be worth it if you camped here.