WA Fire Lookouts

I’m fascinated by Washington State’s fire lookouts and their history. Most were built by the Conservation Construction Corps and in the 1930s there were over 8,000 lookouts across the United States, nearly 700-800 existing in Washington state.

Many have been removed or destroyed by lightning or weather. Some that remain are protected and others rely on volunteers to maintain them. Only a handful like Goat Peak in the Methow Valley are still actively used for fire observation.

I love Summit Post’s photos and historical information, so I’ve provided links there if they exist, if not the information is linked to Peakbagger.com.

The complete lookout list on peakbagger.com is here as well. It’s always been a goal of mine to visit all remaining 93 lookouts in the state. After a few years of slow progress, I’m stepping up my game so I can check them all off before I’m 90!

Peak Elevation Range Prominence Date
1 Mount Adams 12,276 Mount Adams Area 8,116
2 Slate Peak 7,440 Okanogan Range 480
3 North Twentymile Peak 7,437 Okanogan Range 1,564
4 Mount Bonaparte 7,257 South Okanogan Highlands 3,537
5 Mount Fremont Lookout 7,181 Mount Rainier Area 21 7-27-17
6 Goat Peak 7,001 Okanogan Range 1,361 7-10-14
7 Mebee Pass Lookout 6,960 Okanogan Range 0
8 Hidden Lake Lookout 6,890 Central North Cascades 290 10-2014
9 Three Fingers 6,850 Mountain Loop Area 4,490
10 Salmo Mountain 6,828 Priest Lake Selkirks 1,120
11 Columbia Mountain 6,782 Kettle River Range 942
12 Moses Mountain 6,774 South Okanogan Highlands 4,134
13 Tyee Mountain 6,654 Entiat Mountains 574 9-21-17
14 Monument 83 Peak 6,520 Hozameen Range 680
15 Winchester Mountain 6,510 Skagit Range 830 8-28-17
16 Green Mountain 6,500 Central North Cascades 740
17 Sullivan Mountain 6,483 Priest Lake Selkirks 323
18 Oregon Butte 6,387 Northern Blue Mountains 2,407
19 Grizzly Mountain 6,381 Kettle River Range 1,757
20 Copper Mountain Lookout 6,280 Skagit Range 400
21 Table Rock 6,250 Northern Blue Mountains 1,010
22 Alpine Lookout 6,235 Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area 1,155 7-19-16
23 Miners Ridge Lookout 6,208 Central North Cascades 88
24 Buck Mountain 6,135 Okanogan Range 815 1-17-14
25 Desolation Peak 6,102 Hozameen Range 3,249
26 Tunk Mountain 6,053 South Okanogan Highlands 2,013
27 Sourdough Mountain 5,985 Skagit Range 105 9-11-16
28 South Baldy 5,961 Priest Lake Selkirks 1,548
29 Tolmie Peak Lookout 5,920 Mount Rainier Area 40
30 Mount Spokane 5,883 Southwest Selkirks 3,503
31 Strawberry Mountain 5,863 South Okanogan Highlands 1,383
32 Thorp Mountain 5,854 Alpine Lakes Area 854 10-17-13
33 Shriner Peak 5,834 South Cascade Crest 754 5-29-05
34 Sugarloaf Peak 5,814 Entiat Mountains 1,414 9-21-17
35 Dodger Point 5,760 Central Olympic Mountains 780
36 Omak Mountain 5,747 South Okanogan Highlands 787
37 Lookout Mountain 5,699 Central North Cascades 1,139 9-6-17
38 High Rock 5,685 Mount Rainier Area 3,125 2009
39 Jumpoff Lookout 5,670 Goat Rocks 0
40 Clearwater Lookout 5,658 Northern Blue Mountains 58
41 Granite Mountain 5,629 Alpine Lakes Area 1,149 11-14-02
42 Evergreen Mountain 5,587 Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area 1,627 9-11-17
43 Lynx Mountain 5,520 Kettle River Range 0
44 Lookout Mountain 5,515 Methow Mountains 1,435 1-22-14
45 First Butte 5,491 Okanogan Range 651
46 Gobblers Knob 5,485 Mount Rainier Area 485 8-30-17
47 Timber Mountain 5,474 Southwest Selkirks 1,274
48 Park Butte 5,440 Skagit Range 560 9-23-17
49 Kelly Butte 5,400 South Cascade Crest 1,280 8-30-17
50 Red Top Mountain 5,361 Wenatchee Mountains 921
51 Mount Pilchuck 5,340 Mountain Loop Area 2,860
52 Burley Mountain 5,304 Mount Adams Area 1,184
53 Sun Top 5,271 Mount Rainier Area 471 7-8-08
54 Aeneas Mountain 5,167 Okanogan Range 3,327
55 Quartz Mountain 5,160 Southwest Selkirks 600
56 Funk Mountain 5,121 Okanogan Range 1,041
57 Signal Peak 5,100 Mount Adams Area 980
58 Cornell Butte 5,096 South Okanogan Highlands 616
59 Mount Leecher 5,020 Okanogan Range 1,660
60 Indian Mountain 5,014 Priest Lake Selkirks 1,334
61 Big Butte 5,010 Northern Blue Mountains 330
62 Leecher Crow’s Nest 5,000 Okanogan Range 40
63 Red Mountain 4,965 Columbia Gorge North 685
64 Puyallup Ridge Lookout 4,877 Mount Rainier Area 557
65 Keller Butte 4,811 South Okanogan Highlands 1,771
66 Watch Mountain-West Peak 4,800 Mount Rainier Area 120
67 Cody Butte 4,764 Kettle River Range 1,204
68 Whitestone Ridge 4,760 Kettle River Range 2,000
69 Gold Mountain 4,686 Kettle River Range 1,046
70 Armstrong Mountain 4,600 South Okanogan Highlands 760
71 Diamond Peak Patrol Lookout 4,320 Priest Lake Selkirks 0
72 Satus Peak 4,182 Columbia-Yakima Hills 662
73 Johnny George Mountain 4,090 Kettle River Range 610
74 Tower Mountain 4,000 Southwest Selkirks 320
75 Whitmore Mountain 3,920 South Okanogan Highlands 2,160
76 Whitmore Mountain L4 Cab Lookout 3,880 South Okanogan Highlands 40
77 Spokane Mountain 3,870 Southwest Selkirks 910
78 Knowlton Knob 3,852 Okanogan Range 692
79 North Mountain Lookout 3,824 Mountain Loop Area 64
80 Franson Peak 3,780 South Okanogan Highlands 180
81 Meadow Butte 3,621 Mount Adams Area 381
82 Wellpinit Mountain 3,464 Southwest Selkirks 984
83 Ned Hill 3,464 North-Central Olympic Mountains 904
84 North Point 3,320 Northwest Olympics 440
85 Lookout Mountain 3,114 Southwest Selkirks 894
86 Pyramid Mountain 3,100 Northwest Olympics 700
87 Steliko Lookout 2,586 Chelan Mountains 106
88 Mount Constitution 2,407 San Juan Islands 2,407 2003
89 Lorena Butte Lookout 2,160 Columbia-Yakima Hills 0
90 Heybrook Ridge 1,824 Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area 104 09-11-17
91 Kitsap Lookout 1,360 Kitsap Peninsula 580
92 Okanogan Post Office Lookout 800 Okanogan Range 0
93 Darrington Ranger Station Lookout 540 Mountain Loop Area 0
94 Goodman Hill 480 Mount Rainier Area 20