Scattered across the cascades, there’s a number of old fire lookouts perched atop rugged summits. These lookouts were first constructed in the early 1900’s and were strategically placed at key vantage points to detect forest fires as they emerged in the wilderness below. Today, they are no longer being used for their original purpose, but the panoramic views remain the same.
A handful of them, like this one, are now open to the public; and preserved quite well. It’s almost like they’ve been frozen in time -- complete with antique relics like old fishing poles, vintage gear, and even some of the original logbooks from the fire guards of the fifties.
If you make it to one of these lookouts, please tread lightly. They are extremely delicate, so try to leave them better than you found them! That way, many more can follow in your footsteps -- and hopefully spot a fire…. In the sky.
Last weekends weather forecast was hard to ignore. With clear skies overhead, we took on a split board tour to hidden lake lookout in the North Cascades. The views of the surrounding peaks, and spending the night in the 5-star lookout made it quite the trip. Here’s @torrborrr
on the descent the next day.
Anyone getting into the mountains this weekend!?
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Can you spot the fire lookout on top of the mountain?? At this point in the hike it feels like you should be at your destination, but then you look up and see the little cabin waaaaayy on top of the mountain and you cry a little bit on the inside, but then you power through it because you’ve come this far...and then you somehow reach the top and look at the view and suddenly all the pain becomes worth it.
nothing like waking up to a view like this
Feel lucky to live in a place that provides constant adventures; feel even luckier for the dude on the right👍🏻 #blessed #pnw #hiking #seattle
Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.
showing my brother what Washington has to offer🌲⛰
We trudged up the steep winter trail to make a cozy and festive home in the Hidden Lake fire lookout. It was a very special night!