Warner Mountain

The 360° view from the top of Warner Mountain alone is worth a trip (please note that access to the active lookout itself is closed during fire season, but there’s a pleasant picnic area at its base). The lookout sits atop an open ridge with huge beargrass meadows to the south and a multitude of wildflowers and pollinators to the east. This is a great place to visit with kids or people who don’t want to hike and are happy to wander the meadows or walk along the road. Or stop here in July after a trip to nearby Moon Point to see if the abundant Cascade lilies are in bloom in the beargrass. For the more adventurous, a hidden sphagnum bog lies just a tenth of a mile south of Road 439 about a mile west of the lookout across from an old road intersection.


Trail: no trail. To get to the lookout, just climb up the meadow from the corner where the road turns to the north (5500–5740′)
Location: southeastern Lane County; Willamette National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District
USGS Map: Warner Mountain; T23S.R3E.S29,32
Habitats: forest, meadow, bog, talus slope, roadside
Bloom: June to August


Take Highway 58 2 miles past Oakridge to Kitson Springs County Road. After 0.5 mile, turn right onto Rd 21. Follow Rd. 21 for 17.2 miles around the reservoir to Youngs Creek Rd. 2129. Turn left on 2129 and, following the signs for the lookout, continue for 8 miles on 2129, then turn right (uphill) on Road 439. The trailhead and small pullout for Moon Point is 1.5 miles farther on the right. Continuing on for another 2 miles, you’ll pass a gated road to the lookout, but it is usually closed to the public. The lookout is easier to reach from the meadow another half mile to farther to the east. There’s good, shady parking at the corner where the road bends to the north.

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