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 !! 🎉👏 .
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!
Happy #firelookoutfriday and have a fantastic weekend everyone!!
4 months ago883
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!!
4 months ago6113
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 😱🙏🏻✌️
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. 🔥🐉
🔊Fire and the Flood ~ Vance Joy🔊
"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
1 year ago490
The other night we watched the full moon rise while the sun set! It was magical 🌄 #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"
🔊Somewhere Over the Rainbow ~ Israel Kamakawiwo'ole🔊 🌈 #nofilter#firelookoutfriday#wildernessnation