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Last Update: September 7, 2016
Chasing the quest to visit all 700+ former lookout sites in Washington.
Black Mesa - Oklahoma State Highpoint
Oklahoma has done a good job making a trail to its highest point and protecting the surrounding terrain by making it a nature preserve. The highpoint is an isolated 80-acre section of Black Mesa State Park. A nine foot monument was donated by the The Tulsa Tribune. There is a nice trailhead with restrooms, the trail is open dawn to dusk.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Cody Butte Lookout
Cornell Butte Lookout
Grizzly Mountain Lookout
Tunk Mountain Lookout
Whitmore Mountain & Lookout Sites
One of the most dramatic landscapes in the United States, the 30 square mile dunefield with the Sangre De Cristo Mountains is truly unique. If all the sand wasn't fun enough, for much of the year Medano Creek meanders along the edge of the dunes. Unlike other National Parks where you can look but don't step, here you can tromp just about everywhere, especially in the creek and over the dunes.
Crystal Mountain Gondola
You would think with all the mountains in Washington State, and the high numbers of visitors that there would be more tourist gondola rides. But with the weather so often foul, and a strong environmentalist movement, there are very few. The main exception is the Crystal Mountain Resort, which offers a ride up to the highest restaurant in Washington (Summit House) at 6,872 feet. Along with a scenic meal, you can hike roads and trails to nearby points along the ridge.
Lake Washington Kayak - Seafair Weekend
Kayaking Lake Washington gives you a new perspective of a lake most King County residents are quite familiar with. The high density of the area makes home viewing one of the main attractions. Big and small, you see just about every type of waterfront home as you kayak along the shoreline. To make this more of an adventure, consider kayaking during Seafair if the Blue Angeles are flying.
Pasayten Wilderness
62 miles in 3 days, 6 mountains, 17,000 feet of elevation gain
Green Mountain Lookout Staffing
This is the first year the Forest Service established a volunteer steward program at the Green Mountain Lookout. I was able to be a volunteer steward for 3 days in August. To reach the lookout is a 4-mile hike up to the lookout at 6,500 feet.
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More Former Lookout Sites
Chasing the quest to visit all 700+ former lookout sites in Washington.
Cascade Lookout Site
French Point Lookout Site
Buck Creek Firefinder
st paul lookout
Kapowsin Tree Farm Lookouts
One of the largest tree farms in Washington is on the West side of Mt. Rainier National Park. But, an expensive gate key and permit is required to get in. I got one now which gives me one year to hit all the locations I've ever wanted to visit inside the Kapowsin Tree Farm. Here were the top two:
St. Paul Lookout
Electron Lookout
butte montana
Montana
We don't get to Montana too often but this spring we made a detour to visit some places we had never been. Lots of mining history was learned and our kids who love Minecraft seemed to enjoy it more than us.
Butte
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Bannack State Park
Anaconda
Anderson Butte Kloshe Nanich Dusk Point Spruce Railroad Trail
More Former Lookouts - South Olympics/Coast
Chasing the quest to visit all 700+ former lookout sites in Washington.
Dusk Point
Weatherwax Ridge
Kloshe Nanich Lookout Site
Located in the Northern Olympic Mountains, with a commanding view over the Solduc Valley, Kloshe Nanich was the first known lookout building in Clallam County, and possibly the first lookout building on the Olympic Peninsula. It's location was on a 19 mile long ridgeline that to this day, has no official name. Constructed in 1917, it was a D-6 cupola cabin.
Spruce Railroad Trail
Social media has broadcast this trail as one of the top 10 in Washington so it gets lots of visitors. The trail follows an old railway line for most of its length making it great for biking or just easy walking. In the future, the path will be paved making it even easier. The trail will keep road bikers from traveling Highway 101 on the south side of the lake, one of the most dangerous biking routes in Washington with no shoulders and distracted drivers gawking at the views. This trail is also part of the Olympic Discovery Trail, a planned 126 mile route going from Port Townsend to La Push.
Anderson Butte Lookout Site
Somehow Washington ended up with two Anderson Butte Lookouts, one in Whatcom County, the other down in Grays Harbor County, at the south end of the Olympic Mountains. This is the one in the Olympic National Forest, one of the most interesting former lookout sites yet one of the least visited. The tread is nearly perfect but unless it is brushed out occasionally, the trail will overgrow. The reward for your effort is a ending climbing up a trail blasted out of a knife-edge ridge to a site blasted flat enough to place a large fire lookout.
North Point Lookout Site
Drake
Mobray
Prices Peak
Artic
Just a half mile up the hill is:
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Standing Cascade Lookouts
Former Cascade Lookouts
The Olympic Mountains
Cape Flattery Trail Mount Shasta Shi Shi Beach
Cape Flattery Trail - Makah Nation
This short trail takes you to the northwesternmost point in the continental United States. This tourist trail starts out hiking through a Sitka Spruce forest but ends at cliffs and sea stacks. Platforms make viewing fairly safe but unprotected cliffs are around so keep young kids close. Boardwalks keep the feet dry through most of the muddy areas. Visitors have a good shot at seeing wildlife such as whales, sea lions, sea otters and many seabirds. Off in the distance is Tatoosh Island, a 20 acre almost treeless island that was used by the Makah as a fishing camp. The first lighthouse on the island was in 1857, with one still standing today
Shi Shi Beach - Point of the Arches
For a real hiking or camping experience on the remote Washington coastline, take a hike out to Shi Shi Beach. There is much to explore in the area including some of the highest cliffs and best sea stacks along the coastline. There are even some historic WW2 bunkers that are there but difficult to find. In times past, this area was a real nightmare for parking and hiking. Today, the parking is much better (see requirements) and the trail has been improved a lot. Expect to see lots of people so have fun with it, you'll see groups doing yoga to groups in their pajamas.
Mount Shasta - Avalanche Gulch Route
One of the most popular climbing destinations in California is Mt. Shasta. The majority of climbers use the standard Avalanche Gulch route. To climb this route, there is no need for extra climbing gear you might have on glaciated peaks, just an ice axe and crampons are all that is needed. You will see just about every type of novice climber on this route so it is known for having accidents.
Minot Peak Palouse Falls Oregon Butte
More Former Lookouts - Clemons Tree Farm
Clearwater Guard Station - Blue Mountains Lookouts
3 More Washington State Parks
Sacajawea State Park
Palouse Falls State Park
Lyons Ferry State Park
I'm up to 70 Washington State Parks visited with webpages made.
Clearwater Lookout
Oregon Butte Lookout
Table Rock Lookout
Big Butte Lookout
Smoothing Iron Ridge
Diamond Peak
Minot Peak
Lem Lookout
Located inside Clemans Tree Farm south of Montesano in Grays Harbor County. This was Americas first tree farm, and LEM lookout was one of four lookouts designated for fire prevention and experimentation when the forest was established in 1940.
And some former sites in the Blue Mountains
Saddle Butte
black mesa cody butte great sand dunes
Southeast Washington
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Relocated Lookouts
People Pursuing Lookouts
Osborne Panoramic Research
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Cascade Lookout Pasayten Wilderness Crystal Mountain Green Mountain Lake Washington
Dan Creek Guard Station
Burch Mountain Lookout Site
Diamond Point Lookout Site
Bunker Hill Lookout Site
Dollar Watch Mountain Lookout Site
Sheep Mountain
Quartz Mountain