Tennessee Lookout

Kerby, Oregon

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A rough road to a lookout site in a highly scenic region that is underlain by vast areas of serpentinite rock. One of southern Oregon’s original and most productive gold-producing areas beginning in the 1850s, this is still a busy gold-mining region. The road to Tennessee Pass is steep and narrow, with very deep waterbars. The final 0.8 miles to Tennessee Lookout is even steeper, narrower, and bumpier than the rest of the route, with jutting rocks, overhanging tree limbs, and bottomless drop-offs. The roads from Tennessee Pass down to Josephine Creek are a little better, but still difficult.
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by Art Bernstein (Wilderness Press)

A rough road to a lookout site in a highly scenic region that is underlain by vast areas of serpentinite rock. One of southern Oregon’s original and most productive gold-producing areas beginning in the 1850s, this is still a busy gold-mining region. The road to Tennessee Pass is steep and narrow, with very deep waterbars.

The final 0.8 miles to Tennessee Lookout is even steeper, narrower, and bumpier than the rest of the route, with jutting rocks, overhanging tree limbs, and bottomless drop-offs. The roads from Tennessee Pass down to Josephine Creek are a little better, but still difficult.

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Activity Type: Fishing, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Kerby
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Difficult
Local Contacts: Siskiyou National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Cave Junction
Driving Directions: Directions to Tennessee Lookout

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May 2018