Lookout Mountain Ranch encompasses 4,525± contiguous, deeded acres on the north side of Big Lookout Mountain, 35 minutes north of Durkee, Oregon and Interstate 84. This scenic mountain ranch offers expansive views north to the Wallowa Range and features stands of fir and aspen bordered by open slopes and grassy meadows. Numerous year-round creeks and springs flow through the property and provide abundant water for wildlife and livestock. The ranch is managed as a summer unit for a year-round cattle operation and traditionally supports up to 350 pairs from June 1st into October, depending on moisture and range conditions. Improvements include a sturdy set of loading corrals at the entrance to the ranch and a three-bedroom, off-the-grid “buckaroo” cabin used by the owner during the grazing and hunting seasons. The ranch is perimeter fenced, and an internal road network provides access to various parts of the property. The ranch is situated in hunt unit 164 and is home to outstanding populations of elk and mule deer. The closest commercial services are in Baker City, Oregon, county seat for Baker County, 35 miles west of the ranch, and Ontario, Oregon, 55 miles southeast of the ranch. The nearest commercial airport is in Boise, Idaho, 110 miles southeast of the property. Primary access to the ranch is via the Manning Creek Road, a seasonal county road that links Durkee with the Powder Valley and Richland, Oregon.
Just the Facts
- 4,525± contiguous, deeded acres
- 35 minutes north of Durkee and I-84
- Diverse mountain terrain with elevations ranging from 4,500 ft. to 6,000 ft.
- Year-round creeks and springs plus stands of fir and aspen
- Excellent summer grazing traditionally supporting up to 350 pairs
- Improvements include pipe corrals and a rustic “buckaroo” cabin
- Internal road network allows access to various parts of the ranch
- Located in hunt unit 164 with strong numbers of elk and mule deer
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