In 2012, with the uncertainty that surrounded the future of the Green Mountain fire lookout, Jay and I decided to make the trek to see it. Unsure if it would be removed before the Suiattle River road was repaired, we biked in 24 miles + then hiked 8.5 miles of trail to reach it. What an awesome experience that was...we had the lookout to ourselves the entire time we were there!
In 2014, the road was repaired and the hike to the lookout became an easy dayhike again.
Green Mountain fire lookout -- originally built in 1933 and used for years to house seasonal fire lookouts. In 1987 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2010, shortly after being rebuilt, it was threatened with dismantling when an environmental group sued the forest service for allowing the use of helicopters in its restoration.
After years of advocacy, legal battle, and a court ruling to have it removed, the Green Mountain Lookout was finally saved and protected by an act of Congress.
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Relieved it’s Friday, I’m ready for some weekend adventure!
It's finally Friday, free again💜 where will your feet take you this weekend?
TGIF🍺 yep that's GF free beer and it's pretty good. I've tried several of the brand's and this ones good enough to haul up a mountain.
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.
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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!!
Today is Friday, which means it's also #firelookoutfriday
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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!!
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 ❄️😍🙏🏻
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!
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!!
! The first lookout at Mount Rainier was a stone shelter built at Anvil Rock in 1916, replaced in 1927, then removed sometime around 1947. Shriner Peak, built in 1932 in the Park's lonely northeast corner, is now the oldest standing lookout inside the Park, having watched over its slopes for more than 80 years!
Unfortunately the Lookout is currently closed due to the Norse Peak Fire. Let's hope Mother Nature can finally help with the fire fight! 💦🌨🙏🏻
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 😱🙏🏻✌️