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“Great vista point” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dee Wright Observatory

Dee Wright Observatory
Willamette National Forest, Springfield, OR
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Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Great vista point”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I took some of the best photos here. It was well designed. You see Three Sisters straight on along with several other peaks. It is a bit far because I intended to return along the same route (242 and 126) did not intend to drive the entire loop. It's still worth to venture a little further to Dee.

Visited July 2013
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Beaverton, Oregon
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“Central Cascade Mountains at its best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Incredible building, a platform to view the lava beds, and the mountains of the Cascade Range. The bronze dial on the top of the building give mountain names and points out where they are, as well as elevation and distance from the observatory. Inside the building are openings, like windows, to view the scenery, as well as individual small openings through which to view individual peaks. Each opening lists which peak you are looking at. A must see for mountain enthusiasts!

Visited July 2013
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“A sea of lava”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Built in 1935, this entirely constructed of lava open air observatory offers views of so many Cascade mountain ranges. Only a few steps and many paved paths offer accessibility to all. There is also an interpretative trail. The 20 square miles of lava offer a bleak and sharp contrast to the beautiful mountain ranges with the Sisters, Mt. Washington, and Mt. Jefferson being the most prominent. It is at the McKenzie Pass Summit, Highway 242. The road to here is part of the beauty as well. Very narrow road with many sharp turns, and only open summer to fall.

Visited July 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Beautiful & Unusual View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

This unique observatory was built by the CCC in the 1930's. It was named in memory of the construction crew's foreman, Dee Wright. It's an open shelter constructed of lava stone.
We stumbled across it on our way from Bend to the coast. It's located at the McKenzie Pass Summit in the Cascade Mountains.
What a great find. You can hike up to the observatory and go inside. There are cutouts to view the surrounding mountains. It's a beautiful and unusual view.
There's also an easy paved interpretive trail. This place is definitely worth checking out.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recreation/recarea/?recid=4403

Visited September 2012
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Springfield, Oregon
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“Fantastic, otherworldly hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Jump on the lava-rock trails and go! The PCT is right there; we headed south to Matthieu Lakes for a cold swim and fantastic views of the major Cascade peaks. Oy! Wotta place!

Visited August 2012
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