#FireLookoutFriday

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You know I couldn't miss the first #FireLookoutFriday of 2018!! Last summer I rode my mountain bike up the Westside Road at Rainier, then hiked to the gorgeously quiet Gobbler's Knob lookout. It was built in 1933 and restored in 2006 when high winds knocked down two of its walls and tore off its roof. Though it's the lowest of Rainier's lookouts at 5,485', it's the closest to the mountain and has incredible in your face views! πŸ˜±πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜ . . . . #firelookout #visitrainier #mountrainier #mountrainiernps #pnw #pnwonderland #back40hikes #seekthetrail #artofvisuals #wildher #wanderwashington #choosemountains #bestmountainartists #sheadventures #radgirlslife #mtnchicks #discoverearth #igwashington #northwestisbest #optoutside #ourpnw #washingtontrails #ourwild #wearethewild #instanature
It's the very last #firelookoutfriday of 2017!!! This year I reaffirmed my little quest to visit all 93 of Washington State's standing fire lookouts. Since July I've tallied 80 miles of hiking, 3,700 driving miles, and nearly 25k of vertical to visit 24 new lookouts. Jake dog knocked off 15 of those with me and my new total stands at 36 with 57 left to go, whew!! I really hoped to hit 50 by year-end but weather has made access challenging, so next year it's game on!!! . One of my favorite moments this year was visiting Park Butte lookout with my folks, who flew up from California just to bag 4 lookouts with me! Baker was shrouded in clouds all day until we reached the top and she gave us a killer show! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜±What a fun year it's been!! Cheers to the upcoming new year everyone!! πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚ . . . . #firelookout #pnw #pnwonderland #back40hikes #seekthetrails #optoutside #ourpnw #wildher #radgirlslife #mtnchicks #sheadventures #adventuretime #wildernessculture #choosemountains #bestmountainartists #cascadiaexplored #discoverearth #wanderwashington #igwashington #komoLOZ #wearethewild #washingtontrails #exploremore #girlgetoutside #ourwild #upperleftusa #thegreatoutdoors #thehikemovement #northwestisbest
It’s the last Friday in 2017, recap of all the fire lookout hikes I did this year. Can’t wait to check some more off the list in 2018. #firelookoutfriday #WA #PNW #upperleftisbest #bucketlist
Last night I attended a fantastic presentation from Seattle Mountain Rescue and the Northwest Avalanche Center about traveling in avalanche terrain. It was a sobering reminder that there isn't a magical silver bullet forecast that tells us when we should or shouldn't venture into the backcountry. Some of us can make all the right decisions and get unlucky. Some of us can make all the wrong ones and get lucky. It's up to each of us to use the tools and information at our disposal to make the best decisions we can to mitigate risk and to learn from others, not judge them. . I figured for this #firelookoutfriday I'd post a photo of Granite Mountain on I-90, which has high avalanche danger in the winter and has claimed countless lives. Please, if you enjoy winter adventuring, even snowshoeing, know that sometimes stuff just happens. But being as educated as you can be about our mountains and terrain is the smartest decision you can make! . Happy Friday everyone!! πŸ™πŸ»β„οΈβ˜ƒοΈ . . . . #optoutside #sheadventures #firelookout #adventureanywhere #back40hikes #choosemountains #wildher #seekthetrails #briskoutdoors #cascadiaexplored #discoverearth #herpnwlife #pnwonderland #pnw #ourpnw #wanderwashington #igwashington #granitemountain #washingtontrails #wearethewild #outdoorwomen #radgirlslife #mtnchicks #exploremore
Happy #firelookoutfriday !!! Anyone feel brave? Last weekend I visited the 100' Armstrong Lookout on the Colville Indian Reservation outside Omak. Sort of ironic I'm bagging lookouts because I hate ladders and generally don't like heights either!! 😜 I made it two flights up before the tower started swaying and I couldn't will myself to continue up!! I'm sure the view is great from the top but no way!! . Hope everyone has a great weekend!! ✌️😁 . . . . #firelookout #igwashington #explorewashington #adventureanywhere #back40hikes #optoutside #discoverearth #okanogan #okanogancounty #exploremore #getoutside #hikewashington #livewashington #pnw #radgirlslife #sheexplores
Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!! Today I celebrated #FireLookoutFriday from the top of Franson Peak Lookout (3,786')! This made lookout number 33 for me (60 to go!) and also my very first visit to gorgeous Ferry County, just outside the Okanogan in northeast Washington. Wow, what a spot and big views all the way up to Baldy Mountain in BC! Eastern WA gets me every time!! πŸ˜±πŸ™πŸ»πŸ‘β€ . . . . #firelookout #optoutside #wanderwashington #bestmountainartists #northwestisbest #ferrycounty #inlandnw #easternwashington #back40hikes #cascadiaexplored #choosemountains #earthpix #getoutside #thehikemovement #igwashington #livewashington #wildher #pnwonderland #sheadventures #radgirlslife #mtnchicks #seekthetrails #ourpnw #washingtontrails #instanature
Wow this week has flown by! It’s already #FireLookoutFriday !! Earlier this summer I ventured up to the Mount Fremont Lookout inside Mount Rainier National Park for a sunset trail run and was rewarded with this!! πŸ˜±πŸ˜πŸ™ . Built in 1934, the Fremont Lookout is one of four remaining lookouts inside the Park and the highest at 7,181’. Its views of Rainier’s Willis Wall and Emmons Glacier are absolutely stunning! . Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get there until the Sunrise area reopens next year after winter, but if you haven’t been, it’s a relatively easy hike, so put it on your 2018 list! Have a great weekend everyone!! . . . . #firelookout #mountrainiernps #fremontlookout Β #sunset #artofvisuals #wildher #pnwonderland Β #wanderwashington #choosemountains Β #bestmountainartists #sheadventures Β #radgirlslife Β #mtnchicks Β #seekthetrails Β #back40hikes #cascadiaexplored Β #discoverearth #herPNWlife #igwashington Β #northwestisbest #optoutside Β #ourpnw Β #washingtontrails #outdoorwomen Β #wearethewild #nakedplanet Β #ourwild #instanature
Happy #FireLookoutFriday !! About 25 miles northeast of Tonasket in Okanogan County is Mount Bonaparte, a bit of an anomaly. Too far East to be in the Cascades and too far west for the Selkirks, it stands alone at 7,257' with over 3,500' of prominence. . On top is eastern Washington's tallest lookout (4th tallest in the state) as well as the original 1914 cabin and foundation from a 1930 cab. . The log cabin has status on the National Register of Historic Places. It's quite amazing to think about who has visited this place and what that little cabin has seen over 100+ years!! . . . . #firelookout #adventureanywhere #back40hikes #briskoutdoors #cascadiaexplored #hikewashington #optoutside #okanogancountry #okanogan #pnw #ourpnw #seekthetrails #optoutside #wearethewild #wildernessculture #exploremore #getoutside #choosemountains #ourwild #outdoorlife #instanature #discoverearth
Hey, it’s #FireLookoutFriday !! Built in 1933, the Green Mountain Lookout once housed a seasonal fire spotter and has had a tumultuous past. In the mid-90s it was closed to the public due to a failing foundation and dangerous catwalk. In 1998, the Forest Service started work to restore the crumbling lookout but the foundation was compromised, leaving it leaning precariously on the summit. In 2002, it was completely disassembled and each piece was flown to Darrington by helicopter for repairs. It wasn’t until 2009 that the lookout was reassembled due to extensive storm damage on the Suiattle River road in 2003 and 2006 that closed the road permanently until late in 2014. As if that wasn’t enough of a story, a Montana-based group filed a lawsuit against the Forest Service claiming helicopter and machinery used to repair the lookout violated the Wilderness Act. The US District Court ordered the lookout’s removal, despite it having been put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The Forest Service appealed and on April 16, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act, which amended the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 to permanently protect the lookout. . . . . . #firelookout #firelookouts #king5fall Β #seekthetrails Β #optoutside #artofvisuals Β #northcascades #choosemountains Β #adventureanywhere #ourwild Β #wildernessculture #wearethewild Β #sheadventures #radgirlslife Β #outdoorlife Β #pnw #cascadiaexplored Β #washingtontrails #ourpnw Β #discoverearth Β #ourplanetdaily #instanature #thehikemovement #northwestisbest #igwashington
Slate Peak Lookout is the 2nd highest lookout in Washington State at 7,440' and is located at the very end of the highest road in the state. It was built in 1924 as a gable roof cupola, then replaced in 1954 with an L-4 ground cab from Leecher. 2 years later the Air Force blasted away the top 40' of Slate Peak to build a radar station for World War II, which was never completed. When the forest service rebuilt the lookout, it was placed 40' above the ground to restore the original view. And boy are the views of the North Cascades spectacular!!! 😱😍 . A little fun #firelookoutfriday history!! Have a fantastic weekend everyone!!
