Red Top Mountain Lookout

Red Top Mountain is best known for two features, an easy to access fire lookout and the Agate Beds. For the lookout, the short and easy hike gets many casual visitors out of their cars and onto the trail to explore the summit structure. It has been restored and is often used during fire season. On good days, you can see Mount Rainier, the Stuart Range and the Teanaway and Cle Elum valleys. For rockhounders, about a mile north on a trail is the minefield, the location where people dig for agates and thunder eggs. The ridge there is covered with holes of all sizes from people digging for treasure.
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Distance: 1 mile
Summit Elevation: 5,360 feet
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Access: Good Gravel
Access:
There are several ways to get to the trailhead. The easiest is from I-90, take exit 85 and go north on Hwy 97 north for 18 miles. Just past the Mineral Springs Campground, go left on FR 9738. In 2.6 miles, go left on FR 9702. Drive 4.5 miles to the trailhead at the picnic area, elevation 5000 feet.
Route:
The trail is steep but it is short, gaining 350 feet in less than a mile. There is some shade from the old trees, some rock outcrops, some wildflowers and often views of the lookout perched above.
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Stuart Range at sunset
Stuart Range at sunrise
Red Top Mountain Lookout
Camping on Red Top Mountain with Mt. Stuart in the distance