After our lovely trek through the Wallowas and a little work side-trip in Idaho, we headed to Eastern Oregon to visit our friends Joni and Philippa at their cabin in Spray. It’s a truly gorgeous area near the Painted Hills (which is another of the 7 Wonders of Oregon per Travel Oregon). On our way to the cabin, we spotted a sign for a fire lookout, of course we had to check that out! The Tamarack Fire Lookout is about 9 miles off Highway 207. The road starts off smooth and straight, but by the last mile is steep and rough. As usual, we weren’t actually sure we were headed the right way as the road got rougher and rougher, but finally we arrived to a rather epic sight. The lookout is the tallest (by far) we have visited and took some serious pep talks to climb to the top on a windy and chilly day (the wobbly first section of steps didn’t help). The 96 foot metal tower was built in 1933 with a small lookout room on top. There’s a cabin near the foot of the tower that is available for rent during the off-season. We are really looking forward to revisiting the Tamarack Lookout and meeting the hardy soul that is going to be staffing it!