It's Friday!!! Which means it's also #firelookoutfriday !! This was last week's spectacular sunset at Lookout Mountain outside Twisp πŸ˜±πŸ˜πŸŒ„ . Despite Lookout Mountain having the highest number of first fire reports in the Methow Valley, it was placed on standby in 1998. The present 14'x14' L-4 cab was constructed in 1937 and it's a pretty awesome spot to catch a great sunset!! . Hope everyone has fun adventures planned for the weekend!! πŸ™πŸ» . . . . #firelookout #sunset #pnw #cascadiaexplored #pnwonderland #okanogan #thegreatoutdoors #sheadventures #wanderwashington #wearethewild #welivetoexplore #wildernessculture #washingtontrails #ourpnw #upperleftusa #optoutside #ourplanetdaily #livewashington #back40hikes #seekthetrails #pacificnw #artofvisuals #northwestisbest #ourwild #discoverearth
Today is Friday, which means it's also #firelookoutfriday !! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘ . Yesterday Jake dog and I made our 8th (!!!) visit to Goat Peak Lookout outside Mazama, WA and the larches were in full golden splendor!! 🍁🍁 . Goat Peak has a long history of fire spotting in the Valley and was staffed by "Lightning" Bill Austin for 19 years. I got lucky a few summers and got to chat with him and his dogs. Recently the lookout was wrapped to protect it from the advancing Diamond Creek Fire and was only unwrapped a few days ago, making this visit extra special. . With my old Jeep pushing 235k miles and Jake dog nearly 12 with probably just as many miles, I wonder how many more times the 3 of us will make this visit. Such a special place for us!! ❀🐾😍 Have a fantastic weekend everyone!!
I first visited High Rock Lookout way back in 2001, then again in 2002. I couldn't find a single photo from either visit! I finally returned recently, 15 years later, to once again be awed by one of the most dramatic views of Mount Rainier around! But not amazing was how much the Lookout has suffered in those 15 years. It was sad to see it vandalized with broken windows and graffiti everywhere. It desperately needs some repair and I really hope it can be restored to its previous condition πŸ˜₯We all share responsibility for keeping these incredible places special! . High Rock Lookout is dramatically perched on the edge of a sheer 1200' cliff, the most prominent point along the Nisqually River's Sawtooth Ridge. It was built in 1929 and is one of the last remaining lookouts in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Happy #firelookoutfriday !! πŸ‘πŸ˜ . . . . #pnw #pnwonderland #mountrainier #choosemountains #back40hikes #outdoorproject #optoutside #firelookout #cascadiaexplored #thegreatoutdoors #adventureanywhere #northwestisbest #getoutside #exploretocreate #discoverearth #thehikemovement #seekthetrails #wanderwashington #ourwild #bestmountainsartists #wildernessculture
Yesterday's visit to Sugarloaf Lookout... Dramatic, moody clouds, crisp fall weather and even a surprise snow shower!! I so love this time of year β„οΈπŸ˜πŸ™πŸ» . Sugarloaf was established in 1914, making it one of the oldest established lookout sites in Washington State. The original cupola was replaced in 1949 with a vintage 1933 cab and the site has miraculously dodged 2 100,000+ acre fires over the years. I even got to chat with the lookout staff yesterday before they closed up for the season! . Happy #firelookoutfriday and have a fantastic weekend everyone!!
