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Reserving a Lookout 

Six Rivers National Forest as well as the other available lookouts in southwestern Oregon and Northern California use ReserveAmerica ( for bookings and payment. Some national forest lookouts can also be booked by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or online through Reservations must be made at least one day in advance, and can be made up to 180 days before arrival. Rates vary from $35 at Bald Knob Lookout to $75 per night at Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout, Girard Ridge Lookout, and others.

In the case of Bear Basin, the lookout and cabin are rented as a pair and may be reserved for one to four nights between June 1 and Sept. 30. The rental rate is $75 per night for one to eight people, and $5 for each additional person, up to a maximum of 12 people.

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