Guess what? It's #firelookoutfriday !! Sourdough Mountain in the North Cascades is a fabulous fall destination, but bring your climbing legs. It takes just over 5 miles and 5k of climbing to reach the lookout. It's easily the toughest one I've done! From there, the views of the Pickets, Hozomeen, Diablo Lake and the surrounding North Cascades are tremendous!! Sourdough Mountain was one of the first lookout areas established by the US forest service back in 1915. The trail is considered the toughest official trail inside the North Cascades National Park. The present lookout was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 and has been manned by beatnik poets Gary Snider and Philip Whalen. Have a great weekend everyone!!
I'm pretty much a sucker for ridiculous outdoor challenges. And I'm also a total nerd when it comes to historical trivia. The best way to combine both? A few years ago I half jokingly but sort of seriously said I'd visit every one of Washington's 94 remaining fire lookouts. This year I realized my progress has been abysmal so I reconfirmed my commitment and checked 4 off the list this week, tallying up 30 miles and nearly 10k of climbing. Good grief I might need new knees to complete this challenge!! 16 down, 78 to go! Whew! . On that note, I think #firelookoutfriday has a nice ring to it so... This is Kelly Butte, who graciously offered me up some sunset alpenglow last night though I almost gave myself a heart attack trying to make it up the trail in time for it!! . The original cupola cabin was built in 1926, replaced by an L-cabin in 1950, and was last staffed in the 80s. It fell onto some pretty tough times but has recently been renovated by some amazing volunteers!! . Everyone have a fantastic holiday weekend!! I think I'm taking a day off to rest my knees πŸ˜±πŸ™πŸ»βœŒοΈ
A little Fire Lookout Friday, anyone? #hikethepnw #cascades #firelookout #firelookoutfriday
I'm not looking for company or mere companionship. That's for souls who hate to be alone. I quite like myself so I'm not lonely... but I do miss the passion that builds between two people who have a deep and mutual craving for one another. You can't create chemistry outside a lab. You can fake it, but you can't make it. So I won't settle for 'company' until I find the one I breathe fire for. I'll hold out, and keep the kindling stocked and ready to ignite. It's all or nothing for me. πŸ”₯πŸ‰ -Alpha πŸ”ŠFire and the Flood ~ Vance JoyπŸ”Š
@britannique conquered some real fears by staying up in the fire lookout that night. But hey, if you're not uncomfortable or a little scared it's not worth doing right?! . . . #pnw #coupleswhocamp #optoutside #wanderlust #firelookoutfriday #pickettbutte #carryingdogsupladdersishard
There is a bright spot in sight the weekend is near! Have a great weekend.
"When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top." --Unknown If anyone knows the source of this quote, please share! I love it, and it seems fitting on #firelookoutfriday
The other night we watched the full moon rise while the sun set! It was magical πŸŒ„ #FireLookoutFriday
White dot on top is where I was heading. #meteorshower #firelookoutfriday
Not your average photo of rainier from Fremont lookout... #sheexplores #pnw #fujixt1 #mtrainiernationalpark #daretobedifferent #optoutside #firelookoutfriday
"I love early mornings when it feels like the rest of the world is still fast asleep and you're the only one who's awake and everything feels like it isn't really real and you kind of forget about all your problems because for now it's just you, the world and the sunrise" - dunno πŸ”ŠSomewhere Over the Rainbow ~ Israel Kamakawiwo'oleπŸ”Š 🌈 #nofilter #firelookoutfriday #wildernessnation
Dreaming of sunrises past on this lovely #firelookoutfriday . Safe travels this weekend, my friends. #hingmyownh
A little #FireLookoutFriday , I can't wait to get back up to this place soon πŸ‘ŒπŸ»#NocaIg
"Look for something positive each day. Even if some days you have to look a little harder. Let the challenges make you stronger". #fbf #firelookoutfriday